The region of Catalonia that surrounds Barcelona, has much to offer. Below you will find our suggestions to 10 must sees in Catalonia within reach on a day tour from Barcelona. Among our favorites are the wine region of Priorat - around 1½ hour's drive from Barcelona. We also highly recommend Girona and Costa Brava, what can be combined on a day tour.
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These factors result in some of the best wines in Europe. The two typical varieties are the grapes Garnacha and Cariñena. Wine lovers that would like to do enotourism in the area will have numerous local wineries to choose from, specialising in guided visits in which guests are able to learn more about the local production and taste excellent wines, famous all over Spain and in internationally. At the same time smaller villages of Priorat still carry their very original character and will give you more information on historical parts that influenced the region, such as the wars between moors and christians and, more recently, the Spanish Civil War.
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Montserrat mountain is considered as a spiritual place both for locals and visitors, but each guest can choose according to their interests what they would like to see, with the main attraction being the 16th century Basilica of Montserrat, with the famous Virgin of Montserrat ‘’La Moreneta’’, known to accomplish miracles. Visitors might also have the chance to listen to the famous young boys ‘choir, ´´L’escolania’’, make a visit to other cultural attractions of the mountain and of course hike, cycle or climb in the beautiful and extraordinary nature that is found in Montserrat.
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Sitges hosts a big international community that lives there permanently. Admiring the church of San Bartolomé and Santa Tecla built in the seventeenth century, will be inevitable as its asymmetrical silhouette that is located on a hill above the beach, is one of the most characteristic and beautiful images of sunny Sitges.
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Nowadays the Catalan Gothic Cathedral of Girona, the Roman walls and fortification of the city, Sant Feliu church, the Arab baths, the Jewish heritage and more, are live-testimonies to the immense history of this city. Girona’s reputation has grown through the last years in an international level with the selection of the city as one of the main film settings for the famous series ‘’Game of Thrones’’.
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The Roman ruins that remain nowadays have been declared as World heritage sites by UNESCO. Visiting the city you will be surprised to see the immaculate Roman Amphitheatre but also the Roman walls, the roman Circus , the capitol, the necropolis as well as 4km out of the city an impressive Roman aqueduct. Of course the majestic Gothic- style Cathedral of Tarragona is absolutely within the later monuments of the city which has also very promising local cuisine and fresh sea-food.
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Apart from the largest collection of the major works of Dalí, there is a crypt below the stage in which Dali is buried. You can continue with Dalí's Legacy at the Dali’s House-Museum at Portlligat in Cadaques, a beautiful fishing village northern of Figueres in which Salí spent many years working and living until he went to the ‘’Gala-Dalí Castle’’ at Púbol (also visitable) . a tower he gave to his wife Gala. All three museums are open to the public and receive many visitors every year.
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The artistic medieval character and the history of Besalú , has made the city appear on several lists of historical importance. The most important monuments of the area are the monasteries from the 12th century from the romanesque period, as well as Besalú's Jewish bathhouse and impressive Romanesque bridge over the Fluvià River.
In Ripoll you will find a beautiful Benedictine monastery, the Santa Maria de Ripoll, built in Romanesque style and founded by the Count Wilfred the Hairy, but also other churches from the 12th century and an Ethnographic museum. Santa Maria de Ripoll monastery became the family mausoleum for the Counts of Barcelona and Counts of Besalú but also a great spiritual place with the creation of a large library.
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Santes Creus monastery was built in 1174 when the village was donated to the monks of Valdaura. The monastery was built under the Cistercian principles and its architecture bares Romanesque, Gothic and Baroque influences. It has been the burial place for two Aragonese kings and one queen, while the architectural significance of the tombs, the cloister, its 12th century laundry and rose window, along with its history, declared the monastery as a national monument in 1921.
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In other words visitors will find themselves across traditional two-floor fishermen’s dwellings, narrow streets and a calm, beautiful, time travelling scenery. The village is surrounded also with wonderful beaches of blue flag standards with crystal clear waters. This is definitely the place to be for sun and sea lovers especially during the summer months.
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Even though the quality level is pretty high in most wineries, the most famous and pioneer names in Cava production are Freixent and Codorníu wineries. A visit in any of these would be definitely a life experience whereas at Codorníu wineries, guests can admire the architecture of the cellars designed by the architect Puig I Cadafalch – one of Gaudi’s students.
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