barcelona, catalonia, and the costa brava - overview

Catalonia is a vibrant nation-within-a-nation offering travelers an unbeatable combination of cultural attractions and natural beauty.

Its cosmopolitan capital, Barcelona, is one of the most exciting cities in Europe. At the forefront of design for more than a century, Barcelona has the greatest collection of Art Nouveau architecture anywhere. In fact, it is the only city in the world with seven Art Nouveau buildings listed as UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

Add to that an atmospheric Gothic quarter, a sparkling Mediterranean harbor, a rich artistic tradition, and the best food in Spain (it is close to France, after all), and you’ve got one of the most appealing destinations on the continent.

Spend four days exploring Barcelona’s world-class museums, incredible architecture, and stylish shops and cafes before driving to Montserrat where the holiest monastery in Catalonia clings to a 4,000-ft. mountain. Spend the night in Cardona’s restored 9th-century castle which is now a four-star parador.

Travel to La Seu d’Urgell where you’ll spend two days enjoying the scenic splendor of the Catalan Pyrenees. Hike, raft, or explore 12th-century Romaneque churches in Pyrenees villages, or do a little duty-free shopping in the tiny principality of Andorra before moving onto the ancient town of Vic.

Relax in Cadaques, the white-washed, sun-splashed fishing village best known as the home of surrealist Salvador Dali. Explore the medieval churches and museums of Girona. Then unwind in Tossa de Mar, where bougainvillea tumbles from the balconies and the twisting cliff-top road reveals one breathtaking coastal view after another.

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