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Culinary Journey: Cal Sastre in Santa Pau

What: Fine-dining at a small medieval village in the Garrotxa region of Catalonia. Where: Cal Sastre restaurant, Santa Pau. Notes: Santa Pau is a sleepy medieval village in the Garrotxa Volcanic region of Catalonia, north of Barcelona. The village is tiny but there are a variety of reasons that make a visit absolutely worthwhile: its […]

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Mas Perafita: a lovely retreat in the Cap de Creus

The Cap de Creus is a rugged wind-swept peninsula in the far northeastern corner of Catalonia, not far from the border with France. A large part of the peninsula is a designated national park and is famous for its nature trails and secluded coves and inlets. There is also a variety of picturesque fishing villages […]

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A relaxing holiday at Hotel Aigua Blava

The road from the town of Begur to Llafranc winds past some of the most beautiful villas on the Costa Brava. After several miles, a left turn in the direction of Fornells leads visitors to arguably one of the most charming hotels along the coast: Hotel Aigua Blava. Situated on a promontory, this family-run hotel […]

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Dining with a view at El Far

El Far is a name that’s synonymous with the historic Sant Sebastiá lighthouse that for centuries guided ships along the Costa Brava. The adjacent inn was a favourite among the locals who came here to enjoy the sea breeze, the majestic views and a glass or two of vino. Spectacularly situated high above the seaside […]

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Blissful luxury in Costa Brava

The El Baix Empordá region of the Costa Brava is a stunning corner of Catalonia. About a two-hour drive north of Barcelona, the Empordá is a region of gentle rolling hills, quaint medieval villages, rice fields and mile after mile of fruit orchards and cheery sunflowers. The cities of Girona and Figueres lie to the […]

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Strolling around gorgeous Girona

Girona is a small city in the northeast of Catalonia, about a two-hour drive or train-ride north of Barcelona. Often overlooked by tourists, it’s a gorgeous city located smack in the middle of the confluence of four rivers. As a consequence of its strategic location, Girona became a wealthy trading town centuries ago and was […]

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What’s next for the world’s greatest chef?

Ferran Adriá is considered by many to be the world’s greatest chef. In the past decade, his three-star Michelin restaurant El Bulli, near the Costa Brava town of Roses, was voted the world’s best five times over and won a dazzling array of accolades. He single-handedly transformed the culinary landscape in Spain and introduced a […]

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Dali Theatre and Museum.

Being Salvador Dalí

At the Dalí Theatre Museum in Figueres, nothing is what it seems at first sight. The works of the great master, Salvador Dalí, first grab your attention with their intriguing appearance, then tease you with their cunning metaphors and finally tempt you to imagine a surreal world, where no boundaries exist and where everything is […]

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The scenic Costa Brava coastal trails

The Costa Brava is a stunning coastal region in Catalonia just north of Barcelona and stretches right up to the border with France where the Pyrenees mountains meet the Mediterranean Sea. Costa Brava means ‘rugged coast’, a reference to the spectacular cliffs and hundreds of coves that line the coast. Though famed for its beaches […]

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The pristine beauty of Cap de Creus

The Cap de Creus peninsula in northeastern Catalonia is a rocky, mountainous region of wind-swept slopes covered by thick gorse; quaint coastal villages; and crystal-clear coves. The mountains extend from the snow-capped peaks of the Pyrenees to the turquoise coast of the Mediterranean sea and are now part of the Cap de Creus national park. […]

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