With its largest and capital city Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain, is an autonomous community within the country that is made up of four provinces including Barcelona, Girona, Lleida, and Tarragona. When in Catalonia, expect temperatures to reach around 26 to 31 degrees Celsius or 79 to 88 degrees Fahrenheit in the Mediterranean area, with inland Catalonia reaching around 35 degrees Celsius or 95 degrees Fahrenheit, with low temperatures at around 14 to 17 degrees Celsius or 57 to 63 degrees Fahrenheit, depending.
What to see & do
When in Catalonia, its notable spots include Sagrada Familia, Casa Milà, Park Güell, Casa Batlló, Palau de la Música Catalana, Magic Fountain of Montjuïc, Port Aventura, Montserrat, Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya, Santa Maria del Mar, Cap de Creus, and Sagrat Cor, in addition to many. Sagrada Familia or Sagrada Família, also referred to as The Basílica i Temple Expiatori de la Sagrada Família or Basilica and Expiatory Church of the Holy Family, is a grand Roman Catholic church situated in Barcelona, Spain; the church is a UN0ESCO World Heritage Site. Casa Milà within Barcelona is also referred to as La Pedrera. It is a modernist building that was built between the years 1906 to 1910. It has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1984 and is architecturally considered as an innovative work, with its self-supporting columns, floors, and front. The Magic Found of Montjuïc is located at the head of Avenida Maria Cristina, and is below the Palau Nacional, close to Plaça d'Espanya and Poble Espanyol de Barcelona. There are light and music performances held at different times in October to April, and May to September.
How to get around
Catalonia’s transportation relies on its roads, railways, and ports. Among its principal highways include the AP-7 and A-7, which follow the coast from the French border towards Valencia, Murcia, and Andalusia. Most, if not all, of the major and main roads within Catalonia head to Barcelona, with A-2 and AP-2 connecting to Madrid. The roads of Catalonia also include N-II, C-12, A-16, C-32, C-16, C-17, C-25, A-26, C-32, and C-60. Within Catalonia there are two publicly owned railway companies such as the Catalan FGC and the Spanish national RENFE that operate the commuter and regional services; and long-distance and high-speed rail services such as AVE and Avant, respectively. The railways within Catalonia include suburban and inter-city services. The region’s high-speed rail or AVE serves the areas from Madrid, reaching Lleida, Tarragona and Barcelona. A new line has been completed but is in waiting for the completion of stations along the route, which connects or goes through Girona and Figueres with a tunnel through the Pyrenees. Within Catalonia, a direct train is also available from Barcelona Estació de França to Paris Austerlitz via the older railway tracks within the area. The ports that serve Catalonia include Port of Barcelona and Port of Tarragona.
How to get there
The airports that serve the region of Catalonia include the Barcelona El Prat Airport. The airport is located around 12 kilometres or 7.5 miles southwest of Barcelona, Catalonia’s capital. Airlines such as Aegean Airlines, Aer Lingus, Aeroflot, Aerolíneas Argentinas, Air Algérie, Air Arabia Maroc, Air Berlin, Air China, Delta Air Lines, EasyJet, Emirates, El Al, Norwegian Air Shuttle, Pegasus Airlines, Qatar Airways, Ryanair, and Vueling, to name a few, with its flights to destinations such as Athens, Dublin, Moscow, Buenos Aires, Algiers, Casablanca, Düsseldorf, Beijing, New York, Liverpool, Bristol, Dubai, Tel Aviv, Berlin, Istanbul, Doha, Beauvais, Bergamo, Amsterdam, Brussels, and Oslo, in addition to many. The airport operates with three asphalt concrete runways at around 2,500 metres or 8,300 feet, 2,600 metres or 8,700 feet, and 3,500 metres or 11,000 feet. Barcelona El Prat Airport is the hub for Iberia Regional and Vueling, and is the focus city for Air Europa, Iberia, Norwegian Air Shuttle, and Ryanair.