Montserrat,Monastery of Santa María de Montserrat This symbol of Catalonia and pilgrimage destination is an essential visit for any visitor to the region. The beautiful Benedictine monastery is 720 metres above sea-level, on the slopes of the mountain of Montserrat, in the county of Bages.
In addition to the sanctuary's pastoral activities, there is also a wide and varied range of cultural, leisure and nature activities on offer. We particularly recommend attending a performance of the hymn El Virolai by one of the oldest and most renowned children's choirs in Europe.
This typical and playful seaside town lies 35 km south of Barcelona, situated between the sea and the mountains. There are 18 km of coastline around Sitges, which alternates between the cliffs of Garraf and beautiful and charming beaches.
It is well served by road, motorway and rail. El Prat International Airport is only 15 km away.
The town is known for its wide beaches, charming port, the palace (el Palau) and the Maricel Museum. Amongst the town's main events are the International Horror Film Festival, Corpus Christi— when the streets are decorated with flowers— and the famous Carnival, which fills the town with colour.
The Costa Brava coastline runs for over 200 km. In 1930 a few select tourists discovered its fascinating charms, and it was from that moment onwards that this stretch of coast became known as the Costa Brava and started to attract more tourists, who mixed with the fishermen and farmers of the region.
Some of the coastal towns are: Blanes, Lloret de Mar, Tossa de Mar, Sant Feliu de Guixols, Platja d'Aro, Palamós, Begur, Pals, Calella de Palafrugell, Roses, Port Bou, Estartit, La Escala, Cadaqués and Llança .
Known for their links with Dalí are the towns of Cadaqués (home of Dalí's house in Portlligat, which is now a museum) and of Figueres (where the Dalí Museum is located) as well as the Castle of Púbol in the municipality of La Pera.
Some of the inland towns near the Costa Brava which are famed for their landscapes or summer festivals are, amongst others, Peratallada, Perelada and La Bisbal de l'Emporá .
Barcelona City Council runs Catalan courses for all levels. For more information, visit: www.cpnl.cat
In every neighbourhood there is a civic centre, where residents can take all kinds of courses, such as dancing, photography, Pilates and cookery
Flamenco is also present in the city, and there are venues that have meals plus a show, such as the Patio Andaluz and Tablao del Carmen (Poble Espanyol).
Wine tasting There are plenty of opportunities to taste and buy fine wines. An interesting and fun activity is to visit the wineries of Cavas Codorniu, Bodegas Torres or Cava Freixenet, all of which are in Sant Sadurni d'Anoia.
Shopping at La Roca del Vallés
This shopping centre is designed as a village and has outlet stores of famous brands, as well as bars and restaurants www.larocavillage.com
Tibidabo theme park
This theme park is over 100 years old and is situated on the hill of Tibidabo (Tibidabo is made up of the words “tibi” and “dabo”, which means “I will give you”). The park can be reached by tram and funicular railway, or by bus.www.tibidabo.es