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Catalunya, surprising, genial and romanesque

April 2013 | Места | Barcelona

Nature, history, art and cuisine... Catalonia offers a wide range of cultural, recreational and family opportunities that can meet the expectations of visitors of all tastes and interests.
We want to show you two very suggestive proposals: the Route of the Romanesque Churches of Vall de Boí, in the Pyrenees of Lleida, and the Route of the Geniuses, in the Tarragona regions.
 
In the Aigüestortes and Sant Maurici Lakes National Park, the breathtaking landscape of Vall de Boí guards the Catalan Romanesque’s greatest treasure, a set of extraordinary churches built between the 11th and 12th centuries: Sant Climent de Taüll, Santa Eulalia d’Erill la Vall and Sant Feliu de Barruera, among others.
 
All told, five churches and a chapel, listed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. The Landscape of the Geniuses forms a route linking four great universal artists with as many municipalities of Tarragona province, where they were born or spent long periods of their lives. These figures are Antoni Gaudí, in Reus; Joan Miró, in Mont-roig del Camp; Pau Casals, in El Vendrell, and Pablo Picasso, in Horta de Sant Joan. This fascinating route combines cultural tourism with other features of the area, such as the sea, traditions and cuisine, turning this holiday excursion into a unique experience of personal discovery.
 
More than routes
On the costa daurada, Calafell is a centre of active tourism. The ideal place for a broad range of recreational activities, it is very popular for Nordic walking and free daytime, night-time and children’s walks can be taken with certified monitors who even provide poles. Vall de Boí is crossed by numerous mid and high mountain trails, allowing hikers not only to enjoy the unforgettable scenery but to go back in history and relive the times when people had to make long journeys on foot to sell animals at a fair or even to woo a maiden. 
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