Barcelona’s unique location, flanked by mountains and spilling down into the sea, its beautiful modernist and medieval architecture, alongside Catalonia’s beautiful coastline and rugged landscapes have been drawing visitors to the region for centuries. These days, sophisticated travel infrastructure and an increasingly wide choice of excellent accommodation and venues makes them some of the world’s most attractive destinations for both corporate and leisure travellers.
The beautiful city of Barcelona, with its spectacular natural setting and wonderful climate, never fails to inspire. Home to some of the world’s finest gastronomy, dotted with architectural jewels, most notably Gaudí, the showcase for Catalan artists Picasso and Miró, and host to some important sporting events, there is no shortage of action, culture or cafés. Welcoming, innovative, spectacular, cosmopolitan… There are a thousand reasons to visit Barcelona.
From the Pyrenean mountain ranges of the Val d’Aran to the turquoise waters of the Costa Brava and the shimmering beaches of the Costa Daurada, Catalonia offers something for everyone. Cosmopolitan Barcelona aside, Catalonia boasts many other fine cities, just head south along the coast to the beautiful sea-side town of Sitges, or carry on down to see the Roman city of Tarragona, or go inland to Gothic Lleida … the choices abound.
With a strong cultural heritage, the result of a rich historic past and over 500km of coastline, Mallorca cannot fail to inspire the visitor that arrives on the shores of this Balearic paradise. This beautiful island offers white sandy, sun-lounging beaches, backed by shady, cobbled streets bustling with life, cafés, restaurants, shops and an exciting night life, or the peace of small, rocky coves surrounded by the Tramuntana mountains, beautiful natural parks and exclusive Michelin starred restaurants. The choice is yours. For the more intrepid, sailing, cycling and golfing activities abound all year round, thanks to Mallorca’s wonderful warm, dry climate. If it's a more urban experience that calls, then the sophistication of its capital city, La Palma, with its tree-lined, wide avenues flanked with tapas bars and busy marine culture cannot be missed.
COSTA DEL SOL
The Costa del Sol in Andalusia boasts a wonderful Mediterranean climate, allowing visitors to take their pick from 150km of stunning coastline packed with sandy beaches and a plethora of vibrant, busy tourist resorts. Once synonymous with package holidays, these days you can pick and choose between the kind of tourist venture you require. Head for the more glitzy and sophisticated Puerto Banus or just soak in the sun at the more family-orientated El Cristo beaches that edge the charming town of Estepona. If it is a cultural experience you desire then the capital Malaga, a truly ancient city with narrow, historic streets, packed with curiosity shops, small cafes, churches and museums is definitely worth a perusal. For those of us in search of adventure, the natural parks, covering over half of the province and dotted with small white hamlets, will not disappoint.