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Cataluna - -cities, coast and mountains

An October 1999 trip to Cataluna by davidx

Gerona - near the Cathedral Photo, Cataluna, Spain More Photos
Quote: I did not spend much time on the coast but here are two cities, Gerona and Tarragona, with fascinating histories and some almost fairytale places in the Pyrenees.

Cataluna - -cities, coast and mountains

Overview

Gerona - near the Cathedral Photo, Cataluna, Spain
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Get into the mountain area where beautiful Romanesque churches combine with the natural scenery to create marvellous views. Go into the old cathedral at Genoa and, in particular, see the Creation Tapestry there. Normally, tapestries are not quite my scene but this is one I could look at for a long time. Get a bus from Tarragona to the site of its aqueduct. I had it to myself!

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I am entirely dependant on public transport and I found both trains and buses very reliable.

Hotel Lauria

Hotel

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Very good indeed. En-suite rooms and lift. Very conveniently situated near sea end of the Rambla Nova (sic - Catalan)and easy walk to all the main sites except the Aqueduct. Actually I only went there because there was a taxi strike which made me later than I had meant to be and nobody could tell me where to find a hostel. I hope I am not a miser; I never economize on travel costs or entry to sights but I moved the next day to a hostel, the name of which I forget, in the Placa de la Font in the old town as suggested by the Rough Guide - very much more down market but under half the price!

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on March 23, 2002

Hotel Lauria
Rambla Nova, 20
Cataluna, Spain
977 2637 12

Gerona

Attraction | "Gerona - more than an airport"

Gerona Photo, Cataluna, Spain
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Most people probably just think of it as an airport for the Costa Brava. Ironically, although thousands of people get off the plane and straight ino a tour bus for the coast, there is no bus between the airport and the city. Fortunately there are often cheap flights that make for a bargain even after the taxi fare has been paid (£8-£10 equivalent - not a lot of point in quoting peseta prices now). The city of Gerona deserves to be better known. The Paseo Archeologico reached from just above the cathedral gives fine views of buildings to the left and over part of the city to the country behind it to the right. Perhaps the finest thing of all can not be photographed. This is the wonderful Creation t...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 23, 2002

Gerona

Cataluna, Spain

Ripoll and Nuria

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Ripoll and Nuria Photo, Cataluna, Spain
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Ripoll can be reached by rail from Barcelona or by bus from Gerona. It is a very pleasant clean little town but its claim to fame is its ancient monastery - 9th century.

Not much further on the railway line towards the French border at Puigcerda is Ribes Fraser and there the only rack railway in Spain [privately owned] makes its way up to the mountain monastery of Nuria where a chairlift [included in ticket] starts for a very big Youth Hostel at the start of some lovely looking hikes. The day I was up there the weather was changing from rain ot sun and back again and again in virtually no time.

It would be possible and very pleasing to walk from Nuria down to the midway station.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 23, 2002

Ripoll and Nuria
Betwwen Barcelona and Puigcerda
Cataluna, Spain

Parque Nacional de Aigüestortes i Estany de Sant Maurici

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Attraction | "Aiguestortes Parco Nacional"

Parque Nacional de Aigüestortes i Estany de Sant Maurici Photo, Cataluna, Spain
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This is one of the two wonderful Pyrrenean national parks, the other being Ordesa in Aragón. [See under Zaragoza] The two main towns for approaching it are La Pobla de Segur connected with Lleida by train and bus and Pont de Suert which only has a bus connection. Unfortunately there is only a bus connection between the two during a fairly brief summer season so that I have only seen the West side of the national park approached from Pont de Suert. If you should be restricted to one approach for similar reasons or through time limits, a major plus for the Western approach is the superb valley of Boi where the natural scenery is further enhanced by the beautiful Romanesque churches....Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 7, 2002

Parque Nacional de Aigüestortes i Estany de Sant Maurici
Catalonian Pyrenees
Cataluna, Spain

Churches of the Boi Valley

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Attraction

Churches of the Boi Valley Photo, Cataluna, Spain
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The Boi valey is probably attractive enough in its natural scenery to be classified as a natural wonder but the scenery is much enhanced by the gorgeous Romanesque churches found in practically all of the villages. Taull above Boi actually has two. It is reached by car or bus from Pont de Suert, although outside the summer timetable you need to plan your time for the limited service. It would be possible to take the early morning bus up to Taull and pick it up on its way back after it had toured round the ski schools - but you would be extremely fed up at having to come away so soon. The bus stop is near the church of St. Climent on the edge of Taull and the nearest bar whose name I forg...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 7, 2002

Churches of the Boi Valley
Catalonian Pyrenees
Cataluna, Spain

Tarragona (The Roman Ruins of Tarraco)

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Attraction | "Tarragona, ancient and proud of it."

Tarragona (The Roman Ruins of Tarraco) Photo, Tarragona, Spain
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This is a very pleasant town indeed and the oldest remains, the bases of the walls alongside the Archaeological passage around the cathedral and two gateways, are well pre-Roman, consisting of umpteen huge blocks. There are numerous Roman remains, two separate forums for a start, one divided by a main road but with a footbridge linking the parts. The two principal museums, Nuseu Arqueologic and Museu Historic are fine and the first includes a terrific section on the early development of mosaics. The old town is full of twisting streets and steps leading up to the Cathedral, fine cloisters but far from my favourite building inside. The views out from the Passeig Arqueologic are impressive...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 21, 2002

Tarragona (The Roman Ruins of Tarraco)
South of Catalonia on the NE of Spain
Cataluna, Spain