Here comes our Catalan Travel Series. We have collected a list of many beautiful & historically relevant places around Catalonia.

Most of the territory lies on the northeast of the Iberian Peninsula, to the south of the Pyrenees mountain range. Catalonia consists of four provinces: BarcelonaGironaLleida, and Tarragona. The capital and largest city, Barcelona is the second-most populated municipality in Spain and the fifth-most populous urban area in the European Union.

It is bordered by France (Occitanie) and Andorra to the north, the Mediterranean Sea to the east, and the Spanish autonomous communities of Aragon to the west and Valencia to the south.

As you might know our mission is to share something relevant, something authentic, something real, something cool, something interesting, something personal & something different, via our travel stories & images. We are focusing on ideas from local sources, giving tips that are usually unknown for travelers and foreigners, guides to secret places which only the guy from the given neighborhood could know about, to the hidden picturesque view, with recommending everything besides the obvious: the local real feel, the adventure of discovering the unknown, the authenticity, culinary guide to the meals that locals are really cooking and eating at home, and much more. Hope you will read our Catalan Travel Series, feel inspired and enjoy the journey, as much as we do!

calella de palafrugell guide

Calella de Palafrugell – A romantic dream on Costa Brava

We had the chance to visit Calella de Palafrugell in winter, on a sunny day in December. Actually, winter here is like late spring in Eastern Europe. People still can have a bath in the sea. The sun is still strong enough to enjoy sunbathing. And the terraces are full of people ordering their tapas. Calella de Palafrugell is tiny, it’s not much more than a couple of cute streets. But let’s see now our complete Calella de Palafrugell guide in detail!

Empuriabrava the largest residential marina in Europe

Empuriabrava, the largest residential marina in Europe

We can find Empuriabrava in the Gulf of Roses, surrounded by the Natural Park of the Aiguamolls de l’Empordà. Empuriabrava, the largest residential marina in Europe has some 24 km of navigable waterways. The construction of Empuriabrava started in 1964 and completed in 1975. The town quickly became a tourist community. Nowdays, the town has more than 40 km of canals and a seasonal, summer population of around 80,000.

visit parc sama

A hidden gem next to Cambrils: Parc Samà

On a sunny Friday afternoon, when suddenly we were allowed to leave our county again, we decided to visit a hidden and less-known gem of Tarragona province: Parc Samà. Funny enough and surprisingly as well, this park is known neither among locals nor among tourists. We also found it by coincidence when we were looking …

The castle of guimera

A hidden gem in Lleida province – The Castle of Guimerà

Recently we had the chance to travel a bit in Catalonia, as for Easter break it was finally allowed to leave the counties. Of course, we immediately lived with the opportunity and made a little “vuelta” including Vall de Boí, Vall d’Aran, and some medieval remains of Lleida province, like Guimerà as well. Guimerà is …

What to see in Camprodon

Camprodon, the gem of the Catalan Pyrenees

Getting lost for a while in the Pyrenees is never a bad plan if you know what to see in Camprodon. This old town dates from the early 12th century and It has its origin in the ancient monastery of San Pere and in an old market granted in 1118 by Ramón Berenguer III, the …

Interview with Vicenç Ferré, president of the wine DO Tarragona

We think that wine has a deep influence on the culture and identity of Tarragona Region. Therefore, we wanted to speak with someone relevant to represent the Denomination of Origin Tarragona. We wrote them directly, to an e-mail address found on the Internet and they offered the phone number of the President of DO Tarragona. …

The Sanctuary of Montferri – One of the wonders by Josep Maria Jujol

The Sanctuary of Montferri or as it is officially called the “Our Lady of Montserrat Sanctuary” or in Catalán: “La Mare de Déu de Montserrat“, is one of the most representative works in the Alt Camp region in Catalonia by Josep Maria Jujol. 1 The history of the “Our Lady of Montserrat Sanctuary“2 The architect: …

Torredembarra the jewel of Costa Daurada

Torredembarra – The jewel of Costa Daurada

If this is the first time you hear or read the name of this town, for sure you would be asking back, Torre…hm… what?! It was the same for me and most likely for everyone who is coming from abroad and never been to this lovely town before. But believe me, it’s enough to dedicate …

Let’s get lost on Costa Daurada

Let’s get lost in Catalonia! The 10 most beautiful villages of Costa Daurada – part III.

Let’s get lost on Costa Daurada this time! In the first two episodes of the Let’s get lost in Catalonia series, we have already reviewed 20 beautiful inland villages in Catalonia. You can take a look here if you missed them. Let’s get lost in Catalonia! The 10 most picturesque non-coastal Catalan villages – part I. …

Let's get lost in Catalonia!

Let’s get lost in Catalonia! 10 more picturesque non-coastal Catalan villages – part II.

In the first part of this series, we have covered 10 beautiful inland villages in Catalonia. Take a look here, if you missed “Let’s get lost in Catalonia! The 10 most picturesque non-coastal Catalan villages – part I.”, as this article is a continuation of that. Of course, the list doesn’t end here, as Catalonia …

Let's get lost in Catalonia! The 10 most picteresque non-coastal Catalan villages.

Let’s get lost in Catalonia! The 10 most picturesque non-coastal Catalan villages – part I.

I bet if you happen to like football you have already heard the famous cheering of F.C. Barcelona: “visca el Barça i visca Catalunya“, meaning “long live Barça and Catalonia“. And yes, when we think about Catalonia as a potential travel destination, usually the first spot coming to everyone’s mind is its capital city: Barcelona. If we think further then normally we include …

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