CataluÃ±a, or Catalonia in English, has a very distinctive culture of its own and is distinguishable from most other Spanish regions in several aspects, not at least by its language, Catalonian (although everybody speaks and understands Spanish). It is one of the most cosmopolitan places in Spain, thanks to its long tradition of international commerce. Best ... More>known apart from the capital, Barcelona, is of course the Mediterranean coast Costa Brava, with its ample beaches and mild climate â€“ a first-rate tourist attraction. The coast offers ideal facilities for all sorts of water sports and has hundreds of good-range accommodation choices. Catalonia's excellent gastronomy is characterized by seafood, rice dishes, wines of great international reputation and traditional desserts.