Catalonia has some of the most stunning scenery and visitor attractions in the whole of Spain, perhaps even Europe, led of course by the region’s breathtaking capital Barcelona.
Add to this many historical sites, including Roman ruins, medieval towns, natural parks and reserves, great beaches and coastal settlements, and of course Europe’s top amusement park, PortAventura World near Salou. Overall the region is proud of its fascinating cultural and gastronomical product, showcased to guests who attended a ‘Catalonia is Culture’ night organised by the Catalan Tourist Board this week.
And it’s so easy to get there from Northern Ireland with airlines easyJet, Jet2, Ryanair, Thomas Cook and TUI all operating direct flights.
Director of the Catalan Tourist Board in the UK Aicard Guinovart gave guests an overview of the region before following up with a individual visual tour of six distinctive new tourist trails which are being promoted to visitors for the first time in 2019.
Attractive easy to follow maps invite visitors to get behind the wheel of their car on their next visit to the region and discover the distinctive attractions of what each region of Catalonia has to offer.
The route R1 ’The Pyrenees, from Summit to the Sea’, takes in mountain scenery, wild animals, authentic fine food and age old architecture – and is referred to as the ‘kingdom of silence.’
R2 ‘Following the Mediterranean Coat’ is self explanatory with the waves whispering 4,000 years of culture from cave paintings, UNESCO protected parks to the modern day amusement spectacular PortAventura World, while R3 ‘From Barcelona to the Pyrenees’ takes visitors on a journey from the Med to the green of the Pyrenean meadows.
R4 ‘Hidden Catalonia’ takes tourists from the Costa Brava to the west discovering medieval villages, ancient monuments and beautiful mountain roads, while R5 features on Culture with the capital Barcelona providing a stepping stone to show everything Catalonia has to offer. The last route, R6, ‘Discovering World Heritage’ explores the many UNESCO recognised places of interest including churches, monasteries and the region’s top wine areas.
The Catalan Tourist Board says: “These six routes are only suggestions as a means of enjoying the Catalan landscape and the nature, fine food, and above all the journey. Just select the route which particularly appeals to you and get behind the wheel.
“Fate will steer you through picture postcard scenery which is welcoming and full of things to do, whether in the Pyrenees, with panoramic mountain passes and nature in all its splendour, or the Mediterranean with its infinite blues and an interior peppered with castles, monasteries and vineyards.”
For more information on Catalonia, visit catalunya.com.