The Catalan region of Spain is host to some of Europe’s most unique culture. It’s a real challenge to see everything in a couple of weeks so here’s a quick-fire guide to help you pick the best stuff when you visit the region.
1) Go to a museum in Barcelona
There is a plethora of museums in Barcelona covering music, science, art and sport. Go for a guided tour of the Nou Camp, FC Barcelona’s stadium, and you’ll see a host of sporting memorabilia, and you can even walk out onto the pitch. The maritime museum covers the 100 years from 1750 and has some fascinating artefacts from that time.
2) Enjoy Tapas with the locals
There are menus listing tempting tapas just about everywhere you turn in the Catalan capital. The choice can be overwhelming, and nowhere else but Barcelona boasts tapas in such variety. However, this can apply to quality as well as the dishes on offer. La Tieta on Blai and El Xampanyet on Mantcada are a couple of the best in the city.
3) Lie on a beach.
Calella de Palafrugell can get packed in high summer but, hemmed in between cliffs and a pretty fishing village, Calella’s beach has one of Catalonia’s most attractive seaside settings.
4) Rent a car and see beyond the cities.
Head up into the little mountain towns and marvel at the incredible churches and beautiful multi-coloured houses. If you’re a thrill seeker then this area sports some of the best motorbike rides in the world.
5) Hike in the stunning countryside
A lot of people bash exercise while on holiday but there are some excellent routes. Check out Cadaques. Salvador Dali once described it as the most beautiful village in the world, and there are lots of amazing walks around the hills that surround it.
There you have it. Cram all of this into a week and you’ll have had an incredible time.