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Nestled in the northeastern corner of Spain, bordering France along the Pyrenees mountains, the region of Catalonia is most often associated with its grand city, Barcelona. Beyond the rich history and excitement of the metropolis, however, is an entire landscape filled with its own depth of character and stories to tell. Visitors most often flock to the area in the summer, especially to the coastal regions to enjoy the Costa Daurada (Golden Coast) and Costa Brava (Rugged Coast) where Mediterranean beach life is at its peak. Inland, and during all other seasons, visitors will find that there is as much to do with less bustle, and ...

Nestled in the northeastern corner of Spain, bordering France along the Pyrenees mountains, the region of Catalonia is most often associated with its grand city, Barcelona. Beyond the rich history and excitement of the metropolis, however, is an entire landscape filled with its own depth of character and stories to tell. Visitors most often flock to the area in the summer, especially to the coastal regions to enjoy the Costa Daurada (Golden Coast) and Costa Brava (Rugged Coast) where Mediterranean beach life is at its peak. Inland, and during all other seasons, visitors will find that there is as much to do with less bustle, and comfortable weather too. Spring and autumn months are perfect for exploring, bicycling, and hiking, and in winter, skiers should remember the snow-covered Val d’Aran.

Catalonia is famous for its own unique customs, including its language, Catalan, which is far more than an accented Spanish. Previously a separate country, the region maintains much of its independence as well as pride. In addition to beaches, visitors seek out Catalonia’s highly regarded Penedès wine region, as well as Montserrat, a historical monastery atop a mountain near Barcelona.

Lura Seavey
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Lura Seavey is the author of Fun with the Family in Vermont and New Hampshire and she has contributed to several Thomas Cook guidebooks, including Drive Around Catalonia, Travellers Mallorca, and Travellers Barcelona.

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Facts at a Glance

  • Location: Catalonia comprises four provinces: Barcelona, Girona, Lleida and Tarragona. Its capital city is Barcelona.
  • Language: Castilian (Spanish), Catalan, Galician, Basque
  • Currency: Euro
  • Research: Wikitravel | Wikipedia

Climate

  • Best Time to Visit:

    Summer for beaches; spring/autumn for hiking, exploring, backpacking, and general interest