A visit to the Barcelona province is wanting to come back for more and more…..

The Barcelona Province is situated in the central area of the region of Catalonia and its capital is the city of Barcelona which is also the capital of Catalonia. The city of Barcelona which is quiet dominating in the province has a rich cultural and artistic heritage which it effortlessly mixes with its Avant garde side. Spain’s second largest and definitely most cosmopolitan city is also one of the Mediterranean’s busiest ports.

The city gently rises from the coastline up into a range of wooded hills bordered by the Llobregat River in the south and the Besos River in the north, and it`s perfect for those wishing to combine a city and beach break. Famous for breaking ground art, architecture and avant-garde chefs, the city eclipses many others for its creativity and forward thinking. Think Picasso, think Gaudi, think Ferran Adrià each one of them challenging boundaries in their field of art. Barcelona surprises as it delights you never quite know what you are going to find around the next corner.

There are also many towns and villages of historic and artistic importance throughout the province of Barcelona, many of which it is said provided inspiration for artists such as Miro, Picasso and Dali. Around the province of Barcelona there are many towns which are worth a visit including the city off Vic situated to the west of the Sau reservoir and home to a wonderful cathedral. Two wonderful towns that must be visited are the Villafranca Del Penedes and Sant Sadurni d’Anoia, both capitols of wine producers of the region, enjoying a rich cultural heritage and lots of interesting attractions. Sant Sadurni d’Anoia is the main producer of Cava wine in Spain, the equivalent to French champagne.

Furthermore the province is home to a number of coastal areas starting with the Costa del Garraf south of Barcelona City. This is the place where the Garraf Mountains come down to meet the sea and here one can visit the seaside resort of Castelldelfels with its castle and long sandy beaches. Also the picturesque beautiful town of Sitges which is one of the province highlights should be visited. It is famous for its film festival, carnival and much more and Sitges is a marvellous town combining fun and frivolity in an truly authentic, charming and vibrating environment.

The Costa del Maresme which is situated north of Barcelona city stretches from Montgat to the Tordera River in the north from where the Costa Brava starts. On Costa del Maresme a string of charming seaside resorts and villages opens its arms for the visitor to explore. Places full of typical Catalan culture and atmosphere such Arenys de Mar, Calella, Palafolls, Canet, San Pol de Mar and Palafolls is definitely worthwhile !

Barcelona is home to several natural reserves namely the Cadi Moixero, Montserrat, Sant Llorenc Del Munt Serra, the Montseny and the River Delta of the Llobregat River. Each of the nature reserves are diverse in its terrain and scenery and ecological importance. The Montseny Natural Park is an area of outstanding natural beauty with mountains, valleys, oak and pine woods and rivers running through. The Sant Liorenc Del Munt I l’Obac has around 200 species of vertebrate. The Montserrat Mountain National Park is both scenically and ecologically outstanding but above all an important cultural institution of Catalonia. The Montserrat Mountain dominates the landscape and here one can visit the famous monastery, steeped in history and intrigue.

The Catalan Pyrenees are just two to four hours away from the cosmopolitan city of Barcelona. Their snow-clad picture-postcard landscape is a haven for lovers of snowboarding, Alpine and Nordic skiing, night skiing, snowshoeing, dog sleds, horse-drawn sleighs, snowmobiles, heliskis… or, in a nutshell, snow addict.

Gastronomy has become one of the key dynamo in the province in the past few years with some of the world’s best restaurants and top chefs, such as Ferràn Adrià, Santi Santamaría, Fermí Puig, Carles Gaig, Carme Ruscalleda and Sergi Arola all native working in the area. The gastronomic tradition features everything from world-class restaurants serving avant-garde cuisine to the most traditional dishes such as the famous “pa amb tomàquet” (country bread with tomato and olive oil).

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Barcelona

Barcelona is an enchanting seaside city with boundless culture, fabled architecture and a world-class drinking and dining scene. Its architectural treasures span 2000-plus years through towering temple columns & the ancient city walls or strolling in shadowy lanes of the Gothic quarter, past tranquil plazas and soaring 14th-century cathedrals. In other parts of town bloom the Modernism as the city has also long inspired artists as Dalí, Picasso & Miró whose works are in bold display in the city’s myriad museums.

Calella de la Costa

Calella located north of Barcelona is the holiday capital of the Costa del Maresme and beautifully placed between the golden sandy beaches, the Mediterranean Sea and the Montnegre Mountains. The old part of this town is clustered around the historical church of Santa María and furthermore its numerous pedestrian streets are ideal for strolling around the town centre and the more than 5 km long seafront promenade. Visit the interesting old Llobet-Guri factory and the local Municipal Market.

Malgrat de Mar

Is situated just 60 km north of Barcelona and the cosy laid back sea side village has more than 4.5 km of spacious white sand beaches. One can find peace and quiet for walks and birdwatching in natural spaces such as the Tordera river delta & the town is also surrounded by wilderness areas that are perfect for hiking or cycling. Take a stroll around the old town centre and find interesting architectural sites or check out the La Pilona which is a rocky platform in the middle of the sea with beautiful views.

Pineda de Mar

Pineda de Mar is a charming seaside resort situated north of Barcelona on the Costa Maresme, 45 km from Gerona Airport, just south of the Costa Brava. It is a popular destination due to its long golden sandy beach, good selection of restaurants and bars, surrounded by the beautiful Montenegre Nature Reserve. The town is very pleasant and relaxed with lots of squares and gardens. There is a very good selection of shops, boutiques, bars and restaurants & the resort is very well equipped and ideal for families.

Santa Susanna

Santa Susanna is an laid-back attractive resort situated on the Costa Maresme just south of Costa Brava some 60 Km north of Barcelona. Set between the wonderful sandy beaches, the glittering Mediterranean Sea and the mountainous wooded backdrop of the Massif Montenegre. The old town comprises of quaint narrow cobbled streets and historic buildings and monuments and yet down on the seafront one will be transported into modern living with a string of eateries, shops and water sports facilities.

Sitges

A beautiful authentic picturesque sea side village located only 25 km south of Barcelona. It`s privileged enclave sheltered by the Garraf Mountains which gives the town a warm “micro-climate” with more than 300 sunny days every year. The historical old town is really something different and it’s easy to understand why the cosmopolitan town has attracted so many for centuries. Numerous events take place like the Fantastic Film Festival, Carnival, Barcelona-Sitges Vintage Car Rally and more….

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