Holidays to Catalonia promise gorgeous beaches, lively seaside towns and Spain’s most exciting city – Barcelona.
Something for everyone
You’ll find Catalonia up in the northeast of Spain. It’s a good-looking region, with hilltop hamlets, seaside towns and chic cities sandwiched between the snow-capped Pyrenees and the sparkling Mediterranean all crowds.
The Costa Brava is Spain’s northernmost Costa, and one of its prettiest, too – the coastline is scalloped with sandy bays and tucked-away coves hemmed in by rugged cliffs. When it comes to choosing a place to stay, you’ve got lively spots like Tossa de Mar and Calella de la Costa, and quieter seaside towns, such as Llafranc and Pineda.
Running south from Barcelona is the Costa Dorada, or ‘Golden Coast’. As its name suggests, this stretch of shoreline is edged with golden sandy beaches – 92 kilometres’ worth to be precise. One of the best is in Salou. This family-friendly resort also has Spain’s biggest theme park, PortAventura, right on the doorstep. Quieter towns, like Cambrils and La Pineda, are also popular picks for families, while night owls tend to make a beeline for Sitges’ clubs and bars.
City-wise, you can’t get any better than Catalonia’s capital, Barcelona. Its buzzing streets are filled with stylish boutiques, gourmet tapas bars and quirky Gaudi architecture.
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Costa Dorada means ‘Golden Coast’ in Spanish, which is pretty fitting for a coastline that turns out 92 kilometres of caramel-hued sands from one end to the other. Running south from Barcelona, they’re warmed by 300 days of sunshine a year, and laced with every type of resort going.
The northernmost of Spain’s Costas, the Costa Brava is probably the prettiest of the lot. It’s made up of rugged cliffs and secluded coves, which give way to fishing villages and seaside towns. And in among it all are the long beaches that have been attracting holidaymakers here since the Fifties.
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