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When: Catalonia is an extremely popular destination in the midsummer months due to its gorgeous Mediterranean climate. Why not head there in the spring or early autumn to miss the crowds?
Where: If you're looking for an interesting, cultural break, you need look no further than Barcelona. It is a stunning city with a history stretching from the gothic to the modernist periods and its dense profusion of spectacular buildings have made it one of the most visited cities in Europe.
Why: There is plenty to see in Barcelona. Wander the narrow lanes of the old Barri Gotic and the pleasant coastal boulevards of La Ramblas. Be sure also to see the many fantastic Gaudi buildings here including the Sagrada Familia, the Casa Battlo and the Parc Guell.
When: Head out to Catalonia in the middle of summer to catch the hot, sunny weather and to experience the best of its nightlife.
Where: The Costa Brava is a fantastic destination for a beach holiday and offers a variety of resorts. For the pick of the region's nightlife, head to Lloreta de Mar. For a more peaceful and scenic experience, you could try the fishing towns of Tossa de Mar or Calella de Palafrugell.
Why: Catalonia has a beautiful coastline with rugged cliffs and a selection of pebble and sand beaches. The summers are long and hot with little chance of rain and there is some excellent nightlife to be enjoyed - ideal for a group summer holiday!
When: When you visit Catalonia entirely depends on your climate preferences. The summers can get very hot - especially if you're planning to do more than just lounge on a beach all day. Many of the smaller towns grind to a halt in August meaning you might prefer to go in the spring or early summer.
Where: Try exploring one of the smaller historical towns of the region. Girona is a very attractive old town with a great historic pedigree.It has ancient city walls and a charming old Jewish quarter as well as a pleasant, river-side situation. You could even arrange a yacht cruise from here.
Why: Girona is a very charming and unique city with a history going back a couple of thousand years. It is generally overlooked by most visitors to the regions meaning that it is much quieter than nearby Barcelona. There are a great number of small restaurants and cafes and some lovely little family-run hotels.
When: Why not take the kids to Catalonia during the christmas holidays? It might seem a bit unorthodox, but with the stunning ski slopes of the Pyrenees and the excellent winter skiing conditions, this can be a great time of the year to visit.
Where: The Pyrenees boast ten skiing resorts with a variety of pistes and attractive vistas of pine forests. Espot Esqui is a favourite destination for family holidays and offers nurseries and childcare for those too young to ski.
Why: Espot Esqui boasts a 44 km of slopes including a wide variety of pistes ranging from gentle beginner runs to fiendishly difficult stretches. Sledging and snow biking facilities are also available.