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FRENCH & SPANISH CATALONIA
A kaleidoscope of landscapes!
2000 years of history & culture!
Over 300 days of sunshine and different micro-climates provide mixed influences from mountain and seaside
From altitudes 0 to 3000 metres, 17 nature reserves protect
forests, rivers, lakes, flora and wild life
Cultural landmarks include outstanding vestiges of Antiquity, Romanesque and Gothic architecture as well as a tradition of
Modern Art illustrated by Gaudi, Picasso, Dali and many others
stretches from the crests
of the Pyrenees to Delta de l'Ebre.
Andorra and the Balear islands share the same language and culture.
known as Pyrenees Orientales, includes the historical counties of Roussillon, Vallespir, Conflent and Cerdagne.
September 11th celebrates Catalunya's National Day, an opportunity for people
to claim their Independence
OUR PERSONAL FAVOURITES
MASSIF of CANIGOU and CERDAGNE, cradle of Catalonia, the secret valleys
of GARROTXA and BERGUEDA, GIRONA, an outstanding historical capital,
the plains of EMPORDA , the wild coves and picturesque harbours of COSTA BRAVA, MALLORCA, a wonderful synthesis of Mediterranean beauty ...
A CROSS-BORDER REGION
The Treaty of the Pyrenees (1659) created a new French-Spanish border. The boundaries to the north were and still remain the Corbieres hills. The Pyrenees never constituded a natural border
but provided a refuge and a dynamic area for economic exchanges.