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As winter tightens its grip on the city, so does the desire to escape and seek adventure in warmer weather. Catalan illustrator Sergio Mora’s surreal murals on the walls of Soho and Canal Street are sure to have you dreaming of your next getaway. Not only are they super Instagrammable; they’re also portals to a total immersion virtual reality game, known as ‘Legends of Catalonia’. Simply visit the mural, download the app and lose yourself in the rich history and culture of Catalonia.
In the world of ‘Legends of Catalonia’, you’ll embark on a quest to defeat a 1,000-year-old dragon—accompanied by VR versions of Saint George, Patron Saint of Catalonia, plus former Barcelona FC player Carles Puyol, one of the best defenders of his generation, the famed restaurateurs Roca Brothers, whose restaurant El Celler de Can Roca was featured on Netflix show Chef’s Table and mountaineer Edurne Pasaban, the first woman to complete the 14 “eight thousander” peaks in the world. You’ll also weave through mysterious corners of Lleida’s Seu Vella Cathedral, play the ball game Harpastum at the Roman amphitheater of Tarraco and cook a meal with ingredients gathered from Sant Antoni, the oldest market in Barcelona.
But, as every traveler knows, there’s nothing like the real thing. Start planning your Catalonian adventure with our pick of the five most breathtaking experiences that the region has to offer.