Travel & Vacation in Catalonia, Spain: Part 1
Catalonia ; Including Costa Brava and Costa Dorada
The mountainous coastal region of Catalonia is located in north western Spain, bordering France.
Barcelona: The second largest city in the country is Spain’s most important industrial and commercial center and one of the most important Mediterranean ports. The Ramblas are the busiest street in town. There are art collections of international significance to visit, such as the Picasso Museum, the Miro Museum and the Fundacin Antoni Tapies.
The Museum of Catalan Art, the Maritime Museum (Museo Maritimo) and the Zoological Museum are worth a visit. Throughout the city you come across impressive buildings of which were only the old cathedral (1298-1448), Bishop’s Palace, the Palacio de la Generalitat and the Plaza del Rey mentioned.
The city of Barcelona is dominated by magnificent Baroque, period and art nouveau buildings in many places of the works of Catalan architect Antoni Gaud. At the age of 32 he took over in Barcelona the ongoing construction of Sagrada Familia (Church of the Holy Family). After over 100 years, the building is still – after Gaud’s plans – continued. One of the most beautiful residential buildings, which he built in Barcelona, including the Casa Mila and Casa Battl (an apartment house in the shape of a dragon, balancing on a melted piece of cheese).
A bus runs to the north of the city located Parque Güell. From Tibidabo, the highest peak in the area, Montjuic, the leads a cable car, and the Parque Guell enjoys a splendid view over the city.
THE COSTA BRAVA: 65 km northeast of Barcelona that begins by pine-covered rocky shoreline. Here are some of the most popular holiday destinations in Spain. Some places, such as Tossa de Mar are unspoiled in spite of the extensive tourism and have their still relatively small town character preserved, while other places such as Lloret de Mar are intensely focused on tourism. During the summer months, the coastline is completely overcrowded. Coast ferries make connections to most resorts on the Costa Brava.