Catalonia - Barcelona Region

Catalonia - Barcelona Region
Montserrat

Montserrat     Montserrat Mountain

Only 50 Km north-west of Barcelona is the Montserrat Mountains, one of the landmarks of Catalonia. It is a 1200 meter high sandstone mountain with very characteristic rounded tips. 
On clear days you can see from the highest point of Sant Jeroni (1,236 meters), many places in Catalonia, such as the Northern Pyrenees, the ocean in the east and the island of Mallorca. At 721 Meters above sea level is set the Benedictine monastery built in 1025 located in Santa Maria de Montserrat, where monks still live over 80. The monastery is known for his representation of Mary, La Moreneta (the "Dark") called after the colour of the wood where is carved. This is annually visited by many pilgrims.

 

Sitges

Once a fishing village, Sitges is today a picturesque town on the Costa del Garraf, which is popular not only among tourists but also for sun and beach lovers. Thanks to the north and east lie mountains of Garraf, there is a mild, year-round and especially frost-free climate. The old town of Sitges is characterized by several picturesque streets and beautiful individual buildings, which date from different eras.

Many Art Nouveau villas show the architectural and cultural demands of the prominent Sitges citizens, where since the end of the 19th century Sitges was home for many artists."Cau Ferrat", the former home of painter and art collector Santiago Russinyol is now a museum with works by Pablo Picasso, El Greco and many others.

Not far from Sitges discover a monastery and wine route. The vineyards in the Penedès region offer a wide selection of sparkling, white and red wines. After a Wine and Cava tasting you must visit the three Cistercian monasteries, which were once very powerful and you can admire the Gothic architecture and varied landscape.

Catalonian Villages     Catalonian Masia

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