Luxury holidays in Catalonia

The Catalonia region of northeastern Spain stretches from the beach resorts of Costa Brava to the snow-capped Pyrenees Mountains. In Barcelona, the Catalan capital, Gaudí’s fantastical façades mix with sleek, modern architecture, buzzing bars dot the Gothic Quarter and café tables spill out onto the streets of El Born. And the heady grape-based drinks fuelling the good times? Those are produced in Catalonia's Priorat, one of only two Spanish winemaking regions to hold a DOQ label and the origin of some of Spain's most sought after wines; kick back with an early evening bottle and toast to your Catalan adventure.

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When to go

To make the most of Catalonia’s dramatic landscape, visit during the pleasantly cool autumn and spring: best spent rambling outdoors or sipping wine on alfresco terraces.

Getting there

  • Planes

    Catch a flight (direct from across Europe and select long-haul destinations) into Barcelona El Prat Airport, 12 kilometres south-west of the Catalan capital city’s centre.
  • Automobiles

    Barcelona is best enjoyed when not behind a steering wheel, but if you’re planning to explore the region’s towns and wineries, a car will come in handy.