At first, I hardly knew that Barcelona… I was far to imagine what was waiting for me beyond the Catalan capital,” says Yann Arthus-Bertrand in the preface to The Catalan view of the sky, a magnificent book published by The Editions la Martinière, and carried out in partnership with the tourist office of the destination. “The world, catalan is featured under my eyes in all the diversity of its landscapes, oscillating between the sea and the mountain, up to the basin of the Ebro. I tasted these contrasts, this mille-feuille cultural, architectural, religious, and language of the Iberian peninsula.”

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in our turn, take these roads. Away from the crowds magnetized by the sands, they lead us to villages perched in the wine growing areas, to the discovery of a back-country with a tremendous wealth where nature is queen. To find out, ask our suitcases in these places inspired and carefully selected by our reporter. Whether casas rural or small hotels, you are welcomed like a guest house. Most of these accommodations are born from the passion of the Catalans for their terroir and their environment, and a deep attachment to their roots. Many are revenue of the city to transform a family heirloom into a haven that they are eager to share with their visitors. Some of these addresses are members of Tourism of Catalonia with certifications to guide your choice according to your aspirations: environment, gastronomy, cycling, wine tourism, hiking, etc, there is something for all tastes… more a classification by spikes (1 to 5) to rural homes has been developed as well as for our gites French.

André de Chastenet Val d’aran, the nature at the top

This is a small corner of a high mountain in the centre of the Pyrenees, where is the station of Baqueira Beret and its ski area, the largest of Spain. It is a valley atypical in the north-west of Catalonia, where three languages, speak, aranes, catalan and castilian. Turned to the France border of the Haute-Garonne and Ariège, the Val d’aran lives under the influence of the ocean. A fantasy location, which due to its nature, depending on the season, a paradise for skiers but also for lovers of climbing, rafting, biking and hiking.

the heart of the village : Casa Chin

Casa Chin. SDP

A1 000 meters of altitude, Betren and its stone houses nestling around a remarkable church (early gothic, the Fourteenth), stretches along the Garonne river is turbulent. This medieval village is one of the most beautiful in this charming valley. There is little, Jordì and Alma have opened the doors of their family home (from the Eighteenth), located in the historic centre, to create a rural lodging. Simple, blonde wood, and eggshell tones. Ideal in summer, and a band of friends hikers. In winter, the ski slopes are just 10 km away. A dormitory invites you to the battles of the duffel! Sauna, room of course. Advice and therapeutic massages upon request.

rural House (1 ear) for 11 people, 400 to 470 € ; 1 suite for 4, 150 to 170 €. 25539 Betren (00.34.747.85.01.69 and 00.34.973.64.11.60 ; Casa-chin.com).

A doll’s house: Hotel el Ciervo

Hotel el Ciervo. SDP

In the medieval heart of the small capital of the mountainous Val d’aran, the blue frontage of the hotel is already an invitation to the wonderful world of Maria, the owner. Has the image of some chalets savoyards to the spirit tradi-pampering, the atmosphere is cozy in the shabby style and gustavian. The rooms play the white and the beige, the blue sky, and sometimes the red in small touches. Ruffles, ribbons and skies of the bed. But also of the natural wood and wallpaper Ines de La Fressange. This large house that his parents converted into a hotel in the 1950s, is today the image of the mistress of the place, gentle and generous. In the winter, tea time exceptional!

Hotel, 20 rooms from 69 € to 150 €. 25530 Vielha (00.34.973.64.01.65 ; Hotelelciervo.net).

Pirineus, volcanoes, and men

Here is the Pyrenees from Catalonia to the old-world charm. Volcanic area of the Garrotxa holds back the walkers by the gastronomy born of his fertile soil. The romanesque of the Vall de Boí are amazed by its string of churches declared world heritage sites by Unesco. The medieval village of Besalú delights the loiterers in another time and space. And, when the call of nature wins again, heading to the natural Park of Alt pirineu I, the newest and largest park of Catalonia, the fauna and the flora of to no other such.

The tuscany house: Roure Vell

Roure Vell. SDP

The former secondary residence of the designer, Mariano Concha is a model of classicism, tuscan and Italian luxury, as exemplified, there is a time, magazines of decoration. Patinas Naples yellow, blinds, carpet, big bouquets and pottery, tables, sofas, beautiful fabrics and a fireplace XXL for cooler evenings. From the living room, the view plunges on the gardens and the swimming pool surrounded by high cypress trees. Pergolas are crumbling under the wisteria. The owners, frequent travelers, leave orders at Sonia and Heriberto. Guardian angels small care. Table d’hôtes (from 18 to 35 €).

Hotel, 4 suites, 1 loft apartment for 5 persons, 150 to 170 €. 17853 Tortellà (00.34.634.92.0.54 and 00.34.972.28.72.29 ; Masrourevell.com).

up There on the mountain: Vilamaroto

Vilamaroto. SDP

Edouard, the gym teacher itinerant schools around, has the head full of projects for “her village” is located not far from Andorra, in the Basse-Cerdagne. On his list: the creation of a track of snowshoes, and a guest house that has just opened in the heart of Meranges, a village perched at 1 539 meters of altitude, until in 1280, was called Vilamaroto… After heavy work, the family farm of the Nineteenth-and found herself transformed. The old barn gave way to the dining room and the attics, to the modern and comfortable rooms. Stone and wood are everywhere, and the warmth of the welcome seems to be unalterable.

rural House, 6 bedrooms, from 70 to 90 €. Privatization, from 350 €. 17539 Meranges (00.34.683.52.11.13 ; Vilamaroto.com).

loft & spa: El Porxo de la Barraca

El Porxo de la Barraca. SDP

Do not rely on the facade without any pretension of the old shed at the bottom of the valley in which Anna, the daughter of the farmers masters of the place, played ping-pong. Today, it is enough to pass through the entrance to discover a loft cozy and contemporary expertly designed by an interior decorator and talented. Result: a large living room and contemporary, where each post, dans a harmony of unbleached, grey and wood, has found his place with talent. The enchantment continues on the lower floor when the doors of a superb spa with hammam and sauna open out on to a heated swimming pool with panoramic views of the valley and the line battlements of the Pyrenees.

rural House. Loft of 60 m2. Only in week formula with spa from € 190. La Barraca, 08693 Casserres (00.34.938.23.40.82 ; Calbernadas.com).

The Casa Leonardo, a former coaching inn, grocery, founded at the beginning of the Twentieth century. SDP

auberge grand-father: Casa Leonardo

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After 30 years of closure, Mireia has taken over, there has fifteen years, the reins of the old inn-grocery store founded in the early of the Twentieth by his grandfather Leonardo. Its café-restaurant and its terrace on the ground floor, they are still current and the former grocery is a small museum. On the route of the fifth lake, designed by the owner, a circular hike of responsible and sustainable tourism in 5 easy steps and near the national Park Aigüestortes and lake Sant Maurici national park, the hikers made their ideal stage. Simplicity of a rural house and back to the past, enliven the guest rooms jammed with bright colours.

rural House (4 ears), certified member of ecotourism, cycle-tourism and hiking. 8 rooms, from 82 €. 25514 Senterada (00.34.973.66.17.87 and 00.34.693.61.59.04 ; Casaleonardo.net).

Romantic attitude: Mas El Mir

Mas El Mir. SDP

The dream of Eva was to create a breakfast in the middle of the countryside. There is little, she found her happiness near the “cradle of catalan” Ripoll. A former farmhouse of the Fourteenth converted by previous owners into a rural lodging. A few months of work later, the young quadra sets the scene. The whole house, as weathered by time, finds an old-world charm, romantic, and boho to perfection. The old barns expertly informed as a pretext to staging. Sofas and other “chill out”, arranged here and there to relax. Facing the valley, bubbles in the swimming pool under the gaze of the cows are very curious. Table d’hôtes prepared (28 €).

rural House, 5 rooms of 125 to 145 € ; 1 house for 6 persons, 220 to 240 €. 17510 Ripoll (00.34.872.09.79.22 and 00.34.630.33.74.23 ; Maselmir.com).

Old stones and design: Set Land

Set Land. SDP

In the enclave of Llívia, confetti catalan located in the Eastern Pyrenees, this former family farm rears its high facade of dark stone, a bit austere, at the corner of the main square. But, as soon as the threshold of this old house for nearly 250 years passed, the game is changing. The spirit of the place is decidedly contemporary trend scandinavian. Bright and punctuated sparingly colored. Everything here is carefully thought out, thoughtful and measured. Except for the warm welcome and without moderation Tino and Montse, happy owners. On the courtyard side, nothing has changed for decades. Coutxita and Josep, the parents, feed on always rabbits and chickens. Life on the farm, what!

rural House, 6 rooms, 1 suite, of from 75 to 130 €. 17527 Llívia (00.34.972.89.64.99 ; Setterres.com).

Nature, relax, Gastronomy: Mas Les Comelles

Mas Les Comelles. SDP

Finished calves, cows, corn… Marc has taken over the future of the family farm. The old barn turned into a contemporary restaurant. The straw has been replaced Hästens beds. The deco, minimalist, invites the stars of the design. And, for that breakfast is the most fabulous of Catalonia, the ham is served with a glass of champagne Roellinger. Following the season, the eggs are white truffles or black. Between the volcanic area of the Garrotxa, at the foot of the ridges chiseled in the chain cross-sectional Catalan, quiet and large spaces are waiting for you. Nature, relax, gastronomy, the three pillars of the mas according to Mark, cordon bleu cooking at low temperature, are met! Table d’hôtes (68 €).

rural House (5 épis), 8 rooms, from 160 to 205 €. Open on the weekends. 2 nights minimum. 17176 Joanetas (00.34.628.61.77.59 ; www.maslescomelles.com).

Casa Albets, a hotel 100% eco-friendly… SDP

Pause vegan: Casa Albets

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For Megan and Joel, fervent vegan, it was a no-brainer: their hotel would be 100% eco-friendly and vegan or not! The firm Fire & Godoy Arquitectura to whom they have entrusted their project has risen to the challenge and met the standards of bioethics, while preserving the original plans of this impressive building, traditional in the family since the Eleventh century. After a tasty dinner at the restaurant gourmet vegan, which will surprise many gourmets, it is gentle to find his large room is sober and chic. Slipping into the sheets artisanal Koko Klim. And dream, carried away by the fragrances of the aromatic herbs used in the composition of the pillows…

Hotel (4-star), member of Tourism of Catalonia, 100% eco-friendly and vegan. 7 bedrooms, from 105 to 250 €. 25283 Lladurs (00.34.651.36.46.56 and 00.34.973.05.90.24 ; Casaalbets.cat).

above The clouds: The Fox House

The Fox House. SDP

With its swimming pool perched on a rocky spur, at almost 1,000 metres above sea level, the house of Laura, a London-based, is an address that is unexpected, dramatic and captivating of the pre-Pyrenees, the sierra de Gurp. The old guest house that she bought a few years ago, it does seem to be the base. After more than two years of work and a complete overhaul of the plan, The Fox House is born, revealing a deco very personal style in boho-neo-rustico-chic quite successful. And the legendary eccentricities and comfort English have won on good taste ordinary. Above all, don’t decline the excellent dinner to the guest table (25 €).

rural House, 9 rooms, 180 €. The whole house, 2 500 € for 2 nights. 25636 Santa Engràcia (00.44.79.74.65.51.38 ; Casaguilla.com).

The hotel La Vella Farga, the luxury version Eighteenth. SDP

yesterday with the taste of today: The Vella Farga

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It is far the time where this old farm, a medieval, isolated at the end of its track between meadows and woods, home to sharecroppers, day labourers and crisp. After heavy renovation, Marti and Gemma were responsible for the decoration, which is their passion. Their creed? The luxury version Eighteenth revisited and the contemporary, with moderation. Furniture, antiques, woodwork, old and Murano glass chandeliers juxtaposed with polished concrete, floors of rough wood, stone. The large, bright rooms, sometimes with a fireplace, offer bathrooms XXL spectacular. Side restaurant, the table is a great starting point to visitte. Heated swimming pool, gardens and shop.

Hotel (4 star superior), premium member. 12 rooms, 1 penthouse, from 200 € with breakfast. 25283 Lladurs (00.34.973.29.92.12 and 00.34.679.16.61.97 ; Hotelvellafarga.com).

Rurality award-winning!: Mas Can Batlle

Mas Can Batlle. _JEA

At the heart of the natural Park of the volcanic area of the Garrotxa, in an old manor house uninhabited for some twenty years, Christina and Albert, after three kids and six years of work, have done miracles. So that the Mas Can Battle is the 1st house in rural areas to get 5 ears! Their slogan is clearly not the minimalism, which seems to be “not habitable”… In comfortable suites of 45 m2, the decor “home” is full of good ideas in a spirit of “recycling” perfectly mastered. Mediterranean atmosphere on the side of the gardens that reveal, on 120 ha, grasslands and forests administered by the waterfalls… breakfast Table (30 €). Swimming pool.

rural House (5 épis), 5 suites, 1 cottage, of 185 to 215 €. The set (for 14 people), 1 100 € per night. 17811 Santa Pau (00.34.676.23.38.30 and 00.34.972.68.03.48 ; Mascanbatlle.com).

Supplement of soul: Mas Sant Marc

Mas Sant Marc. SDP

Located in Lower Cerdanya, Puigcerdà and the French border, this home is in the family of Catalan for three generations. The grand-mother of Francisco was converted into a pension as early as 1985. “People came to it. It was awesome!” he recalls with emotion. Over time, subtle renovations have preserved the charm of this manor house in the 1910s. The decoration enhances the woodwork and panelling, dimmed, old floors and cement tiles… Sofas, secretaries, dressers or headboards, everything breathes these years! Golf and equestrian centre are also part of the domain. Swimming pool. Table d’hôtes (25 €).

rural House, 5 rooms, 6 suites, 3 family, 1 bungalow, from 80 to 120 €. 17520 Puigcerdà (00.34.972.88.00.07 ; Santmarc.es)

In fine linens: Cal Calsot

Cal Calsot. SDP

on The side of the Low-Cerdagne, between vast meadows and grassy hills, is a small village by the name of Montellà de Cadí. It is home to 1 of 158 metres above sea level, a mas camped in the heart of a farm cerdane typical of the Nineteenth in biological activity. It is the one of marcus and Lidia, ex-students of the Fine Arts, and environmentalists convinced. Which does not bring a particular care to the comfort of their guests welcomed in spacious rooms (25 m2), bright and clean. A bit monastic. Side bed linen, everything is hand-woven by the company in the Catalan Teixidors: bed linen and towels-linen and blankets in merino wool. Delicious table d’hôtes (22 €). An address that is respectful of the environment and sustainable.

rural House, 4 rooms, 1 dormitory, from 98 €. 25725 Montellà de Cadí (00.34.973.51.53.69 ; Calcalsot.com).

the Lands of Lleida, the nature in majesty

They gather the lovers of aquatic sports (river Noguera Pallaresa), glide (11 ski resorts), olive oil (the region of Les Garrigues), observation of the stars (string of the Montsec) and birds (the Estany d Ivars i Vila-sana). But the ” pearl “nature” of the province of Lleida, in the name of this pretty university town mid-way between Barcelona and Saragossa (it is also worth more than a detour), it is the national Park Aigüestortes i Estany de Sant Maurici national park, the only one of Catalonia. The height of peaks peaks over 3 000 metres above sea level, dotted with 200 lakes and meandering streams (aigüestortes), it is a splendor geological survey.

Cal Miqueló 1778. SDP

up There on the hill: Cal Miqueló 1778

The house of Eduard Cau Barrufet, in the family for ten generations,is located in the heart of Puiggròs (puig in catalan), a gazebo in the middle of the wide agricultural plain of Urgell. This meat producer has made a call to a decorator advised to create guest rooms that are modern while preserving the character of this house, dated 1778. In the large dining room, the long table and its chairs 1960’s invite to the reunion. In the basement, the old cellar in stone of the country is home to a swimming pool.

rural House, 8 rooms (18 people), from 545 to 700 €. 25420 Puiggròs (00.34.973.14.35.99 and 00.34.639.36.83.50 ; Calmiquelo1778.com).

La Torre del Codina, a superb mas defensive ranked Eighteenth. SDP

A fortified farm: La Torre del Codina

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Ecological in the soul, in love with the rural heritage of Urgell and Segarra, Jaume renovated in the rules its superb mas defensive ranked Eighteenth in dry stones, while ensuring energy autonomy of the buildings. Between plots of barley, olive groves, vineyards to organic cultivation and on the road in the golden triangle of cistercian monasteries – 20 minutes from the Vallbona de les Monges – life, here, oscillates between simplicity and comfort, traditional architecture and innovative design. We love the old corral metamorphosed into a vast living room, the beating heart of this great house.

rural House (3 épis), certified member of hiking and cycle touring, 6 rooms (15 people), 2 nights minimum, from 795 €. 1 750 € the week. 25300 Tàrrega (00.34.629.77.08.76 ; Latorredelcodina.com).

Land of the Ebro river, the Camargue Catalan

in the extreme south of the Catalan coast, in the province of Tarragona, the Ebro delta is a huge expanse that plunges into the sea and ends in peninsula. A hundred years ago, swamps, and rice fields were spreading on everything. Both channels have made it habitable, and even better than that. Habitat aquatic the most important of the Mediterranean, after the Camargue, the delta, where 30 % of the rice that Spanish is produced, has become a spot of ecotourism populated by flamingos between the long sandy beaches, lagoons and small fishing ports, the natural park of Els Ports, and the city, two thousandth anniversary of the city of Tortosa is dominated by the castle of the Suda.

A dream modernist: Casa Ceremines

Casa Ceremines. SDP

twenty years ago, in a meander of the river Ebro and in the centre of Xerta, Guillem and Montse have fallen under the charm of this house of the Seventeenth and Eighteenth centuries, rebuilt in 1887 in the modernist style. For its décor of old-fashioned, this address is worth visiting and even spending the night there. The dining room is grand with high ceilings to the French displayed, on its walls, wallpaper, also French and vintage, as are some of the fabrics and the cement tiles colored that can be found in the rooms. Even if the furniture melange by these two teachers is not always the image of this catalan Art nouveau, the spirit is there! On the garden side, the species of trees exotic trees form the backdrop to a swimming pool.

Hotel Room , 4 bedrooms, 3 suites from 90 to 135 €. 43592 Xerta (00.34.977.47.36.64 and 00.34.609.15.50.77 ; Casaceremines.cat).

The Villa Retiro, a palace of fairy tale. SDP

A dream of a millionaire: Villa Retiro

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With its pepper shakers corbelled and crenellated tower, well protected under the canopy of the trees in the tropical park, the Villa Retiro has everything a fairytale palace. Built in the Nineteenth century by Josep Fontserè, a master of Antoni Gaudí, for a millionaire catalan who made his fortune in Argentina, this icon of the years of modernist now belongs to the Lopez family. With their furniture of dark wood, the rooms evoke a colonial past, while the new suites, with sober and contemporary, is blooming in the gardens. The table is led by michelin-starred chef Fran López. Swimming pool and spa.

Boutique hotel Spa (5 star), member of Tourism of Catalonia, 9 rooms, 10 suites, 154 to € 460. 43592 Xerta (00.34.977.47.38.10 ; Hotelvillaretiro.com).

Nest ornithologist: Casa Bofranch

Casa Bofranch. SDP

If the village of Deltebre, surrounded by flat rice fields, does not leave an imperishable memory, the house of Xavier and Rosa, is quite charming. The family home of the Nineteenth century, the architecture is vaguely valencia in 1930, is a quiet peaceful area, where you can shine in this “Camargue Catalan” a population of birds that is the Ebro delta. Between the large living room on the first floor and the ground floor, the country kitchen and the dining room, the common areas welcoming and enriched with furniture of the family do not lack. Special Mention for the master bedroom, with its four-poster bed. The breakfast, taken under the arbour, terrace, is a moment of pure pleasure. Swimming pool and orchard.

holiday Apartment, 4 rooms for 8 people, 150 to 300 €. 43850 Deltebre (00.34.696.44.41.20 ; Gites.fr).

The lasting experience: Casa del Castell

Casa del Castell. SDP

From the ruins of the castle of Móra, the view of the Ebro river and its alluvial plain below is impressive. At the edge of the river, the house resolutely contemporary of Elia, architect, and Oriol, her husband photographer, surprises in this place full of history. When Elia inherited the house from her grand-mother, she shaved a part of the past in order to move towards a sustainable future. “What would she have thought?” asks his granddaughter. Anyway, the hotel has become the showcase of his architectural firm. Behind the high facade covered with a partition of this building driver thermally passive, a nordic atmosphere and relaxed living in the common areas as in rooms.

rural House eco friendly, 3 bedrooms, 1 family suite, of 95 to 110 €. 443740 Móra D’ebre (00.34.653.67.35.17 ; Casadelcastell.com).

The oasis of agnes: Villa Carmen

Villa Carmen. SDP

Atwo not the charming fishing village of Les cases d’alcanar and not far from the bay of Alfacs, the masia Agnes is a retreat full of freshness where the song of birds resounds in the tussock tropical trees sometimes hundreds of years old. The large colonial house, red ochre of the early Twentieth, with arcades and terraces, is the caprice architectural of a family which has enriched the west Indies. Apartments, rooms and lounges with the atmosphere of modernistic or rustic is the parent of deep sofas immaculate which provide a summer note to the whole. The 3 bedroom is very nice with its covered terrace. Breakfast (9 €).

rural House, 5 bedrooms from 75 to 85 €, 3 apartments, from 85 to 105 €. 43530 Alcanar (00.34.977.73.72.57 and 00.34.658.63.26.23 ; Villacarmen.com).

Costa Daurada: Playful and confidential

This is a family destination known especially for Tarragona and its theme park, PortAventura World. But it is also home to two wonderful cistercian monasteries: Santes Creus and Poblet, and classified, to him, to the Unesco, along the Ruta del Císter (GR 175). She led us on the track of three artists of genius, Antoni Gaudí in Reus, Joan Miró in Mont-Roig del Camp, and Pau Casals in El Vendrell. It has also a sanctuary of the mediterranean nature, with its villages on a mountainside, and below the vineyards of the Priorat.

Bain de nature: Mas Corbella

Mas Corbella. SDP

Isolated at the end of a long track, at the foot of the Prades mountains, the mas de Lluis is about 30 minutes from the airport of Reus, Tarragona, attractions of PortAventura World or from the beaches of Cambrils. This architect has offered a second life to the ruins of the former estate of grand-father by creating comfortable cottages, where simplicity and furniture in the inheritance, by small keys, complement each other. Swimming or bathing in the river within the property (60 ha), large courtyard for lunch in the shade, organic vegetable garden, barbecue… Everything comes together to create a beautiful summery feel! Nature lovers will appreciate: this farm is resurrected is stamped with the european Ecolabel.

rural Houses (3 épis), 3 and 4 bedrooms, 1 independent suite (3 rooms), 2 nights minimum, of 550 to 850 €, 3 900 € for the whole house. 43460 Alcover (00.34.689.16.12.52 ; Mascorbella.com).

The hotel Terra Dominicata, a true jewel for lovers of wine tourism. ERIC D HEROUVILLE

Priorat for setting: Terra Dominicata

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The four (grand) children family Lively have imagined and created a 5-star hotel, lost within the natural Park of Montsant. Located in the hollow of the hills in terraces of the Priorat, one of the best winegrowing areas of Spain, this new address is affiliated with Small Luxury Hotels of the World, is a true gem for lovers of wine tourism. Rooms and common areas, elegant present, to occupy the historic buildings of the farm of the monks of the chartreuse of Scala (Xii), very close. Workshops, tasting the nectar of the Priorat, which is grown on the area of the hotel, and tours allow you to discover the secrets of this red wine mineral and racy. Good table, cooking classes, swimming pool.

Hotel (5-star), premium member certified wine tourism. 17 rooms, 9 suites from € 250. 43379 Scala (00.34.877.91.22.92 ; Terradominicata.com).

Between the sea and the mountain: Mas Mariassa

Mas Mariassa. SDP

ideal location for this address full of charm laid at the foot of the sierra de Llaberia appreciated by hiking enthusiasts, and 15 minutes to the beaches of the Costa Daurada. Eva and Francesc have realized this sublime boutique hotel cosy and contemporary from a building that had been abandoned for a hundred years. The rooms and suites in a relaxing parent tone deaf. While the exterior will display a atmosphere edge of sea: swimming pool and chill-out driftwood to cushions white invite relaxation. Good table (25 €).

Hotel (4 star hotel), 5 rooms, 2 suites, including one for people with reduced mobility, from 115 to 280 €. 43320 Pratdip (00.34.977.26.26.01 ; Hotelmasmariassa.com)

La Boella, a stately home ébauchéée in the Twelfth century. SDP

Relay for luxury: La Boella

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On a domain of 110 hectares, where we produce wine and olive oil, in the calm of its park planted with citrus and palm trees, this stately home begun in the Twelfth century is one of the most iconic of the region. Hard to imagine that the”motorway of the Mediterranean” passes close by, putting the listed buildings of Tarragona is a 10-minute drive… With a wall, a square tower battlemented and opening of catalan gothic style, this farmhouse offers refined guest rooms, some with terrace. Other, more spacious and contemporary, are offered in a pavilion separate. Table tasty (25 €). Swimming pool. Available: supercharger Tesla for electric cars.

Hotel gourmet (5-star), member premium and gourmet, 13 suites, from 132 to 270 €. 43110 Tarragona (00.34.977.77.15.15 ; Laboella.com).

Panorama of the vineyards: Trossos del Priorat

Trossos del Priorat. NACHO DORADO

After Terra Dominicata, the vineyard, also owned by the family Bright, is the second key address and spectacular Priorat. Its an old country house looks nothing like the ancestral homes of the picturesque village of Gratallops perched on the hill facing it. Imagine instead: a long building ultra-contemporary site of all concrete and wood, alangui between the terraces of the vineyard, now converted into a hotel. The atmosphere is minimalist but warm, in the common areas as in rooms with large openings on the landscape. Has the image of the kitchen where guests gather around the large communal table for breakfast.

Hotel, 6 rooms, 1 suite, 110 to 370 €. 43737 Gratallops (00.34.638.41.58.91 ; Hoteltrossosdelpriorat.com).

Paisatges Barcelona, full view

They have a point in common to the breathtaking scenery. In the back-country of Barcelona, Osona (and its body of water from which emerges the bell tower of the church of the village engulfed in Sant Romà de Sau), El Bages, Anoia and El Moianès make up the Paisatges Barcelona. Four regions studded with medieval forts and watch towers, cliffs and steep paths. There is the mythical benedictine abbey Santa Maria de Montserrat, in the mountainous massif of the same name. A flying in a hot air Balloon allows you to read the poetry of geography.

address uninhibited: Vila Caelus

Vila Caelus. EDUARDO NOMEN

At the heart of the serra de Rubió, any relief, to join the mas ranked Eighteenth as Frank and Jose define as “a magical place where relax one’s soul.” Be guided up to quaint rooms with floors of cement tiles. Find the large living room where a cheerful decor uninhibited rustico-barocco-kitsch unpacks her collections of fans and knick-knacks…. There is also a pool table, a swimming pool with views of the valley and a host table where the dishes (exquisite) succeed each other to infinity! (35 €). You forgot: the two men, gracious and generous, not hesitating in the second degree, have thought of the toilets as thrones… Why not!

rural House, 3 bedrooms, 1 suite, 1 duplex, 100 to 200 €. 08719 Rubió (00.34.931.31.35.70, 00.34.661.58.88.46 ; Vilacaelus.com).

The great white: Cal Visó

Cal Visó. SDP

beautiful views Of the summits serrated in the natural Park of Montserrat and the Pyrenees, pine groves, oak groves, and fields for scenery. The silence of nature for a companion. The thyme and rosemary for fragrance. It is here, in the region of Bages, that Guillem, the former pastry chef at Ladurée in Paris, receives his guests. Angelina, her mother, who was holding boutique, Armani and Calvin Klein, has printed its style without a false note in this family farm of the Eighteenth century. The whitewashed walls to the tiles color porcelain, fireplaces to beds, hammocks, loungers, mats, sofas, everything is immaculate. Including the horses that frolic on the surrounding land!

rural House, 8 rooms (20 persons), from 1 100 to 3 000 € per week. 08672 Gaià (00.34.649.92.21.52 ; Calviso.com).

quiet: The Pau

The Pau. IVAN RAGA

When Jordí and Gastón have left Barcelona, it was to be closer to nature, away from the noise of the world. The gates of the natural Park of Montseny, they have fallen under the charm of an old traditional stone farmhouse, parts of which date back to the Sixteenth century. They have found this peace (pau, in catalan) that they were looking for and that they called their haven. Between the landscaped park, the swimming pool, the gym, the rowing machine, the ATV is ready, the Finnish sauna, the outdoor jacuzzi, yoga classes and good food, the days do not seem long enough to enjoy it. Blow of heart for the house Cals Masovers.

rural House, 3 bedrooms, 1 suite, 1 cottage, from 147 to 170 €. 08529 Muntanyola – Múnter (00.34.937.43.09.00 ; 00.34.607.65.79.51 ; Lapau.net).

gift box architectural: Hoteland Casa Padró

Hoteland Casa Padró. SDP

If the spectacular benedictine abbey of Santa Maria de Montserrat is only 30 minutes from Manresa, the small capital of the Bages also reveals nuggets, between its majestic collegiate gothic basilica of the Seu and its treasures of modernist architecture. With its large openings flanked by pilasters and their capitals, its balconies in the recycle bin and its floral decorations in wrought iron, the hotel of the family Padró, listed in the inventory of architectural heritage catalan, is a good example. It is also found in the rooms, all simple, the cement tiles of time representing the essence of this new Art. And the charm is…

Hotel, 6 rooms, 1 suite, of 115 to 150 €. 08242 Manresa (00.34.938.72.37.51 and 00.34.683.59.95.22 ; Hoteletmanresa.com).

In the woods: El Bosc del Quer

El Bosc del Quer. SDP

the farmhouse of The Seventeenth of Ignasi and his parents, is a strategic point to radiate between fields of wheat, forests of oaks and scenery. Those that comprise, in the region of Osona, the cliffs of Collsacabra or the water level of the Sau, the jewels of the natural area of Guilleries-Savassona located between 30 and 50 minutes drive from the cottage El Bosc del Quer. Sculptor, the dad works the wood, omnipresent in the decor. Of tetes bed with built in wardrobes very sober, everything is “home made” flavor with a very safe. Immaculate, the bedding omen for a good rest. The soft chatter of the hens accompanied him, swimming in the saltwater pool.

rural House, 4 bedrooms (8/10 persons), 624 € the weekend and 1 550 1 960 € per week. 08504 Sant Julià de Vilatorta (00.34.671.52.61.33 and 00.34.693.35.53.99 ; Elboscdelquer.com).

Hamlet secret: Can Morei

Can Morei SDP

He remains in Catalonia is a well kept secret. Located in the hilly area and forested’anoia, Santa Càndia is one of them. In this hamlet, which houses one of the three most important churches of the catalan gothic style, the families of Jordí and his partner have acquired two great mas of the Xviith and their dependencies to create their houses. Large, comfortable and bright, the apartments are also functional and suitable for people with reduced mobility. Renovated in every detail, the architectural ensemble is beautifully made. Swimming pool.

rural House adapted for people with reduced mobility. 8 apartments, 2 night minimum, 110 to 190 € ; 735 to 1 540 € per week. 08711 Santa Càndia, Orpí (931.00.41.41 ; Canmorei.com).

Costa Barcelona, nuggets around the capital

What to do in less than an hour from Barcelona? The tourism brand Costa Barcelona brings together around full of charm, remained in the shadow of the highly-coveted Catalan capital. So the lovely Sitges and is popular for its microclimate and its sense of celebration. The typical fishing village of Arenys de Mar, dating back more than 400 years. Hot springs of Caldes de Montbui, the first thermal village in Catalonia. The massif of Montseny, a biosphere reserve of Unesco, or of the Parc del Montnegre i el Corredor, a treasury of the cordillera littoral.

Spirit néorustique for The Mas Salagros located within the protected park of the Serralada Litoral. SDP

Organic, sustainable and tasty: Mas Salagros

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Despite the large capacity of this institution, it was difficult to ignore the first address to be 100% organic from Spain! The whole, composed of a catalan farmhouse of the Fifteenth and the adjacent buildings of recent date, is love in the heart of the park, protected and green part of the Serralada Litoral. The spirit néorustique, very trendy, has invaded with a lot of talent, the common spaces, like the rooms, some of which have a private garden. Everything here is an invitation to well-being. We especially appreciate the course of thermal baths and aromatherapy AIRE Ancient Baths provided in the mas, the soft glow of the candles… swimming Pools. Gourmet 100 % organic.

Hotel (5-star), member premium, and MICE, 60 rooms, including 24 suites, from 117 to 410 €. 08188 Vallromanes (00.34.935.65.60.60 ; Massalagros.com).

Fusion, and avant-garde: El Bosque Lácteo

El Bosque Lácteo. SDP

less than 25 km from Sitges, in the heart of the natural Park of El Foix and its mediterranean forests, imagine a perched medieval village with winding streets, flanked by a fortified castle (Tenth and Sixteenth). The while eying river, lake and vineyard (PDO) of the Penedès region. Do you plan to then at the centre of this village, in the old family house Felip, architect, he renovated it with an avant-garde vision in the spirit corbusien of the 1950s. Raw concrete and polished, wood, metal, stone and brick adorn the vast common spaces, such as bedrooms. And also, a small pool on the terrace to cool off in the height of summer!

rural House, 4 rooms, 140 to 240 €. 08729 Castellet (00.34.606.29.53.53 ; Elbosquelacteo.com).

The Can Cuch, one end of the world confidential comfort without flaw. SDP

The secret door to the montseny: Can Cuch

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At the end of a runway of 3 km and far from any habitation, this beautiful and imposing catalan farmhouse in the thousands of years of history, nestled at the gates of the national park of Montseny, offers elegantly to the traveller. At 800 meters above sea level, between hills covered with oaks and terraced gardens, the spacious and bright rooms, to the spirit resolutely sober and contemporary, play the contrasts with the rustic architecture of the whole. One end of the world confidential comfort seamless, with a table innovative gourmet. In the evening, on the notes of a jazz band or soul, we reach the terrace of the chill-out with happiness. Swimming pool, zen space, cellar.

Hotel gourmet (4-star), member MICE, 10 rooms, 1 suite, 110 to 195 €. 08445 Cànoves (00.34.931.03.39.80 ; Hotelcancuch.com).

Among the returning emigrants: Can Casadella

Can Casadella. SDP

She sits on a park of 5 hectares planted with olive trees, cypresses, almond trees and citrus… With its façade yellow ocher, decorated with frescoes in a caribbean style, this colonial mansion is the archetype of the homes of returning emigrants, those emigrants returning from South America, carrying dreams of grandeur. Happy heirs of the area, Magda, Joseph and their children have left Barcelona to settle in this former summer residence. Cement tiles or floor-tiles, vintage, antique furniture baroque, or modernist, lounges rattan 1900… one falls under the spell of a “real” and beautiful family home just 25 minutes from Barcelona. A grand piano is available for guests.

Hotel, 9 rooms, from 83 to 93 €. 08338 Rewarded de Dalt (00.34.656.855.299 ; Cancasadella.com).

relax: Can Caponet

Can Caponet. SDP

This small town in the Vallès Oriental was not a charm. The mas family of Maria and Biel, to him, is not devoid. Here, a 20-minute walk from the beach of Matador and 30 minutes from Barcelona, between an organic vegetable garden, fruit trees, vineyards, olive groves and lavender fields, it is dedicated entirely to the happiness of the guests. The immaculate guest rooms, like the gardens where bloom hammocks and sun loungers invite you to relax. Relaxing massage with essential oils for home and sauna to the vapors of eucalyptus prolong the dream. Without forgetting the swimming pool organic water-lilies roses and big beds, outdoor glider and white curtains, located near a second pool of the côte d’azur…

rural House, 4 rooms, 2 bungalows, 130 €. 08186 Lliçà d’amunt (00.34.660.34.95.58 ; Cancaponet.com).

Costa Brava: the back-country confidential

The kingdom of the seaside tourism, there are small corners of paradise for lovers of nature and culture. Girona, the capital of the region, is an excellent base to stay for exploring the back-country. The “dali triangle” enchants, with the Dalí theatre-museum in Figueres, the house-museum of the painter in Portlligat and the Púbol castle, Gala Dalí. As to the medieval villages of Pals, Peratallada and Peralada, a little perched on the hill with their winding streets and their houses of stone, they reveal a “wild coast” rassérénante and confidential.

Ode to the countryside: Els Masos de Caula

Els Masos de Caula. SDP

just 17 km from Girona, this mansion of the Eighteenth and four of its outbuildings overlook a very beautiful valley of Llémena. Angels, the veterinarian who dream of living in the countryside, set his sights on this farm. The domain is imposing? That’s not a problem, rural self-catering cottages to top of the range will also have their place! Lluisa, the friend of always, the steps in this rehabilitation project. Ultra-comfortable and cozy, the houses each have their color code. Since the salt-water swimming pool, the panorama of the cliffs of Sant Roc is striking.

rural Houses, of 110 € to 360 €. 17153 of Sant Martí of Llémena (00.34.687.34.76.06 ; Elsmasosdecaula.com).

the end of the road… Mas Can May

Mas Can May. CARLOS MUNTADAS

This is a catalan farmhouse at the end of a road, owned by the family of Jordi since the Eighteenth century. A home of sharecropper, created a century earlier, at the center of a vast agricultural area. Stone walls and tiles romanesque to the outside, polished concrete and wood framing for the interior. When the master of the house and his wife Eva decided to make this their main residence, it was to find the”holiday spirit cool” of which they dreamed. But with all the comforts that one could wish for. The decor, the style is in the details, fabrics and objects brought back from trips to distant component a bohemian atmosphere amidst the sobriety. Pool, guest table (from 25 to 35 € with lobster!)

rural House, 2 bedrooms, 200 €. 17459 Campllong (00.34.619.78.87.89 ; Mascanmai.com).

Can Bassa, a place of resort quite enchanting. Mercè Gost will be addressed

Chic and unfussy: Can Bassa

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In the Baix Empordà, the “Tuscany Catalan”, and at the foot of the picturesque village of Madremanya (Xv), the set of buildings grouped around the farmhouse to Isabelle and de Pere is well-balanced: 1 500 m2 of a puzzle of old stones and ruins that it had been expertly assembled to create this resort quite enchanting. In the rooms like in hostels, this franco-Spanish offers its guests a haven country chic informal, full of antique objects and furniture recovery. In the surrounding countryside, the medieval towns of Monells, Sant Martí Vell, La Pera… join easily on foot or by bike. Swimming pool.

Hotel, member touring, 3 bedrooms, from 99 to 165 € and 5 cottages, from 219 to 285 €, 2 nights minimum. 17462 Madremanya (00.34.648.10.00.01 ; Canbassa.com).

hidden Paradise: The Hamaques

Hamaques. SDP

A franco-Spanish has transformed his secondary residence in a charming small hotel-style guest rooms. No sign indicates the institution. And there not by chance, it is necessary to show white leg! The front narrow reveals nothing of the beautiful surprises that await the visitor once crossed the threshold of the entrance littered with a carpet of leaves… From the fields of decoration and design, Ino and Dominique have imagined this universe that is intimate and refined, the neo-romantic and current. In a garden with a tropical atmosphere, a swimming pool fringed with bamboo and hammocks complete the invitation to the sweetness of life. Just 10 minutes from the coast.

rural House, 5 rooms, 2 suites, 146 to 245 €. 17137 Viladamat (00.34.972.78.84.58 ; Leshamaques.com).

The Emporda secret: Mas Falgarona

Mas Falgarona. SDP

In this agricultural part quite unknown to the Alt Empordà, in the heart of a mediterranean countryside where the sheep ruminent still, a mas of the Xviith houses the hotel rural family Raurich. A haven of peace in the contemporary in which parts from luxury brands Flos, Artemide, Vitra, and other top names in design have found their place. Attention to detail, comfort, modernity and contemporary art fit elegantly in the rooms as in the common areas. The hay loft has been transformed into a magnificent spa (natural cosmetics Alquimia) with a view on the scrubland. In the perfumed garden of lavender, the olive trees provide a shade refreshing… Restaurant, swimming pool. All at only 5 minutes from the TGV train station Figueres-Vilafant.

Hotel (4 star hotel), 6 rooms, 8 suites, 140 to € 400, 1 villa for 4 persons from 495 €. 17742 Avinyonet of Puigventós (00.34.972.54.66.28 ; Masfalgarona.com).

The remains of the lovers: Can Casi

Can Casi. SDP

Smile, Joy, Love… The name of the rooms perfectly summarizes the spirit of the house! In the golden triangle of the region of the Empordà region, this farmhouse, dated 1704 is fully placed at the disposal of our guests are surrounded by a thousand and one attentions. The retirement age, Emma, a jewelry designer, has restored its former country house to create with his “great love”, Gabriel, the hotel was designed as a guest house. But with a service star! Style boho-chic with designer touches and a few items are eclectic, such as the scooter suspended in one of the suites, the rooms offer a great comfort and all, on a different theme. Swimming pool, chill out, beds…

Hotel (4 star hotel), 3 rooms, 5 suites, 150 to 400 €. 2 nights. 17214 Veinat Puigcalent (00.34.872.09.62.96 ; Cancasi.com).

The three shots!: Hotel Del Teatre

Hotel Del Teatre. PAU MOYA

The old walls and thick, a porch and arcades: the freshness is the appointment at the height of the summer in this mas, typical of the farms of catalonia in the Eighteenth. The owners, a franco-swiss, have carefully renovated the old hotel in the medieval village of Regencós. Ideally located in the heart of this tourist area and 5 km from the beaches. Contemporary and bright, the rooms are all thoughts the same. The advantage of the place, it is also the “kitchen botany” of the chief reputation Iolanda Bustos served to The Calèndula, the restaurant of the hotel located in the old theatre that is in front of it, where the garden and the swimming pool are at the guests ‘ disposal.

Hotel gourmet (4 stars), 2 double rooms, 4 junior suites, 1 senior, 125 to 195 €. Plaça 17214 Regencós (00.34.972.30.38.59 ; Hoteldelteatre.com).

The tourist office of Catalonia provides two very good sites to organize your stay in and details: Catalunya.com and Catalunyaexperience.fr

And in the tourist regions: Val d’aran (Visitvaldaran.com/fr) ; Costa Brava (Fr.costabrava.org) ; Costa Daurada (Costadaurada.info/fr) ; Costa Barcelona and Paisatges Barcelona (Barcelonaesmoltmes.cat/en) ; Pirineus (Visitpirineus.com) ; Lands of Lleida (Aralleida.cat/en/) ; the Terres del Ebro (Terresdelebre.travel/en).

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