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Catalonia

Like the rest of the Mediterranean coast of the Iberian Peninsula, it was colonized by Ancient Greeks and Carthaginians and participated in the pre-Roman Iberian culture. With the rest of Iberia, it was part of the Roman Empire, followed by Visigothic rule. The northernmost part of Catalonia was briefly occupied by the Moorish (Muslim-ruled) al-Andalus in the eighth century, but after the defeat of Emir Abdul Rahman Al Ghafiqiwas's troops in Tours in 732

Girona

The first inhabitants in the region were Iberians. Later, the Romans built a citadel there, which was given the name Gerunda. The Visigoths ruled in Girona until it was conquered by the Moors. Finally, Charlemagne reconquered it in 785 and made it one of the fourteen original countships of Catalonia. Guifre I incorporated Girona to the county of Barcelona in 878. Alfonso I of Aragon declared Girona to be a city in the 11th century.

Figueras

Figueres is the capital of Alt Emporda, in the province of Girona. The town is the birthplace of artist Salvador Dali, and houses the Teatre-Museu Gala Salvador Dali, a large museum designed by Dali himself which attracts many visitors. It is also the birthplace of Narcis Monturiol i Estarriol, inventor of the first successful machine powered submarine.

Tarragona

Tarragona tourist attractions include the Museum of Archaeology and the Roman ruins of Tarraco, which has been designated a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. There are still many important ancient remains at Tarragona. Part of the bases of large Cyclopean walls near the Cuartel de Pilatos are thought to pre-date the Romans. The 19th century prison is said to have been the palace of Augustus. But Tarraco, like most other ancient towns which have continued to be inhabited, has been pulled down for building materials. The amphitheatre near the sea-shore has been used as a quarry, and only few vestiges of it now remain.

Vic

Vic is of ancient origin. Vic, in past times, was called Ausa by the Romans. Iberian coins bearing this name have been found there. The Visigoths called it Ausona.

During the 8th and 9th centuries, Vic sat in the Spanish Marches that separated Frankish and Islamic forces. It was destroyed in 788 during a Muslim incursion. Afterwards only one quarter was rebuilt, which was called Vicus Ausonensis (vicus is Latin for city borough), from which the name Vic was derived, when it was repopulated by Wilfred the Hairy in 878 who gained control over the high part of the city and gave up the lowest part to the bishop to construct the episcopal see. From then on, the city was ruled by the count of Barcelona and by the bishop of Vic.

Lleida

Lleida is the capital city of Segria and the province that takes its name. Its economy is mostly based on commerce and services, being one of the most important population and economic inland centres in Catalonia. Under the Romans, the city was incorporated into the Roman province of Hispania Tarraconensis, and was a place of considerable importance, historically as well as geographically. It stood upon an eminence, on the right (west) bank of the river Segre, the principal tributary of the Ebro, and some distance above its confluence with the Cinca, thus commanding the country between those rivers, as well as the great road from Tarragona. Under the Roman empire, Ilerda was a very flourishing city, and it was part of Visigothic and Muslim Hispania until it was conquered from the Moors in 1148. Lleida served as a key defense point for Barcelona during the Spanish Civil War, and fell to the Insurgents, whose air forces bombed it extensively, in 1937 and 1938.

 

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Tours to Catalonia

Catalonia is the original heartland of the Catalan language, and remains the most important and largest territory where the language is spoken.

The territory that now constitutes the autonomous community of Catalonia in Spain, and the adjoining Catalan region of France, was first settled during the Middle Palaeolithic.

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Girona & Figueras

Visit Girona known as the Florence of Catalonia, the Dali Museum and Triangle and Jewish Heritage tours.

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Sitges & Tarragona

Sitges is an old fishermen town where the first generation of the Catalan Modernist Movement gathered, as well as wealthy immigrants that came back rich from America. Stroll around its old section and its XIXth century expansion.

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Ballooning over Vic

We invite you to a hot air balloon flight. From inflation of the envelope until lunch after, this will be an experience you will remember forever.

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Catalonia Bike Tours

Gentle cycling tour through gently rolling terrain from the Sea into the green Catalonian countryside, dotted with Medieval villages.

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