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Catalonia, Valencia, and the Costa Blanca Travel Guide

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Plan Your Catalonia, Valencia, and the Costa Blanca Vacation

The long curve of the Mediterranean from the French border to Cabo Cervera, below Alicante, encompasses the two autonomous communities of Catalonia and Valencia, with the country's second- and third-largest cities (Barcelona and Valencia, respectively). Rivals in many respects, the two communities share a language, history, and culture that set them clearly apart from the rest of Spain.

Top Reasons To Go

  1. Pax Girona Explore a city where the monuments of Christian, Jewish, and Islamic cultures that coexisted for centuries are only steps apart.
  2. Valencia Reborn The past 20 years has seen a transformation of the Turia River into a treasure trove of museums, concert halls, parks, and architectural wonders.
  3. Great Restaurants Foodies argue that the fountainhead of creative gastronomy has moved from France to Spain—and in particular to the great restaurants of the Empordà and Costa Brava.
  4. Dalí’s Home and Museum Surreal doesn't begin to describe the Dalí Museum in Figueres or the wild coast of the artist's home at Cap de Creus.
  5. Las Fallas Festival Valencia's Las Fallas, in mid-March, a week of fireworks and solemn processions and a finale of spectacular bonfires, is one of the best festivals in Europe.

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