Visit Catalonia

7.6 million

Catalonia is an autonomous region located in the northeast of Spain, adjacent to France and Andorra. With a population of more than 7.5 million people, it has a rich culture and heritage as well as stunning landscapes. There are many tourist attractions to explore such as Barcelona, the capital city known for its world-famous architecture, vibrant nightlife and delicious cuisine, or the iconic Montserrat mountain range that offers some incredible hiking trails with spectacular views of Catalonia. Other popular destinations include Girona's medieval old town, Tarragona's Roman ruins, or Figueres' Dali Theatre-Museum dedicated to surrealist artist Salvador Dali.

The history of Catalonia goes back centuries and it played an important role during the Spanish Civil War. During this period Catalonia enjoyed a brief period of independence from 1936 until 1939 when Franco regained control of the region. Today many Catalonians still strive for autonomy from Madrid and in 2017 they held a referendum on independence which was declared illegal by Spanish authorities leading to mass protests throughout Catalonia.