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. Catedral de Valencia

    Ciutat Vella | Museum/Gallery

    Valencia's 13th- to 15th-century cathedral is the heart of the city. The building has three portals—Romanesque, Gothic, and rococo. Inside,...Read More

  • 2. Cathedral

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    At the heart of the Força Vella, the cathedral looms above 90 steps and is famous for its nave—at 75 feet, the widest in the world and the epitome...Read More

  • 3. La Moreneta

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    The shrine of La Moreneta, one of Catalonia's patron saints, resides in a Benedictine monastery high in the Serra de Montserrat, surrounded...Read More

  • 4. Monasterio de Santa María de Poblet

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Founded in 1150 by Ramón Berenguer IV in gratitude for the Christian Reconquest, the monastery first housed a dozen Cistercians from Narbonne...Read More

  • 5. Sant Pere de Rodes

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    The monastery of Sant Pere de Rodes, 7 km (4½ miles) by car (plus a 20-minute walk) above the pretty fishing village of El Port de la Selva...Read More

  • 6. Basílica de Santa María

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Constructed in a Gothic style over the city's main mosque between the 14th and 16th century, this is Alicante's oldest house of worship. The...Read More

  • 7. Basilica of Sant Feliu

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    One of Girona's most beloved churches and its first cathedral until the 10th century, Sant Feliu was repeatedly rebuilt and altered over four...Read More

  • 8. Catedral

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Built between the 12th and 14th century on the site of a Roman temple and a mosque, this cathedral shows the transition from Romanesque to Gothic...Read More

  • 9. Concatedral of San Nicolás de Bari

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Built between 1616 and 1662 on the site of a former mosque, this church (called a con catedral because it shares the seat of the bishopric...Read More

  • 10. Convent de Santa Maria

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

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

  • 11. Església de Sant Pere

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    This 12th-century Romanesque church is part of a 10th-century monastery, still in an excellent state of preservation. ...Read More

  • 12. Església de Sant Vicenç

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    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

  • 13. Jewish ritual baths

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    The remains of this 13th-century mikvah, or Jewish ritual bath, were discovered in the 1960s; it's one of the few surviving in Spain. A stone...Read More

  • 14. Monestir de Sant Pere de Galligants

    Museum/Gallery

    The church of St. Peter, across the Galligants River, was finished in 1131, and is notable for its octagonal Romanesque belfry and the finely...Read More

  • 15. Real Colegio del Corpus Christi

    Casco Antiguo | Museum/Gallery

    This seminary, with its church, cloister, and library, is the crown jewel of Valencia's Renaissance architecture. Founded by San Juan de Ribera...Read More

  • 16. San Nicolás

    Casco Antiguo | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    A small plaza contains Valencia's oldest church (dating to the 13th century), once the parish of the Borgia Pope Calixtus III. The first portal...Read More

  • 17. Santes Creus

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Founded in 1157, Santes Creus is the first of the monasteries you'll come upon as the A2 branches west toward Lleida; take Exit 11 off the highway...Read More

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