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. Albufera Nature Park

    This beautiful freshwater lagoon was named by Moorish poets—albufera means "the sun's mirror." The park is a nesting site for more than 300 bird species,...Read More

  • 2. 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

  • 3. Casa Salvador Dalí - Portlligat

    This was Dalí's summerhouse and a site long associated with the artist's notorious frolics with everyone from poets Federico García Lorca and Paul Eluard to...Read More

  • 4. Castillo de Santa Bárbara

    One of the largest existing medieval fortresses in Europe, Castillo de Santa Bárbara sits atop 545-foot-tall Monte Benacantil. From this strategic position you can gaze...Read More

  • 5. Catedral de Girona

    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...Read More

  • 6. Catedral de Valencia

    Ciutat Vella

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

  • 7. Centre del Carme Cultura Contemporánia (CCCC)

    El Carmen

    Occupying a 13th-century Cistercian monastery in the old city’s bohemian Carmen quarter, this arts center showcases contemporary art juxtaposed against a historical setting. Rotating exhibitions featuring paintings,...Read More

  • 8. Ciutat de les Arts i les Ciències

    Designed mainly by native son Santiago Calatrava, this sprawling futuristic complex is the home of Valencia's Museu de les Ciències (Science Museum), Hemisfèric (Hemispheric Planetarium),...Read More

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  • 9. 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

  • 10. La Moreneta

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

  • 11. Mercado Central

    This bustling food market (at nearly 88,000 square feet, one of the largest in Europe) is open from 7:30 am to 3 pm, Monday through...Read More

  • 12. Monasterio de Santa María de Poblet

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

  • 13. 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

  • 14. Museu d'Història dels Jueus

    Housed in a former synagogue, this museum examines the history, daily life, and artistic and cultural traditions of Catalonia's Jewish communities in medieval times, with...Read More

  • 15. Museu del Cau Ferrat

    This is the most interesting museum in Sitges, established by the bohemian artist and cofounder of El Quatre Gats café in Barcelona, Santiago Rusiñol (1861–1931),...Read More

  • 16. Sant Pere de Rodes

    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...Read More

  • 17. Teatre-Museu Dalí

    "Museum" was not a big enough word for Dalí, so he christened his monument a theater. In fact, the building was once the Força Vella...Read More

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  • 18. Amphitheater

    Tarragona, the Emperor Augustus's favorite winter resort, had arguably the finest amphitheater in Roman Iberia, built in the 2nd century AD for gladiatorial and other...Read More

  • 19. Ayuntamiento

    Constructed between 1696 and 1780, the town hall is a beautiful example of baroque civic architecture. Inside, a gold sculpture by Salvador Dalí of San...Read More

  • 20. Banys Arabs

    A misnomer, the Banys Arabs were actually built by Morisco craftsmen (workers of Moorish descent) in the late 12th century, long after Girona's Islamic occupation...Read More

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