The Grand Tour of Catalonia, a journey full of journeys
The Grand Tour of Catalonia is a circular route of 2,000km / 1,317 miles that will allow you to discover and enjoy Catalonia in different days. The itinerary will include Barcelona, Tarragona, Delta de l’Ebre, the Pyrenees, Val d’Aran, the Seu d’Urgell, the Volcanic area of la Garrotxa Natural Park, Figueres and Montseny, and many more.
The Grand Tour of Catalonia takes us along the scenic roads of Catalonia, weaving together the art, history, gastronomy, landscapes, people and traditions of a unique territory nestled between the Mediterranean and the Pyrenees.
On our journey: we will meet Gaudí and Dalí; taste pa amb tomàquet and Michelin-starred meals; visit rural villages and Barcelona, one of the most vibrant cities in the world; we’ll experience the adrenaline rush of a parachute jump and peaceful walks along isolated shorelines; and when the sun goes down we’ll serve wines featuring the terroir of a town famous for its extraordinary “human towers”. All in a land that has put sustainability at the heart of its activities.
The grand tour in sections:
- Barcelona – Tarragona: The starting point will be the city of Barcelona and its modernist legacy that will take us to the Roman Tarragona. Along the way, we will discover the mountains of Montserrat, Cardona and its castle, the historical and artistic heritage of Solsona, the Penedès landscapes of vineyards and wineries, the charm of Sitges and the musical legacy of Pau Casals in El Vendrell.
- Tarragona – Lleida: From this Roman Tarraco, this section will start following the coast of Costa Daurada, between ancient olive trees and vineyards, passing through the Delta de l’Ebre. The seafood cuisine of Cambrils, the Terra Alta wine cathedrals, the modernist wineries of Priorat and the impressive monasteries of the Cistercian Route, such as Poblet, will be its main attractions before reaching Lleida.
- Lleida – La Seu d’Urgell: From Lleida and its iconic Seu Vella, the route will enter to the Catalan Pyrenees. The Val d’Aran, the small medieval villages, the starry sky of Montsec and the Romanesque churches ensemble in Vall de Boí will become travel companions. A trip that will also include a visit to the Aigüestortes and Estany de Sant Maurici National Park and adventure sports on the Noguera Pallaresa river before arriving at La Seu d’Urgell.
- La Seu d’Urgell – Figueres: From the medieval charm of La Seu d’Urgell, the stretch will head east to Catalonia along the Cadí Moixeró Natural Park. The route will pass by the Monastery of Ripoll and its facade with biblical scenes, the Volcanic Area of La Garrotxa Natural Park and its 40 volcanoes and Santa Pau and its famous beans; until reaching Figueres, the universe of Dalí.
- Figueres – Barcelona: From Figueres, this last section will continue to Cadaqués and Cap de Creus. It will continue along the Costa Brava, full of seafaring villages with its Camins de Ronda, and fishing ports such as Palamós that offer a unique prawn for its flavor. Medieval villages such as Peratallada will allow a break halfway before crossing the Montseny Natural Park and make a stop at the family beaches and fishing villages of Costa Barcelona. The journey will end in Barcelona.
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