Above: Terra Dominicata Hotel & Winery, Escaladei, Tarragona

Discovering the Countryside of Catalonia

Terra Dominicata Hotel & Winery, Escaladei, Tarragona

The distinctive northeastern corner of Spain, Catalonia showcases diverse landscapes, medieval villages, an enviable culinary scene and a thriving wine industry. In recent years, a fervent independence movement has gained ground, and support for Catalan autonomy has surged. The locals we met often expressed a fierce loyalty to a Catalan-first identity. Their passion for preserving their history, language and traditions contributes to Catalonia’s unique character. We spent two weeks exploring the region’s Pyrenees Mountains, the golden beaches along the Costa Brava and the vineyards that blanket Priorat. I rented us a car in order to have maximum flexibility, but hiring a driver-guide would make for a more relaxing vacation.

Torre del Remei

Torre del Remei, Bolvir, Girona
Pool, Torre del Remei - Manuel Franco Angarita
Lobby-lounge, Torre del Remei - Josep Maria Garrido
Suite Room, Torre del Remei - Manuel Franco Angarita
Grand Deluxe bath, Torre del Remei

We began our road trip through Catalonia at the magnificent Torre del Remei, situated two hours north of Barcelona in the Pyrenees and less than 10 minutes from the French border. The estate has a picture-postcard setting composed of lush green hills and manicured gardens backdropped by massive mountains. Its 24 guest accommodations are evenly divided between an imposing 1910 pastel-pink mansion designed by architect Calixto Freixa, a disciple of Gaudí’s, and an adjacent masia (traditional Catalan farmhouse).

When we entered the foyer, an amiable staff member offered us cava in the rotunda lounge before escorting us to our Junior Suite Terrace lodging in the masia. I loved our room’s earth-toned décor enlivened by a sage-green rug and the spacious bath containing an oval tub and separate rainfall shower. Our patio facing the outdoor garden pool was a fine place to enjoy the complimentary welcome bottle of sparkling wine and platter of housemade chocolates.

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Above: Terra Dominicata Hotel & Winery, Escaladei, Tarragona

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