Salvador Dali was born in Figueres, Catalonia on the 11th of May 1904. His flamboyant personality and creativity are still fascinating the public. Catalonia is also well-known for its beaches on the Costa Brava, the Pyrenees Mountains in the North and its vibrant capital, Barcelona.
Here are 10 places you should visit when staying in Catalonia:
La Predrera (or Casa Míla) in Barcelona: the modernist building was designed by the architect Antoni Gaudi between 1906 and 1912. The architecture is very unique and interesting. The inside of the building and the roof terrace are a must see.
Barri Gótic in Barcelona: the Gothic Quarter is in the centre of the old city. It is the ideal place to go to for a leisurely stroll, to admire the historical buildings and to enjoy the evening in one of its trendy restaurants or tapas bars. The place is filled with musicians and its tiny shops along the narrow streets are great for a spot of shopping.
The Aigüestortes I Estany De Sant Maurici National Park is perfect for both experienced and non-experienced walkers. It is located in the Pyrenees, has about 200 lakes, and is home to the Pyrenean Chamois, the Golden Eagle, marmots, ermines…There are many routes to hike and amazing views. You can have lovely picnics by one of its lakes. Cars are not allowed in the park but there is the Park’s 4×4 taxi. It is definitely worth a visit and better if you can spare more days to enjoy it.
Castillo de Tossa de Mar on the Costa Brava: the fortified village and the castle are perfect for a day out with the whole family. The walk to the castle is easy and the views of the sea at the top of the castle are amazing. The village is well preserved and there are plenty of local restaurants. There is also a beautiful beach nearby.
San Jeroni, near Barcelona is great for hiking or to pay a cultural visit the monastery. There is a cable car that can take visitors to the top. You will get a 360 degrees view of the Mediterranean coast and the Pyrenees. There are some beautiful trees, unusual rock formations and you might get lucky and see the Spanish ibex (wild goat).
The Jardi Botanic Marimurta in Blanes, Girona. The three gardens represent three different ecosystems with more than 4,000 species. You can spend hours walking around but the second best surprise are the breathtaking views of the coast. It is a great place to sit and relax.
Cellar Mas Vicenç in Tarragona is ideal if you want to experience the Catalonian wines. The family winery has beautiful vineyards and the tasting on the terrace with great views of the area makes it extra special. The guided tours are done by the family and the atmosphere is very friendly.
The Roman Aqueduct in Tarragona is 2000 years old but very well-preserved and you are allowed to walk along the top. The settings are beautiful, quiet and it is accessible to all ages. It is also a great spot to take pictures.
La Fageda d’en Jorda in Olot is a beautiful and leafy beech forest. No cars are allowed. You can walk, cycle, or even go on a horse drawn carriage. There is a dairy farm where you can taste the local ice-cream and yoghurts. The children are allowed to pet the calves. There is the Garrotxa Volcanic Zone Natural Park close by with its volcanoes and historic olds towns.
The Playas in Calella de Palfrugell are known to be one of the best beaches in Europe. They are very popular with the locals (always a good sign). They have rocky coves and are ideal for children. There is a lighthouse and coastal paths with beautiful views. The seaside village is pretty with plenty of local restaurants serving traditional cuisine.