Barcelona and Catalonia Vacations

Roam the illustrious streets of Barcelona, visit golden sand beaches on the Costa Brava to swim in the Mediterranean or climb to the top of Pica d’Estats (10,312 feet) in the Pyrenees, and you will have experienced just a handful of the activities Catalonia has to offer. Home to Modernisme art, Catalan culture and 10pm dinners, Barcelona is ... Read more
constantly ranked as one of the most beloved cities in the world for travelers. During the day, visitors check out Gaudi's Sagrada Familia surrealist church or countless public art installations, and at night, world-renown restaurants and nightlife keep folks busy until well after midnight. While many admire the beaches of Costa Brava, the inland terrain offers wineries, medieval villages and art. Hilltop Girona offers a respite of culture with classical churches and cathedrals.

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Barcelona and Catalonia things to do and experiences

  • La Sagrada Família
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  • Park Güell
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  • Las Ramblas
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  • La Boqueria
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Barcelona and Catalonia


Hot summers and mild winters make this Mediterranean area a popular escape for under-sunned Britons, and popular with travelers around the world who love Gaudi, tapas and beaches. August can get extremely hot ... Read more
and humid, and crowds from Northern Europe flood in on their yearly vacations, but May-June and September-October strike a balance between sunny, hot weather and relative availability of hotels.

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Anchorage, Alaska, USA

Fiercely regional, Catalonia has a great mix of old interesting historic city, small coastal villages, a unique culture, a lovely interior, and an unparalleled restaurant scene.

Recommended for:FoodiesHistory Buffs
Stuttgart, Germany

realy for everybody, city, shopping, climbing, hiking, swimming, history etc.

Recommended for:Adventure TravelersHistory BuffsOutdoor Enthusiasts
Durham, North Carolina, USA

For some reason, I'm always wary when everyone in the world raves about a city. But, time after time, I, too, have fallen in love with Paris, Rome, Venice, New York, and now, Barcelona. It really is just as headily romantic and exciting as everyone says. The day I arrived, a parade of giant papier mache dragons was lining the loud streets and choruses were singing on stages throughout the city.

Just as much, I love the Costa Brava. Girona, the bay of Roses, Castello de Empuries, Cadaques, and all of the tiny towns, medieval villages and national parks (Cap de Crues is gorgeous) make for one of the most outstanding destinations in all of Europe. Grab a week out of your life, rent a car, and explore.

Highland, Utah, USA

Monserrat is a must if you visit Barcelona! Easy access via train and the cable car provides some gorgeous views.

Pleasant Hill, California, USA

After writing about my Spain Travels and posting them on Gogobot, it's interesting to look within the Passport to see what the algorithm comes up with in terms of what I might have missed. This one is an interesting combination. For example, what do Vielha (in the Vall D'Aran), Andorra, Begur (Vall D'Aran) and Barcelona have in common, besides some of our Vacation stops? Answer - All are either in Catalonia and/or Catalan is the main language spoken. It also reminds me of Northern California where the Ocean, Mountains, Wine Country, and Various Cultural Sights are all within a short journey. Gayle and I would love to return, yet when we look back, our fondest memories are in the Pyrenees or by the Water.

Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

What can I say, Catalan people are just lovely! I've only explored Barcelona thus far but next week I am planning to head north over the French boarder to explore more of this amazing region of the world!

San Jose, California, USA

In order to visit the area the best way is to rent a car and drive it.
We drove and the views are breath taking! I can't even describe it in words. So beautiful and spiritual.

Phu Lang Thong, Bắc Giang, Vietnam


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Seoul, Korea

It's good!


Love this city.