1.- It has a wide and varied range of tourist attractions, health and wellness activities, gastronomy, sports, nature, etc.
2.- It has a mild climate throughout the year, typical of the Mediterranean.
3.- Its landscape is diverse: sea and mountains stretch along 580km of coastline.
4.- Its gastronomic scene, which features world-renowned chefs such as the Roca brothers, Carme Ruscalleda and Ferran Adrià includes a wide choice of restaurants, is internationally renowned and is based on a long culinary tradition.
5.- All of its seaside destinations, from the Costa Brava to the Costa Daurada, are well-connected by public transport.
6.- Not far inland, there are some great tourist destinations, such as the cities of Barcelona, Tarragona and Girona or the Montserrat mountain.
7.- Catalonia offers a broad range of accommodation adapted to all needs and tastes: hotels, campsites, holiday apartments and rural tourism.
8.- It boasts a significant architectural heritage, recognised by UNESCO.
9.- It has many quality options for health and wellness.
10.- Its destinations are perfectly adapted to the needs of senior visitors, ensuringe maximum comfort.
The Catalan capital is home to an assortment of attractions that have turned Catalonia into a tourist destination of the first order. A average-sized city with a gentle climate, nestled between the sea and the mountains; witness to 2,000 years of history with Roman and medieval vestiges in the Gothic Quarter; home to the most important works by the modernist architect, Antoni Gaudi, with six buildings declared World Heritage sites by UNESCO, including the Sagrada Familia, Park Güell and La Pedrera; a cosmopolitan and commercial city capable of attracting the leading fairs in its sector and the best fashion and design labels... Barcelona is all of this and much more. It is known for its colourful Ramblas, the markets open to shoppers and the curious (such as La Boqueria and Santa Caterina), its other geniuses (Fundació Joan Miró, the Picasso Museum, Fundació Tàpies), FC Barcelona and much more to offer for culture, leisure and restoration. www.barcelonaturisme.com
Antoni Gaudí accepted the job of continuing a neogothic-style church and giving it a monumental character. When the temple is finished, it will have three façades: the first representing the Birth of Christ, the second the Passion and death and the third the Glory. The four towers on each façade represent the four apostles.
The origins of the Boqueria date back to the 12th century, when travelling salesmen and peasants set up shop in front of one of the gates of the old city wall to sell their wares. In 1911 the fish market we see today was built and the market with its modernist iron roof was inaugurated in 1914.
The Joan Miró foundation was opened in 1975 and was converted, at the artist's express wishes, into a centre for the promotion of contemporary art which organises temporary exhibitions, conferences, seminars, workshops and children's theatre.
Crossed by the Onyar river and renowned for its colourful houses overlooking each bank, today the capital of Girona is a city more alive and close to the world than ever before. Even closer to Europe thanks to its recent high-speed rail link, Girona is the ideal city to pass from history to modernity, either strolling along the road that runs along its wall, walking through its historic centre, or the Jewish neighbourhood, known as "el Call". This city has an intense cultural life, with regular events and festivals related to theatre and music, a launching point for shows around the country. With its 40 hectares, Devesa is the largest urban park in Catalonia, offering visitors long walks in the shade of its hundred year old plane trees trees. www.girona.cat
El Patronato Municipal Call de Girona es la institución que se encarga de la recuperación física y cultural de la herencia judía de Girona. Lo hace a partir de la rehabilitación urbanística, de la dinamización y de la promoción del barrio judío a través del desarrollo de actividades culturales y turísticas.
The first references are from the 15th century, when King Alfonso V of Aragon handed this land over to the city. It was in the mid-19th century when a decision was made to plant London planes and give it the appearance we see today. In 1943 it was declared an Artistic National Park.
Here we can see a blend of different styles as, although building was completed in the 18th century, it was started in the 11th century. The central staircase, dating from the 17th century and leading to the door is highly characteristic, and is one of the most singular Baroque works in Europe.
This is the magical mountain of Catalonia, home of the Benedictine Sanctuary of the patron saint of the country, the Virgin of Montserrat, called "La Moreneta" ('The Brunette') for its dark colour. The magic of Montserrat comes not only from its spirituality, but also from the whimsical shapes of the mountain, with valleys, grottos and caves, resulting from water erosion over millions of years, providing hiking routes of great natural interest. Back on the grounds of the sanctuary, home to a culturally important community of Benedictine monks, the Montserrat experience isn't complete without a visit to its art museum, attending a concert of its children's choir or maybe shopping for some traditional goods, such as sweets and liqueurs made from mountain herbs, and handcrafted foods such as honey, cottage cheese or fig bread. www.montserratvisita.com
El funicular que permite llegar hasta uno de los puntos más altos del macizo de Montserrat, un parque natural donde se pueden realizar multitud de excursiones y visitar el patrimonio natural y artísitco.
What was once the capital of the Roman region of Tarracona is now home to an archaeological complex declared a World Heritage Site by the UNESCO. The city of Tarragona, very Roman as can be seen by the amphitheatre, the defensive walls, or the aqueduct on the outskirts, is ideal for immersing yourself in classical history, whether by dining under the arches of the Roman circus or strolling through streets that preserve the essence of a great medieval past. If your schedule permits, you really shouldn't miss out on the extraordinary "castells", constructions of human towers which originated in the Tarragona region and are, at the same time, a symbol of Catalonia. This is a city open to the sea, an added value which can be enjoyed by walking along the Balcón del Mediterráneo, a splendid viewpoint above the beach, or by enjoying the best fish and shellfish in the restaurants in the picturesque fishing quarter. www.tarragonaturisme.cat