Catalonia, Spain

It’s not Spanish, the locals will remind you again and again: it’s Catalan!
Fiercely independent-minded Catalonia, on Spain's north-eastern coast, is evermore embraced by tourists as well as locals, with most travelers venturing to the cliff-and-seaside  coastal resorts of the Costa Brava, as well as to culinary pilgrimages and hiking excursions in the Pyrenees.

Catalonia allows you to visit otherworldly Romanesque

chapels and an Art Nouveau mansions alike, and modern molecular gastronomy was founded in a land where you can drink from springs and meet the occasional wild goat wandering onto your path.