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Top Choice Cathedral in La Seu d'Urgell

Catedral de Santa Maria & Museu Diocesà

Dominating La Seu d'Urgell's old town is the 12th-century, pale sandstone Santa Maria cathedral – one of Catalonia’s outstanding Romanesque buildings. Its neat cloister, with three original galleries, is rich in cha…
Top Choice Monastery in Ripoll

Monestir de Santa Maria

Consecrated in AD 888, Ripoll's monastery was Catalonia’s spiritual and cultural heart from the mid-10th to mid-11th century. The five-naved basilica was adorned in about 1100 with a stone portal that ranks among Sp…
Top Choice Church in Taüll

Sant Climent de Taüll

On Taüll's fringes, this 12th-century Romanesque church is a gem not only for its elegant, simple lines and slender six-storey bell tower (which you can climb), but also for the art that once graced its interior. Th…
Top Choice Catalan in Llívia

Can Ventura

Skilfully updated Catalan cuisine pulls diners to this excellent modern-rustic restaurant set inside a 1791 building. Traditional Catalan flavours take pride of place, like grilled octopus, slow-cooked lamb and smok…
Top Choice Catalan in Olot

Les Cols

Set in a converted 19th-century masia, 2km northeast of central Olot, Les Cols is the queen of La Garrotxa's fabulous restaurants. The interior has an avant-garde edge, with glass walls and glittery-gold decor. Two-…
Top Choice Church in Vall de Núria & Ribes de Freser

Santuari de la Mare de Déu

The region's high point (literally and figuratively) is Núria's strangely austere 1911 sanctuary, which sits incongruously in a building (now a hotel) that emits an unfortunate boarding-school vibe. A gold-trimmed p…
Top Choice Monastery in Sant Joan de Les Abadesses

Monestir de Sant Joan de les Abadesses

Who gallops through the hills around Sant Joan de les Abadesses on stormy nights, on a horse engulfed in flames and accompanied by ravenous black dogs? If you believe the legends, it's the cursed Count Arnau, whose …
Museum in Sant Joan de Les Abadesses

Centre d'Interpretació del Mite del Comte Arnau

The monastery's 14th-century Palau de l'Abadia houses a fascinating audiovisual exhibition tracing the source of the Count Arnau legend. Folk songs from the 19th century bemoan the count as a seducer of the monaster…
Catalan in Olot

La Deu

Down a tree-lined road with a volcanic stone fountain bubbling away in its terrace dining area, family-run La Deu has been perfecting its filling cuina volcànica since 1885. Service is charmingly efficient, and ther…
Church in Boí

Santa Eulàlia d'Erill la Vall

The slender six-storey, 12th-century tower of Santa Eulàlia d'Erill la Vall, once used for communications and valley surveillance, is thought to be the most elegant in the area. The church interior is decorated by c…