Catalonia is placed in the east of Spain, just where the river Ebro flows into the sea, creating a very rich riverside. In the north, there’s the border with France and the Pyrenees, while its eastern coasts are bathed by the Mediterranean Sea, which has played a key role in this region’s history.

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Basilica of La Sagrada Familia

in Barcelona

Those who haven’t seen Barcelona have never seen anything good.

Popular Spanish Saying

The Castle of Tamarit, in the Mediterranean coast of Tarragona

The relationship between Catalonia and the sea is key to understanding the area. In the past, Barcelona was a very important harbor for merchants and for the many conquerors that wished to cross the Mediterranean and access the south of Europe. Today, many cruises start their trips here and then sail off to discover the many wonders of the Mediterranean.

Historically speaking, Catalonia still has remains from 2000 years ago, and the city of Barcelona itself was founded by the Romans in the year 15 B.C.E. During the Middle Ages, it was placed in a conflict zone, so it houses many castles and monasteries, and there are many villages hidden in the mountains. That’s where the legends and mysteries of the region were born. Actually, Catalonia has a very rich folklore, where dragons are especially abundant.

Montserrat Monastery where, according to the legend, the Holy Grail is kept.

Catalonia’s cuisine is well known all over the world. From its famous calçots or green onions and their characteristic sauce, that goes well with any vegetable or fried food, to the renowned pantumaca or Spanish tomato bread. Do you want to try these delicious dishes from Catalonian cuisine? Now, thanks to St. Vicent Spanish Cuisine, you can do so, but from your own home!

Porrera, in the area of Priorat, a land rich in vineyards.