Little Hotels in Catalonia

Cal Mestre

, Les Gunyoles dAvinyonet
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Cal Mestre offers a two bedroom adults-only apartment for holiday guests, located in the village of Les Gunyoles d'Avinyonet, not far from Barcelona.

Guest rating 9.8

Hotel Can Serola

, Besalu
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Can Serola is a luxury country hotel in an 18th century 'masia', set in the Garrotxa Natural Park just a few miles from Gerona.

Guest rating 9.4

Masia Arianella Can Coral

, Torrelles de Foix
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A little country-style hotel well-placed for visiting a range of popular towns and cities in the Catalan wine and cava region.

Guest rating 9.2

El Moli

, Pont de Molins
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Hotel El Moli occupies a wonderful position on the river Muga. The ancient flourmill has been transformed into a warm and friendly hotel where guests are made truly welcome.

Guest rating 9.5

Boutique Hotel Can Pico

, Pelacalc
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A very new little boutique hotel in a very old house, set in the Alt Emporda area on the Costa Brava.

Guest rating 9.1

Hotel Palau Lo Mirador

, Torroella de Montgri
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Palau Lo Mirador was once a royal palace, dating from 1385. Today it is a great hotel in the heart of Empordá.

Guest rating 8.2

Edelweiss

, La Garriga
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Hotel Edelweiss is an art nouveau villa which is now a hotel with just four guest rooms. The quality is outstanding. In La Garriga, near Barcelona.

Guest rating 9.8

Hotel Aiguaclara

, Begur
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When you arrive at the Hotel Aiguaclara, you will be greeted by your hosts Clara and Joan, who will take great pleasure in showing you their hotel.

Guest rating 9.5

Hotel Palou

, Sant Pere de Ribes
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Just five minutes from the sandy beaches at Sitges, Hotel Palou is a typical 'Americanos Style' house that is now a friendly family-owned hotel.

Guest rating 9.4

Hotel Neri

, Barcelona
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An exclusive boutique hotel in the heart of the Barcelona gothic quarter.

Guest rating 9.2

The 8 Boutique B&B

, Barcelona
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Perfect for a city break in the heart of Barcelona, with all the attractions close at hand.

Guest rating 9.5

Duquesa de Cardona

, Barcelona, harbourside
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Hotel Duquesa de Cardona is situated in the very heart of Barcelona, just by the world-famous Ramblas and the Gothic Quarter.

Guest rating 9.0

Hotel Villa Retiro

, Xerta
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A spectacular country house hotel in the Catalan Modernist style with a Michelin-starred restaurant.

Guest rating 8.8

Hotel Bremon

, Cardona
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Hotel Bremon is located in a 19th century former school in one of the pedestrian streets of the old town of Cardona, in Barcelona province.

Guest rating 8.8

Castell d'Emporda

, La Bisbal
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High on a hilltop, within sight of the sea, there is an imposing mediaeval castle called Castell d'Emporda. Today it is a unique hotel, stylish but casual, owned by Albert Diks.

Guest rating 8.6
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Reasons to visit Catalonia

Catalonia is a small "country" in the North East of Spain with its own cultural identity and language - Catalan. Catalonia (also written Cataluña or Catalunya) borders with France in the North and its Mediterranean coastline stretches for over 500 kilometres to the Ebro Delta in the south. It is a wonderfully diverse region offering something for everyone. In the North the Pyrenees offer skiing and great hiking country, while on the coast both sailing and scuba diving are popular. Golf has also taken off in a big way in last few years and Catalonia has several award-winning golf courses.

The region's most well known costa has to be the Costa Brava which stretches from the French border to just north of Barcelona and is in the province of Girona. The Costa Brava was Spain's first package tour destination for northern Europeans and has remained popular but fortunately (with the exception of a few resorts) is still unspoilt. The picturesque coastline has inspired many artists and writers over the years and it is easy to see why - beautiful crystal clear waters meeting rocky promontories and little sandy coves backed by pine-clad cliffs and fishing villages; but inland is just as charming with pretty medieval villages, castles and other monuments scattered about the fertile countryside. Worth visiting in this area is the Dalí museum in Figueras, the medieval village of Pals, and on the coast the beautiful bays of Tamariu,Aigua Blava, Calella de Palafrugell and Llanfranc.

South of Barcelona, where the land becomes much flatter, is the Costa Dorada, or Golden Coast. The long sandy beaches are excellent and it is here where you can find the elegant cosmopolitan resort of Sitges. For a great family day out the theme park of Port Aventura near Salou is not to be missed. Also visit the city of Tarragona where Roman remains can be found as well as a fine Gothic cathedral or drive inland to the medieval market town of La Bisbal, to buy ceramics.

Definitely not to be missed is the vibrant city of Barcelona, the capital of Cataluña and a very popular short break destination. It has interesting architecture both modern and old (many examples of the modernist architect Gaudí can be seen here), museums, art galleries and theatres, the amazing Sagrada Familia church and of course the shops, restaurants and numerous tapas bars. We don't recommend taking a car into the centre as it is notoriously difficult to park, but you can easily get about on the metro, which is quick, cheap and efficient.

A short trip outside of Barcelona is Montserrat, famed for its monastery and declared a conservation area by UNESCO. You can take the funicular (cable car) up there where you can enjoy spectacular views.

Just inland from Barcelona lies one of Spain's most important wine producing regions and this is where Cava (Spanish champagne) is produced. There is an excellent wine museum in Vilafranc del Penedés where you can taste the wines. Also while in Catalonia you will get to know the local cuisine which uses locally produced ingredients such as wild mushrooms from the Pyrenees, local trout from the mountain streams and various freshly caught fish from the coast and also wonderful Mediterranean vegetables such as aubergines, peppers, tomatoes, olives and garlic (it's used liberally in a lot of dishes, so be warned!). But the Catalans like sweet things too and are well known for their crema catalana dessert.

Not strictly a part of Catalonia, but within reach, is the old mediaeval kingdom of Aragon, a relatively remote area of Spain and totally unspoilt. With its lakes, rivers, mountains and lush valleys the area is popular for both sports and nature lovers. On the banks of the River Ebro lies Zaragoza the regional capital and an important historical town. During the Middle Ages it was the seat of the kings of Aragon, but its origins are both Roman and Moorish. It has a medieval Cathedral, 17th century Basilica and a Moorish Palace (the Aljaferia) and in the surrounding countryside are several castles.

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