the only colour pic at my Barcelona page will take yu to the wonderfull Salou summer resort of catalunya, and to it's main atraction, wich is the tematic parc port aventura.
at my salou pg yu can see pics and tips.
Catalunya is home to a well-established sparkling wine industry. A 40 minute drive south of Barcelona will take you to the region's best vineyards, most of them being concentrated around Piedras and San Sadurni d'Anoia.
On one random day we chose the Codorniu cellars. Codorniu has been making sparkling wines since 1551 and is the world's largest producer of sparkling wines. When you arrive at this place, you'll see rows of grapevines surrounding the Codorniu estate. The estate itself is comprised of a few buildings, but the most interesting parts are underground, where the wines a stored away. This place has mile upon mile of subterranean wine cellars. It is so big, that they have a tram system to shuttle you around.
And yes, your tour will end with some wine tasting.
PS: Reservations can be made directly online at www.codorniu.com/bodega_visite.html
Tarragona is an hour south of barcelona on the train, and is a beautiful old town. It is a world heritage site, and has several impressive roman ruins.
however, my favourite area was the old town around the cathedral (check opening times for the cathedral as it was closed the first time i was there). The cathedral itself is very impressive as are the cloisters that are attached. It is very quiet - we were there in November and were the only people in the Cathedral
it is full of narrow winding medieval lanes. i intend to back to barcelona and this will be the first place on my list
getting across the railway to the beach is difficult, but well worth the effort.
Trains run roughly once an hour, to and from Sants station
Lloret del Mar is about an hour and a half from Barcelona, the beaches are beautiful and clear and there is also an area of the city with an old castle and stone steps leading up to it. Overall however the city is substantially made for tourists and it is overpopulated with large hotels and fast food places bordering the beach! If you're in Barcelona for a long time though you might find a road trip to lloret as a fun beach escape. To get there take a train then bus, ask at sants estacio.
In the middle of a weeklong sojourn in Barcelona we hopped a train from Placa de Catalunya and headed to Hotel Termes in La Garriga. This spa offers any length stay you desire and also provides for visiting just the spa without staying the night. A one-night stay with unlimited use of the thermal cycle and pools, plus two treatments (per person), a superior dinner with a bottle of wine and breakfast the next day runs a tidy 370 euro for two. Sounds a lot, and probably is, but it's a fabulous venue with excellent food and a top-notch staff. La Garriga is a 45-minute train ride (Renfe) from Place Catalunya (the C3 linea), and the spa is only a five minute walk from the train station. We chose mud wraps and pressure showers to blend in with hours spent in the pool, the thermal circuit and unbelievably soft sheets in our room. A highly recommended, over-the-top treat for a day away from the city.
If you come to Barcelona area with time enough and in wintertime,a good idea must be spend a few days in one of numerous Ski Resorts that Catalonia has.They are located on Pyrenees mountains also at Girona and Lleida provinces,about one hour in car from Barcelona mostly of them.The best ones are :
VALL DE NURIA,
Another nice place for wintersports on the area is ANDORRA.
Another nice place to go specially if you are travelling with children,is the largest of Theme Parks in Spain,PORT AVENTURA, it has five areas or worlds,and I am sure that you'll have lots of fun there.Is located about 95 km south of Barcelona in Salou,province of Tarragona.Is very easy to go by train,bus or car (1 hour).
Another good idea if you got a car and time during your visit to Barcelona,may go to this nice valley: VALL DE BOÍ.It is located on Lleida province at Pyrenees mountains about 90 miles from Barcelona.
Here you'll see some beautiful ROMANESQUE ARCHITECTURE in almost all small villages on this valley you'll find a beautiful romanesque church,the best ones are in the small villages of Boí and Taull.All of them are designed by UNESCO as World Heritage and really it worth a visit.
This is a picture taken at Taull Romanesque Church.
Big cities can be tiring and it is often nice to take a trip to somewhere smaller. If you have already seen Girona (future tip), consider Vic.
The market town of Vic has a small but well-preserved medaevil centre and a large market square flanked by buildings dating from the Middle Ages to the 17th century. A market is held there on Tuesday and Saturday mornings.
If you like late 19th century romantic art, the Sert museum (exhibition of Sert's works) is certainly worth a visit. The leatherwork museum - despite its apparently prosaic subject - is a jewel. It has a remarkable collection of pieces from Europe, Africa, China, and from the earliest times.
You should find enough to do and see for most of the day and it is only about an hour from Barcelona. Trains can be packed on Fridays and weekends, when hiking parties to the Pyrenees and students jam the carriages.
The Baroque cathedral is a little dull but it does have a strange collection of 'reliquaries' - in this case, body parts made from wax - which were used to 'cure' the afflicted. Intriguingly, there are any number of arms, hands, legs, feet, etc. but none of the 'naughty bits'.
Don't drink the tap water. The county of Osona is famed for its pig farms - there are actually more swine (11 m) than people (7 m) in Catalonia. This fact, plus lack of environmental controls and a dry climate have led to the kind of nitrate levels you would expect in a guano colony rather than in the local water supply. Don't be surprised when farm lorries laden with pig slurry sneak out after dusk - it's an exercise in competitive (and highly anti-social) dumping. Message: stick to bottled water and don't swim in the rivers.
Trains - roughly hourly throughout the day, incl. from Sants, Plaza Catalunya, and Arc de Triomf mainline [RENFE] stations.
From Sants stn., earliest outbound train - 5-ish morning. Latest back from Vic, 9-ish evening. RENFE web:
The city of Lleida is The capital of the lands called "Terra ferma". This is "Steady Land" in catalan. Or also "Terra de ponent", because is the part of Catalonia placed most in the east.
Usually was a peasant land, famous for its fruits. And still it is, but now, the town council have also taken care to old atractives, and have built news.
The city is two hours far from Barcelona, by highway or train, so you can do a day trip. Come to see see the catalonia that is not in the coast. Its history starts with the iberians and continue with romans, people from Cartago, arabian, juish, christians. Now live hier catalans, and a lot of people who came of Africa for economical reasons.
La ciutat de Lleida és la capital de l'anomenada terra ferma, o també de "les terres de ponent", ja que és la part més occidental de Catalunya.
Tradicionalment ha estat una terra de pagesos, gaudint de fama per la bona qualitat de la seva fruita. Avui, però, gràcies a la cura que s'ha tingut dels seus monuments més clàssics i a les noves reformes de la ciutat, ha esdevingut un lloc on poder gaudir d'una visita. Històricament hi han passat per aquí íbers, romans, cartaginesos, àrabs, jueus, cristians...ara hi viuen catalans i una bona colla d'africans que han vingut a guanyar-se les garrofes.
If you want to see the beautiful Costa Brava, make a daytrip to Tossa de Mar.
This little village is sooo beautiful and has a nice beach to spent the rest of the day. The busses ( 8 € for one ride) start at Estacio del Nord at 8:30 (??) and 10:30 (!) and go back to Barcelona at for example 3:40,4:40 pm...
Moreover the bus-ride is great as well as you see the coastline all the way to Tossa.
Tossa de Mar, about 25 minutes drive from Barcelona, is a beautiful and quiet city (by contrast to its partying neghbour to the West, Lloret de Mar!) with a breathtaking Vila Vella (Old City), an incredible assortment of restaurants and a beautiful beach. Far less tourist-filled than Lloret and a wonderful place to spend a romantic evening with the one you love.
If you have some time to check out what is outside of Barcelona there are many places to choose from. I arrived and departed from Girona and decided that it should also go on my itinerary. I truly believe it is a MUST! The city itself is amazing and every where you turn is a piece of history just ready to be explored. It is easy to get to by either bus or train from Barcelona stations. It is about an hour to hour and a half from Barcelona to the north.
This is a small town. The tourist office is near the town centre. You can take a day trip and visit the Catedral, Banys Arabs, Museu d'Art and the Jewish living place. I took the coach at Barcelona-Nord. It runs around 1.5 hrs.
PALAMOS is also a great party town. First you go to one of the bars just by the beach and afterwards - about 4 am - you go to the club... Just like Spanish people do that. And yes, then you sleep on the beach.