In the heart of a fiercely independent European province, this towering mountain rises dramatically from the coastal plains. A favorite for local walkers, who love strolling among the monoliths of its serrated ridgeline, it offers panoramic views of the distant Mediterranean and taller inland peaks.
That’s not all that sets this mountain apart: lucky travelers may catch the harmonies of a boys’ choir if they stop by a Benedictine abbey near its peak. This ancient monastery is also notable for its “Black Madonna,” a statue of a dark-skinned virgin Mary that the devout claim dates back to the earliest days of the Christian church (though most art historians believe it’s from the Middle Ages).
In Garrotxa Natural Park, discover a unique geology while strolling through an area where dormant volcanoes shelter lush beech forest.
With an ideal seaside location and renovated facility, the Hotel Playa Sol provides a comfortable escape in Cadaques, one of the Costa Brava’s most dreamy towns.
Sparked by the 30-year reign of Ferran Adrià as “the world’s best chef,” Catalonia has experienced a culinary renaissance, with a bevy of new Michelin-starred restaurants.
After World War II, the celebrated surrealist built his home in the seaside town of Port Lligat—today, you can still visit his studio there.
By the coastal town of L’Escala, the Costa Brava hides the well-preserved ruins of a monumental feat of Greek and Roman engineering: the ancient town of Empúries.
Ancient towns like Girona, Peratallada, and Pals reveal quaint plazas, Romanesque churches, and stone towers dating back to the 11th century.