A popular tourist destination in the northeast of Spain, Catalonia is comprised of four distinct provinces – Barcelona, Girona, Lleida and Tarragona. You will never run out of things to do on a holiday in Catalonia, from the beaches of Costa Brava and Costa Daurada to the Pyrenees mountains. Barcelona alone has dozens of tourist attractions, including the mayhem of Las Ramblas, the medieval streets of Barri Gotic and famous Barceloneta beach. Regardless of where you holiday in Catalonia, you’ll be blessed by the delights of Catalan cuisine. Most meals begin with pa amb tomàquet (tomato rubbed into bread and drizzled with olive oil), and you simply must try Catalan paella (rice with saffron and seafood.) For a sweet finish, you can’t beat crema catalana, a sort of Spanish crème brulee. If you choose a self-catering Catalonia villa you can also take advantage of the region’s incredible array of food markets, including famous La Boqueria (Mercat de la Boqueria) in Barcelona. Stock up on fresh, seasonal produce and you’ll not only save money on dining out, but also shop amongst the locals for a true taste of local Catalonia life.
When to go to Catalonia
With a climate as diverse as the region itself, Catalonia is a great year round holiday destination. If you’re after the beaches of Barcelona, Costa Daurada and Costa Brava, time your travel for late spring, summer or early autumn. To ski or snowboard in the Pyrenees, a visit in winter is best.
Getting to and around Catalonia
Most tourists arrive in Catalonia via flights to the region’s four airports – El Prat, Girona, Reus and Lleida. Once in Catalonia, transport options depend on which part of the region you are visiting.
Where to stay in Catalonia
When choosing accommodation in Catalonia, villas make an excellent alternative to smaller, more expensive hotels. Not only will renting your very own self-catering Catalonia villa give you more space for less money, you’ll also enjoy superior freedom and privacy. HouseTrip has a number of quality holiday villas in Catalonia, many available to book in as little as six clicks.