Arbois in Montagnes du Jura - het Franse Juragebergte - enkele fraaie streetviews

De provincie Gerona is de eerste Spaanse provincie bij de passage van de grens met Frankrijk.

Booking.com heeft een aanbod van meer dan 1.300.000 accommodaties over de hele wereld.

Brussels Airlines en Club Med hebben samenwerkings overeenkomst twee jaar verlengd.

Catalonië  is een van de 17 autonome regio's van Spanje met als hoofdstad Barcelona. Het heeft een inwonertal van meer dan 7,5 miljoen. Inwoners uit Catalonië worden Catalanen genoemd.


Catalonië ligt in het noordoosten van Spanje aan de kust van de Middellandse Zee en heeft een kustlijn van 580 kilometer die bestaat uit de Costa Brava, Costa del Maresme, Costa del Garraf en de Costa Daurada. De regio grenst in het zuiden aan de Comunidad Valenciana, in het westen aan Aragón en in het noorden aan Frankrijk en Andorra.

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Mobile World Capital from 2012 to 2018
Tarragona host of the Mediterranean Games 2017
New star rating for Catalan hotels
Looking for a snow destination in Catalunya
Catalan Pyrenees, venue for international snow competitions in 2012
Val d'Aran, Europe's newest favourite heliskiing destination
A ticket to Joan Miró's exhibition The Ladder of Escape
A thrilling experience: Spanish Formula 1 Grand Prix
Learning everything about cava
Discover the Catalan countryside in a DonkeyBike
Barcelona Opportunity Week
 


Barcelona Mobile World Capital from 2012 to 2018
Barcelona has been designated by GSMA -the association representing mobile operators worldwide- as the Mobile World Capital from 2012 to 2018. This means that during this period Barcelona not only will host the celebration of the Mobile World Congress, but it will also become a hub of global mobile communications.

The designation of Barcelona beats other major European capitals such as Paris, Munich and Milan, in the evaluation process called by the GSMA to host the Mobile World Capital. It can be considered a recognition of the Catalan city, which has already hosted the Mobile World Congress since 2006 with great success.

As Mobile World Capital, Barcelona will create a permanent operations centre, called the Mobile World Centre, which will host technological exhibitions, a shopping area and it will have room for a museum. It will also develop industrial, recreational and cultural initiatives.

Therefore, Barcelona will become a technological and cultural hub aimed at promoting industrial activity, creating new business opportunities and boosting mobile communication.

Barcelona will also continue to host the Mobile World Congress, which will take place from 27th February to 1st March 2012.
www.catalunya.com




Tarragona host of the Mediterranean Games 2017
The Catalan city of Tarragona (Costa Daurada) will host the 18th Mediterranean Games, to be held in 2017. The International Committee of the games designated Tarragona as the headquarters of these games, during the General Assembly held on the 15th October in Turkey.

Tarragona OlimpicaThe Mediterranean Games 2017 will be held in Tarragona from the 30th June to the 9th July. The candidature of Tarragona offers the broadest sports program of these games' history, with a total of 30 disciplines. Note that there will be two disciplines, athletics and swimming, for athletes with disabilities. Of the other 28 sports, only three of them are not Olympic: water skiing, karate and pétanque.
 
One of the main attractions offered by the candidature of Tarragona is that the Games will extend to other nearby cities. Tarragona will host the competitions of athletics, basketball, football, gymnastics, golf, swimming, water polo, tennis, shooting, volleyball, water skiing and taekwondo. 12 sub sites will also host other disciplines: Barcelona (equestrian), Calafell (fencing, football and table tennis), Cambrils (judo, karate and archery), Castelldefels (canoeing and rowing), Constantí (weightlifting), El Vendrell (boxing), La Selva del Camp (handball) Reus (handball and football), Salou (triathlon, sailing and beach volleyball), Torredembarra (badminton and volleyball), Valls (basketball and football) and Vila-seca (cycling, wrestling and pétanque).

www.catalunya.com




New star rating for Catalan hotels
Catalan hotels presented a new star rating this summer that includes two new categories: 4-star superior and GL. Hotels have also included a new type of room, the family room (for four people), that is added to the traditional singles and doubles.

In addition to the basic criteria for defining the rating of an establishment, such as the size of the rooms, the new rating gives priority to the offered services and establishes certain minimum requirements for each category. Categories are no longer exclusively based on size criteria but also on issues related to equipment, facilities, services and costumer benefits.

This summer Catalan rural establishments also launched their first thorns, now used to categorize them. The graphic representation of the thorn (brown for agro tourism and green for other rural lodgings) is used to identify the 5 categories: Basic (1 thorn), Comfort (2 thorns), Great Comfort (3 thorns), Superior (4 thorns) and Premium Superior (5 thorns).

Finally, we remind you that the categories for Catalan campsites are still Luxury, 1st, 2nd and 3rd.

www.catalunya.com



Looking for a snow destination in Catalunya?
Catalonia concentrates the widest choice of snow facilities in Spain, with 16 ski resorts located in the Pyrenees. They offer a skiable area of 625 kilometres, more than 400 of which are downhill runs, while the rest are trails for cross-country skiing and other winter sport activities.

The Catalan Pyrenees are home to ten Alpine Ski resorts: Baqueria-Beret, Vallter 2000, Boi-Taull, La Molina, Tavascan, Port-Aine, Espot Esqui, Masella, Vall de Nuria, and Port del Comte. They are also visited by Nordic Skiing lovers. The Catalan Pyrenees are especially popular on account of its beautiful scenery of thick pine forests and the mild climate that makes it possible to glide through the snow under a bright sun. (la paraula radiant existeix, però no l'he trobat en combinació amb "sun").

The Catalan ski resorts have the capacity to transport more than 163.000 skiers per hour, and have more than 2.300 cannons to produce artificial snow, thanks to which the season can start in December and be extended until the end of April.

On top of that, most resorts also offer additional activities such as dog sledding trips, night-time snowboarding descents, horseback riding in the snow, snowshoeing, snow cycling lessons,heliskiing,igloo building or orienteering exercises. All what visitors need to enjoy an adventure tinged with white.

A wide choice of accomodation including spas and thermal baths, traditional gastronomy and exceptional cultural heritage -with the stunning Vall de Boí, declared World Heritage site by the UNESCO- counts also among the assets of the Catalan Pyrennes as a winter sports destination.

www.catalunya.com




Catalan Pyrenees, venue for international snow competitions in 2012
Thanks to the high level of its facilities, the Catalan Pyrenees hold every year some of the most important international winter sport competitions.
Among the future ones: FIS Telemark World Cup 2012 (Gran Pallars - Espot); Snowboard World Cup 2012 (La Molina) and Disabled Alpine Skiing World Cup 2012 (La Molina).

The Catalan Pyrenees will be also the backdrop of the sled race Grand Prix Pirena Advance 2012, the crossing that has become the most important musing (dog sled) event in southern Europe. The 22nd edition will take place from the 21st January until the 4th February crossing the Pyrenees from west to east. It will cross the Catalan Pyrenees from Baqueira Beret to La Molina, where the final awards ceremony will be held as well as the closing party. The results of this competition score for the European Cup and the World Cup.


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Val d'Aran, Europe's newest favourite heliskiing destination
At altitudes of between 1500m and 3000m, escorted by fully qualified UIAGM mountain guides, you can discover an unspoilt skiing area of 400 Km² skiing through open areas, forests and couloirs.

Val d'Aran, a beautiful valley sitting in the heart of the Pyrenees, is the base for the heliskiing activities in the Pyrenees. You can choose between different trips depending on your needs and skills. For your first heliskiing experience, a half-day excursion skiing over a carefully selected terrain with gentle, moderately challenging slopes will be the perfect introduction to the magic of this sport. For seasoned heliskiers, 1 to 7 days tailor-made packages can be organized, choosing also the length of the trip and the kind of skiing.

The charm and reputation of Val d'Aran and its ski resort, Baqueira is well deserved. Make the most of its excellent facilities, ski in the resort and choose from the valley's range of smart hotels, restaurants and bars.

For more information: www.pyreneesheliski.pro
 


A ticket to Joan Miró's exhibition The Ladder of Escape
The most important exhibition about Miró held in Spain in the last 20 years!
"Joan Miró, The Ladder of Escape" can be visited in the Fundació Joan Miró until the 18th March 2012. An extensive program of activities runs in parallel to the exhibition.

www.fundaciomiro-bcn.org



A thrilling experience: Spanish Formula 1 Grand Prix
From 10th to 13th May 2012 Circuit de Catalunya (Montmeló, Barcelona) will be the venue of the Gran Premio de España Santander, Spanish Formula One Grand Prix.

Buy the tickets before the 1st  of March and get interesting discounts!

www.circuitcat.com



Learning everything about cava
Experience the land of Penedès with your palate and all your senses.
Visit the cellars, walk among the vineyards, taste the local cuisine, wines and cavas, explore the paths and cycling routes of the area, and don't miss local traditions and festivities.
Enoturisme Penedès - Paissatge

www.enoturismepenedes.cat


Discover the Catalan countryside in a DonkeyBike (Burricleta)
The DonkeyBike -Burricleta- was born from passionate love between a Catalan donkey and a beautiful bicycle. It is an electric rural bicycle and looks like a donkey. You will be able to enjoy the route without losing track thanks to its interactive GPS.
For children, Mini DonkeyBikes -Miniburricletes- are also available, as well as children seats for the little ones.

A wonderful activity to enjoy with family and friends.

www.burricleta.com



Barcelona Opportunity Week
From the 27th January to the 5th February 2012, renowned restaurants, exclusive shops, hotels of every style, unrepeatable entertainments... and many, many more are waiting for you during Barcelona Opportunity Week at amazing prices.

And you'll also be supporting a good cause. Many of the great deals and special offers include a donation to a charity.
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