Barcelona Regional Info
Barcelona is the capital city of Catalonia, which is situated in the North-East of the Iberian Peninsula and boasts 580 kilometres of Mediterranean coastline including the Costa Brava giving the majority of it typically Mediterranean Weather, with dry summers and mild winters.
The region enjoys and celebrates its own culture which is a fusion of Mediterranean custom and elements of its rich and diverse history boasting an impressive artistic heritage, ranging from the Greek remains in Empúries, Roman monuments in Tarragona, civil and religious artwork from the gothic period which you will see when travelling to Barcelona city, and not forgetting some of the greatest painters of the 19th century such as Fortuny, Rusiñol or Casas, or well known artists from the 20th century such as Miró and Dalí.
In Catalonia there is a wide use of the Catalan language. Many people are bilingual and speak both Catalan and Spanish, and both languages have co-official status. Having said that, most of the people you encounter as a tourist will generally understand or speak enough English to be able to look after you!
Catalonia offers many options for the kind of trip you want to take. Whether you are here for a weekend or a long term stay, there is so much to enjoy that you will not, by any means, be left wanting for activities.
Yet venturing further north brings you to the mountainous Pyrenees, with cooler temperatures and even snow at the abundance of ski resorts, ideal for fans of winter sporting activities.
Further inland in the Garrotxa region you can enjoy stunning views of a green landscape dotted with volcanoes, together with great gastronomy. Catalonia is split into four separate provinces which are Girona, Lleida, Tarragona and of course Barcelona!
Catalonia has some excellent cuisine and typical dishes are commonly centred around seafood, rice dishes and delicious wine. Catalonia boasts some very important wine areas such as the Penedès, Alella and l'Empordà, where globally-exported wine and "cava" is produced.
During your visit make sure that you try "botifarra", commonly found in delicatessens and restaurants. This traditional Catalan sausage served grilled with white beans "mongetes", is absolutely delicious and a must when in Barcelona. Of course, don’t forget to order "pa amb tomàquet", (a slice of bread rubbed with ripe tomatoes and sprinkled with olive oil) to accompany your meal.
Catalans used to enjoy an afternoon "siesta" (nap) and so today they have an extended lunch-break. So do not be surprised to see many shops closed between 2pm and 4pm! Everything comes swinging back into life in the early evening, so take the time to enjoy some sun or have a "siesta" yourself and prepare for an evening out!
Of course then we have the jewel in Catalonia’s crown… its capital and metropolis, the city of Barcelona. The city typifies urban living at its most beautiful and with the co-existence of history and modernisation working perfectly together... it never fails to find a place in your heart.
So who is Catalonia for? The answer to that is everyone. Families, singles, couples and friends of all ages are catered for. Whether you are looking for all-night partying, relaxing, shopping, learning about its culture or whatever, My Guide Barcelona will help you to decide what to do in Barcelona.
Given the diverse nature of each resort in the region, coupled with its excellent transportation networks, you can be sure that whatever you are looking for, you will find it right here.
Video courtesy of Catalan Tourist Board