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Catalonia

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Introduction

Catalonia, nestled in the far northeastern corner of Spain, is a distinctive region with its own ideas. Bordering France and Andorra in the north, the Spanish states of Aragon and Valencia in the south and west and the Mediterranean Sea in the east, it's a region noted for its great ‘national' pride and identity - especially in its cities, which are passionate, beautiful and energetic.

Catalonia attracts walkers, cyclists, history-buffs, partygoers, foodies, artsy types and many more besides. It's a diverse region whose landscape changes from the plains to the Pyrenees, through sun-drenched rural heartlands, past medieval cities and Roman towns and the bustling beaches of the Costa Brava.

Catalonia's largest city is Barcelona, one of Spain's most exciting and cosmopolitan cities, where private yachts moor up, restaurant goers eat very late and Antoni Gaudí's architectural landmarks are so numerous and so extraordinary that they're impossible to miss.

Barcelona is the arrival point and first introduction to the region for most visitors, but beyond are other cities worth including in a tailor-made Catalonia itinerary. Nearby Sitges is a chic party town with a bar-scene to match, while to the north is the beautiful old city of Girona, situated at on the confluence of four rivers and characterised by its colourful houses along the banks of the rivers.

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Hotel Camiral, Girona

Contemporary resort from £580 pp incl. flights

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Autumn Special offer – Save up to £35 pp
Book by: 21 December 2018

It’s not just Spain’s best golf course that brings people to Hotel Camiral. Alongside the PGA-standard greens and fairways there’s Michelin-standard dining, luxury designer rooms and no shortage of superb facilities.

Hostal Spa Empuries, Costa Brava

Historic hotel from £775 pp incl. flights

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Complimentary entry to Dali Museum and Empuries Roman Ruins – Save up to £65 pp
Book by: 31 March 2019

This spectacular, historic spa hotel is right on the beach and home to fascinating Roman ruins alongside exquisite restaurants and a superb spa.

Monte Carlo to Rome

11-day cruise from £6,155 pp incl. flights

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cruise offer

Exclusive - Receive $300 Spa or shipboard credit per suite

Sail in the wake of history as you cross the Mediterranean Sea, traverse the Ionian and arrive in some of the world’s most ancient cities. Discover alluring Antibes with its ancient cobblestone streets and jewel-like setting on the Côte d’Azur.

Barcelona to Rome

8-day cruise from £4,215 pp incl. flights

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cruise offer

Exclusive - Receive $300 Spa or shipboard credit per suite

You will be amazed by the striking architecture of Catalonia’s capital, Barcelona. It is one of Europe’s most visually stunning cities, as it balances the medieval intimacy of its Gothic Quarter.

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Top itineraries in Catalonia

‭‬‬‬Catalonia Coast & Country‬

10-day tailor-made self-drive from £1,000 pp incl. flights

From mountain towns down to idyllic seasides and rural villages, this is your chance to head off the beaten track among Catalonia’s endless charm. You'll knit together hiking trails, beaches and rustic villages with scenic drives and stays in historic accommodation, from castles to farmhouses.

Great Seafaring Nations

13-day cruise

Seafarers and storytellers Immerse yourself in the vivacity of Spain as you explore its coastline before discovering the untouched elegance of Portugal.

Monte Carlo to Rome

11-day cruise from £6,155 pp incl. flights

Exclusive
cruise offer

Exclusive - Receive $300 Spa or shipboard credit per suite

Sail in the wake of history as you cross the Mediterranean Sea, traverse the Ionian and arrive in some of the world’s most ancient cities. Discover alluring Antibes with its ancient cobblestone streets and jewel-like setting on the Côte d’Azur.

Barcelona to Rome

8-day cruise from £4,215 pp incl. flights

Exclusive
cruise offer

Exclusive - Receive $300 Spa or shipboard credit per suite

You will be amazed by the striking architecture of Catalonia’s capital, Barcelona. It is one of Europe’s most visually stunning cities, as it balances the medieval intimacy of its Gothic Quarter.

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Top places to stay in Catalonia

Grand Hotel Central, Barcelona

Grand & elegant hotel

Billed by The Guardian as one of Europe’s hippest new hotels, this central offering features contemporary rooms, spa treatments, inventive dining and a spectacular rooftop pool and cocktail bar with views over the city.

Avenida Palace Hotel, Barcelona

Grand & elegant hotel

This central offering is an ideal base from which to explore Barcelona, with much of the city’s attractions within a stone’s throw from its superb rooftop pool.

Mas de Torrent, Girona

Historic hotel from £1,125 pp incl. flights

This eighteenth-century estate has been converted into an idyllic all-suite getaway. Its original charm is best found in the farmhouse rooms and Michelin-standard traditional dining, while more contemporary indulgence can be found in private pools and spa treatments.

Majestic Hotel & Spa, Barcelona

Historic hotel

With rooms deemed worthy of the Dalai Lama, a rooftop pool with views of Gaudi’s masterpieces and dining by a Michelin-standard chef, the Majestic is a superb option in central Barcelona.

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Where to go in Catalonia

Sitges

Sitges is situated just south along the coast from Barcelona. It's a popular holiday destination with Barcelona's trendy set - which are drawn by its pretty sandy beaches, ample smart hotels and bustling bar scene.

Girona

Girona is arguably Catalonia's prettiest city and a major attraction for travellers. Set on the confluence of four rivers, the Ter, Onyar, Güell and Galligants, the ancient city's striking pastel coloured houses, arched stone bridges and narrow cobbled streets make a trip to Girona a memorable one.

Barcelona

Barcelona is considered by many to be Spain's most cosmopolitan city. It's certainly one of the country's most exciting cities, situated in the heart of Catalonia's Mediterranean coast. It's one of Europe's busiest ports and lives as a port town should, staying up late and doing everything with ene…

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When to go to Catalonia

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