When it comes to choosing a destination for vacations, many times we make the mistake of not thinking about what we have in our country. Logically, throughout the planet you can find really wonderful places (the beautiful villages of France, the wonderful beaches of Sardinia, any of the Caribbean islands …); however, within our borders we can find even more wonderful corners.
Today we want to stop at one of the communities that receives the most travelers throughout the year. We refer to Catalonia , which has a lot to offer: art, culture, history, good gastronomy, nightlife, spectacular beaches, mountains … Anyway, everything you are looking for in a holiday destination is found here. Today, however, we want to focus on one of its main charms. And it is that next we are going to talk to you about some of the most beautiful towns that you can find in this complete autonomous community.
We want to start by talking about what, for us, is the best town in all of Catalonia. It is about Besalú, located at the crossroads of Alt Empordá, Pla de l’Estany and La Garrotxa. Its charm lies in its beautiful streets and cobbled facades. In addition, you will be delighted to pass over the Romanesque bridge built in the 12th century that crosses the Fluvià river.
Cadaqués is, without a doubt, another of our favorite towns. Known internationally for being the town of Dalí , it has a beautiful old town and bay. In addition, here you will find the house-museum dedicated to the painter, a visit that is really worth it. As if this were not enough charm, it is the easternmost town on the Iberian Peninsula and nearby is the Cap de Creus Natural Park, a truly magical place.
Capital of Pla de l’Estany, Banyoles is characterized by its pond , flanked by the Rocacorba mountain range. You will enjoy contemplating the gardens, the fisheries and the passages that are near the shore. If you visit Banyoles, in addition to the pond, you will not be able to miss the Plaza Mayor, the Sant Esteve monastery, the Santa María church and the Regional Archaeological Museum.
Tossa de Mar
Nor could Tossa de Mar be missing from our list, a town located in the heart of the Costa Brava that preserves practically all its medieval walls, which surround the old town. Its towers also stand out, which can be seen from anywhere in the town. In addition, in this small town you can find truly paradisiacal beaches and coves.
Returning to the mountain we find Rupit, a small stone town that is incredibly preserved. Above all, its suspension bridge and the old town stand out, which is made up of houses of Romanesque origin and stone streets dating from the 16th and 17th centuries.
Another of the towns that we want to mention is Montblanc, in the province of Tarragona, which stands out for its sharp walls, its stately towers, its impressive gates and its Romanesque bridge. Of course, we cannot forget to mention its perfectly preserved old town. If you visit this town, you should go to the Church of Santa María la Mayor.
We also want to talk about Peratallada, a small town in the province of Girona that has stone as the main protagonist. It is another of the corners of Catalonia that best preserves its medieval architecture . And although the town is small and has not expanded beyond the wall, it has an excellent gastronomic offer and good rural accommodation.
The Vall de Boí
Finally, we did not want to forget the Vall de Boi, where there is a set of Romanesque villages that are worth visiting. Among them, Boi, Tahull, Barruera or Durro stand out. Its charm lies in its incalculable artistic and historical value, although its green surroundings, the mountains and its silent streets should not be underestimated.
Below you can see a map with the location of all these towns that are worth visiting at least once in your life.