01 Jul 2016
CATALONIA.- A tourist destination
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Catalonia has a selection of destinations which offer a comprehensive range of adapted tourist amenities so that everyone has the chance to enjoy Catalonia’s extraordinary cultural heritage, its magnificent landscapes, its rich gastronomy, and even the broad spectrum of culture and sporting activities it has to offer.
Catalonia is privileged to have swelled the list of UNESCO World Heritage sites with architectural works by Antoni Gaudí and Domènech i Montaner, the archaeological site of Tarragona, Santa Maria de Poblet monastery and the Romanesque churches in Vall de Boí, among others.
All of these places have been selected for their exceptional qualities and because they exemplify the cultural or natural heritage that they represent.
According to UNESCO, what makes the concept of world heritage exceptional is its universal application.
The World Heritage List draws the international community’s attention to the richness and diversity of the planet’s cultural and natural heritage.
In Catalonia, the Patum de Berga festival and the Castells – the long-standing tradition of forming human towers – have also been declared examples of Intangible Cultural Heritage by UNESCO. In addition, the Montseny Nature Reserve forms part of the Global Network of Biosphere Reserves.
Catalonia’s cultural heritage is rich and varied, taking in all disciplines and offering visitors monuments, unique traditional festivities and many music, dance, theatre and circus festivals.
Catalonia’s architectural heritage covers thousands of years of history. Its jewels include Iberian settlements, the remains of the first Greek city in the Iberian peninsula, the Roman legacy, Romanesque churches, Gothic cathedrals and Jewish quarters. With regard to artistic movements, Catalan modernism, which was at its height in the early 20th century with Gaudí as its greatest exponent, offers buildings that are unique in the world, such as La Pedrera, the Sagrada Familia and Güell Park.
Catalonia’s museums strive to live up to all this material, and the National Museum of Catalan Art (MNAC), as well as Gothic and Baroque art, exhibits the largest collection of Romanesque art in the world, a must for culture lovers.
The port of Barcelona receives more and more cruisers with passengers and in terms of gastronomy, Catalonia has the highest number of restaurants with prestigious Michelin stars, scattered all over the region, such as Celler de Can Roca in Girona and Sant Pau in Sant Pol de Mar.
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