If you hear "Catalonia", you will most certainly think of Barcelona, with its gay district Eixample, the Axel Hotel, the Sagrada Famillia, the Güell Park, the gay beach of Mar Bella ... But if you give some additional thoughts, you will discover that this region has much more to offer to the gay travelers than just Barcelona. we accompany you on a guided tour of Catalonia, an autonomous community and the main Spanish tourist destination.
Sitges, the gayest Catalan village is only 30 minutes away from Barcelona by car or Renfe train. This is one of the favorite holiday destinations for European gay tourists. There are beautiful beaches, in the city center or further away, such as the so-called "dead man" beach, the oldest gay nudist beach in the world. There are also dozens of gay venues, day and night. During summer, the main attraction takes place in August : the celebrations of Fiesta Mayor. A spectacular firework is launched from the beach and attracts tens of thousands of people throughout the region. This is also an opportunity to discover the local dances including the Moixigang, a typical folk dance tradition of Sitges.
The city, wich is a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, is home to many entertainment centers and many monuments : there are 14 Roman ruins who remains in the city and 8 more from the Modernist ages. Since 1995, famous theme park Port Aventura is installed here, offering visitors the largest roller coaster in Europe. This new attraction will completely changes the skyline of the park, visible from several kilometers away. Tarragona allows to combine some tradition and some modernity that makes it a prime tourist attraction, less than a hundred kilometers south of Barcelona
An old medieval village, this city has managed to grow by becoming a powerful pole of the Catalan economy. It is also the birthplace of famous Gaudi, even if the architect did not build buildings like he was able to do in Barcelona. The city has dedicated him an interactive high-tech museum (1,200m²). The Gaudi Center explores the secrets and vision of this pioneering architect. The city is easily accessible via its own airport, or by train from Barcelona.
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Excellently located (80 km north of Barcelona and 45 km from Girona Airport) and known for the diversity of its tourist offer. The first resort of Catalonia in terms of booked hotel nights offers tourists hiking paths to visit cultural heritage. This city has hosted the Delice Dream festival, the European gay spring break, for two consecutive years, demonstrating its warm hospitality towards the gay community.
Long known as the arrival airport for low cost airlines that could not land at Barcelona airport, the city has nothing to envy to other medieval cities in Spain, especially with its old quarter, the Barri Vell, bounded by medieval walls and bastions of the modern era. This legacy is even more present in the Jewish Quarter, Call Jueu, with its tangle of medieval streets. Girona is also known for hosting the best restaurant in the world (2013): El Celler de Can Roca
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