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  • Luxury holidays to Catalonia & Eastern Spain

    Luxury holidays to Catalonia & Eastern Spain 

    Our luxury holidays to eastern Spain feature some of the best four and five star hotels in Catalonia and Valencia, including luxury beach resorts on the Costa Brava, mountain retreats in the Catalan Pyrenees and city hotels in Barcelona and Valencia.
    Eastern Spain is a diverse area with buzzing cities and mediaeval towns, rugged coastline and sandy beaches, soaring mountains and lush river deltas. There is a great wealth of historical and cultural sights throughout Catalonia and the Valencian community, both within the main cities and hidden away in the countryside. Although Barcelona is the main draw for visitors to eastern Spain, the rest of the region is well worth visiting and offers tremendous diversity. During a holiday in eastern Spain, visitors can trek or partake in mountain sports, relax on the beach and visit historic towns and cities all within the space of a few days. Catalonia itself is a unique region which provided inspiration for a number of famous artists such as Dali and Picasso, and retains a strong regional identity which is evident in its language, distinctive cuisine and lively local festivals.


    In the north is Catalonia, whose capital is the dynamic and cosmopolitan city of Barcelona. With unique architecture and a rich culture, gourmet restaurants and lively bars, golden beaches and tranquil parks, it is not surprising that Barcelona is one of the most visited cities in Europe. Away from the city there is an abundance of cultural and historical attractions as well as areas of stunning natural beauty. The entire region retains a strong regional identity, with its own commonly used language, distinctive cuisine and lively local festivals. Towns and cities including Girona, Tarragona, Vic and Lleida are home to a variety of highlights including mediaeval castles, cobbled old towns, ancient Roman ruins and modernist architecture.
    Stretching north towards the French border are the pretty coves, jagged cliffs and golden beaches of the Costa Brava, where you can still find wild and untouched stretches of coastline in between busy coastal towns. Meanwhile, inland are the snow-capped Pyrenees, a towering mountain range which forms the border with France and is dotted with remove villages, an ideal setting for trekking and partaking in mountain sports.
    Past the vineyards and rice fields of southern Catalonia is the Valencian Community, whose capital is Spain’s third-largest city. Valencia has reinvented itself in recent years with futuristic architecture and a sophisticated port area which contrast with the historic buildings of the atmospheric old town. Further south are the sprawling beach resorts of the Costa Blanca, but if you head away from the Valencian coastline you will find craggy mountains, peaceful nature reserves, colourful citrus groves, traditional villages and ancient fortresses.

    Local highlights

     Barcelona’s Gothic quarter, a maze of narrow streets and plazas which is home to historic buildings including La Seu Cathedral. Modernist architecture throughout the region, particularly in Barcelona where Gaudí designed works including the Sagrada Familia church and Park Guell. Green spaces within Barcelona such as Montjuic, a fortress-topped hill, and Parc de la Ciutatella, a popular park with a zoo and several museums. The City of Arts and Sciences and the Fine Arts Museum in Valencia. Historic monuments within Valencia including a 15th century silk exchange and a Cathedral, home to a Holy Chalice which is said to be the Holy Grail. The Monastery of Montserrat, a religious complex in a spectacular setting atop craggy mountains with chapels, hermits’ caves and numerous nature trails. Wineries in towns such as Sant Sadurní d’Anoia and Vilafranca del Penedès. Tarragona, a port city with fascinating Roman remains. The ancient walled city of Girona. Vic , a quintessentially Catalan town with an outstanding market. Cardona, a picturesque town with an impressive fortress. The renowned Dalí Theatre-Museum in Figueres. Charming towns along the Costa Brava such as Cadaques, as well as those further inland such as the colourful town of Begur. Pretty villages in the Pyrenees, where visitors can also hike and partake in mountain activities. Wildlife in the wetlands of the Albufera Natural Park.

    Local events
    March: Las Fallas festival of fire (Valencia), 23 April: Celebration of Catalonia’s patron saint, April: Barcelona April Fair, May: Girona flower fair, 23 June: Midsummer’s Eve Festival, July: Valencia July Fair, July/August: Begur Music Festival, August: La Tomatina tomato throwing festival (Buñol), 11 September: National day of Catalonia, September: Celebration of Barcelona’s patron saint, September/October: Human tower festivals (near Tarragona).

    Cuisine
    Cuisine in eastern Spain takes inspiration from both nearby France and from central Spain whilst making use of local ingredients available including seafood, fresh vegetables, meat and game. Paella, the rice dish which is known the world over originated in Valencia. Barcelona is home to some of Spain’s best restaurants, with gastronomic chefs creating innovative cuisine and over 20 boasting at least one Michelin star. Typical dishes include unusual ‘sea and mountain’ combinations which use both meat and seafood, ‘Pa amb tomàquet’ (bread with tomato, oil and garlic), ‘Fideuá’ (a variant of Paella with pasta), ‘Zarzuela’ (a seafood stew), ‘Escudella’ (a stew containing vegetables, meat, rice and pasta) and ‘Crema Catalana’ (a Catalan version of a Crème Brûlée).

    Climate
    Eastern Spain enjoys a typical Mediterranean climate, although mountainous areas are somewhat cooler. Late spring and early autumn are great times to visit coastal areas as the weather is warm with temperatures of around 20 degrees centigrade, although some rainfall can be expected. Summer in the cities can be unbearably hot, but the coastline is cooled by sea breezes. Winter is generally mild with occasional rain and average temperatures of 10 degrees, whilst temperatures regularly drop below freezing in the Pyrenees and snow often falls.

    Travel arrangements

    By air: Barcelona-El Prat Airport is served by a huge number of flights to the UK and other destinations around the world. There are a number of daily flights from London airports with British Airways, as well as flights with low-cost airlines to regional airports. The airport is easily accessible from the city centre by train and bus. Valencia, Girona, Reus and Lleida airports are all served by low-cost airlines, whilst British Airways also operates flights to Alicante airport which gives access to the south of the region.

    By rail: Rail is a convenient mode of transport within most parts of eastern Spain as many towns and cities have train stations with convenient connections. High-speed trains run between Barcelona and other cities throughout Spain including Madrid, Seville and Bilbao. There is also a high-speed service from Paris which stops at Figueres and Girona en route to Barcelona, allowing visitors to travel all the way from the UK in one day.

    Hire-car: It is possible to travel between the region’s main cities by train, but a hire-car is recommended for holidays which include the Costa Brava and the Pyrenees.

    Two centre recommendations

    Barcelona can be used as a starting point for any holiday in Catalonia. Take a few days to explore the city before moving on to a beach resort on the Costa Brava or a hillside retreat in the Pyrenees. Driving distances not too long, allowing visitors to easily travel between places of interest.

     

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  • Catalan discovery: mountains and coast

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    City, beach & mountains in eastern Spain

    Costa Brava to Costa Blanca

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    Travel down the coast on your way through Catalonia, Eastern Spain, Valencia, and into Alicante.

    Michael Portillo’s journey from Barcelona to Mallorca

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    Walk in Michael Portillo's footsteps as you explore the greatest Spanish cities and the island of Mallorca.

    A Grand Tour of Spain

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    Discover the highlights of Spain by car and by rail

    Basque Country and Catalonia by rail

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    Travel by train to Basque Country & Catalonia

    Barcelona La Rioja and Bilbao by rail

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    Travel through Northern & Southern Spain by rail
  • Hotel de la Gavina - Luxury holidays to Catalonia

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    Hostal de La Gavina is a five-star seaside villa with an air of exclusivity on the Costa Brava.

    Parador de Aiguablava - Luxury holidays to Begur

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    Parador de Aigublava is a four-star contemporary seaside with exquisite coastal views outside Begur.

    Hotel Estela - Luxury holidays to Sitges

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    In an artistic and cultural location, the seafront Hotel Estela is a renowned art hotel.

    La Posada del Mar - Luxury holidays to Denia

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    La Posada del Mar is a four star hotel in the port-town of Denia near Alicante.
  • Hotel El Castell de Ciutat - Luxury holidays to Catalonia

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    A 4 star mountain lodge in the Catalan Pyrenees, boasting lovely views and plenty to do.

    Castell d'Emporda - Luxury holidays to Catalonia

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    Castell d’Empordà is a four-star luxury hotel in the heart of the countryside near the Costa Brava.

    Mas Lazuli - Luxury holidays to Catalonia

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    The Mas Lazuli is a 4 star hotel in the Emporda region in Catalonia with Spa facilities.

    Mas de Torrent Hotel & Spa - Luxury holidays to Catalonia

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    The five-star Mas de Torrent is a converted 18th century farmhouse in the Empordà region of Catalonia.

    Denia Marriot La Sella Golf Resort & Spa - Luxury holidays to Denia

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    A luxurious hotel, perfectly situated to get the best out of the Alicante sea, sand, and countryside.

    Consolacion - Luxury holidays to Aragon

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    Enjoy rugged isolation and captivating views from the elevated perch of Consolación within the Aragon region.

    La Manga Club Resort

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    Sitting among the Murcian mountains, the Hyatt Las Lomas commands beautiful country views.

    Hotel Camiral - Luxury holidays to Girona

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    The five-star Hotel Camiral near Girona offer a PGA Golf Course, fine-dining, and spacious modern accommodatio
  • Hotel Llengendes de Girona - Luxury holidays to Girona

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    The four star Hotel Museu Llegendes de Girona is steps from the colourful banks of River Onyar in Girona.

    Hotel Mas La Boella - Luxury holidays to Catalonia

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    Hotel Mas La Boella lives among 110 hectares of immaculate gardens outside the Catalan port city of Tarragona.

    Las Arenas Balneario Resort Hotel - Luxury holidays to Valencia

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    Las Arenas Balneario Resort Hotel is a contemporary five star hotel beside a sandy beach in Valencia.

    Hospes Palau de la Mar - Luxury holidays to Valencia

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    The five-star Hotel Hospes Palau de la Mar offers contemporary comfort in a central location in Valencia.

    Parador de Cardona - Luxury holidays to Catalonia

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    The four-star Parador de Cardona is a commanding sight, a mediaeval castle above the Catalan town of Cardona.

    Hotel Gran Claustre - Luxury holidays to Altafulla

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    Hotel Gran Claustre is a 4 star hotel in a small town near Tarragona.
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    Climate varies dramatically from region to region, with the meseta (high tableland of central Spain), Ebro basin and Andalucia scorching in summer (up to 45 degrees Centigrade), cold and dry in winter. The Mediterranean coast and Balearic Islands get a little more rain than Madrid, and the south can be even hotter in summer. The Mediterranean, particularly around Alicante, also provides Spain’s warmest waters (reaching 27°C or so in August). Barcelona’s weather is typical of the coast – milder than in inland cities but more humid.

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