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What to see by car: Barcelona
Exploring beyond Barcelona's city confines is particularly rewarding. As well
as affording spectacular mountains and a stunning coastline, the surrounding
suburbs boast many interesting things to see and do. Located just behind the
city is Parc Guell, where Gaudi spent the last 20 years of his life in Spain.
His well- preserved home now houses an interesting museum.
The area's original market site, Sala Hipstila, is a fascinating forest of
stone columns. However, it is the park itself which is most impressive, with
its brilliantly imaginative and bizarre ceramic benches, giant lizards, decorative
mosaics and contorted stone pavilions.
Tibidabo is the wooded range that forms the backdrop to Barcelona and offers
spectacular views as well as a popular amusement park which draws visitors and
locals alike. The breathtaking Basilica del Sagrat Coris is also here. The range's
highest peak stands at 115m and can be reached by a glass lift.
To the west of the city, the province of Lleida is the fruit-producing capital
of Catalonia and is similarly famous for its local olive oils and Romanesque
Church trail. The area's primary wine producing region is located at the heart
of the nearby Penedes district. Here producers and growers open their cellar
doors to visitors and invite them to witness firsthand the processes involved
in their wine-making, and sample the region's famous cava (sparkling wine).
Northwest of Barcelona the visitor can discover Montserrat, a peculiar rocky
mountain range featuring ruined hermitage caves. This region draws big crowds
and is particularly popular with people who come to worship La Moreneta, the
black Madonna, patron virgin of Catalonia. The Museum of Montserrat is noteworthy
for its diverse selection of works by artists such as Picasso, Dalí,
El Greco and Caravaggio.
To the south, the stunning and distinctive town of Sitges is worth a visit.
This town is known for its laidback Bohemian atmosphere, lively festivals and
Selection of hotels in this region:
Gran Hotel Catalonia
Duques de Bergara
Amrey Sant Pau
Expo Hotel Barcelona
HCC St Moritz Hotel
Hotel Torre Catalunya
Cotursa Rossello Hotel
Cotursa Rocafort Hotel
Hotel City Park Sant Just
Hotel City Park Pelayo
Clarion Hotel Pulitzer
AC Barcelona Forum
Gran Marina Hotel
Hotel Sansi Diputacio
Husa Hotel Arenas
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