Spain is the world’s main producer of Extra Virgin Olive Oil. Just think they have 27 oils with a Denomination of Origin, which are mostly from Andalusia (12) and Catalonia (5). We highly recommend visiting these regions to savour their excellent oil directly in their territory of origin. Today is the turn of Catalonia!
Extremely popular as a tourist destination, Barcelona could not miss in this list. How to blame tourists? There are so many wonders to see in this city, which is strongly linked to the figure of the brilliant and nonconformist architect Antoni Gaudí. The Sagrada Familia, La Pedrera, the Parc Guell, Casa Batlló, just to mention the most popular ones. But Barcelona hasn’t “just” Gaudí masterpieces, it also has the Picasso Museum, the Joan Miró Foundation, the sea, the Paella Catalan (and the fish in general!), and it is the setting of the bestseller “The Shadow of the Wind”! If all the previous motivations are not enough and you have loved the book, then you must necessarily visit it. And for those who plan to do a general tour of Spain, there is the train that takes you from Barcelona to Madrid in 2 hours and a half.
Girona is the last province of Catalonia before the border with France. For this reason, this city is a crossroads of different cultures. The Iberians, the Romans, the Visigoths, the Arabs… they all have been there. Moreover, the siege of the city by the French sovereign Philip II the Bold (1285) is linked to a legend. It seems that when the French troops occupied the collegiate church of San Feliu, home of the patron saint of the city remains, thousands of flies began to pinch the enemy soldiers who had to leave the city, fell ill, and then died.
Huge walls surround the old town of Girona, and from the archaeological walk, you can enjoy the view of the whole city. The “Casas Penjades” (literally, hanging houses) are picturesque: they are houses in pastel colours that hang on the river Onyar which initially were inhabited by fishermen. Last but not least, the most important bridge that crosses the river Onyar is the red iron one: the Eiffel Bridge, which was conceived by the same engineer of the famous “Tour” in Paris.
Lleida in Catalan, Lérida in Castilian, is the third province of Catalonia by population. The Gothic cathedral “Seu Vella” is the symbol of the city as well as its main attraction. The Mermaid Fountain located within the “Parc dels Camps Elisis” immediately follows. It initially represented a nymph, but it was removed and replaced in 1982 due to its deterioration. Another important green space is “The River Park,” right next to the river Segre. Jazz fans, in particular, can’t avoid visiting this city in November, when it becomes the location of the “Lleida International Jazz Festival.”