Catalonia

Of all the regions that make up the ethnic, cultural, and historical patchwork of Spain, Catalonia is perhaps the most distinctive. The majority of the people speak Catalan and not Castilian Spanish (the two are co-official), and the people are intensely proud of their own identity and heritage. Ask the Catalans and they will tell you their northeast corner of Spain is not a region but a nation. Not surprisingly, rivalry between Castile and Catalonia is an ongoing part of Spanish history. Bordering France to the north, Aragon to the west, the Valencia region to the south and the Mediterranean along its eastern coast, Catalonia consists of four provinces: Lleida, Tarragona, Girona and Barcelona. This is an area of extraordinary contrasts, even in the landscapes themselves. Flatter towards the south, where vineyards and olive groves are concentrated, jagged and rocky along the stunning Costa Brava, and reaching soaring heights in the Pyrenees. Catalonia boasts some of Spain's most memorable scenery. There is excellent skiing, beautiful national parks, charming villages in the Pyrenees and international playgrounds along the Mediterranean. Gastronomy The region's cuisine features unusual dishes like goose with pears and lobster with chicken, wonderful seafood stews, pastas and a great variety of wild mushrooms. Fine red and white wines are produced here, and Catalan sparkling wines (cavas) are favored celebratory wines around the world.

VILLA CARMEN

VILLA CARMEN

This beautiful countryside villa combines old-fashioned charm with modern amenities… More Details

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