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Catalonia

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An Overview of the Region of Catalonia:


Within this region you will find, 2 principle provinces, starting from the North, Girona Barcelona in the Costa Brava and Tarragona in the Costa Dorada the most Southern province in the region. Each of these provinces is host to a number of well and lesser known resorts/communities. 

Costa Brava; 

Figueres, Palamos, Tossa de Mar, Lloret de Mar, Blanes,  

Costa Dorada; 

Sitges, Salou, La Pineda, Cambrils L' Ametill de Mar, Lloret de Mar & Carafell. 


During the summer months, you will find this region busy all year round, but certainly not overrun! Despite the fact that there are visitors from all over Europe and the world it is possible to find many secluded beaches without having to 'knock elbows' with the populous! Indeed, there are many immaculate beaches & coves which you could spend the day on without seeing another soul! 
There is so much more to discover Inland from this wonderful coastline, such as the impressive, walled medieval hilltop town of Begur is a maze of cobbled streets, restaurants, and quirky shops. The Artist Salvador Dali was born and raised here and stayed here until his death in 1989. there are three excellent museums including the town where the painter was born and grew up at Figueres that are devoted to him. This area of coastline will provide you with some of the most scenic with important Greco/Roman and Iberian archaeological sites in Europe. Alternatively, if you just want to enjoy the spectacular surroundings, there are exceptional coastal walks and world-class golf courses as well as extensive swimming, diving, snorkeling and sailing all this and a decent dose of sunshine is reasonably guaranteed most of the year round. The region is noted for its production of Wine, with  Rioja & Jumilla the most notable.
As with many of the Regions across Spain, this is one of the most romantic, and it has inspired many Writers, Architects, and Artist, gorgeous, unspoiled stretches of coast in Europe. Essentially what you find on the Costa Brava is the same coastline, a little farther south, generally at a fraction of the price. Gloriously wild in parts and tastefully manicured in others, the Costa has some of the finest Blue Flag beaches in Europe, broad and sandy stretches to elegant horseshoe bays and secluded smugglers’ coves. You’ll also find wonderful, independent hotels and exceptional food.
The larger resorts to the southerly part of the coast, such as Loretta de Mar, you will find a great population of Expatriates and some wonderful communities. However, further, to the north, of this coastline you find less and less. There are many restaurants along the stretch of the coast which provide some of the best examples of Catalonia cooking. Many French people visit the Region on the weekends, for the warmer climate and the diversity of food which, on occasion, depending on the ancestry of the restaurant, has some French influences.

Airports and Transport Connections:
Girona or Barcelona:
  
Flights are available every week from all major UK airports. Airlines such as Easy jet, Ryanair, and British airways all provide direct flights and the average time from any UK airport to Girona or Barcelona, non-stop is 2-hours With Vueling or Iberia Airlines from Cardiff International Airport Wales. There are Easy-Jet from Bristol direct flight to Barcelona. This city is accessible in less than two hours’ flight from Britain. Once you land there are many high-speed trains which connect all these resorts within minutes.
Also, Ryan-air flying directly to this destination from the East Midlands, Manchester, Liverpool and Prestwick airport.

The weather/Climate:
In the winter, the climate in Catalonia has average temps by day peaking at 14.3 degrees Celsius in December. At night time,temps fall to a minimum of 5.7 degrees. In the springtime, temperatures in Catalonia reach 15.9 degrees by day in March falling at night time to around 6.7 degrees. Temperatures in June average in the region of from 15.7 to 24.2 degrees. As the winter approaches the Catalonia climate has slightly cooler temperatures. In the summer months of July and August, the maximum temperatures are around 25.5 degrees and minimum temperatures are about 16.7 degrees on average.
The weather is a key factor, for relocation to Spain and the Region of Catalonia offer great summer temperatures, those that you would expect from a Mediterranean shore, however, as it is the furthest North of the Costa, one will find that the climate in general offers a more balanced all year round temperatures. From February to April and October to November the weather is generally pleasant: you might catch springtime electric storms or autumn rains but these don’t usually last for many days.
Beyond that, there’s art, history and outdoor activities aplenty. 


Relocating or Investing in the Region of Catalonia:
For the all important and smooth integration process of yourself and your family into Spain, and you being able to start enjoying living that Mediterranean lifestyle as soon as possible! One must consider, the necessary steps to take before this happens, your enjoyment and ability to relax and explore your new home and your new life could be delayed or become very stressful being able to start enjoying living that Mediterranean lifestyle one must consider, the necessary steps to take before this happens, your enjoyment and ability to relax and explore your new home and your new life could be delayed or become very difficult for a number of obvious reasons; the possible language barrier, national/local customs and politics, Access to health care and so on.. Naturally, this will apply to anybody, relocating to a new, non-English speaking country.
Simply, if you are ill-informed or have not sought sufficient and sound advice. Being "armed" with such information will assist with this settling in process and the whole experience will be made so much easier by sourcing information and resources, avoiding common pitfalls and giving you more time to relax and unwind here as a foreigner. A Dream Home in Spain Network of associate Agents and their colleagues are able to assist you.
A Dream Home in Spain can provide you with access to advanced local knowledge and comprehensive information, about the communities you are interested in, and the properties they have to offer. Please consult with any of our geographically placed Associate Agents they are waiting to assist you in their offices in the UK or Spain,
or Call at a normal rate per minute : 00 44 7482 993966

(For more information about each of the Provinces in Catalonia please click on the Province button provided which will take you to dedicated pages).





















Barcelona

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An Overview of Barcelona in the Region of Catalonia: 

The most Southern Coastal resort in the Region of Catalonia. Translated, Costa Dorada means ‘Golden Coast’, like all over the wonder Spanish coastlines, the 'Golden Coast' will not disappoint, offering around 240 kilometres - 150 miles, which has a number of rocky outlets and coves to break this expanse up, stretching from the Ebro Delta in the south, through Cambrils, Salou and La Pineda, right the way up to Sitges and ultimately Barcelona in the north. Therefore, providing plenty of choices for you to place your deck chair for the day! The resorts in the Costa Dorada are; Salou and La Pineda.


Salou/Tarragona
Salou is probably one of the most familiar resorts for holidaymakers in the region. It comes with a long beach, a large, palm-lined prom and a restaurant scene that does everything from Sunday roasts to paella. Throw in a good handful of clubs and bars and that’s pretty much Salou summed up. The streets of Salou become the stage as with most Spanish, villages,  towns and cities, with an annual full calendar of festivals and fiestas. With Salou providing its own unique blend of traditional storytelling and re-enactment through its carnivals. In recent years  the native dweller of Salou have celebrated,  the city's new historical landmarks, such as the Festa Major 30 d' Octubre, in order to commemorate that Salou became and independent town in 1989.  Also,  never forgetting the history of their fishing tradition, such as the "Fiesta del Calamar" (Squid Festival), "La Calada de Les Malles de Sant Pere" (Fishermen trawling in Sant Pere) or the procession of the Virgin on 15 August., in thank for the safe being of the fishermen and their catch.

La Pineda
La Pineda, offers more of a steady, pace and a tranquil location, with a wonderful beach with shallow waters and a broad strip of flat, golden sand. A wonderful beach for all ages.  There is a very pleasant promenade with its  usual assortment of shops, tapas bars and bistros. La Pineda offers its own distinct blend of Mediterranean lifestyle with a little less of holiday resort feel that other resorts on the Costa Dorada provide. It’s not as lively as Salou, but livelier than Cambrils. 

Cambrils
Cambrils, which has managed to retain its' a sleepy fishing village feel and it is the smallest of the three key resorts in  the Costa Dorada has to offer. Cambrils and La Pineda, like Mazarron in Murcia the Costa Calida, Further South.) has been the holiday retreat for generations of Spanish. However, the last couple of decades has witnessed a rise in people from other parts of the world being attracted to its relatively undiluted culture, its beautiful sandy beaches, and family-based ethic.

There are, of course, plenty of activities to suit yourselves or you visitors, to keep them occupied, visit after Visit. From extensive coastal or mountain walks, (With routes to suit all capabilities.) Water parks, theme parks, numerous site of well preserved  Roman ruins and many museums, (This region, and Figueras, is the birthplace of the surrealist painter,  Salvador Dali and much of the landscape has been the subject of his fine works.) All the major resorts and cities; Barcelona, are within a safe distance for an excellent day trip or a cultural stopover for the night.

Airports:
Barcelona International Airport is the second busiest in Spain after Madrid. Access to this airport is plentiful from most parts of the UK, providing a very practical commute, to and from the UK. As this region and its destinations are so accessible the transfer from this airport to your home can be; at the most 1 hour  and 30 minutes and the shortest transfer times could be within 20 minutes.

Climate:
There are many sunny days on this Costa. Between May and October, forecasters shout about temperatures in the 20s, with August nudging the 30°C mark. As for rain, most falls in October. But with an annual average of 60 mm, it isn't much to worry about. (however, this is one of the most Northern coastal reaches of Spain, which will provide lower temperatures in the winter months, particularly in the winter mornings and evenings. 

Relocating or Investing in the Province of Barcelona:
For the all important and smooth integration process of yourself and your family into Spain, and you being able to start enjoying living that Mediterranean lifestyle as soon as possible! One must consider, the necessary steps to take before this happens, your enjoyment and ability to relax and explore your new home and your new life could be delayed or become very stressful being able to start enjoying living that Mediterranean lifestyle one must consider, the necessary steps to take before this happens, your enjoyment and ability to relax and explore your new home and your new life could be delayed or become very difficult for a number of obvious reasons; the possible language barrier, national/local customs and politics, Access to health care and so on. Naturally, this will apply to anybody, relocating to a new, non-English speaking country.
Simply, if you are ill-informed or have not sought sufficient and sound advice. Being "armed" with such information will assist with this settling in process and the whole experience will be made so much easier by sourcing information and resources, avoiding common pitfalls and giving you more time to relax and unwind here as a foreigner. A Dream Home in Spain Network of associate Agents and their colleagues are able to assist you.

A Dream Home in Spain can provide you with access to advanced local knowledge and comprehensive information, about the communities you are interested in, and the properties they have to offer.
Please consult with any of our geographically placed Associate Agents they are waiting to assist you in their offices in the UK or Spain.
Call Free phone: 00 44 7482 993966
























Girona

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An overview of the Province of Girona:


Situated in the Northeast of Spain in the Region of Catalonia.This is a province of great variety, as are many of the wonderful destinations in Spain. The Coastline to the East of Girona city is the very well visited Costa Brava, which offers both sandy beaches and secluded rocky coves. inland from this marvelous coastline, there are great, flat fertile plains that are wonderful for cycling and walking routes. To the North-east of Girona are the Pyrenees, France which is about one and a half hours drive, from the capital. Providing the perfect location for possibly skiing all year round! To the North of Girona is the Spanish province of Lleida, and to the South Barcelona. The capital city is a 30 minutes drive to the Costa Brava. There are several access roads to various parts of the coast.The province of Girona is divided up into regions as follows: El Alt Empordá, Pla de I'Estany, Selva, Ripollés, Cerdanya, El Gironés, La Garrotxa and El Baix Empordá. Also, within the Province, you will find other significant destinations: Figueres, Banes, Lloret de Mar, Olot, Palafrugell, San Feliu de Guixlos, Palamos, and Puigcerda Ripoll.

Girona, the city is beautiful resting on the banks of the river Onyar and is noted for its medieval architecture; the walled Old Quarter (Barri Vell) and the Roman remain of the Força Vella fortress. It has a vibrant nightlife which centers on the Plaça de la Independència and Plaça de Sant Feliu, with its restaurants serving the traditional Catalan cuisine and a growing reputation for providing some innovative dishes.There is no escaping it, there is certainly a Franch influence seen throughout the region, and particularly to the North-east as it is bordered by France. There are French accents on the names of the towns and villages and the wonderful architecture not only in the city has a blend of Spanish & French Roman.
The Costa Brava has so much to offer new settlers, From the renowned artists birthplace; (Figueres, Salvador Dali,) Museums in the Costa Brava, to medieval coastal villages and coves... It is recommended that this Province in the Region of Catalonia, be explored as a destination for relocation or investment!
This region has a generic symbol for any wine being produced here, (Catalunya DO) It is in this region that Cava is produced since the late 1870s in Sant Sadurní d'Anoia by Josep Raventos of Codorníu Winery. According to Spanish wine laws, Cava can be produced in six wine regions (such as Aranda de Duero, Navarra, and Rioja) In fact, 95% of Spanish Cava production takes place in the Penedès region. In order for the wines to be called 'Cava', they must be made in the traditional méthod in these areas.

Airports & Transport Connections:
The nearest International airport is Barcelona, Access to this airport is plentiful from most parts of the UK, providing a very practical commute, to and from the UK. As this region and its destinations are so accessible the transfer from this airport to your home can be; at the most 1 hour and 30 minutes and the shortest transfer times could be within 20 minutes.

Climate:
There are many sunny days on this Costa. Between May and October, forecasters shout about temperatures in the 20s, with August nudging the 30°C mark. As for rain, most falls in October. But with an annual average of 60 mm, it isn't much to worry about. (however, this is one of the most Northern coastal reaches of Spain, which will provide lower temperatures in the winter months, particularly in the winter mornings and evenings.

Relocating or Investing in the Province of Girona:
For the all important and smooth integration process of yourself and your family into Spain, and you being able to start enjoying living that Mediterranean lifestyle as soon as possible! One must consider, the necessary steps to take before this happens, your enjoyment and ability to relax and explore your new home and your new life could be delayed or become very stressful being able to start enjoying living that Mediterranean lifestyle one must consider, the necessary steps to take before this happens, your enjoyment and ability to relax and explore your new home and your new life could be delayed or become very difficult for a number of obvious reasons; the possible language barrier, national/local customs and politics, Access to health care and so on. Naturally, this will apply to anybody, relocating to a new, non-English speaking country.
Simply, if you are ill-informed or have not sought sufficient and sound advice. Being "armed" with such information will assist with this settling in process and the whole experience will be made so much easier by sourcing information and resources, avoiding common pitfalls and giving you more time to relax and unwind here as a foreigner. A Dream Home in Spain Network of associate Agents and their colleagues are able to assist you.

A Dream Home in Spain can provide you with access to advanced local knowledge and comprehensive information, about the communities you are interested in, and the properties they have to offer. Please consult with any of our geographically placed Associate Agents they are waiting to assist you in their offices in the UK or Spain
Call at normal rate: 00 44 7482 993966

           





















Lleida

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An Overview of the Province of Lleida:


Lleida, a province, located in the Region of Catalonia, in the North-East of Spain. This is one of the most mountainous provinces in Spain and possibly one of the lesser-known provinces of Catalonia. A great portion of Lleida is occupied by the Pyrenees mountains  valleys and gorges; The Aran valley and 'Forat del Buli' which is a gorge that cuts deep inside the Rialb's river basin. all in all, this still natural worldliness, creates a spectacular landscape providing an all year round  destination for sports, such as; rock climbing, walking , skiing in the 'Boí Valley' which possesses the highest ski resort in the Pyrenees. Also, Canoeing and sailing are popular given the surroundings. The Rialb River is the perfect place for trout fishing. The fishing is controlled here and for stock preservation, fish are not allowed to be taken. The region is excellent for runners and Cyclists, with some very tough training available in the mountains. It’s also possible to find some quite decent length runs in Lleida city, which has very little traffic; head down towards the river and the cathedral for an interesting route. 
The province of Lleida is also well-known as a wine producing area. The capital city is built on the banks of the river Segre and is an important regional centre within Catalonia. It is famous for its agricultural produce and textile industry. and it's majestic, hilltop cathedral dominating the city.
The gastronomic specialties of the province include snails, rice with rabbit and meat stews. In the town of Noguera, Cassolettes, which is a mixture of vegetables with meat, is a typical dish and La Olla Aranesa, a casserole dish from the Arán valley, is typical of Lleida gastronomy.

Airports & Transport Connections;
The nearest airport to Lleida is Reus Airport , which is 65.8 km / 40.9 miles away. There is, of course, Barcelona airport which is  a 1 h 33 min (155.9 km) drive via A-2. All the major Uk and Spanish airline operate daily flights to these destinations.
There is a Coach service that operates to and from Barcelona Sants - Lleida central bus station which departs 6 times a day. This is a 129 km drive.

Climate:
In the mountains, the weather is warm in summer, with wet springs and autumns. There is considerable snow during the winter.
In the plains, the weather can be very hot during the summer.

Relocating or Investing in the province of Lleida:
For the important process of integration of yourself and your family into Spain to be smooth, and you being able to start enjoying living that Mediterranean lifestyle as soon as possible, one must consider, the necessary steps to take before this happens, your enjoyment and ability to relax and explore your new home and your new life could be delayed or become very difficult for a number of obvious reasons; the possible language barrier, national/local customs and politics, Access to health care and so on.. Naturally, this will apply to anybody, relocating to a new, non-English speaking country. Quite simply, if you are ill-informed or have not sought sufficient and sound advice. Being "armed" with such information will assist with this settling in process and the whole experience will be made so much easier by sourcing information and resources, avoiding common pitfalls and giving you more time to relax and unwind here as fast as possible. Remember, A Dream Home in Spain Network of associate Agents and their colleagues are able to assist you. 

Settling In Your New Home in Spain:
If you are going to purchase a property in Spain, it is highly recommended that you consider before you make the move, even months in advance, what the bureaucratic obligations for yourself, your family and the local community laws. If you have spoken to one of our advisers beforehand you will at the very least be aware of what needs to be done and you have possibly started the process of; registration, health, Town Hall, your car and so on. There are so many things to think about, once you have made the final leg of your journey and you arrive in Spain, the last thing you want to do is spend your time, on what can be very lengthy processes, which can be very stressful and costly if you do not speak Spanish.
A Dream Home in Spain can provide you with access to advanced local knowledge and comprehensive information from regulated professionals, about the communities you are interested in, and the properties they have to offer. Please consult with any of our geographically placed Associate Agents.
Please find directory of Associate agents or Call at normal rate per call: 00 44 7482 993966




















Tarragona

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An Overview of the Province of Tarragona: 


Located on the Costa Dorada, Tarragona is a beautiful destination for those who want to explore Catalonian history and culture, combined with a fabulous beach destination. Tarragona is an Ancient Port city, situated 60 miles South West of Barcelona, in the region of Catalonia. There are a number of exposed Archaeological sites that provide an insight into the history of this important coastal city. There are Museums and in particular, the Necropolis Museum, just outside of the main town, which possesses one of the most important Christian burial sites in Spain, which was used between the 3rd and 5th centuries. This wonderful, destination is packed! with a wonderful landscape, some of the most impressive examples of ancient and modern architecture. There are many ancient ruins remaining from its time under Roman rule when the city was called Tarraco. The coastal skyline is dominated by the preserves Roman Amphitheatre, dating from the 2nd-century, which faces out to the Mediterranean. There are parts of the wall which surrounded the medieval quarter of the Town. There are a number of walkways along the ramparts,  which provide superb views across the city. The city is the smallest of the four province capitals of the region, yet it has the historical and cultural appeal of a larger city.  Tarragona is considered the most important Roman town in Spain. For being a Roman military camp here in 218 BC. It grew quickly and was named a colony of Rome in 45 BC by Julius Caesar. 
Other destinations in the Costa Brava are: Salou, with all the usual attractions that would attract families; Port Aventura, with Spain's largest theme park, there are also several water parks and a zoo. The beaches here are perfect for recreational activities; fishing & all manner of  water sports and not to forget there are any Horse riding schools and golf World class golf courses. As Tarragona is a coastal town it will naturally have seafood on every menu. There a number of excellent bars and restaurants in the town and along this coastline where you can enjoy the delicious catch of the day.

Airports & Transport Connections:
Train: Tarragona train station is in the Plaza Pedrera; there are eight trains a day to and from Madrid, and more to Barcelona, which is just up the coast, about an hour and a half journey. The station at Tarragona is close to the port and to the main street, the Rambla Nova.
Plane: The international airport at Reus is just a few minutes drive from downtown Tarragona.
Car: The A7 and A2 motorways bring in visitors from Valencia, Barcelona, Madrid and all other points in Spain.

Climate/Weather
Tarragona enjoys mild winters with some rainfall. In July, it is the hottest with an average temperature of 25°C (77°F) and the coldest is January at 9°C (48°F) with the most daily sunshine hours at 13 in July. The best month to swim in the sea is in August when the average sea temperature is 26°C (79°F).

Relocating or Investing in the province of Tarragona, Catalonia:
For the important process of integration of yourself and your family into Spain to be smooth, and you being able to start enjoying living that Mediterranean lifestyle as soon as possible, one must consider, the necessary steps to take before this happens, your enjoyment and ability to relax and explore your new home and your new life could be delayed or become very difficult for a number of obvious reasons; the possible language barrier, national/local customs and politics, Access to health care and so on.. Naturally, this will apply to anybody, relocating to a new, non-English speaking country. Quite simply, if you are ill-informed or have not sought sufficient and sound advice. Being "armed" with such information will assist with this settling in process and the whole experience will be made so much easier by sourcing information and resources, avoiding common pitfalls and giving you more time to relax and unwind here as fast as possible.
A Dream Home in Spain Network of associate Agents and their colleagues are able to assist you.

Settling In Your New Home in Spain:
If you are going to purchase a property in Spain, it is highly recommended that you consider before you make the move, even months in advance; what are the bureaucratic obligations for yourself, your family and the local community laws. If you have spoken to one of our advisers beforehand you will at the very least be aware of what needs to be done and you have possibly started the process of; registration, health, Town Hall, your car and so on. There are so many things to think about, once you have made the final leg of your journey and you arrive in Spain, the last thing you want to do is spend your time, on what can be very lengthy processes, which can be very stressful and costly if you do not speak Spanish.
A Dream Home in Spain  can provide you with access to advanced local knowledge and comprehensive information from regulated professionals, about the communities you are interested in, and the properties they have to offer. Please consult with any of our geographically placed Associate Agents.
Please find directory of Associate agents or Call at a normal rate per minute: 00 44 7482 993966

























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