Catalonia places to visit and attractions

Below you can explore some of the most popular highlights and places of interest in the Catalonia region. See also our Catalonia travel guide.

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Barcelona is a city with fabulous art museums, Gaudi architecture and lots more. It is one of our favourite cities.
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Begur is a charming village set a little inland with good bus links to its beaches on the Costa Brava.
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Besalu is a magnificent medieval town dominated by an 11th century fortified bridge.
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Blanes is a must for garden lovers with the Blanes' Botanical Garden, the Jardi Botanic Mar i Murtra, designed by Karl Faust in 1928.
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Cadaqués is one of the most picturesque villages in Spain and nearby Portlligat is the home of the Casa-Museu Salvador Dali.
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Calella-de-Palafrugell is one of the most beautiful villages on the Costa Brava coast.
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Cardona has a 13th Century castle renovated in the 18th century and which is now one of the luxurious Paradors of Spain.
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Casa Batllo

The Casa Batllo building in Barcelona is one of the iconic works of Anton Gaudi and is open for visits.
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Castello d'Empuries

Castello d'Empuries is an interesting medieval village with a huge church. It is a small distance inland of Roses.
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Eixample, Barcelona

The Eixample district of Barcelona is home to the largest number of Art Nouveau buildings in Spain with many examples by Gaudi.
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Empuries is a fascinating archeological site containing a Greek and Roman colony
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Figueres is home of the unmissable Salvador Dali museum (Teatro-Museo Dali).
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Girona is an ancient, walled city with an attractive riverside. It is a great destination for a weekend break.
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Gothic Quarter of Barcelona

The Gothic Quarter of Barcelona is at the heart of this beautiful city and has many historic buildings and a great atmosphere.
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Jardins de Cap Roig

The Cap Roig botanical garden is a beautiful garden in a beautiful cliff-top location with sweeping views over the sea.
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L'Estartit is a popular resort on the Costa Brava. It makes a good base for visiting the area.
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Llafranc is a chic seaside resort on the Costa Brava coast of Spain.
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Lleida has a large ruined fort, La Suda, and an outstanding cathedral, the Seu Vell
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Lloret de Mar

Lloret de Mar is one of Spain's most popular tourist resorts. It is lively but has retained its charm.
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Monestir de Montserrat

The Monestir de Montserrat has a beautiful mountain setting close to Barcelona.It is one of the most famous Catholic pilgrim sites.
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Monestir de Poblet

The Monestir de Poblet is one of the most important in Spain and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
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Montblanc is a beautiful, walled town with a number of Romanesque and Gothic monuments to see.
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Montjuic, Barcelona

From the Montjuic district of Barcelona you can get some great views over the city and also see some great sights.
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Olot is an attractive town in the Baixa Garrotxa volcanic region. The area has thirty volcanic cones.
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Palamos is an attractive port town on the Costa Brava.Its pleasant old town winds uphill from the beach.
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Pals is a lovely medieval village inland of the Costa Brava.
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Peratallada is a medieval village, and is one of the most beautiful villages in Spain.
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Platja d'Aro

Platja d'Aro is a popular beach resort with a large sandy beach and lots of facilities.
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PortAventura is one of Europe's biggest theme parks. It is a great family attraction.
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Portlligat is a quaint fishing village and home to the house of Salvador Dali which is well worth visiting.
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Pubol is home to the Casa-Museu Castell Gala Dali. The elephant statues in the garden and the collection of Gala's dresses are highlights.
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Roses was an ancient Greek settlement and is now the biggest resort on the northern stretch of the Costa Brava.
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Sagrada Familia

The Sagrada Familia is the pinnacle of the work of Anton Gaudi. It is the iconic symbol of Barcelona.
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Salou is the main resort on the Costa Dorado coast. It is situated next to the Port Aventura theme park.
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Sant Feliu de Guixols

Sant Feliu de Guixols is a relaxed resort with a Benedictine monastery. The town has an interesting mix of colonial and Moorish architecture.
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Santa Pau

Santa Pau is a medieval village in the Baixa Garrotxa volcanic region. This is a great area for hiking.
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Sitges is a highlight of the coastal towns south of Barcelona. It has some excellent Modernist architecture.
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Tamariu is a charming seaside village on the Costa Brava.
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Tarragona's roman ruins are one of the World Heritage Sites in Catalonia. It also has a medieval old town.
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Tossa de Mar is a very attractive mid-sized resort on the Costa Brava which has retained its character.
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Water World

Water World at Lloret de Mar is one of Catalonia's biggest water parks. It is very popular with families.
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