Catalonia a region full of history, diversity, nature, and culture
Catalonia is conformed to the provinces of Barcelona, Girona, Lleida and Tarragona. The capital city is Barcelona. Catalonia borders France and Andorra to the north and the Mediterranean Sea to the east (580 km coastline). The neighbouring Spanish regions of Aragon and the Valencia Community lie to the west and south respectively. The official languages are Catalan, Spanish, and Aranese (Occitan); Catalan Sign Language is also officially recognized. The Catalan government intends to hold a referendum on independence from Spain in 2014.
The climate of Catalonia is diverse. The populated areas lying by the coast in Tarragona, Barcelona and Girona provinces feature a Mediterranean climate. In the Mediterranean area, summers are dry and hot with sea breezes, and the maximum temperature is around 26-31 °C. Winter is cool or slightly cold depending on the location. It snows frequently in the Pyrenees, and it occasionally snows at lower altitudes, even by the coastline. Spring and autumn are typically the rainiest seasons, except for the Pyrenean valleys, where summer is typically stormy.
Catalonia is a region full of history, diversity, nature and culture. Enjoy its paradisiac beaches and coves, the magnificent Pyrenees, Roman remains, wine routes, medieval architecture, a remarkable gastronomy, adventure sports and beautiful landscapes.