There may be more to Catalonia than Barcelona, but the popular Spanish city that straddles both the coast and mountains is as good a place as any to kick off your travels through the region.

Get your fix of all things traditional as well as the avant-garde (it’s THE place to overdose on Gaudí’s inimitable architecture), before venturing onto the beautiful beachside towns of the Costa Brava, via its capital Girona city.

Or, you prefer sky-high travels as opposed to the seaside variety, consider a trip to the Pyrenees. With a rich Catalonian heritage and a tantalising terrain catering to skiers, hikers,  and adventurers of all kinds, it’s a delightful destination, any time of the year.

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THE NUMBER OF UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITES IN BARCELONA

3,500

THE NUMBER OF PEOPLE WHO WALK DOWN BARCELONA’S PORTAL DE L’ANGEL (SPAIN’S MOST CROWDED STREET) EVERY HOUR

3404

THE HEIGHT IN METRES OF PICO DE ANETO, THE HIGHEST MOUNTAIN IN THE PYRENEES

245

THE NUMBER OF BEACHES AND COVES ALONG COSTA BRAVA