First-class beaches. Culture-crammed cities. Sleepy hilltop villages. When it comes to holidays, Catalonia has got it covered.
Up in the north-east corner of Spain, Catalonia’s got summer breaks sorted with its mix of sandy beaches and action-packed resorts. When it comes to picking a place to stay, you’ve got two Costas to choose from.
The Costa Dorada ticks off golden sands, lively towns and Spain’s largest theme park. The big-name resort here is Salou. Lining its beach, you’ll find loads of bars, clubs and restaurants. Further along the coast are laid-back resorts like La Pineda and Cambrils.
Head north and you’ll hit the Costa Brava. This place is a bit of a mixed bag. On the one hand, you’ve got action-packed resorts – like Lloret de Mar and Tossa de Mar – that line up behind huge stretches of sand. But between the big names, you’ll find button-cute fishing villages that cluster around quiet coves and rocky inlets.
Stylish cities and hilltop hamlets
Catalonia’s got loads on offer away from the beach, too. Cities like Girona and Barcelona line up chic shops, quirky architecture and buzzing after-dark scenes, while inland you’ve got Medieval hamlets and unspoilt countryside to get to grips with.
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Stretching between the town of Blanes and the French border, Costa Brava is the belle of Spain’s coastal ball. The march of tourism that stormed through the Costa del Sol and Costa Blanca lost a bit of steam by the time it reached the country’s north eastern wing. As a result, it’s relatively unspoilt. In between bigger resorts like Lloret de Mar and Tossa de Mar, for example, you’ll still find secluded coves, fishing villages and authentic countryside towns.
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