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Catalonia is one of the favored destinations by many tourists and it is with reasons, since it has all the ideal conditions to enjoy an incredible vacation. Its 580 kilometers of coastline bathed by the warm waters of the Mediterranean, its traditional villages and the cosmopolitan air of its great cities make Catalonia a place of great charm and singular beauty.
In the four provinces of Catalonia: Barcelona, Girona, Tarragona and Lleida, we can find plenty of options to enjoy a perfect vacation. We can discover fishing villages such as Sant Carles de la Ràpita or l'Ampolla with its nautical ports, fish markets and promenades and beaches.
On the Costa Dorada and the Costa Brava, two of the most popular coasts in the whole of the Iberian Peninsula, we can enjoy paradisiac beaches such as Tossa de Mar, Begur or l'Ametlla de Mar. In the interior we find towns and villages that have turned into magnificent relics of the Catalan medieval past such as Siurana, Montblanc, Pals or Besalú.
If what we want is to get in direct contact with culture and art, Barcelona is a mandatory stop, where you can see the immortal works of Gaudí Parque Güell, Sagrada Familia or la Pedrera, next to museums such as the Picasso, prestigious art galleries and a vibrant nightlife.
Catalonia also stands out for its wine tradition, evident in the areas of vineyards and large wineries such as Codorniu or Freixenet. Another of the main attractions of Catalonia are the hiking trails and the natural parks.
Among the best known personalities of international gastronomy are the names of great Catalan chefs such as Ferran Adrià, the Roca brothers and Carme Ruscalleda. And is that Catalonia has always distinguished itself for its exquisite Mediterranean cuisine combined with an excellent innovation and technique.
There is no shortage of restaurants in which to savor the local and international food, for all budgets. Both on the coast and in the interior we can taste an endless number of typical dishes such as caracoles a la llauna, los calçots con romesco, la escalibada, la butifarra con mongetes, el suquet de peix or la crema catalana. Nor can you miss the famous bread with tomatoes accompanied by sausages and local cheese.
Along the Catalan geography, we find areas of magnificent beaches, picturesque villages such as Cadaques or Sitges and also places steeped in history. The roman ruins of Tarragona its an example of this. Catalonia also has amazing mountain routes in which to practice adventure sports and enjoy a lively nightlife. With all its contrasts, it is an exquisite blend of culture, history and nature.
Catalonia is one of the main destinations for family trips. Many of its towns hold the seal of family tourism that guarantees them as an ideal place to spend a wonderful family holiday. One of the most loved places for children, besides the beaches, are the amusement parks, and in Catalonia there are many.
Costa Brava features the Gnomo Park and Arbre Aventura, a natural multi-adventure park featuring zip lines, hanging bridges and hammocks between trees. In Barcelona, you can discover the Tibidabo Park and enjoy some amazing views of the city. But the most famous and most important park in Catalonia is PortAventura. A theme park where fun and fantasy come together.
The most curious ones can stop at the Museum of Toy History in Sant Feliu de Guíxols which houses an incredible collection of toys made more than two hundred years ago, or the Museum of Chocolate in Barcelona. Those with an aquatic spirit can visit the Barcelona Aquarium and see a wide variety of fish from all corners of the world and marine species, including sharks.
One of the most fascinating areas in this sense is the National Park of Aigüestortes and Estany de Sant Maurici, in the Pyrenees, where meadows, lakes of glacial origin and protected forests.
Catalonia has an excellent transport network. By air, it has three international airports: the Prat de Llobregat in Barcelona, Reus and Girona. By land, it has 600 km of motorways and 11,000 km of highways, so its access is simple and comfortable, from both France and the rest of the Peninsula.
If you prefer to arrive by sea, the most important ports are Barcelona and Tarragona. And if your chosen option is the train, each provincial capital has a train station to which high-speed trains arrive, as well as an extensive network of suburbs connecting with different towns in the Catalan territory.
Catalonia offers a multitude of accommodation possibilities, but one of the favorites by many tourists is the holiday rental apartments in Catalonia. This alternative offers a wide and varied range of tourist accommodation depending on the destination we choose. Whether it is a family, a couple or a group of friends, tourist accommodation is usually a cheaper option than staying in a hotel. It is also often much more practical since there are no schedules that condition the daily agenda and provides a more direct contact with the culture and customs of the place.