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Sightseeing in Catalonia - what to see. Complete travel guide

Catalunya is the major tourist center of Spain. There are many popular Mediterranean resorts on its territory. This region is famous for its interesting history, centuries-old traditions, rich culture and, of course, its magnificent nature. Catalunya is protected from winds by the mighty Pyrenees, so good weather reigns here almost all year round. Costa Brava, Costa Dorada and Costa de Maresme are considered the most famous resorts of Catalunya; even the most discerning travelers would be pleased with them. They feature luxury hotels, clean beaches and seaside entertainment; you won’t find such a number of cafes, bars, entertainment centers and amusement parks at any other popular resort.
The contemporary culture of Catalunya is as interesting and attractive, as it was hundreds of years ago. Indigenous people still follow traditions of their ancestors and celebrate beautiful … Open
From the historical point of view, Barcelona is the most interesting place. The capital of Catalunya can be called a museum in the open air, as you can see unique historical and architectural monuments, unusual museums and elegant exhibition galleries at every step. Fans of Salvador Dali have to go to Figueres, where the well-known artist was born and grew up. The city has opened the theater and museum in his honor, where paintings and exhibitions devoted to the painter are demonstrated. You can get acquainted with inhabitants of the underwater world during a tour around Barcelona Aquarium that is the largest in Europe. The youngest tourists would like the Port Adventura entertainment park. It was opened not so long ago, but has gained a great popularity.
There are various ruins of ancient buildings erected thousands of years ago by the Romans in Tarragona. There are several major archaeological centers, so findings of scientists can be found in local museums. Tarragona is famous not only for its historical attractions, but also for wonderful golden beaches. Costa Dorada resort is located there. The ancient city of Girona is also worth visiting; it is the center of the popular resort of Costa Brava. Every year, festivals and holidays are held in various cities of Catalonia. Every single day spent at colorful Mediterranean resorts will be special and unique. Copyright www.orangesmile.com
Through efforts of local residents Catalunya has managed to keep a lot of precious historical monuments attracting thousands of travelers to this picturesque region. Charming ancient towns … Open
Catalonia is famous for its outstanding historical attractions. You can see most of them in Barcelona. There is a unique contemporary art museum called MACBA. The capital of Catalonia has preserved remarkable architectural monuments, the most famous of which is Sagrada Familia Cathedral. Local archeological districts are very popular with tourists. The Tarragona coast is especially rich with such attractions. The researchers have found the ruins of Roman cities here. The artifacts found here are presented in local archeological museums. The irreplaceable symbol of Catalonia is wonderful Montserrat Monastery.
The most enchanting Spanish region attracts fans of food tourism. Here, you can taste a lot of unique national dishes and delicacies. The national cuisine of Catalonia is very contrasting. While the coastal zone is characterized by fish dishes, in the submontane area you can taste delicious poultry and sausages.
Catalunya is an ideal holiday destination for fans of sports entertainment and for those who wish to enjoy relaxed and casual atmosphere. The region features charming seaside resorts, … Open
On the territory of the region, there are a lot of working farms where organic vegetables are grown and high-quality dairy products are produced. Some farms are open for tourists. If you don’t want to take long excursions, you can taste delicious farm products in local markets. In Catalonia, there are several dozens of wineries where different wines are produced.
The region will definitely impress fans of active holidays. At the Catalan coast, there are multiple centers of water sports. Here, you can do the sailing and master the surfing. Local beaches are also very popular with diving fans. The most interesting region for diving is the Costa Brava coast. It is famous for beautiful underwater caves and rare marine dwellers.
1. You can travel Catalunya by high-speed RENFE trains, as well as buses. It should be noted that the latter method is not only profitable, but also quite comfortable, as bus routes pass … Open
The picturesque Pyrenees are rich with excellent ski resorts. There are a few difficult routes for professional sportsmen but there are also a lot of comfortable places for family recreation. One of the most attractive family resorts is La Molina. In a warm period, you can hike and ride a bike in the submontane area. There are also very interesting districts for mountaineering. The popular kind of sport in Catalonia is golf. In the region, there are a lot of clubs for beginners, as well as professionals.
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City tours, excursions and tickets in Catalonia and surroundings

Reference information
Map of all castles
Survived castles around Catalonia
♥   Castle 'Castle d’Enfesta' Lleida, 21.1 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Castle of les Sitges' Lleida, 34.9 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Castle of Castellet' Tarragona, 37.6 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Castle of Cardona' Catalonia, 38.4 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Castle of Granera' Catalonia, 47.2 km from the center. On the map   Photo
Map of all parks
National and city parks around Catalonia
♥   Natural Park 'Muntanya de Montserrat' , 25.7 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Natural Park 'Serra de Collserola' , 51.1 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Cave 'El Forat' , 59.3 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Natural Park 'Serra del Montsant' , 68.8 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Cave 'Cova del Llop Mari' , 87.5 km from the center. On the map   Photo

Sights around Catalonia from our guide 'Extreme places on Earth'

Port Aventura

From the series “The Most Fantastic Amusement Parks in the World”
Among the other interesting features of PortAventura, one must mention the unique show programs that are literally performed for the visitors every day. In total, the 'repertoire' of the park contains more than 90 scenarios of the grandiose shows. The most interesting and colorful are held on the holidays. A few years ago, the first-class beach clubs were opened on the park terrarium. Port Aventura receives more than 3 million guests annually and is constantly improving. … Read further

Hotel W

From the series “Glass Architecture - Impressive Villas and Buildings from Glass”
On the 27th floor you can find the famous ECLIPSE bar and fans of top-quality cuisine will like the restaurants. Both the façade of the building is elaborated with glass tile and interior décor of the building has a number of glass elements. There are a lot of unusual lights, decorative fairy lights, huge mirrors and glass panels that enlarge rooms. If you have an opportunity to spend there a day, do it, you won’t regret. … Read further

Waterfront in Barcelona

From the series “The Most Beautiful Waterfronts and Embankments”
Near the embankment there is a huge shopping mall "Maremagnum". There you will find not only shops but also cafes. The Columb's Column is one more significant place at the embankment. Next to it the wharf has placed. There you can see several yachts. If you want, you can go with the captains to the open sea. Those, who will be with children, have to visit the Barcelona's Aquarium. It is one of the most beautiful and outstanding in Europe. … Read further
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All about Catalonia, Spain - sightseeings, attractions, touristic spots, architecture, history, culture and cuisine. Prepare your trip together with OrangeSmile.com - find out the 'must see' things in Catalonia, which places to visit, which excursions to take, where the breathtaking views are waiting for you. Planning your trip with this travel guide will help your to get the most out of Catalonia in few days.
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