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Catalan Cuisine A Mediterranean Morsel This culinary tour starts in Barcelona, one of the main culinary capitals in the Mediterranean. Walk about the Ramblas, Gothic Quarter, Gaudi’s architectural creations. On the Costa Brava you will...more...
Cava Winery and Sitges Village Tour from Barcelona Excursion to visit the famous Cava Winery Cordorniu, located outside of Barcelona in Sant Sadurni D'Noia. Then we stop in Sitges village, with beautiful Modernist architecture…more...
Coach Excursion Along the Costa Brava from BarcelonaCoach Excursion Along the Costa Brava from Barcelona Enjoy a full day excursion from Barcelona to the Costa Brava...more...
Cooking Class in Amporda Costa Brava Catalonia If you are interested in learning how to prepare Spanish dishes but you do not have too much time to dedicate to it, consider a morning in the kitchen, followed by a three course lunch in the Costa Brava region…more...
Culinary Vacation in El Priorat Catalonia Spain Enjoy a Cooking Vacation in the Charming Catalan village of El Masroig at "Can Miquelet del Mano", a 4th generation family house built in stone. Learn to cook Catalan dishes with some excursion to visit the wineries of the Priorat wine region...more...
Cycling and Wine tasting Tour in El Penedes wine country from Barcelona Day excursions for small group wine tours and wine tasting in Catalonia. Enjoy Catalonia, Spain's finest wines, cavas and foods mixed with great cycling routes...more...
Discovering the Jewish Gems of Catalonia Spain On this private self-drive tour you will have the opportunity to discover the Jewish Heritage of Catalonia Spain. Along the way you will have some private guides to full experience the historic sites…more...
Exploring the Costa Brava walking and hiking routes and coastal villagesExploring the Costa Brava Cliffs and Coves walking hiking routes and coastal villages On these walking routes you’ll find innumerable links to Catalonia’s rich history: old, winding stone walls, dolmens (old shelters), castle and monastery ruins, olive orchards and intricately terraced mountainsides…more...
Gourmet Food and Wine Weekend in El Priorat Catalonia Spain Enjoy 1, 2 or 3 days discovering the fantastic and world renown Region of Priorat, learning the basics of Catalan cuisine and wine, with cooking classes, private olive oil tasting presentation, and winery visits…more...
Luxurious Beach side Honeymoon in Sitges Costa Brava and Mallorca Island This honeymoon has been designed for honeymooners that would like to relax on romantic beaches and do some sightseeing as they please. 1st part of the vacation in Sitges near Barcelona. 2nd half of the trip is spent on the Balearic Island of Mallorca...more...
Medieval Southern Catalunya Biking Wine Tour A week long biking tour package of Southern Catalunya following through the wine and olive regions of Penedes, Conca de Barbera, Priorat, Tarragona...more...
Private Wine Tour to Torres Winery where Fine Wine of the Penedes Region is Born and Raised Witness for yourself the thousand year old tradition of winemaking at the renowned Torres Winery on this private tour from Barcelona…more...
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Catalonia - Holidays in Barcelona, Tarragona and Girona   by Steve Greenwood

The autonomous community of Catalonia can be found to the north of Spain bordering the Pyrenees Mountains, and the Spanish provinces of Huesca, Teruel, Zaragoza and Valencia. During its history, Catalonia has gained and lost varying degrees of autonomy, and none more so than during the Franco years (1939 - 1075) when its independence was squashed. After Franco's death, Catalonia regained its cultural independence and is now a dynamic and vibrant region with its capital city Barcelona second only to Madrid.

The Mediterranean coastline of Catalonia is known as the Costa Brava. There are plenty of wonderful beaches to be found the whole length of the Costa and with such a mild climate; Catalonia has been a favourite tourist destination for many years. The coastline is of great natural beauty being characterised by many small coves, bays and beaches. Inland, picturesque wooded cliffs; lush vegetation and varied wildlife make it ideal for both walkers and hikers alike.

Travelling around Catalonia should be fairly easy as the region has an excellent road network, with the main coastal highway stretching from the Pyrenees Mountains, all the way down to Almeria. Main roads are good throughout the region and reach all of the main regional towns. Catalonia's main airport is found at Barcelona but charter flights can also be obtained to Girona and Reus.
Catalonia has a deep-rooted appreciation of culture, cuisine, sport and art. Even though the region is fiercely proud of its independence and history, it is openhearted and open-minded to new ideas and people from the international world. Catalan cuisine is considered healthy and tasty similar to a Mediterranean diet, with beef and seafood forming the main part of many dishes. What with great olive oils and fine wines, Catalan cuisine is imaginative and creative.

Barcelona Holiday Attractions

Barcelona is the capital of Catalonia and the second largest city in Spain after Madrid. The population of Barcelona is around 3 million, and there is plenty to see and do throughout the entire city. The Metro system is excellent, and allows easy access to the many attractions found throughout the city. For those wishing to spend a few days touring the city, the 'Barcelona Card' offers unlimited public transport and discounted access to the many museums, restaurants and holiday attractions.

La Familia Cathedral, Barcelona, Spain
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Las Ramblas is Barcelona's most famous street and runs from Plaza de Catalunya to the Harbour. This tree-lined boulevard runs for over 1km and offers a myriad of colours, sounds and sights along its length. During your travels expect to see flower kiosks, market stalls, impromptu shows, street artists and performers the whole length. There are also many open-air bars and restaurants from which to take in this special atmosphere.

Tarragona Holiday Attractions 

100km south of Barcelona can be found the ancient Roman town of Tarragona. Once the capital of Rome's western Mediterranean empire, Tarragona is a wonderful city and an excellent place to experience some of the finest Roman remains to have survived in Spain. It is a beautiful old town, full of character, and offers some wonderful museums including the National Archaeological Museum, featuring ancient Roman artefacts and impressive mosaics. Another big attraction is Port Aventura, the biggest theme park in Spain. Operated by Universal Studios, it features the largest roller coaster in Europe along with plenty of other rides for all ages and a good selection of bars and eateries for refreshments.

Girona Holiday Attractions 

Girona dates back to Roman times and has been an important town throughout the ages with many civilisations leaving their mark, especially in the old town where some of the city's wonderful medieval and baroque architecture can be seen. Much effort has gone into restoring the buildings and medieval ramparts, and these are best appreciated on foot wandering the narrow, winding streets armed with a map.

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Medieval Southern Catalunya Biking Wine Tour A week long biking tour package of Southern Catalunya following through the wine and olive regions of Penedes, Conca de Barbera, Priorat, Tarragona...more... Medieval Village Explorations and Walking Excursions from BarcelonaMedieval Village Explorations and Walking Excursions from Barcelona Enjoy a full day adventure exploring a medieval village’s winding cobblestone streets and buildings dating back more than 500 years....more... Montserrat The Holy Mountain On this private tour you will visit Montserrat Monastery "The Holy Mountain" with a private local guide and chauffeur…more...
Montserrat Tour by Mountain TrainMontserrat Tour by Mountain Train Ascent to Montserrat by the rack railway. The journey follows the remarkable Forms of the mountain and provides exceptional spectacular views of the Surroundings...more... Penedes or Priorat Gran Reserva Exclusive Wine and Gastronomy Tour An exclusive luxury wine day tour through the wine regions of DO Penedes, and la Conca de Barbera or DOC Priorat. Traverse the back roads of Southern Catalunya...more... Walking and Trekking Routes through Catalonia’s Best Peaks and ValleysWalking and Trekking Routes through Catalonia Best Peaks and Valleys   We’ll hike up through the mountains, alongside streams and rivers and through high-altitude valleys nestled between impressive Pyrenees peaks....more...
Travel Spain: Girona and the Dali Triangle   by Jay Moncliff

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Houses and Apartments of Town Above Banks of Riu Onyar., Girona, Catalonia, Spain
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Girona and the "Dali Triangle" are destinations known to the lucky few who travel Spain. This area in Catalonia is one of the undiscovered gems of Spain. Girona is about 100 km from Barcelona, but no one who chooses to travel Spain should miss this lovely area. Easily accessible by train, bus or even automobile from Barcelona, this destination recalls some of spain's most interesting history and one of its greatest artistic minds.

Girona is an beautiful, quaint town with an long history. The town was inhabited by Romans, Jews and Moors at different times in Spain's history, and traces of each group can be seen in this lovely city. The local dialect is Catalan, not Spanish, but the language of the lovely sights will speak to all visitors.

The Old Quarter is the center of the town's historic district, filled with medieval arches and dark, winding passageways that recall a different era. Filled with churches, lovely old houses and cobblestone drives, this picturesque section of town has homes dating from the middle ages and several lovely cathedrals.

The old Jewish neighborhood, called El Call is particularly interesting to explore. An old roman tower and the Jewish History Museum are of interest to many, as is the town's art museum featuring over 1000 years of artworks.

A promenade similar to the one in Barcelona, "La Rambla" will bring to mind a simpler time. This lovely street with overhanging trees, shops, little cafes and great restaurants has changed a little since medieval times, but it's charm hasn't lessened.
Nearby, visitors can explore "Dali's Triangle," a region just north of Girona and continuing to several destinations important in the life of this controversial artist. In Figueres, visitors can tour the third most visited museum, the Dali designed Museum-Theater. Fancifully designed by the artist himself, this building features large white eggs on the roof, a bright red color and loaves of bread made of glazed ceramics on the outside walls. Inside, visitors can view several of Dali's most famous works, including "Rainy Taxi." Dali is buried on site.

In the fishing village of Port Lligat visitors can view Dali's home. In this isolated hamlet, Dali built several homes together for himself and his wife, Gala. Some of the original décor is intact, including one of his famous "lip sofas." Of course, the nearby Club Med was not built in Dali's time, but it could make for an enjoyable stopover.

After visiting the home and Museum that Dali built, visitors touring the Dali triangle will want to stop by the castle in Pubol. Dali purchased the 11th century structure in the 1960's for his wife, although she banned him from the residence for almost a decade in the 1970's.

Bridge, Cathedral and Painted Houses on the Bank of the Riu Onyar, Girona, Catalonia, Spain
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The golden throne that he installed for Gala is still there, and several unusual statues including elephants and other animals are in the gardens. A stuffed hourse guards the door, and several stuffed swans are installed inside.

If you are planning a visit to Spain, travel to Girona and the Dali Triangle for some truly beautiful and inspirational sights. This little-known area of Spain offers its tourists some of the most unique and controversial experiences that the region has to offer.

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Travel Spain: Girona and the Dali Triangle
Girona and the "Dali Triangle" are destinations known to the lucky few who travel Spain. This area in Catalonia is one of the undiscovered gems of Spain. Girona is about 100 km from Barcelona, but no one who chooses to travel Spain should miss this lovely area. Easily accessible by train, bus or even automobile from Barcelona, this destination recalls some of spain's most interesting history and one of its greatest artistic minds... read more
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Girona and Salvador Dali Theatre Museum Excursion to visit Girona known as the Florence of Catalonia and once an important Jewish centre. We will visit Salvador Dali's theatre-museum in Figueres, Spain’s most visited museum after the Prado…more... Figueres Salvador Dali Museum ~ Coach Tour from BarcelonaGirona Figueres and Salvador Dali Museum Coach Tour from Barcelona On this full day excursion from Barcelona we will see the historic town of Girona and Figueres with its Salvador Dali Museum...more... Girona Jewish Heritage and Medieval Town Walking Tour Half day tour of the old quarter of Girona with an expert Private Local Guide…more...
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Hotel AC Palau de Bellavista, Girona
The Hotel AC Palau de Bellavista is a two-storey contemporary hotel sited in a residential district, 450 metres from the Ancient Quarter and Girona's main square. After breakfast, guests can get online via wireless Internet access for business or leisure purposes. Fitness enthusiasts can make use of discounted access to a local health club. In the evening, guests can unwind over drinks in the ultra-modern lounge bar.  The El Celler de Can Roca restaurant offers a fusion of modern and traditional Catalan dishes with daily-changing menus, accompanied by an extensive wine list including cava and champagne, served in modern surroundings with panoramic views of Girona.  The 73 wheelchair-accessible guestrooms feature modern design in shades of cool grey and white, with dark-wood furniture, parquet floors and glass walls. 
Aerial View Hotel Carlemany, Girona
The Hotel Carlemany Girona is located in Girona, Spain, 50 metres from the and train station. Girona Cathedral and the Jewish Quarter are both 500 metres from the hotel, and Devesa Park is 800 metres away.  Located in the commercial district of Girona, the three-storey Hotel Carlemany houses a collection of modern paintings and sculpture.  Surrounded by greenery, the Pati Verd restaurant offers a contemporary take on traditional Mediterranean dishes and hosts theme nights. Open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, Cafeteria Carlemany opens onto a terraced area during fine weather. The Viena piano bar serves cocktails until late.  The 89 brightly decorated guestrooms at the Hotel Carlemany feature Treca mattresses and cotton bed sheets from Pakistan.
Aerial View Hotel Meliá Girona, Girona
The Melia Girona is located in Girona, Spain, 200 metres from the El Corte Ingles shopping mall and 50 kilometres from the golden sandy beaches of the Costa Brava. Girona Airport is 10 kilometres away.  The nearby Costa Brava beaches offer endless stretches of golden sand and a range of water sports.  This modern city-centre hotel features a fitness centre with cardio-vascular equipment. There is also a sauna and hydromassage available.  Room service is available 24-hours a day and Internet access is provided throughout the air-conditioned public areas. Restaurant Melia Girona specialises in traditional Mediterranean dishes, as well as international favourites, all served from an a la carte menu. The bar serves a wide choice of drinks and cocktails. Breakfast services are available.
Aerial View Meliá Golf Vichy Catalán, Caldes De Malavella, 15 kms from Girona
The hotel is located in the centre of the Golf de Catalunya complex, which features two full 18-hole PGA championship courses. Other golf facilities a pro shop and clubhouse, putting greens, and a full driving range.  A contemporary three-storey property characterised by a distinctive sweeping curve, the Meliá Golf Vichy Catalán is backed by pine forests and surrounded by some 2.5 hectares of gardens. The outdoor pool features an adjacent sun terrace and separate children's pool.  An onsite spa centre houses a steam room, Vichy shower, sauna, spa tub, and ice fountain. A range of therapeutic massage treatments is available on request. The hotel also houses a fitness room. Melia Golf Vichy Catalan's Tast Brasserie offers informal open-air seating, while Quimera is an a la carte fine-dining restaurant.
Aerial View Masferran, Rural hotel in Sant Gregori, 4 kms from Girona
Masferran is a 17th century Catalan farmhouse situated in the Gerona region set on a high plateau with magnificent views of Gerona cathedral, the lower Empordá region and Montseny. The 3.5 hectare farm has a large garden with swimming pool, a sun-bathing terrace, tennis courts and a gymnasium and a pine and oak forest. The bathrooms are modern and the guest rooms are fully equipped with TV and access to internet. The breakfasts with a strong regional influence include cheeses, different types of bread including bread with tomato, fruit and fresh fruit juices. What will truly surprise guests is the stone annexe building which houses a health and beauty treatment centre offering natural medicine treatments, homeopathy, acupuncture, massages, reflexology and beauty treatments. 
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Aerial View Parador de Aiguablava, Begur, Girona Province
The Parador de Aiguablava overlooks the sea, surrounded by pine trees, in an exceptional enclave, the Punta D'es Muts, where the traveller can enjoy beautiful beaches, coves and natural spaces. It is an ideal location for sports and open-air activities, as well as relaxing walks through beautiful green areas. Under the special light of the Mediterranean, the building offers its guests a high level of comfort and numerous services both for the individual guest and for business meetings. There is a gymnasium, swimming pool, sauna and bedrooms with beautiful panoramic views of the sea. The coastal influence can also be felt in the typical 'ampurdanesa' cooking, with dishes such as sea urchins, 'caracoles a la llauna' (grilled snails) and chicken with lobster, sampled in the summer on the beach where the restaurant is located.
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Exterior Views Parador de La Seu D'Urgell Lleida Province
This Parador rises up next to the Romanesque cathedral of La Seu d'Urgell, in a monumental setting also open to nature, which attracts numerous hikers, lovers of mountains and no end of tourists making their way to the Andorran paradise. The world-famous Parc Olimpic del Segre Canoeing Championships are held on the river Segre here during the summer.  Its seventy-nine rooms, indoor pool, sauna, solarium, café and air conditioning in all guest rooms, make this Parador an attractive choice for accommodation and starting point from which to discover one of the most breathtaking areas of the Catalan Pyrenees. 
Exterior Views Parador de Vielha, Vielha (Pyrenees)
This Parador rises up in the Val d'Arán, an area of unequalled beauty. Here green and white landscapes alternate, always bathed in the radiant light of the Pyrenees. An ideal spot for skiers, excursion and nature lovers, the Parador's rooms offer unbeatable panoramas of the mountains, which look even more spectacular when seen from the circular restaurant's many windows.  Spacious bedrooms with terraces, a well looked-after swimming pool and a garden in harmony with the surroundings complete the facilities of the Parador, without forgetting the restaurant where 'olla aranesa' (stew), 'civet de jabalí' (jugged wild boar) and 'pescajus' with cream are served.