You do not have to travel far to enjoy a unique vacation, and moving around Spain gives you access to all kinds of possibilities: beautiful coastal towns with breathtaking beaches, mountain areas with a multitude of trails, nature parks and national parks and places in the middle of nowhere where you can lose yourself and find yourself again. Today we bring you the best routes through Catalonia, the northeastern region of Spain that you can visit behind the wheel of your car.
Routes through Catalonia by car
Cities such as Barcelona can boast of being at the forefront when it comes to sustainable mobility. While there is no doubt that it is a great relief for cities, when you want to explore the surroundings, having your own vehicle is still the best option.
When you rent a car, you don't have to depend on schedules or available space. In addition, you will be able to go anywhere you want to, without the limitations of having to be a point of interest included in the public transport routes.
So what are these fascinating routes through Catalonia?
The Costa Brava
The Costa Brava is one of the main attractions of this region, and therefore has to be on the routes through Catalonia. This stretch of coastline starts in the province of Girona, and besides the beautiful beaches that you can already imagine with golden sand and beautiful light blue waters, it also includes the charm of its fishing villages.
In Tossa de Mar, about 100 kilometers north of Barcelona, you can walk along its medieval walls and stroll through the narrow cobblestone streets of its old town. Its lighthouse with panoramic views and the cliffs next to the beach are popular. If you like medieval villages, you can also visit Peratallada, in the heart of the Empordà, with stone houses and a fortified castle.
Cadaqués is another must-see, dominated by its white buildings and where the House-Museum of Salvador Dalí is located. And if you want parks, you have the Natural Park of Cap de Creus and that of Montgrí, Medes Islands and Baix Ter.
In addition to soaking up the beauty of the Mediterranean Sea, the routes through Catalonia also offer other attractions, such as getting to know the wine-growing areas of the region. If you are a lover of good wine, in Priorat you will be able to see mountainous landscapes covered with vineyards and local wineries that you can visit. They offer you some of the finest wines of the country, made from Garnacha and Cariñena varieties.
There is a Wine Museum in Falset, and nearby Falset-Masroig is known for its red wines, while some of the most prestigious wineries can be found in Gratallops. The medieval village of Siurana is worth visiting, located on top of a cliff and considered one of the most beautiful in Catalonia. Not only will you be dazzled by the beauty of its architecture, but also by the views from its many viewpoints.
The Catalan Pyrenees Route
If you want to go deeper into the nature of this autonomous community, we suggest you to visit the Catalan Pyrenees. If you set out from Girona, you just have to keep going to cross the mountains and get lost in the countless valleys, lakes and villages of that area. The Vall de Núria is one of the most visited, with imposing peaks and villages such as Camprodon and La Seu d'Urgell, where you can learn about the mountain culture. If you are looking for thrills, don't hesitate to park the car and go hiking and climbing, or skiing if you are going in the winter months.
The Ebro Delta Route
The last of our routes through Catalonia is the Ebro Delta, a natural paradise full of wetlands, rice fields and pristine beaches. In the Natural Park of the same name, there are several hiking trails and the possibility of seeing migratory birds. If you prefer, you can take a boat ride on the river and observe the surrounding flora and fauna. And if you want to learn more about its ecological value, go to the Interpretation Center.
Other stops that may interest you are Poble Nou, with typical fishermen's houses and a small chapel among the rice fields; Punta del Fangar, in the southern part of the delta, with a beach of natural dunes; the town of Deltebre, in the center of the delta and where you can learn more about the local rice growing, or Sant Carles de la Ràpita, on the other side and with a promenade that is ideal for tasting fresh fish and seafood dishes.
If you go with your own vehicle, the possibilities are endless, since you can change your plan as many times as you wish. And if you don't want to have to worry about accommodation, remember that at OK Mobility we also have camper van itineraries in Catalonia.