Catalunya – Catalonia

Catalonia, the English term for the Catalan Catalunya, is an Autonomous Community (Comunidad Autónoma) in Northeast Spain.

Its 32.000 km² is home to nearly 7.5 million people, and ranges from the sandy beaches via the wild cliffs of the Costa Brava to the slopes of the Pyrenees in the North.

Barcelona, Catalonia’s capital, is considered one of Europe’s most beautiful cities.

The entire region attracts millions of tourists each year.

Political power in Spain is divided by a central government and 17 Autonomous Communities. “The autonomous communities have wide legislative and executive autonomy, with their own parliaments and regional governments,” Wikipedia writes, noting that these “regional governments are responsible for schools, universities, health, social services, culture, urban and rural development and, in some places, policing.”

In many ways, Catalonia is a country within its own rights, and there are plenty of Catalans who either want more autonomy or even outright independence from Spain.

See Also:
Generalitat de Catalunya (Government of Catalonia)offsite – Wikipedia
Autonomous Communities of Spainoffsite – Wikipedia

Costa Brava Tourist Guide

This website, the Costa Brava Tourist Guide, will focus primarily on the seaside resorts along Catalonia’s Costa Brava, or Wild Coast.

Along the way we hope to share with you concise information about Catalonia — anything from its customs to its cuisine, and from its history and art to its folklore and language.

By the way, this is a labor of love, and we’ve only just started. If you’re looking for information that’s missing right now, just stay tuned and visit us again in a little while. New articles will be added on a regular basis, and current articles will be edited and updated as well.

Book a hotel at the Costa Brava

Check these fantastic tours (and more) at the Costa Brava and throughout Catalonia:
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This post was last updated: Jan. 14, 2011