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Spain is one of the best regions for holiday-makers who want to enjoy a varied break with access to beaches, mountains and a whole host of fun activities. With so much to discover, renting a car offers total freedom to fully explore the region.
Catalunya's coast is diverse and stretches for miles. With Barcelona being in the centre of it, the Costa Brava in the north and the Costa Daurada in the south, there is something on offer for all tastes.
Costa Brava is known for its beautiful, cosy and wild beaches. There is much to be seen aside from the tourist hotspot of Lloret the Mar. The Medieval town of Pals, the traditional fisher-towns of Estartit, l'Escala or Cadaques (where painter Salvador Dali was from and his house is open for visitors) have all the Mediterranean charm that holidaymakers need to relax and enjoy on a sunny break.
Costa Daurada, in contrast, is the perfect destination for families or groups of friends. Its beaches are long, white, wide and flat. With the top tourist hotspots being Salou, the medieval and historical capital of the region, Tarragona is also the real ‘must-see' in terms of culture and history.
As well as beaches, Catalunya also has national parks of outstanding beauty for those tourists who prefer mountainous landscapes and walks. Don't leave Catalunya without visiting the national park of Aiguestortes and the Lake of Sant Maurici, as well as the wild Pyrenees, which cross the north of Catalunya from east to west.
Younger tourists and families will particularly enjoy Catalunya for its thematic parks. With Natupark being the one closest to Barcelona (only 30 minutes away) this park offers adventure circuits up on the trees and is the biggest in Spain. Tourists in the Costa Brava could visit the aquatic park Isla Fantasia and those in Costa Daurada will be able to visit the famous Port Aventura in Salou – a theme park that has the tallest roller coaster ride in Europe.
With so much to be seen the best option when visiting Catalunya (Spain) is hiring a car. This will give holidaymakers the freedom to reach every destination with total freedom.