There are only a few places in this world that can hold a candle to the diverse, awe-inspiring and historically rich region of Catalunya. The wonderful region in northeastern Spain is home of Barcelona and it’s magnificent historical places. But Catalunya is more than just Barcelona.
Today we will visit the Catalunyan Tourism board video. And let us travel together to the best places the region has to offer. So let’s go and visit Catalunya
Hospital de la Santa Creu i Sant Pau
History has always been written by the victors, but it is made beautiful by generous spirits and artistic geniuses. The Hospital de la Santa Creu i Sant Pau or simply known as Hospital Sant Pau is a prime example of this. The more than 600 year old complex was a medieval charitable home that was turned into a modern hospital. And in present the complex is home to the “Park Hospital” - designed by renowned Catalan architect Lluís Domènech i Montaner. Because of the significant cultural, historical, and artistic value it holds, the hospital complex was declared as UNESCO World Heritage site.
Speaking of UNESCO World Heritage site, the most iconic building in all of Barcelona and in Catalunya, is the Basílica i Temple Expiatori de la Sagrada Família. The magnum opus of another Catalan architect - Antoni Gaudi is an unfinished Roman Catholic church. But after almost 133 years of being left to its unfinished status, the construction was re-opened back in 2015 and is now underway to be finished by 2026.
From one holy place to another, let’s visit the scenic mountain range of Montserrat. This mountainous paradise is home of the Our Lady of Montserrat Shrine. The main peaks are Sant Jeroni, Montgrós and Miranda de les Agulles. Furthermore, this is the site for the famous Black Madonna of Montserrat. This is one of the most famous Madonna in Europe.
Let’s go down from the mountains and have a walk down the sandy beaches of Catalunya. Welcome to El Vendrell, the home of long, sandy beaches, wine, music, culture and heritage. The city of 36,00 people is famous for the Penedes wine growing region. The hometown of one of the most famous cellist in history, Pablo Casals, is only a few kilometers away from amazing beaches of Coma-Ruga, Sant Salvador and El Francas. Because of the Mediterranean climate along these beaches, it is a tourist destination for everyone who loves to have a good time down the beach.
If you are looking for more than just the beach, the mountains, and wondrous destination all rolled into one then Costa Daurada is the place for you. This strip of paradise located in southern Catalunya is what dreams are made of. You can have a culturally rich day in the ruins of Roman civilization after you visit the Prades mountains and or relax on the golden sand facing the Mediterranean sea. Costa Duarada has it all for you.
La Cartoixa d’Escaladei
This beautiful ruins in the Priorat region in Catalunya is a must visit for every tourist. The former French monk monastery, which has been operating until 1835 is remnant of the past and is a heart warming reminder of the combination of history and rustic countryside living. Surrounded by vineyards and olive groves, the site is thoughtfully maintained and well worth spending an hour or so exploring.
Known for its rich historical places, the Northern Spain port city of Tarragona is well known for their Roman ruins. The richness of history carved in each stones in the Roman ruins is key reminder of the colorful past. Because of this, Tarragona has become known for historic re-enactment of events. The Tarraco Viva festival which has been worked on by archaeologists, historians, script writers, and other producers is a homage to the Napoleonic war.
Via verde de la Val de Zafan
Traversing two breath-taking National Parks, with approximately 170 kilometres, the Zafan Valley Greenway is definitely one of the tourist cycle paths one should visit when in Catalunya. The greenway is a route that can take you to the highlands of Aragon to the sea through two natural parks as spectacular and diverse as Els Ports and the Ebro Delta.
Like many other old-city in Spain, Lleida holds its candle for also preserving the richness of culture and history within the city. Chief example of this are the La Seu Vella and the Castle of Suda. The two medieval wonders can offer views of the whole city as both of them are located at high point in the city. Furthermore, a tourist can visit old shops and authentic restaurants in the old-town. To the west, the Castle of Gardeny sits on a hill, gazing out over the city and its surrounding countryside.
Pirineus or more commonly known as The Pyreness serves as the borderline and gateway to and from Europe to the Catalunyan region of Spain. The range which stretches for more than 430 kn runs from Spain and into France. The mountains boasts many scenic hiking trails and as well as marvelous roads overlooking an ever-changing landscape of mountains, trees, and other water forms.
Vall de Boi
While we are in the topic of Lleida and The Pyrenees, we cannot move on until we tackle
Vall de Boi. This small town in Lleida is a thriving community in the outskirts of the Pirineus. Boasting a host of activities, and picturesque views, the town is a well-known ski destination. Also, there is matter of the Catalan Romanesque Churches of Vall de Boi which are also considered as UNESCO World Heritage site.
Les falles del Pirineu
The falles of the Pyrenees is a festive tradition that is celebrated in several places of the regions of the Pyrenees . They are Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity according to Unesco .
Known for the houses of the couple Gala and Salvador Dali, Port Lligat, is a popular cove in Cadaqués. The most known of the houses of Dali and Gala are the labyrinthine house that they made. The artists joined together houses and is home for most of the inspiration of Dali’s works. It is now known as:
Casa Museu Dali
Speaking of Dali, the Port Lligat Museum-House is a magnificent seaside complex in which Dali and his wife Gala lived from 1930 to 1982. This amazing location is riddled by many cottages and terraces as well as the aforementioned labyrinthine corridors.
There are endless options on what to do and where to stay if you visit Costa Brava, in Northeastern Spain. The Coastal region of Catalunya is known for its pristine beaches and an assortment of wonderful activities and places to visit. You can go to Pals, Tossa de Mar and visit the Cadaques among many others.
And lastly, we visit Girona. Sandwiched by the beaches of Costa Brava and the elegance of Barcelona, Girona is a gorgeous place to visit, with medieval walls, narrow winding city streets, and one of the best preserved Jewish Quarters in Europe. And what’s more exciting about this city is you can visit the real-life locations of the set of Game Thrones specially King’s Landing.
Catalunya is truly a kaleidoscope of cultural and natural wonders. One should take an effort and visit the region. BCN Montjuic Tourist Point has you covered in everything about Catalunya. Talk to us and let’s travel the Iberian regions together.