5x Catalan culture holiday - Roman ruin to Art Nouveau

12 Apr 2021Updated: 4 hours ago | 52 people are reading

5x Catalan culture holiday - Roman ruin to Art Nouveau

Choose a Catalan cultural holiday. Catalonia and culture go hand in hand, also on vacation. There is so much to experience, both in Barcelona and beyond. Catalonia is no less than nine times on the World Heritage List of UNESCO, the annual calendar is full of festivals and also in the gastronomic area you are in the right place. Walk in the footsteps of brilliant artists such as Gaudí, Dalí and Picasso, meet dragons and devils at cultural parties and end the day with tapas and a freshly tapped beer or glass of cava. And there is more good news: Catalonia is perfect for a road trip, so you can drive along all those wonderful highlights yourself! To combat choice stress, below are 5 tips for a Catalan cultural holiday.

Catalan cultural holiday: Roman port city of Tarragona

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Tarragona is an impressive port city with narrow streets, pleasant squares and a history that goes back more than 2000 years. Three centuries before Christ it was a Roman capital and there are still many remains from that time to be found today. Tarragona also has quite a few entries on the UNESCO World Heritage List, including the amphitheater - remember Gladiator? - and the old city walls. A historic place with a beautiful view over the Mediterranean Sea and also a nice city beach.

Art Nouveau in Barcelona

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Barcelona is of course a must during a cultural holiday in Catalonia. The city is a work of art in itself, with streets full of Art Nouveau. Gaze at the Sagrada Familia, the cathedral whose construction Gaudí started in 1882 and which is still not finished, stroll through Parc Güell or just stroll around and be amazed by all that impressive architectural art. For the enthusiast there is the Barcelona Pass Modernista, a map with which you can visit all the Art Nouveau highlights of Barcelona and which also provides access to architectural gems in villages and towns nearby. Hotel Andante is a great base for your Catalan cultural holiday. This accommodation receives an 8.8 from the Zoover reviewers. Cindy Gerwig adds a little extra and evaluates the hotel with a 9 after her stay. 'Clean and modern hotel. The staff is very friendly and helpful. Good location, within walking distance of the Ramblas and the port. The triple room was spacious enough. Daily cleaning, fresh towels and good bed. Great breakfast buffet. The wifi works great. The swimming pool on the 11th floor is small but nice with a super view of the city. '

Catalan culture holiday: The Montserrat Monastery

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The Montserrat mountain is a mystical place. The Romans built a temple for Venus, later monks lived there as hermits and about 1000 years ago the monastery of Santa Maria was built. It is a tribute to La Moreneta, the dark Virgin, who appeared to a devout believer. That was the beginning of a huge stream of pilgrims, hoping for a miracle from the Virgin. The monastery is impressively situated on top of the mountain, with the famous statue as a showpiece, and the surroundings are wonderful for a mountain walk - if you are there anyway.

Artist routes from Gaudí to Picasso

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Gaudí, Miró, Picasso, Dalí - four big names who all lived and worked in Catalonia. Tour the landscapes where they found inspiration for their artworks and visit the places Reus, Mont-roig del Camp and Horta de Sant Joan on the Costa Daurada. As if you drive through their paintings, or at least follow the same paths. Do you love Dalí? Then the Dalí triangle is your route, with the museum in Figueres, his residence in Port Lligat and the castle that he built for his wife Gala in Púbol as impressive stops.

Catalan culture holiday: The human tower

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A - literally - highlight of Catalan culture is the human tower or el castell. The construction of these living structures is a true spectacle and one of the most authentic cultural customs of Europe. Special colles of castelleres - human tower teams - manage to pile up to nine or even ten rows high. Great for daredevils: anyone who dares can help build the tower, so before you know it you are yourself meters above street level as part of such a human structure. It doesn't get much Catalan!