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Road Trip Catalonia

Cataluña is number one in Spain when it comes to the sheer number of foreign visitors it attracts each year. Number one attraction is of course sparkling Barcelona. Then comes the Costa Brava with countless bays, rocky beaches and in between the most beautiful sand beaches. In the interior you will find countless medieval monasteries, lonely picturesque villages and Roman cities such as Tarragona. If you also have the Pyrenees in your backyard for skiing and hiking, Andorra as your neighbor, the Ebro delta for watching flamingos and more than a few excellent wine regions, then you should expect a lot of visitors. Be it for two weeks or three months, you will not get bored in Cataluña.

 



Valencia

Valencia

Whether you do it at the beginning or at the end of your trip, make sure you reserve one or two days to explore this city. The modern architecture of the Ciudad de las Artes y Ciencias, the Oceanografic, the largest aquarium in Europe, and a beautiful old city center are the highlights. If you put your motorhome south of the city in l'Albufera on a camping site or motorhome parking, there's a cycle path that leads you all the way to the city. 


Peñíscola

A picture perfect setting of the castle overlooking the Mediterranean ,

5 km of beach and a beautiful promenade.

Spaniards themselves love it

Peñiscola

Delta de l'Ebre

Delta de l'Ebre

Now this is a different kind of Spain altogether. This is the flatland delta where the Ebro river drops its sediments. The delta is still growing and ever changing. It's a very rich but also fragile ecosystem and the largest water bird habitat in Northern Spain. During the bird migration in October and November, is when the widest variety of birds can be spotted. But even if you are not a birdwatcher, it's a worthwhile destination to look around, take a walk or cycle long distances without too much traffic. South of the Ebro there are a few motorhome parkings and it's also the most beautiful part of the delta. This is a rice growing area and rice grows in water, so mind the mosquitos in summer.

From the delta we climb onto the continental plateau of the Iberian peninsula. It's becoming ever greener. The next destination is ..


Monasterio de Poblet

If only for the scenery this area merits a detour. This region of Tarragona is known for its beautiful vineyards, green forests, ancient monasteries and pretty villages.

Here you can walk and cycle all you want. Many people come from far to go mountain biking here.

The Poblet Monastery is built like a fortress and open to visitors. Comes recommended!

Monasterio de Poblet

Monasterio de Montserrat

Monasterio de Montserrat

Montserrat monastery draws large numbers of visitors from Barcelona and beyond. Not only because of the monastery itself but especially because of the spectacular setting in which it seems to be pegged to the jagged rock formations. After Montserrat you could consider paying a visit to the coast in Sitges. In summer it is a bustling and crowded place, in winter it's surprisingly tranquil. We know of a secret motorhome parking spot there right at the beach. Ask us about it.


Barcelona

A city like Barcelona doesn't need much promotion obviously.

One could easily spend two weeks here. Both hedonists and culture sniffers, gourmands and beach bums, they all get their money's worth. So what exactly the highlights of the city are is something that we'll leave up to you. We rest assured that you will not be bored.

Along the coastal roads we ride up northeast. Especially after Lloret de Mar this is a scenic ride. Keep going until we get to .....

Barcelona

Tossa de Mar

Tossa de Mar

Up north we continue. Tossa de Mar is the only example of a fortified medieval town still standing on the catalan coast. I still has the entire original perimeter with stone walls. History buff should pay a visit. In summer you may well discover you're not the only who has discovered this, it may get a little crowded.

If you have not yet had enough of pretty villages then off we go to the next three of them...


Begur, Pals en Peratallada

Begur is at the beach. 15 kilometer up country lies Pals and 5 km further we find Peratallada (foto).

If you're interested in visiting a Roman city then you should head for Girona from here.

If not head north to ....

Begur, Pals en Peratallada

Cadaqués

Cadaqués

Cadaques and surroundings is where Dali got a lot of inspiration for his work. This area is excellent for hiking and getting a breath of fresh air. If you happen to have brought your easel, brushes and paint then this is your chance.

To stay in Dali mode we will now visit ....


Figueres

Figueres is home to the Teatre-Museu Dalí. This is surrealism at its best. It is one of the best visited museums in Spain and it's probably on your bucket list too.As always it may get a little busy every now and again. To avoid the crowds go mid winter.

Further upcountry we now head for....

Figueres

Besalú

Besalú

In Besalú it's not only the 11th century bridge that merits a visit. The whole town has been preserved remarkably well. It is definitely worth a stop over.

On your way to Andorra you could consider taking a detour south to visit.....


Rupit

Rupit is yet another picturesque, well hidden village. Even if you don't visit or just shortly you could try to get lost in this area and try to find your way northwest through the backroads. After all you are close the pyrenees, the scenery is good and it's no punishment to get lost. Before you hit Andorra you may well have found yourself a nice motorhome parking somewhere to spend a night extra in nature.

If you planned well you may have postponed filling up your tank until arriving in...

Rupit

Andorra

Andorra

For many Andorra's mostly about skiing, shopping and filling up the tank. But there's more to Andorra. Mountain climbers, hikers and nature lovers will get their money's worth. Leave Andorra la Vella behind and head for one of three secondary road and you will find out that Andorra has a lot of spectacular natural beauty to offer.  

If you haven't had enough of the Pyrenees just yet then consider going west to visit the Aigüestortes i Estany of Sant Maurici national park, definitely a highlight in the region. But if it's time to get back to Valencia then start your trip early for the remaining 300 kms to......


Morella

This is the last stopover before getting back to Valencia. Morella is one of the few villages that are practically entirely walled. This is one of the best examples of a fortified town including a hilltop castle and over 2 km of city wall. There's a motorhome parking right next to the village.

From here it's back to Valencia we go, or not.....

Don't forget to visit Valencia now if you haven't done so already. If you are going to do it by motorhome then choose Devesa Gardens campsite in L'Albufera south of Valencia or Valencia Camper park in Betera, north of the city.

Morella
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