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Catalonia: Barcelona, Costa Brava, Tarragona
- Hotel 1898 – our new favorite hotel. It’s on the Ramblas but it’s very quiet and close to everything – Barcelona
- Hotel Soho – on the Gand Via. Run by the same group that owns the Hotel 1898 but less expensive. This is a contemporary/mosern hotel with a pool – Barcelona
- Hotel Omm – modern hotel on the Passeig de Gracia near the Gaudi buildings – Barcelona
- Hotel Jazz – Near the Plaza Catalunya and close to the Old Quarter – Barcelona
- Hotel Neri – in the Barrio Gotic quarter. This is an amazing restoration – Barcelona
- Hotel Casa Fuster – another remarkable restoration of a grand hotel by famous Modernsita architect Lluis Domenech i Montaner – Barcelona
- Can Bonestre Wine Resort – a working winery, golf and spa activities in a beautiful location about 35 minutes south of Barcelona – Barcelona
- Mas Passanamer – in the countryside near Tarragona
- Hotel Malcontenta – in Girona
- Castel d’Empordia – Restored and renovated Castel near Girona , in La Bisbal, Costa Brava
- Hotel Mas Salvi – beautiful place near the ancient city of Pals in the Costa Brava. The hotel has an excellent restaurant
- Paradores – there are some nice ones throughout Catalonia
- Picasso Museum – in the Barrio Gotic
- Palau Musica Catalana – The music hall designed by famous Modernsita architect Lluis Domenech i Montaner.
- Sagrada Familia – Gaudi’s most famous work.
- Casa Batlo – Gaudi’s most famous home
- Park Guell – the Gaudi Park on the outskirts of Barcelona
- The Joan Miro Museum
- Fat Tire Bicycle Tours
- Context Travel Barcelona – guided historical and artistic walking
- Tarragona – Roman amphitheater, the 12th century Cathedral, the Roman Aqueduct, the Pont de les Ferreres, and a pretty good National Archaeological Museum
- Figueres Salvador Dali Museum – north of Barcelona. This was Dali’s home and now a very strange museum
- Costa Brava – region guide
- Costa Dorada – Catalonia’s best beaches
- Barcelona.com – city guide
FOOD AND RESTAURANTS
Catalan-style cod (with raisins and pine nuts), Escudella (minced meat and pasta stew), Pa Amb (toated bread with garlic and tomato), calcotada (grilled spring onions in a spicy sauce), Mar i Muntanya (mixtures of chicken, seafood and meat), Zarzuela de marisco (seafood stew), Mongetes amb botifarra (beans and pork sausage), Ollada (meat and vegetable stew), aioli (garlic) sauce, samfaina (tomato, pepper and eggplant sauce) and creme catalan (custard). and don’t forget to try some of the local Priorat red wines from Costa Brava.