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NATURE
Emporda’s Marshland

Emporda’s Marshland

The marshland situated in Empordà (Aiguamolls de l’Empordà) is one of the most important marshes in Catalonia, also with Delta de l’Ebre. Emporda’s marshes are situated in the centre of this Mediterranean region and have been created along the ends of the rivers: Muga and Fluvià situated in Alt Empordà and Ter and Daró, in Baix Empordà.

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Cap de Creus

Cap de Creus

The natural reserve in Cap de Creus is especially attractive because the environment is marine but also terrestrial. That’s why it is the first reserve marine-terrestrial in Catalonia. Situated in Roses, the reserve has in the terrestrial zone, three natural landscapes of national interest that are: Gros-Cap cape (north), Falconera-Cap Norfeu point (south) and the Mountain of Rodes(west).

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Garrotxa's volcanic zone

Garrotxa's volcanic zone

Garrotxa's volcanic zone is located in oriental Pyrenees and nowadays is one of the volcanic resorts more representative of the Iberic peninsula. It has got 40 volcanoes and a varied vegetation because of his orography, floor and his characteristic climate. In the mountains called Corb and Finestres we can find two of the most important volcanoes, Santa Margarida and Croscat.

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Äigüestores National Park

Äigüestores National Park

There are a lot of resorts to visit in Catalonia, because of the great biodiversity that characterises this country. One of the most emblematic is Aigüestortes National Park, the only National Park that exists in Catalonia.

Aigüestortes National Park is located in four regions: Alta Ribagorça, Pallars Sobirà, Vall d’Aran and Pallars Jussà. The principal characteristic is his high mountains views, because the park has got peaks that are higher than 3.000 meters. It also has got 200 lakes and uncountable streams.

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HISTORY
Sagrada Familia

Sagrada Familia

Sagrada Familia is one of the unfinished architectonic creations of Antoni Gaudí who assume the direction of the construction in 1883 and worked in it until his death, in 1926. Situated in the centre of Barcelonait is considerate the maximum exponent of Catalan modernistic architecture, and it’s also a symbol for the city and for Catalonia. Its origin is dated in 1882, as a consequence of another architect, the diocesan Franciso de Paula villar. The basilica was consecrated of Pope Benedict XVI in November 2010.

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Montserrat

Montserrat

Montserrat Mountainis one of the most emblematic places in Catlonia and during the 365 days in the year receives visitors that came from every part of the world. This mountain, situated near the river Llobregat, has a monastery situated at725 mover sea level and in that Benedictine monastery is placed “La Escolania” one of the most ancient coral group of kids in Europe and “La Moreneta” the virgin of Montserrat.

The Mountain is a symbol of Catalonia and lots of legends talk about it because its peculiar form. Both features are part of the collective imaginary of Catalan people.

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Cister Route

Cister Route

This route was created on 1989 and it’s one of the most complete in the Catalan cultural offer. The regions: Alt Camp, Conca de Barberà and Urgell are the ones that have Cistercians monasteries, temples that were founded in XII century and they are known because they were the official mausoleum of the kings inAragonKingdomfor more than 300 years.

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Romanesque Route

Romanesque Route

Although, Vall de Boí (Alta Ribagorça) is a good destination for skiing and doing sportive leisure, this regions has other interesting activities. That’s why we suggest Romanesque Route, composed by nine Romanesque Churches, an historic-artistic group declared World Heritage in 2000.

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Textile colonies in Llobregat

Textile colonies in Llobregat

In the region of Bages (Berguedà) you can visit the famous textile colonies placed along the river Llobregat. Several paths and activities allow visitors to enjoy this group of industrial colonies built during the industrial revolution the second half of ninth century.

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VITIVINÍCOLES
Modernistic wine cellar

Modernistic wine cellar

Cèsar Martinell, an architect disciple of Antoni Gaudí, designed and built many of wine cellars that exist along the Catalan regions. In some places, his work was so important that these building were called “Catedrals del vi” (Wine cathedrals).

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Sheepdog’s contest

Sheepdog’s contest

 This popular event is celebrated in different places inCataloniaandSpain, but the one of Torroella de Montgrí (Baix Empordà) has a large trajectory. With the contest in Castellar de n’Hug, this is a very important contest and every year join a lot of people coming for all regions inCatalonia.

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The Pitcher Fair in Argentona

The Pitcher Fair in Argentona

The International Fair about ceramics and mud or “Fira del càntir” (The pitcher Fair) is celebrated in Argentona (Maresme) since 1951 and it counts with the participation of 90 craftsman from every part of the world who came there to show and sell their creations. Nowadays, this is one of the most important handmade fair at open air in southEurope.

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Bobbin lacers in Catalonia

Bobbin lacers in Catalonia

Lace maker profession is the art of crochet laces with a pillow as a support; it has a large tradition in Catalonia. Nowadays this activity is still active thanks to associations which organize from meeting to workshops and courses. Although this activity it hasn’t got the economic importance than has before, bobbin lacers have a social function because it puts together groups of woman between different generations with the same interest.

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NAUTICAL
Salt Route

Salt Route

The first sportive edition of “Salt Route” was celebrated in 1989. This first yacht race was promoted by the association ANAM, 36 ships departed from “Port Ginesta” (Barcelona) in direction to Balearic Islands, the end of the route. Since 1990 the number of contestants has increased and that’s why since 1992, “Sal Route” has been converted in a very success event with more supporters every year. Nowadays an average of 300 contestants takes part of this event every year.

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Costa Brava

Costa Brava

Costa Brava is an obligate destination for every single visitor in Catalonia, especially in summer. But also in winter when people can enjoy its sky resorts in Alp, La Molina and La Masella.

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Barcelona World Race

Barcelona World Race

Barcelona World Race is one of the sportive events most important in nautical sector. Several yachts compete all over the world without stops and with only two people in every ship. This race is organized by Barcelona Foundation for Offshore Sailing, all the contestants have the same origin and end in Barcelona’s port.  

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Raftsman’s descent on Segre River

Raftsman’s descent on Segre River

Historically, Segre River has been the scenery of a singular event “the Descent of crafts man”. This descent is  a way to transport wood along the river with “rais” (rafts), a simple boat built with logs of wood tied with branches.

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MUSIC
Peralada’s Castle Festival

Peralada’s Castle Festival

The Peralada’s Castle Festival is a very important cultural event in Catalonia and every year for more than 20 years. It has been celebrated in the town that has its name, a region in Alt Empordà situated between Figueras and Costa Brava.

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Palau de la Música

Palau de la Música

Palau dela Música was design by the modernistic architect Lluís Domènech Montaner, and nowadays is the most singular concert hall of the world. Lots of visitors come to Palau del a Música not only for its concerts agenda, but for visiting the place because of its architectural interest.

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Bach Zum Mitsingen

Bach Zum Mitsingen

The project Bach zum Mitsingen adapts the German tradition of Bachkantate zum Mitsingen. Since April 2011, Pau Jorquera and Daniel Tarrida have led this project, which offers J.S. Bach’s cantatas in a participative way.

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Barcelona’s opera house “El Gran Teatre del Liceu”

Barcelona’s opera house “El Gran Teatre del Liceu”

Barcelona’s opera house is an emblematic building in the city and with more than 150 years it’s situated at the same level of main opera houses in the world. For decades, it has been a symbol of culture and art as well as a meeting point for Catalan aristocracy and bourgeoisie. Created in 1847, “El Gran Teatre del Liceu” is situated in “Rambla de Barcelona” and every year has international known artists.

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Music Festival in Torroella de Montgrí

Music Festival in Torroella de Montgrí

The origin of the International Music Festival in Torroella de Montgrí was in 1980. The first edition of the musical festival was composed by only five concerts. As in its origin, the festival is situated in gothic and renaissance places like Sant Genís Churc,SolterraPalaceand the main square.

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Shubertiada in Vialbertran

Shubertiada in Vialbertran

The origin of this cultural event was in the meetings that Franz Shubert organised with his friends in Vienna and was called “Shubertiada”. In these sessions, Shubert showed his new compositions and others from other compositors who continued with these meetings even after Shubert died. From those meetings came the “Shubertiada” in Vilabertran which is celebrated in the Romanesque church of Santa Maria de Vilabertran.

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FOLKLORE
La Patum (Berga)

La Patum (Berga)

La Patumis a traditional party which is celebrated in Berga, the capital region of Berguedà. Although the origin of this tradition has some religious connotation, nowadays Patum is about demonstrations and fire shows on the streets.

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Saint George day

Saint George day

Saint George’sday is a special holiday inCataloniabecause Saint George is the patron saint. This day is celebrated on 23 of March and the tradition says that people should give roses and books as present to loved people. During this day, in all cities and towns inCataloniacan be seen people in the streets selling and buying books and flowers as a street market.

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Human towers “Els Castells”

Human towers “Els Castells”

Human Towers known as “Castells” (Castles) are part of the Catalan tradition. It consists in the creation of gymnastic formations. People groups that build these forms are called “colles”. Every single member is called “casteller” and has a concrete function inside the group in order to create the human tower.

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Choir groups’ festival in Cantonigròs

Choir groups’ festival in Cantonigròs

The choir groups’ festival on Cantonigròs has been celebrated for more than 25 years in this town in Osona. Every year there are several competitions between choirs from different nationalities and countries: England, Bulgaria, Catalonia, Colombia, Korea, Ukraine, Indonesia, Holland, Greece and others.

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Gràcia Festival

Gràcia Festival

Every year in August, Gràcia, a neighbourhood in Barcelona, celebrates its street festival, the Festa Major de Gràcia, one of the most beautiful, colourful and lively in Catalonia. The streets, balconies and main doors are decorated with streamers, motifs and images, becoming real masterpieces.

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SPORTS
Formula One World Championship

Formula One World Championship

Formula One World Championship is a sportive event that every year demands the attention by million of travellers around the world. One of these circuits is situated in Catalonia, which is called Catalonia Circuit. Every year in this circuit there are several races like: Formula One World Championship, Moto GP, World Series by Renault, GT’s and the Spanish Championship of Velocity.

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Football Club Barcelona

Football Club Barcelona

Football Club Barcelona most known as Barça is one of the symbol that is related with Catalonia, as a consequence of its international impact it travels furthermore than Catalan frontiers. Nowadays, this sportive association has its referent in soccer team which is known everywhere.

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Barcelona Open Trofeo Conde de Godó

Barcelona Open Trofeo Conde de Godó

The Barcelona Open, Trofeo Conde de Godó, also known as “Godó” or Barcelona Open Banco Sabadell, has become one of the most prestigious sport events of the city. This competition, celebrated yearly in April at the Real Club de Tenis Barcelona on clay courts, is much more than a sport event, it is a social event.

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Sports in nature

Sports in nature

If you are a winter or adventure sport lover, or if you would like to enjoy active tourism with your friends or family, Catalonia is the best destination to enjoy and do all kind of outdoors sports.

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CULTURAL
Tàrrega’s Theatre Fair

Tàrrega’s Theatre Fair

Tarrega’s theatre fair is a much known cultural event in Spainand abroad and it has been converted a referent. Every September this event shows the cultural behave of Tarrega, a city situated in Lleida. As a consequence of its success Tarrega’s theatre fair model is being exported to other cities in the country.

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The Grec: The Festival of Barcelona

The Grec: The Festival of Barcelona

The Grec Festival of Barcelona, a theatre, dance, music and circus festival, is one of the main attractions of Barcelona summer. A festival which aims to surprise, open new expectations, arouse curiosity, to be a unique experience, has become a reference within the European performing arts.

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Dalí Theatre-Museum

Dalí Theatre-Museum

The Dalí Theatre-Museum in Figueres is the largest surrealistic object in the world. A work of art itself, which houses the Dalí largest collection in the world: Thousands of items of the Salvador Dalí’s life and more than 4,000 works from various disciplines, including painting, sculpture, jewelry, photography, holograms, etc.

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Sitges Film Festival

Sitges Film Festival

The International Fantastic Film Festival in Catalonia was the first fantastic film festival in the World and it’s celebrated in Sitges. The origin of this festival was in the International Fantastic and Scary Film Week. Since then it has been converted in an obligate appointment for all terror movies lovers and cinema professionals.

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GASTRONOMIC
Chestnuts, panellets and sweet potatoes

Chestnuts, panellets and sweet potatoes

Chestnuts wrapped in a paper bag and chestnuts vendors on the streets. Panellets in the shop windows of bakeries and warm sweet potatoes. At the table, a glass of muscatel. The castanyada is the most popular autumn fest in Catalonia; it takes place on November 1st.

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The Snail Festival

The Snail Festival

With more than 30 years of experience, the Snail Festival is a success festival that has been converted in a gastronomic event. Since 2002 it’s considerate a Festival of National Interest for Tourism and Interest. In last editions, this festival was visited by miles of visitors and has generated a lot of groups related with snail sector.

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Mushrooms and boletaires

Mushrooms and boletaires

When the rain comes, in autumn, Catalan forests are filled with mushrooms and boletaires (in Catalan, those people who look for mushrooms). Catalonia has a deeply rooted tradition, in which the boletaires walk, search and collect the valued mushrooms, both for their own use, to give away or to sell them.

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Xató gastronomic route

Xató gastronomic route

“Xató” gastronomic route is a gastronomic event that is celebrated in the regions: Alt Penedès, Baix Penedès and Garraf, situated between Barcelona and Tarragona. Although they are the most wine and sparkling wine productive zones, they are known by their typical dish “Xató” a kind of salad.

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Calçots and calçotades, a gastronomic phenomenon

Calçots and calçotades, a gastronomic phenomenon

Between December and April appear, in Tarragona region and especially in Valls, the calçots and the calçotada, a feast in which tradition and gastronomy come together.

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