Catalonia, Valencia, and the Costa Blanca Travel Guide
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Fodor's Spain 2014
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.
Lodgings on the Costa Brava range from the finest, most sophisticated hotels to spartan pensions that are no more than a place to sleep and change clothes...read more
Catalonia's restaurants are increasingly and deservedly famous. Award-winning restaurant elBulli put this region on the gastronomic map, and a host of other...read more
Things To Do in Catalonia, Valencia, and the Costa Blanca
Explore the best sights, entertainment, and shopping with our top choices and insider tips.
Visit historic Girona: In the city of Girona, monuments of Christian, Jewish, and Islamic culture are only steps apart.... Read more
The sardana, Catalonia's national dance, is often perceived as a solemn and dainty affair usually danced by senior citizens in front of the Barcelona... Read more
Museu Pau Casals. The family house of renowned cellist Pau Casals (1876–1973) is on the beach at Sant Salvador, just east of the town of El Vendrell... Read more
No city matches Barcelona for the sheer density of its Modernisme, but it all began in Reus (13 km [8 miles] northwest of Tarragona), where Antoni... Read more
A good place to begin your stroll through Valencia's historic center is at the cathedral in the Plaza de la Reina (climb the Miguelete Tower... Read more
If Alicante is torrid in summer, Elche (24 km [15 miles] southwest) is even hotter but surrounded by the largest palm forest in Europe, granting... Read more
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This will be my first time writing a trip report -- I've thoroughly enjoyed reading other trip reports on this site and hope you will find mine just as entertaining and hopefully informative.
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Hi to All, As usual, I'm starting my TR ahead of the trip (about a month) so others can gauge how much pre-planning they need. Read more