This part of Catalonia, in northeastern Spain, features the kind of boats painted in yellow, crimson, and white that cheerfully adorn the water, and, to the surprise of many, the polar bear that keeps an eye on them, courtesy of the late Salvador Dalí. The medieval city of Gerona also overflows with creativity during its annual spring flower festival, the Temps des Fleurs. Calella de Palafrugell charms with seaside restaurants and homes.

Text:  Amura ± Photo: Sandra Mancuso, Nartional Geographic, Panoramio, Costas Españolas.