Articles about Catalonia

Q&A : Travel to Catalonia

Catalonia is an autonomous community in north-eastern Spain, bordered by the Mediterranean Sea to the east, the Pyrenees to the north, Aragon to the west and the Valencian Community to the south.

Barcelona is the capital of Catalonia and also the region’s most populous city.

In Catalonia, two languages are co-official: Catalan and Spanish (Castilian). Many Catalans are bilingual and use both languages in their daily lives.

Catalonia is packed with remarkable sights, including the Sagrada Família, Parc Güell, the monastery of Montserrat, the Costa Brava, and the historic cities of Girona and Tarragona.

Catalonia enjoys a Mediterranean climate, which makes it pleasant to visit almost all year round. However, spring (April-June) and autumn (September-October) are particularly recommended because of the milder temperatures and lower tourist numbers.

Catalan cuisine is rich and varied, with emblematic dishes such as pa amb tomàquet (tomato bread), crema catalana (Catalan crème brûlée) and butifarra (Catalan sausage). The region is also renowned for its wines and cavas.

Yes, Catalonia has a magnificent Mediterranean coastline with many beaches, particularly on the Costa Brava and the Costa Daurada.