Overseas study is not just about academic studies, but also about broadening your horizons through travel and the Catalonia region in northern Spain is a perfect area to explore.
Catalonia is a perfect European destination for international students with a distinct culture and varied landscapes to immerse yourselves in. Universities like Toulouse Business School – Barcelona Campus are perfectly placed to explore the region.
You may already be aware of Barcelona and may have visited already, so you will have a good idea of some of what Catalonia has to offer – but there is so much more to this Spanish region.
There’s a reason that many residents don’t consider it part of Spain and are looking for independence – Catalonia feels distinctly different.
Its landscapes span everything from 3,000m peaks in the Pyrenees, through stunning meadows and down to rocky coves that punctuate sandy beaches.
History and art flow through the veins of the region with many examples of impressive Roman and Greek ruins and the work of Antonio Gaudi and Salvador Dali prominent in places like Barcelona and Figueres.
In terms of nightlife, few cities in Europe (or the world) have the chilled vibe of the region’s capital Barcelona which acts as the jewel in the crown of Catalonia.
The wonders held within its four provinces mean that it is possible to ski, swim in crystal clear seas and enjoy one of the most vibrant cities imaginable all in one trip.
Where to go?
You can’t mention Catalonia without mentioning Barcelona. The buzzing seaside city is a cultural smorgasbord, with an abundance of fabulous art galleries, modernist architecture and wild nightlife make it a popular destination all year round.
But 2016 is the year to start considering Barcelona, not just as an awesome city, but, also a must-visit “region”. Costa Barcelona has much to explore beyond the confines of the capital taking in stunning scenery and the towns of Sitges, Calella, Manresa, Berga and Vic.
Only 30 miles away, and an easy train journey from the city is coastal town of Sitges If you want to indulge in some sun, sea and sand, the stunning 17 beaches of Sitges make it a prime location to visit.
In fact, Costa Barcelona boasts 100km of beaches as well as some stunning natural parks and protected areas including Montserrat and Montsery (a natural biosphere UNESECO reserve).
Expanding your trip out from Barcelona, into the wider region and then further into Catalonia will give you everything you could need from a trip.
The stunning Pyranees mountain range is just an hour and a half away from the capital. Home to Catalonia’s only national park, Aigüestortes and Estany de Sant Maurici, as well as several ski resorts, there is a huge variety of interesting places to visit. If you want to trek, the landscape around La Seu d’Urgell is the fantastic, or you could go river rafting in the Noguera Pallaresa valley.
Archaeological fiends must visit the port city of Tarragona, home to an abundance of Roman ruins, which have been designated a World Heritage City by UNESCO.
Visit the amphitheatre, roman walls and Forum, as well as the Aqüeducte de les Ferreres, which is located 4km north of the city.
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