Places of Interest
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is one of the most enchanting cities in the world. Gaudí’s Sagrada Familia, one of Spain’s most visited buildings, contains the crypt where the famous architect is buried. The magnificent cathedral in the mysterious Gothic area is also well worth seeing. The city provides excellent shopping opportunities, notably along Las Ramblas, the most famous street in Barcelona, which is abundant with kiosks and stalls selling all manner of goods.
is the holiest site in Spain, receiving thousands of visitors every year. The monastery, sitting atop a 4,000ft mountain and surrounded by rocky crags and caves, was founded in 1025 to celebrate sightings of the Virgin Mary. It has become an important place of pilgrimage and there is a 12th century Romanesque wooden sculpture of the ‘Black Virgin’, known as La Moreneta, which thousands come here to see and touch.
has many interesting buildings, including St Nicholas’ church and a magnificent cathedral. Explore the Jewish Quarter, or pay a visit to the 12th century Baños Árabes (Arab Baths) which are located in the Capuchim Convent in the Old Quarter.
Lloret de Mar
is one of the largest resorts on the Costa Brava. Although well known for its vibrant nightlife, this pretty seaside resort has much of interest to offer, including the Sant Romà Parish Church and Water World, Europe’s largest water park. Lloret also boasts one of the best beaches on this coastline.
L’Estartit & the Medes Islands
lies roughly an hour’s drive to the north of Malgrat. It has a lovely sandy beach and a pretty harbour. The Medes Islands, which lie a mile off the coast, have been declared one of the most important marine wildlife reserves in the western Mediterranean.
is one of the largest resorts on this stretch of coastline and is known as ‘the gateway to the Costa Brava’. The town offers miles of clean, safe sandy beaches, as well as beautiful coves nestled among the magnificent rock formations which are characteristic of this region. Still a working fishing port, the harbour is a constant source of activity and is overlooked by a host of seafront bars and tavernas. The old town is equally appealing, with gothic churches, medieval houses, fountains and a lively daily farmer’s market.
Tossa de Mar
was once a small fishing village which has evolved into a popular beach resort. The walled old town, ‘Vila Vella’, is the only remaining medieval town on the Catalan coast. A visit to the Municipal Museum, which houses a contemporary art collection and artefacts such as the Atrium mosaic from the Roman Villa of Ametlers, is highly recommended.
is an ever-changing, lively city with an important cultural heritage that gives it a personality of its own. The city’s origins date back to Roman times; evidence of this has been found in the form of Roman ruins in the old part of town. There is also an attractive, modern marina and a range of activities from watersports to walking.
Parque de Montnegre Corredor
is around 37,000 acres of protected national parkland. The park is popular with walkers, due to its gentle landscape and scenic paths.