North East Spain

ESA apartments are located in three centres in the Catalonia region of North East Spain. With a population of 7.5 million, proud of its own identity and language, Catalonia is one of Spain's richest and most highly industrialised areas with a distinct history stretching back to the early middle ages. Roughly triangular in geography, Catalonia is separated by the Pyrenean mountains from southern France and bordered by the Mediterranean Sea to the East.  Most of the region's population lives in Barcelona, its vibrant political and economic hub,  popular European travel destination and location of ESA apartments.


Catalonia has a great variety of different landscapes very close to each other, mountains on the Pyrenees, green hills to the north, agricultural plains on the west and the beaches of the Costa Brava and Costa Daurada/Dorada to which holiday makers flock, making tourism an important part of the Catalan economy with holiday-makers flocking to the beaches. ESA is represented at two choice locations. Tarragona and Sitges.


It is manufacturing - traditionally textiles, but more recently overtaken in importance by the chemical and automotive industries, food-processing, metalworking - that make the region Spain's economic powerhouse, along with a growing service sector.


Barcelona's airport, called el Prat, is about 15 km to the city centre, connected to the centre by train (every 30 minutes) by bus (Aerobus), and by taxi. The main train station in Barcelona is called Estació de Sants which is very well connected with Madrid, Valencia (City), Zaragoza and the Basque Country in particular and with the whole country in general. Inside Catalonia, there are frequent trains from the other three provincial capitals (Lleida, Tarragona and Girona).


The use of Catalan has equal status with Castilian Spanish and is now actively encouraged in education, official use and the media. However, Castilian predominates in Barcelona, and is still the first language of a narrow majority of Catalans, who are nearly all bilingual.



Frequent local trains to Barcelona run from the main station, and Camp de Tarragona AVE station is served by high speed trains to centres such as Madrid, Malaga Seville and Bilbao. Reus Airport served by Ryanair is only 7km away.


As well as Catalan cuisine in the streets and squares of the old city, there are excellent seafood restaurants near the fishing harbour.


The Terraco is a UNESCO World Heritage Site with a complex of Roman ruins including colosseum. Wonderfully impressive Cathedral and cloister.


The main avenue of Tarragona, Rambla Nueva, has a host of fashionable and interesting shops and there’s a market in front of the Cathedral.


The nicest place to spend an evening is in one of the many picturesque plazas with a glass of cold beer and a plate of tapas.


The city boasts a 15km of coastline, with numerous beaches and a fine selection of pretty, easy accessible coves. The beaches of Tarragona are well known for their fine, golden sands.


The year is peppered with festivals, notably Tarragona International Dixieland Festival, International Fireworks Display Competition, the ancient Santa Tercia Festival of parades, the Tarragona Contemporary Culture Festival of concerts, films and drama.


From Balcó del Mediterrani – Balcony of the Mediterranean – take in inspiring views of the Mediterranean sea and Tarragona Port. According to local legend if you touch the singular railing it brings you good luck

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