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Centuries of turbulence – everyone from the Greeks and Romans to the Visigoths and French have left their mark – has fired a fiercely proud identity into the colourful cities, postcard-perfect coastline and idyllic countryside of Spain’s northeastern corner.


It’s this independence that has bred a truly unique culture; Catalonia is, after all, classed as an autonomous community. And its largest city – Barcelona – is a microcosm of it all. Ancient temple ruins, city walls and crumbling foundations remember Roman Barcino while the Gothic Quarter is a step back to the Middle Ages. Here, twisting laneways link café-lined plazas host to towering cathedrals and delicate churches alike.

Park Guell, Barcelona

But, it’s perhaps in the architecture of Gaudí and his contemporaries that Barcelona stands truly unique. Great sweeping whimsies bend the skyline – inspiration for such names as Dalí  and Picasso whose works are spread throughout the city.


With Barcelona’s green-dappled Collserola Hills the scenic backdrop to a series of gorgeous beaches, it’s a fitting introduction to the wider Catalonia’s natural beauty. To the north the hiking trails of the Pyrenees straddle the French border before the cragged geography smooths itself out into verdant vineyards and farmlands – the setting for idyllic church villages.

It’s all fronted by a spectacular coastline, with the Costa Brava’s white sands dotted with charming seaside towns and hidden coves. Back inland you’ll find such medieval towns as Girona, with its museums, galleries and Gothic churches, and Figueres, whose rich heritage spans from Dalí to the Romans. 

Girona, Catalonia


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Top itineraries in Barcelona & Catalonia

Lisbon, Portugal

Lisbon To Barcelona on Silver Ray

12-day luxury ocean cruise

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Sailing between Portugal, Morocco and Spain, discover the ancient cities and sun-kissed shorelines of the western Mediterranean on this all-inclusive, ultra-luxury cruise aboard Silver Ray.

Girona, Catalonia, Spain

Barcelona, Costa Brava & Pyrenees

12-day tailor-made self-drive from £1,875 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.

Top places to stay in Barcelona & Catalonia

Grand Hotel Central, Barcelona

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.

Mas de Torrent

Mas de Torrent, Girona

Guide price from £1,125 pp

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

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.

Hotel Camiral

Hotel Camiral, Costa Brava

Guide price from £760 pp incl. flights

An hour from Barcelona, set between the foothills of the Pyrenees and the beaches of the Costa Brava in a region of vibrant natural beauty and a Mediterranean climate.

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Where to go in Barcelona & Catalonia

Sitges. Spain


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, Catalonia, Spain


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.

Park Guell, Barcelona, Spain


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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10 driving holidays in Spain & Portugal

From wild coastlines and beach curves to mountain peaks and rolling countryside, the charms of the Iberian Peninsula are seemingly endless. To help point you in the right direction our destination experts have put together the following self-drive routes that showcase the best of it all.

Retro Style on a Luxury Road Trip

Make a self-drive holiday luxurious

From renting classic cars to planning high-end picnics, these tips will help you craft a luxury self-drive holiday.

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