Catalonia, Valencia, and the Costa Blanca

We’ve compiled the best of the best in Catalonia, Valencia, and the Costa Blanca - browse our top choices for the top things to see or do during your stay.

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  • 1. Cap de Creus

    North of Cadaqués, Spain's easternmost point is a fundamental pilgrimage, if only for the symbolic geographical rush. The hike out to the lighthouse—through rosemary, thyme,...Read More

  • 2. El Call

    Girona is especially noted for its 12th-century Jewish Quarter, El Call, which branches off Carrer de la Força, south of the Plaça Catedral. The quarter...Read More

  • 3. Museo de Bellas Artes


    Valencia was a thriving center of artistic activity in the 15th century—one reason that the city's Museum of Fine Arts, with its lovely palm-shaded cloister,...Read More

  • 4. Beaches

    The Begur coast is dotted with idyllic swimming coves and sandy beaches, from the northernmost Platja del Racó south to Aiguablava, its loveliest strand, framed by...Read More

  • 5. Església de Sant Pere

    This 12th-century Romanesque church is part of a 10th-century monastery, still in an excellent state of preservation. It's set on the town's main plaza, Sant...Read More

  • 6. Església de Sant Vicenç

    Founded in 977, this pre-Romanesque gem contains the relics of St. Vincent as well as the tomb of its benefactor, Pere de Rovira. La Capella...Read More

  • 7. Mar Menuda

    Just north of the town center, this small sandy crescent is a pleasant Blue Flag beach that's popular with local families. The sand is coarse,...Read More

  • 8. Museo Taurino

    In the Plaza de Toros, the Bullfighting Museum is a must for aficionados, with fine examples of matador costumes (the "suits of lights"), bull heads,...Read More

  • 9. Museu de Fogueres

    Bonfire festivities are popular in this part of Spain, and the ninots, or effigies, can be elaborate and funny, including satirized political figures and celebrities....Read More

  • 10. Palau de la Generalitat

    On the left side of the Plaza de la Virgen, fronted by orange trees and box hedges, is this elegant facade. The Gothic building was...Read More

  • 11. Passeig Arqueològic

    The landscaped gardens of this stepped archaeological walk are below the Força Vella's restored Carolingian walls (which you can walk, in parts) and enjoy superlative...Read More

  • 12. Passeig Arqueològic

    A 1½-km (1-mile) circular path skirting the surviving section of the 3rd-century-BC Ibero-Roman ramparts, this walkway was built on even earlier walls of giant rocks....Read More

  • 13. Passeig Maritim

    A focal point of Sitges life, this 1½-mile-long esplanade is an iconic pedestrianized promenade that sweeps along the bay of Sitges. It's backed by upmarket...Read More

  • 14. Peñón d'Ifach Natural Park

    The landscape of Calpe is dominated by this huge calcareous rock more than 1,100 yards long, 1,090 feet high, and joined to the mainland by...Read More

  • 15. Platja Gran

    Sweeping past the Vila Vella, this well-maintained, soft-sand Blue Flag beach runs along the front of town to meet the base of the Cap de...Read More

  • 16. Playa de las Arenas

    This wide (nearly 450 feet) and popular grand municipal beach stretches north from the port and the America's Cup marina more than a kilometer (½...Read More

  • 17. Plaza del Ayuntamiento

    Casco Antiguo

    With the massive Baroque facades of the Ayuntamiento (City Hall) and the Correos (central post office) facing each other across the park, this plaza is...Read More

  • 18. Pont Fortificat

    The town's most emblematic feature is this Romanesque 11th-century fortified bridge with crenellated battlements spanning the Riu Fluvià....Read More

  • 19. Santa Maria de Besalú

    The ruins of the 13th-century Santa Maria Convent, on a hill just outside of town, make a good walk and offer a panoramic view over...Read More

  • 20. Vila Vella and Castillo de Tossa de Mar

    Listed as a national artistic-historic monument in 1931, Tossa de Mar's Vila Vella (Old Town) is the only remaining example of a fortified medieval town...Read More

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