Barcelona & the Highlights of Catalonia
7 days from only €789pp
Visit cosmopolitan Barcelona on our escorted tour to Catalonia, one of the most distinctive regions in Spain.
Selected departures September 2013
Although Spain is one of the most visited countries in the world, it seems incredible that vast swathes of it are hardly known at all. But during the past few years, its more historic, cultural and scenic aspects have been brought to the attention of the discerning traveller. For many centuries Spain did not really exist as a nation state, being more a collection of countries such as Aragon, Castille, Cantabria and of course, Catalonia. Often separated by high mountain ranges, they evolved separately becoming strikingly different with even their own languages. In Roman times Tarragona was one of the largest cities in the Empire, and had a population of 250,000 with a wealth of buildings to match, many of which are still in evidence today. Ancient monasteries abound and include some of the most sophisticated ever constructed with many still in use. Lush vineyards sweep off to the horizon and produce that most superb of drinks, the sparkling wine - Cava. Barcelona, the self-confident and progressive capital is a tremendous place to visit. Probably the most prosperous city in the country, it has a sophistication and cultural dynamism way ahead of the rest of Spain which is so strong you can feel it just walking around. Catalonia also boasts the best food in Spain, but that is what the Catalans themselves tell you and to be fair they perhaps have a point, but the only real test is to come with us and see for yourself.