Catalonia

This category contains all our blog posts about the region of Catalonia (that is, the area around Barcelona). From the best sites to visit in our land, to lists of local beaches, from architecture to natural wonders… We also discuss topics that reflect the personality of Catalan people: our history, our relationship with Spain and the rest of the world, historical facts that have shaped our identity… Make sure to read them if you want to understand at a deeper level the land you’ll be visiting in your next trip of Barcelona, or if you have some extra days in Barcelona and would love to go out of town.

Medieval Castles near Barcelona

GREAT CASTLES NEAR BARCELONA

The Catalonia castles you need to see Barcelona is the capital of the region of Catalonia. Our history dates back from the Roman times 2000 year ago and older. But it started defining its identity specially during the middle ages. In those times, Christians fought to push back the attacks of the moors, of Muslim …

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All the Dali Museums in the World

SALVADOR DALI MUSEUMS IN THE WORLD

Do you know how many Salvador Dali Museums are there? Salvador Dali was born in 1904 in Figueres, just about 2 hours drive from Barcelona, Spain. He had a fearful and obsessive spirit that was also extremely curious and creative. And would turn him into one of the most intriguing artists in Art History. Inspired …

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Best medieval towns near Barcelona: strolling around old alleys

BEST MEDIEVAL TOWNS NEAR BARCELONA

Medieval Towns in Catalonia worth visiting In the early 1000”s, the unification of several Franc counties gave place to Catalonia. And before that, the early Medieval times had already been a period of splendor for our land. A good prove are the many Catalonia medieval villages that you can visit in a short drive from …

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Discover the Gaudi sites beyond Barcelona

GAUDI BUILDINGS OUTSIDE BARCELONA

ANTONI GAUDI WORKS BEYOND BARCELONA Everyone comes to Barcelona to see the architecture of Antoni Gaudi. But what many ignore is that he also worked outside of the city, leaving some unique projects around Barcelona that remain hidden gems for most travelers. From unfinished churches, to mountain gardens, from industrial facilities to private homes for the …

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Hiking Catalonia Spain

BEST AREAS FOR HIKING FROM BARCELONA

THESE ARE THE BEST HIKES IN CATALONIA Hiking is very popular in Catalonia: our first hiking club, the Centre Excursionista de Catalunya, was created in 1876 with the goal of organizing scientific and archaeological mountain hikes. And our land offers so many opportunities to hike and explore the countryside and its landscapes, for all levels of …

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Catalonia sites in Ruta de l'Atzar

MY 2YO STEALS MY PHONE TO SEE THIS VIDEO ABOUT CATALONIA OVER AND OVER AGAIN

RUTA DE L’ATZAR, GREAT VIDEO WITH HAPPY SONG My baby steals my phone to keep watching this Catalonia video over and over again. And we don’t encourage her to have much “screen time” at all: we prefer her to play. But in this case, I can’t blame her: this video is the cutest thing ever. I …

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What Dali Paintings you need to see at the Dali Museum in Figueres?

TOP SALVADOR DALI PAINTINGS IN FIGUERES

THE DALI WORKS YOU SHOULDN’T MISS WHEN VISITING THE THEATER MUSEUM The other day I read an article about the Dali Museum in a magazine aimed at Russian tourists coming to Barcelona. To my surprise, they said there weren’t any Salvador Dali famous paintings there, and it wasn’t too worth it. Whaaaat? After doing some research …

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Archaeology in Catalonia Spain | ForeverBarcelona

BEST ARCHAELOGICAL SITES IN CATALONIA

A POST FOR OLD STONES LOVERS: TOP ANCIENT RUINS NEAR BARCELONA Catalonia has a long history that starts many centuries ago even before the Romans, with the Iberian tribes. If you love archaeology, you’ll be excited to hear that there are lots of great ruins near Barcelona that you can visit in your next trip. Prehistorian, …

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History of Spain book list

TOP CATALAN AND SPANISH HISTORY BOOKS FOR TRAVELERS

BOOKS ON THE HISTORY OF SPAIN: read BEFORE YOUR TRIP TO TAKE THE MOST OUT OF IT! Next Sunday is April 23rd, Saint George’s Day and International Day of Books. If you are planning a trip to Spain, what a better way to prepare than reading a few Spanish history books? You’ll be able to understand …

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Best monasteries in the Barcelona area | ForeverBarcelona

BEST MONASTERIES IN SPAIN: CATALONIA

WHAT ARE THE BEST MONASTERIES NEAR BARCELONA? Monasteries and abbeys are an important part of Catalonia history. During Middle Ages, communities of monks were used to repopulate areas that had been taken over from the moors, and new agriculture techniques were developed there. Many of them are great examples of medieval architecture: Romanesque and Gothic …

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Catalan Human Tower tradition

WHAT ARE CASTELLERS?

EVERYTHING YOU WANT TO KNOW ABOUT CATALAN HUMAN TOWERS The tradition of building human towers in Catalonia has existed for over 200 years: we call it Castellers. Castellers are people who build towers with their bodies and make different constructions called castells (castles). It’s such a deeply  rooted tradition that there are even competitions between teams of Castellers to see who …

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Costa Brava Things to do | ForeverBarcelona

TOP THINGS TO DO IN COSTA BRAVA

RECOMMENDATIONS FOR WHAT TO DO IN COSTA BRAVA La Costa Brava is one of the most beautiful sea regions in our country and it’s so worth visiting. Little seaside villages from Blanes to Portbou, 3 Natural Parks, lots of beaches and creeks, medieval villages and hundreds of activities and sites to visit. Sounds awesome, right? But …

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What to see in Tarragona: Roman circus

TOP THINGS TO DO IN TARRAGONA

VISIT TARRAGONA AND DON’T MISS ANYTHING IMPORTANT South of Catalonia we find one of the most historical cities in our country: When  you visit Tarragona you travel back to Roman times. The city was founded in the III bc century by the Romans, and there are still lots of evidences of their legacy. The city …

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Things to do in Montserrat (Spain)

WHAT TO DO IN MONTSERRAT?

BEST THINGS TO DO IN MONTSERRAT Visiting Montserrat is everyone’s first choice for a day trip out of Barcelona. So if you have several days in town, make sure you don’t miss it. The name of the place means “the sawed mountain”, because the shape of its rocks and peaks look like the dents of a saw. …

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