Catalonia has much to be proud of, with its lively and popular Costa Brava and its dynamic capital Barcelona, whose tapas bars are a great excuse for a party. However, there's much more to the region than partying. Catalonia is also home to the tranquil Pyrenees to the north and the impressive beauty of Aigüestortes national park, the wild creeks of the Cap de Creus, the unique flora and fauna of the Ebro delta, and the spellbinding calm of Poblet monastery. All of these attractions contribute to the appeal of the region, which is also a major artistic melting pot (Dalí in Cadaques, Gaudí in Barcelona) renowned for its contemporary creations, such as the Torre Agbar by Jean Nouvel in Barcelona. Finally, make sure you take in one of the region's traditional village festivals and don't miss the human towers known as castells, where a young child climbs to the very top and waves to the crowd.
Tucked away in a natural harbour sheltered by the Pyrenean foothills, Cadaqués, known as the white pearl of the Catalan coast, has long been a favourite with artists, starting with Dali. This tiny fishing port also leads to the Cap de Creus headland, one of Europe’s most beautiful marine and terrestrial nature reserves.