A Catalog of Europe's Highlights - June 2017 - 36
GIRONA: Strolling the Onyar River, admire the Romanesque
and Gothic buildings that line the cobblestone streets of this
medieval walled city. Take in the picturesque houses and
squares tucked within the atmospheric Jewish Quarter.
GOTHIC QUARTER (BARRI GÒTIC): Full of history and
mystery, the maze of narrow, winding roads in Barcelona's
Gothic Quarter oﬀer architectural gems such as Barcelona's
Cathedral and the political hub of Plaça Sant Jaume.
HUMAN TOWERS: A tradition at all major Catalan festivals are
castells, human towers, that may rise to a height of 10 people
from the ground up. The cultural phenomenon originated near
the city of Tarragona in the 18th century.
MONASTERY OF MONTSERRAT: The Benedictine monastery
is home to the Black Madonna, one of Spain's most revered
icons. Hike surrounding terrain that boasts distinctive rock
formations sculpted over millennia by wind and frost.
THE BEST OF
BARCELONA: Cradled between the Mediterranean and the
Serra de Collserola mountains, the city is a showcase for
the arts, music, and architectural wonders spanning from
its original Roman settlement to its 19th-century L'Eixample
COSTA BRAVA: Medieval villages, charming seaside towns,
and unspoiled coves pepper this spectacularly rugged coastline.
Take in sweeping views of the sea as it lashes the rocks
below winding cliﬀtop trails.
DALÍ'S TRIANGLE: Learn more about the artistic pioneer,
Salvador Dalí, by visiting three key sites from his life. Whimsical
Dalí Museum in Figueres is home to the world's single
largest collection of the artist's works; the Castle at Púbol
in Girona holds a collection focused on Gala, Dalí's beloved
wife and muse; and Port Lligat is a charming cove where
Dalí designed and built a house in 1930.
DELTA DE L'EBRE: Windswept beaches, waterside hiking and
biking trails, and waterways that melt into the sea deﬁne this
remote landscape, home to northern Spain's most important
GAUDÍ'S BARCELONA: Antoni Gaudí was a mastermind
of Modernism and Barcelona's most celebrated architect.
Tour his notable works, seven of which are on the UNESCO
World Heritage list.
NEW FERRARI LAND THEME PARK: PortAventura World is
now home to Europe's ﬁrst Ferrari theme park with the highest,
fastest roller coaster in the country, a 547-yard-long racetrack,
and other adrenaline-rush attractions to delight families.
TARRAGONA: Roman history intersects with beaches and
nightlife in this lively port city, a UNESCO World Heritage site.
Relive the age of gladiators, centurions, and emperors as you
explore well-preserved ancient ruins.
VALL DE BOÍ: Breathe crisp, alpine air while admiring some of
Catalonia's loveliest Romanesque churches and their dreamy
backdrop, green pastures and snow-capped Pyrenees reﬂected
in a crystal lake.