Gerona’s Center and the Onyar river© Js. Carrera
• 1st-time stage-town
• Population 90,000
• Capital of Gerona province in Catalonia (Spain)
The city of Gerona, 90 000 inhabitants, capital of the province of the same name, displays an abundance of patrimonial gems, with traces everywhere apparent: the historical old city, which possesses one of the largest Jewish Quarters (“Calls”) in medieval Catalonia, the cathedral and its nave, the most extensive display of Gothic architecture worldwide, the Saint Félix church and Bell Tower, the Arabian Baths and the Saint-Nicolas and Saint-Pierre de Galligants Romanesque churches.
A university town, Gerona boasts a host of museums (cinema, history, art, archaeology) and is an exceptionally fine gastronomic and cultural centre, manifest in the assorted music and theatre festivals of international renown.
The area surrounding Gerona is a territory marked by the inheritance of a multitude of chequered cultures, an immense natural splendour and a diverse patrimony: small villages of charm and character forged down the centuries, a changing landscape and a plethora of leisure activities and events to captivate visitors to the Costa Brava and the Gerona Pyrenees.
Barcelona harbour by night© City hall of Barcelona
• 2-time stage-town
• Population 1,600,000
• Capital of Catalonia (Spain)
Barcelona has always been favoured by its exceptional geographical location. A coastal city, it stands open to the sea and embraces its rich inheritance and its identity. It is from the sea that Barcelona has inherited its strong Mediterranean culture and ideal climate that favours life on the beach, in the streets and squares, all of these areas enjoying an identical abundance of open-air activities; and not only in the summer, but throughout the year. These sites are also the perfect backdrop in which to savour fine Catalan gourmet cuisine. Barcelona is a city proud of its hills. In the north looms the Sierra de Collserola, a natural landscape of wide open green space, the “lung” and life source of the city of Barcelona. And, rising up almost right in the city centre, Montjuich, the magic mountain, where 19th century style buildings dating from the 1929 Universal Exhibition, and amenities and constructions from the 1992 Olympic Games, merge with nature, in the parks and gardens where the people of Barcelona come to relax and enjoy their city.