Catalonia On a Budget
There are many popular attractions in Catalonia that you can visit during your stay in Spain. If you are looking for beaches, one of the most popular ones is Costa Dorada, in the province of Tarragona. Another popular event in Tarragona is the annual human tower competition, where teams of over 100 people work together to make the largest human tower. If you are interested in historic architecture, you should meander on over to Girona, where you can tour the Jewish Quarter. Or if you enjoy mountainous regions, you should visit Lleida. One of the major attractions there is the old cathedral from the 12-15th century. Finally, if you are into city life, shopping, and incredible restaurants, Barcelona is for you! Not to mention its abundance of modernist architecture, specifically works by the famous Antoni Gaudi.
What to eat in Catalonia? The cuisine found in this region is typically Mediterranean. It mostly consists of fresh vegetables, wheat products, cheese, poultry, lamb, a variety of fish and a heavy use of pork. It is common that much of Catalonias food includes both sweet and savory flavors, along with pork based stews and sauces.
As far as finding you way around Catalonia, there are six different airports within this region. Therefore, it should be easy and reasonably cheap to fly between the different airports. Besides flying, the best form of transportation is by railway. The high speed rail (AVE) now runs between Madrid, Lleida, Tarragona and Barcelona. There are also a variety of other railways that travel all throughout Spain in addition to AVE. Finally Catalonia has a very effective public transportation system including the metro, buses and trams.