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Discovering Catalunya: Tarragona, Lleida, Barcelona and Girona

 Spain is a country with multitude of different landscapes. Green mountains full of vegetation and dense forest in the north, small villages with white houses in the south, great beaches in the Mediterranean coast and even paradisiac islands in Balearic and Canary Islands archipelagos.

Today, we will talk about one Mediterranean region that is famous all around the world: Catalunya.

Tourists from every country in the world visit year to year the beautiful spots this region has. They stay in hotels next to the beach, or rent apartments in Barcelona to explore this city with a unique atmosphere.

Tarragona

Tarragona is the southernmost region of Catalunya. It is bordered by Valencian Community at south and Aragón at west. Its capital shares the name with the region: Tarragona.

In Tarragona city we find an incredible Roman amphitheater built in the 2nd century. In Salou there is Ferrari Land, a Ferrari theme park, and Port Aventura, which is the most visited theme park in Spain.

In this region we also find the beautiful beaches of Costa Daurada, small traditional Catalan villages and different wildlife reserves.

Lleida

Lleida is bordered by Aragón, France and Andorra. Also known as Lérida, this region is the only one from Catalunya that doesn’t have sea, but that doesn’t mean lack of Mediterranean character at all.

In this region we find natural jewels like AigüestortesiEstany de SantMaurici National Park, but also historic monuments such as Old Cathedral of Lleida, Monastery of Santa Maria de Vallbona or BellpuigMonasteri.

Barcelona

Here it is the jewel of the Catalan crown: Barcelona. The capital of this region is also the capital of Catalunya and probably one of the most famous cities all around the world.

We could talk about Barcelona forever: master art works with the sign of Antoni Gaudí or Pablo Picasso, a whole Gothic neighborhood, astonishing beaches, a rich gastronomic tradition, a cosmopolitan city with unique multicultural environment where people from all over the world meet and share unforgettable experiences… Barcelona is all this and much more!

Additionally, if you are a football lover you can witness a football match in Camp Nou and enjoy the best football player in the world: Lionel Messi.

Girona

This could be the secret treasure of Catalunya. Girona is not as famous as Barcelona, but for sure you have heard about Costa Brava. Beaches from Girona are probably the best beaches in Catalunya.

Additionally, we find charming small villages full of tradition and personality such as Calella de Palafrugell, Begur or Cadaqués.

In Calella de Palafrugell we find the perfect example of the breath-taking beaches we just talked about. Begur is a small town with stone houses where we can time-travel visiting its famous medieval fortress. Cadaqués a precious village with white houses and a wonderful beach, but also the place where Dalí Museum-House is placed. However, this Catalan artist was born in Figueres.