By Roger Williams
Your vacation begins right here! From flower-filled Pyrannean valleys to the shores of Barcelona, discover all of it with this crucial advisor. distinct cutaway maps and 3D versions demonstrate the glories of Gaudi and the Gothic area. pointers on the place to discover tasty tapas and the easiest bars will verify your journey is one lengthy fiesta!
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They no water. The oldest evidence of man wiped out the Carthaginians as well in Catalonia comes as the Laeitani and rather from other sites established Tarraco scattered across the (Tarragona, see p110) in region, notably the dolthe south of Catalonia mens of the Alt (high) as the imperial capital Empordà and passage of Tarraconensis, one of graves of the Baix (low) the three administrative Empordà and Alt Urgell. regions of the peninsula. In the first millenRoman Barcelona can nium BC the lands be seen in the city gate around Barcelona were beside the cathedral, settled by the agrarian while the 3rd-century Roman mosaic floor excavated in Laeitani, while other Barcelona walls that once endepicting the Three Graces parts of Catalonia were circled the town lie by simultaneously colonized by the the medieval Royal Palace (see p54).
Well-to-do barcelonins selecting from a wide range of Monasteries, including Montserrat locally produced calico in the early 19th century Felipe V (1700 –24) AD 1700 1808–14 Peninsular War (War of Independence): Girona besieged, Barcelona occupied, Monastery of Montserrat sacked AD 1750 1714 Barcelona sacked by Felipe V, first Bourbon king. Catalan universities closed. Catalan language banned 1778 Catalonia allowed to trade with the Americas, bringing new wealth 1823 – 6 French occupy Catalonia AD 1800 1835 Monasteries dissolved 1833 – 9 First Carlist War 1859 Revival of Jocs Florals poetry competition feeds Renaissance of Catalan culture.
Santa Cristina (24 Jul). The biggest festival of Lloret de Mar, Costa Brava, when a statue of the Virgin is brought ashore by a decorated flotilla. A UGUST Festa major de Gràcia (one week beginning around 15 Aug). Each district of Barcelona hosts its own festa in which streets try to outdo each other in the inventiveness of their decorations. The festa in the old district of Gràcia is the biggest and most spectacular and incorporates concerts, balls, music, competitions and street games. Festa major de Sants (around 24 Aug).