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Things to do in CATALONIA

Catalonia (Cataluña in Spanish; Catalunya in Catalan) is an autonomous community and region of Spain. Thanks to its prosperous industry, agriculture, and tourism, it is the wealthiest part of this charismatic European country. Hence, it’s not hard to find interesting places to visit things to do in Catalonia. Catalonia became an autonomous community on December 18, 1979. Its government consists of Generalitat (an executive council led by a president) and resides in Catalonia’s free-spirited capital, Barcelona. Its every corner resonates with pride, passion, and homey comfort. Encompassing the lovely provinces of Barcelona, Girona, Tarragona, and Lleida, Catalonia occupies a triangular area in the northeast of Spain. 
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Barcelona is an intriguing seaside metropole with bohemian character, dynamic culture, fabled architecture and world-class gastronomy. Being the capital of Catalonia region, Barcelona is one of the most popular cities in Spain. In fact, it offers an exhilarating mix of the local and international. Perhaps its most distinctive features are the 2000 years old architectural heritage ranging from ancient city walls from the Roman period, narrow, crooked streets of the Medieval Gothic Quarter, or the Gaudí’s modernist masterpieces. Equally impressive is the landscape of flavors of Catalan cooking. Simple, fresh local ingredients include jamón (cured ham), seafood, olives and other market-fresh produce. In addition, these remarkable delicacies often come hand in hand with charming traditional settings. Add sandy sun-drenched beaches and vivacious nightlife to the mix, and you are in for a wholesome holiday treat! Whatever it is you are after, the things to do in Barcelona won't disappoint you.

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Girona is the largest city in the northern part of Catalonia. Visiting it is like opening an antique jewelry box decorated with cobbled gothic streets, lovely old churches, museums, galleries, and medieval city walls. Indeed, Girona is an ancient settlement with over hundred thousand inhabitants. Geographically, it sits at the junction of the rivers Ter, Onyar, Galligants, and Güell and makes for a lovely escape from the speed and noise of Barcelona. Plus, thanks to the local low budget airport, it makes for a perfect budget getaway. It's the place to experience authentic Catalonia. In fact, Catalan citizens consistently voted Girona to be the best city to live in. The whole town can be explored on foot and in relative peace from unbreakable tourist crowds. Lose yourself among tiny shops, workshops, cafes, tapas bars, quaint squares and ancient ruins. Click to discover more of what to do in Girona!

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Tarragona is the first larger seaside town as you travel south of Barcelona. In this vivacious port town, Roman history coexists in curious, balanced symbioses with beaches, bars, and the gastronomic scene that makes your mouth water. The generous selection of Spanish plazas filled with tapas bars and traditional cafes will enchant you as you make your way through the old town. Besides the earthly pleasures, Tarragona boasts with countless historical sites such as churches from many different periods, exceptionally well-preserved Colosseum from Roman times. As if that wasn’t quite enough, the city opens the gate to the stunning beaches of Costa Daurada kissed by the sparkling azure waters of the Mediterranean. If you get lucky, you might catch one of the town’s many festivals - there’s hardly a month without one! Find out more about what to do in Tarragona, beyond this tiny tip of the iceberg!

What to do in CATALONIA


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When you visit Catalonia, you may be surprised to learn that Catalan is not a dialect, but a language that has its origins in the vulgar Latin spoken by the Roman who colonized Tarragona. The Language also flourishes in Valencia, the Balearic Isles, the principality of Andorra and the Sardinian town of Alghero. When Ferdinand of Aragón married Isabella of Castile and the Kingdoms were united, the government close to abandoned Catalan, and Castilian became the language of literature and court. In the mid-1800s Catalan underwent a resurgence. However, the arrival Franco's dictatorship shunned Catalan in both public and private. Since the dictator's death in 1978, Catalan became the joint official language of the region, and a remains a proudly guarded heritage. In fact, for the past 35 years, it has been the primary language in state schools, guaranteeing all speak it. 

On the feast day of Immaculate Conception (December 8), Catalan families do not gather around a fir tree to decorate it with festively colored baubles and tinsel. Instead, they dress up a Tió de Nadal, a festival log otherwise known as a cage tió or, to me and you, a "poo log." Nothing better encapsulates the unique and vibrant culture of Catalonia like this quirky little Christmas tradition. Catalonia is the region that has given us Antoni Gaudi and his beautiful, gothic cathedral, Salvador Dali with all his melting clocks, Sardana dancing, human "castell" towers and the correfocs celebrations. The region's vibrant culture will never leave you short on things to do in Catalonia. Especially so, if you find yourself in Barcelona where the streets are alive with the hustle and bustle of a city that never sleeps and boasts a culture of great people, food, and music.

When you think of Catalonia what undoubtedly comes to mind is the hard crust of a crema Catalana or the tomato-y garlic delight of an oil-soaked “pa amb tomàquet.” That's right, Catalonia and food go together like, well, Catalonia and food. This region of Spain is a foodie's paradise, offering up some of the best in locally grown vegetables, fruits, meats, seafood, cheeses, and bread. Oh, and let's not forget the bubbly bliss of a crisp glass of cava, the regions answer to Champagne. Moreover, Catalonia hosts over fifty Michelin-starred restaurants. However, you don't have to head for the stars to sample Catalonia's distinct gastronomic stylings. Eat pintxos, a Basque import, in the summer sun; sample the mar i muntanya (sea and mountains) delights or enjoy a hearty butifarra sausage. When unsure of what to do in Catalonia, stop in a local tapas bar or delicatessen to think it over!


Things to do in CATALONIA



It borders with the Mediterranean Sea to the east; France and Andorra to the north; Valencia region to the south; and Aragon region to the west. The Pyrenees standing guard on the border with France will impress you with their voluptuous greenery, while the sandy beaches of the coast will disarm you with sunshine and blue horizon.  
 
Since the coastal towns are more industrial, they have dominated the economic development of the region. However, Catalonia's agriculture is not any less successful. The area boasts with production and export of quality wine, almonds, olive oil, grapes and much more. The hot, dry summers and mild winters create perfect conditions to produce these Catalan staples as well as welcome millions of curious travelers.
 
One thing is sure; wherever you find yourself in Catalonia, you will be surrounded by tempting activities, artistic masterpieces, flamboyant culture and succulent gastronomy. The remarkable beaches of Costa Brava, the works of famous architects and artists such as Gaudí and Dalí, and the world-renowned cuisine, make Catalonia one of the most popular tourist destinations in Spain. Traveling around the region, you will come across so many exciting things to do in Catalonia, you won’t even know where to begin. Check out the page for travel ideas, tours, and activities in the region before you visit Catalonia!

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