Category Archive: Catalonia

Tarragona: A World Heritage City

On the shores of the Mediterranean, the former Roman Tarraco offers a perfect blend of ancient history and modern comforts. Thanks to its vast archaeological remains, it has been named a World Heritage City, but Tarragona has even more to offer. The Tarragona of today is a lively city, where the present mingles harmoniously with […]

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A Spanish autumn treat: Dulce de membrillo

From chestnuts to churros con chocolate, Spain has plenty of treats for the chillier months of the year, and dulce de membrillo (quince jelly) stands out among them. Membrillo is Spanish for quince, which is a bright yellow fruit similar in appearance to a pear. However, don’t bite into a quince – this fruit is […]

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The Route of Cistercian Monasteries

In the northeastern provinces of Tarragona and Lleida lies a fascinating route of imposing monasteries, constructed by the followers of the Cistercian order. The austere spirit of this order can be seen in its architecture, which blends Romanesque and Gothic styles, and is a truly unique and unforgettable way to discover this picturesque region of […]

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City Portrait: Lerida

In the mountainous interior of the northeastern region of Catalonia lies the city of Lerida. With excellent shopping and a vibrant cultural life, Lerida is a modern city that still remains off the touristic radar. In addition to all the city has to offer, the surrounding region is known for its spectacular nature and wide […]

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Costa Dorada: Top 5 things to see

The Costa Dorada in southern Catalonia is a destination that seems to have it all. With its rich history of seafaring tradition, some of Europe’s best Roman ruins, excellent wine and cuisine, and of course, long beaches of soft sand interrupted only by charming villages and secluded coves, it doesn’t disappoint! There is so much […]

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Costa Brava: Top 5 things to see

Stretching from north of Barcelona to the Spanish–French border, the Costa Brava is arguably one of Spain’s most beautiful coasts. Yet, even in the height of the summer tourist season, adventurous sun seekers can find unspoiled coves. This stunningly scenic region of Catalonia also offers spectacular coastal hiking paths, charming seaside villages, exceptional dining, and […]

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Tarragona: the Mediterranean Games XVIII

Sport enthusiasts visiting Catalonia in late June will enjoy a special event organized within the Olympic movement: the Mediterranean Games. To be hosted in 2018 by the ancient city of Tarragona, this event brings together athletes and spectators from around the world in a multisport competition that lasts ten thrilling days. A world class sport […]

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Barcelona’s Casa Vicens: Never-before-seen Gaudí

One of Barcelona’s most iconic features is its Modernista architecture of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Drawing on Medieval and Arab styles, these unique buildings are characterized by by rich decoration and detail, organic motifs, curves and asymmetry, and dynamic shape. There were various Catalan architects who made great contributions to Modernisme, like […]

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Girona: Temps de Flors

Each year towards the end of May, the city of Girona in the northeastern province of Catalonia undergoes a transformation. For a few days, flowers fill the medieval streets, plazas and patios with countless colors and invigorating aromas for a unique celebration of spring: Girona Temps de Flors (the Girona Flower Festival). With more than […]

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The Correfoc: a fiery celebration

In Catalonia and other regions of Spain, fire plays a powerful symbolic role in many traditional celebrations. Nowhere is this more evident than in a correfoc, translated literally (and very appropriately) as “fire run”. Not even the wildest imagination could conjure up a vision that matches the reality: an infernal procession of fire-breathing monsters and […]

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