The area around Barcelona has a wealth of attractions including the laid-back resort towns of the Costa Brava north of Barcelona towards the French border. Many of Catalonia’s attractions can be visited as day-trips from Barcelona including Sitges, a hip and happening beach resort, and the spectacular rock formations at Montserrat. Further down the coast is Tarragona, a large city dating from Roman times.
Catalonia has a unique identity within Spain and is home to the Catalan language; which, with 11 million native speakers, is the second most spoken language in Spain. Catalan is also spoken in Andorra, where it is the official language, Valencia, the Balearic Islands, Roussilllon in France and Alghero in Sardinia.