Catalonia

Spain
Arenas de Barcelona featuring a monument, night scenes and a sunset
From lively coastal cities to fertile valleys and Pyrenean peaks that hide ancient monasteries, this distinctive Spanish region rewards unhurried travelers.

Explore the varied provinces of Catalonia, a region in northeastern Spain that prides itself on its unique character and breathtaking scenery. Catalonia marks the point where the Pyrenees meet the Mediterranean Sea, and features architectural wonders and Roman ruins. It’s the birthplace of surrealist master, Salvador Dalí.

Barcelona is the perfect introduction to this vivid region. Sitting in the foothills of the Serra de Collserola and reaching out to the Mediterranean, Barcelona is Spain’s second-largest city and its streets showcase Gothic relics alongside modernist monuments.

Wander along the leafy boulevard of Las Ramblas or find out what’s happening at the central Plaça de Catalunya. The city’s architecture spans the solemn grandeur of the Gothic Quarter to the intricate sandcastle-like spires of the Sagrada Familia. La Boqueria Market is a fantastic place to go shopping and people-watch, while the beaches on the fringes of the city are filled with great spots to chill out with a drink.

Other beautiful beaches can be found in Costa Brava, a long coastline dotted with secret bays and busy beaches. Check out the busy resort towns of Pineda or Tossa del Mar. After a day of swimming, diving and sailing, head to one of the beachside bars to enjoy a local beer and Catalan paella.

Discover Catalonia’s medieval architecture and Jewish heritage in Besalú or Girona.

Make your way to Figueres to see Catalonian native Salvador Dalí’s theater museum. The surrealist artist’s former home can be seen in Cadaqués.

Experience Catalonia’s natural beauty when you explore the northern Pyrenees, where rugged valleys shelter ancient churches and monasteries. Trek the trails in the Cap de Creus Natural Park or go skiing in the majestic Girona Pyrenees. The Delta de l'Ebre wetlands provide a picturesque habitat for flocks of flamingos.

Reach Catalonia by flying into the region’s international airports in Barcelona and Girona. Bus and rail connect much of the province, but some more remote areas are best explored by rental car.

While Catalonia is a year-round destination, its beautiful beaches and lively atmosphere are best enjoyed in the warmer months.

Popular cities in Catalonia

Barceloneta Beach which includes street scenes, a city and night scenes
Barcelona
Known for Shopping, Cathedrals and Museums
Modernist art and Gothic architecture create a stunning backdrop in the Catalan capital, where sublime food and a sophisticated nightlife scene await.

Reasons to visit

  • Palau de la Musica Catalana
  • Picasso Museum
  • Barcelona Cathedral
Tarragona Cathedral showing a garden and heritage architecture as well as a large group of people
Tarragona
Known for Historical, Ruins and Sightseeing
Explore this Catalonian beach city for the relics and antiques left by the Romans: museums, old city walls and an amphitheater.

Reasons to visit

  • Tarragona Amphitheatre
  • Tarragona Cathedral
  • Plaza Imperial Tarraco
Cala Boadella Beach featuring a sandy beach, general coastal views and rugged coastline
Lloret de Mar
Known for Beach view, Family-friendly and Casinos
This lively town has historic landmarks, a relaxing beach atmosphere and a roaring nightlife.

Reasons to visit

  • Fenals Beach
  • Water World
  • Santa Clotilde Gardens
Girona showing a bay or harbor, boating and a coastal town
Girona
Known for Historical, Cheese and Secluded
From medieval architecture and history museums to city rivers and a mountainous backdrop, this Catalonian city appeals to nature lovers and cultural enthusiasts.
Salou showing a coastal town, general coastal views and rugged coastline
Salou
Known for Beach view, Family-friendly and Theme parks
Salou awaits: its beaches, theme park, golf, and more!
Sitges which includes rugged coastline and heritage architecture
Sitges
Known for Beach view, Dining and Poolside bars
Visit this eclectic and beautiful resort, one of the most popular beach destinations in southern Europe.