Catalonia

Catalonia Luxury Holidays

More Than Just Barcelona

Unique local customs with plenty of must see attractions.

Fiercely proud of their heritage, Catalonia has wealth of delights to explore
 

Catalonia, a picturesque region distinct from the rest of Spain, has much more to offer than just Barcelona. With an abundance of diverse natural landscapes, rural Catalonia offers meadows, plains, lakes, mountains, coves and vineyards for travellers to explore. Of course, Barcelona itself, along with the equally alluring Girona, never disappoints.

City life

The charming seaside city of Barcelona is packed with interest and excitement. Comprising Roman, Gothic and traditional Catalan architecture, the city’s buildings are a fascinating mosaic, and more art can be found inside in museums dedicated to legendary artists, including Pablo Picasso. Another must-see architectural wonder is the stunning La Sagrada Família, a monumental and ornately decorated Roman Catholic basilica, which is magical to behold. After all the sightseeing, the best way to spend the evening in Barcelona is sipping refreshing drinks at a traditional ‘chiringuito’ beach bar at sunset. A buzzing live music scene keeps the city alive all evening, and anyone with enough energy can enjoy the plentiful bars and clubs open until the sun comes up.

Girona, a labyrinth of cobbled lanes peppered with museums, galleries and churches, is just as worth a visit. A walk on the medieval city walls provides spectacular wide-reaching views, and once you’ve had your fill of history and culture, wandering Girona’s individual shops, bijoux cafes and picturesque streets will while away a blissful afternoon.

While in Catalonia’s cities, sampling traditional Spanish cuisine should be high on the list. From paella to tapas, there are lots of delicious meals to be tried, and in Barcelona especially, wondrously fresh seafood takes pride of place. For dessert, try crema Catalana, Catalonia’s blowtorched, crunchy topped vanilla custard, or Girona’s sweet sugary pastry ‘xuixos’, the most authentic and memorable of which can only be found in the city itself.

The landscapes beyond

Outside the cities, Catalonia boasts a wealth of natural beauty. Perhaps the most tempting are the long sandy beaches of Costa Brava, some with calm turquoise water and some with waves and wind that provide a watersports playground. From Begur, a quaint little town with interesting medieval architecture, roads spiral down to reveal numerous secret coves fringed with pine trees. Here, you can escape the crowds and discover your own slice of paradise.

Inland, the Pyrenean mountains provide plenty of hiking trails with stunning views, passing churches and monasteries that give walkers an insight into the area’s history and culture. Perhaps Catalonia’s best opportunity to get close to nature can be found in Parc Nacional d’Aigüestortes i Estany de Sant Maurici. Glittering with lakes and waterfalls among fir and pine forests, grasslands full of wildflowers and dramatic mountains, there’s a vast range of scenery to explore.

In the wetlands of Delta de l’Ebre, sand dunes and beaches meet lagoons and marshes to create a habitat for a whole host of birdlife, including elegant ibises and astonishingly pink flamingos. Cycling, walking and watersports will keep the active traveller entertained, and it’s a fantastic place to watch the sunset reflected in the mirror-like water, dotted with birds.

Your Catalonian experience

To find out more about your personalised luxury trip to Catalonia, simply contact our friendly team by phone or live chat. At Azure, we’re on hand to create a trip to remember.

where to stay

 

We work with a range of hotels throughout the region, and our specialists can ensure you pick the perfect place for you to stay during your holiday. Below is a snapshot of some of the properties we love, but this list isn't exhaustive, so if you want any more advice and full details of all the hotels we work, with please don't hesitate to contact us on 01244 322770.

  1. Hotel Camiral

    Hotel Camiral

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    Perfectly placed between two world-class courses, Hotel Camiral is a golf lover’s dream and an exclusive option for a luxury vacation in Catalonia, Spain.
  2. Gran Hotel La Florida

    Gran Hotel La Florida

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    Just 15 minutes from Barcelona’s stunning city centre, the Gran Hotel La Florida is the perfect place for a sumptuous holiday. With outstanding rooms and superb suites, tantalising restaurants and a luxurious spa, this is sure to become a firm favourite after just one visit.
  3. Hotel Arts Barcelona, Barcelona

    Hotel Arts Barcelona, Barcelona

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    A five star hotel housed in a towering glass building with impeccably designed rooms, Hotel Arts Barcelona, Barcelona, contends with the best of the best in accommodation. Overlooking the Mediterranean Sea, with Michelin star restaurants and top quality facilities, you’re guaranteed to be impressed by this luxurious hotel

Our Destination Specialists

 

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Julie Crump Specialist area: Africa 32 years in travel industry

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