Girona, and Salvador Dalí’s gloriously surreal ‘theatre-museum’ in Figueres.
For something utterly different head north to where the Pyrenees rise up to mighty 3000m peaks from a series of stunning valleys crisscrossed with numerous hiking trails.
And if that weren’t enough, there are the flamingo-tinted wetlands of the Ebro delta, the Roman and Greek ruins of Tarragona and Empuriés, and mighty medieval monasteries, gorgeous Romanesque churches and isolated hilltop villages scattered throughout.
Wherever you venture there is the undeniable sense that Catalonia (Catalunya in Catalan, Cataluña in Spanish) is different from Spain. It’s a difference worth celebrating.Show in Lonely Planet