The Catalonia region, in northeastern Spain, is known for the lively beach resorts of the Costa Brava, the Pyrenees mountains and as home to surrealist artist Salvador Dalí. The coastal resorts with their abundance of hotels offers school groups a great value base from which to explore both Barcelona, the regional capital, and the surrounding area.
While a visit to Barcelona with its art museums, historic monuments and distinctive Gaudí landmarks is sure to be the highlight it is worth venturing further a field to get a true feel of this distinctive region with its own identity and language. Visit the spiritual centre of the region Montserrat with its dramatic setting and stunning views, or the walled old town of Girona and the Roman amphitheatre at Tarragona to understand the regions rich and diverse history. The surreal can be explored at the Dali museum in Figueres and for those looking for thrills and spills Port Aventura, Spains most visited theme park, is also to be found in the region.