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Exploring Catalunya: A Beach & Spa Weekend on the Costa Brava

Exploring Catalunya: A Beach & Spa Weekend on the Costa Brava

One of the best weekends I have had in a long time. That is how I would describe my jaunt up the Catalan coast to the beautiful Platja d’Aro.  It was a girly weekend, and all four of us had our own reasons for deserving a break and needing to get away from it all.  It was the middle of May and the weather was starting to warm up, and after some research on booking.com to find a hotel with…

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Exploring Catalunya with Catalunya Wine

Exploring Catalunya with Catalunya Wine

It’s Wine Wednesday here at Tales of Barcelona HQ. That midpoint of the week when the hangover from the previous weekend has finally faded, and thoughts turn back to that sweet nectar we all love.   To be honest, any day with a Y in it is Wine Day for me – but Wednesdays and Fridays most of all. That said, I am rather fussy with my wines, and totally clueless when it comes to selecting wines, as I tend to…

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Exploring Catalunya: Roman Ruins in Tarragona

Exploring Catalunya: Roman Ruins in Tarragona

The Romans certainly left their mark on Catalunya; and nowhere more so than in Tarragona, the Roman capital of Catalunya.  Within easy reach of Barcelona, about an hour by train, Tarragona, or Tarraco as it was called then, is well worth a visit.  Smaller & less hectic than the big city, it makes a pleasant day trip or weekend visit. I took the train from Barcelona down to Tarragona, but be careful which train you take.   The high speed Ave…

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Exploring Catalunya: Wine Tasting in Penedès

Exploring Catalunya: Wine Tasting in Penedès

Penedès is THE wine region of Cataluyna. Considered one of the best wine producing regions in Spain (after Rioja), Penedès produces a dazzling array of wines and cavas. Torres is the largest & best-known winery in Spain, and from their base in Penedès they export wine such as Viña Sol and Sangre de Toro all over the world. Still a family run business, the company has grown exponentially from its foundation in 1870, to a huge multinational business, and was awarded…

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Exploring Catalunya: A Waterfall Adventure in Campdevánol

Exploring Catalunya: A Waterfall Adventure in Campdevánol

If you follow my blog regularly you will know I am a fan of social networks as a way of meeting people and doing things I might not normally do.  So, feeling a little restless and in need of adventure I decided to get back on the Meetup wagon as I hadn’t done anything with them for a while.  After browsing the meetups on offer I selected one from the aptly named Enjoy Barcelona & Catalonia group.  The group’s organiser…

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Exploring Catalunya: Girona Flower Festival “Temps de Flors”

Exploring Catalunya: Girona Flower Festival “Temps de Flors”

In what will be a series of posts, I am chronicling my trips outside of Barcelona in a bid to explore more of Catalunya’s beautiful countryside, towns and coastline.  Catalunya (in Catalan, Cataluña in Spanish, or Catalonia in English) boasts a spectacular variety of treasures to unearth, and if you are spending more than a weekend in Barcelona there are plenty of incredible places to visit within easy reach of the city. My first stop was Girona, in particular during the…

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A Calçotada: The Catalan Way to Get your Hands Dirty

A Calçotada: The Catalan Way to Get your Hands Dirty

When I tried calçots once before in a restaurant, I wasn’t overly impressed. Essentially a cross between a spring onion and a small leek, it was ok, but it didn’t blow me away by any means. However, this humble onion has now risen well above my expectations, thanks to 5000 other onions, 400 botifarra sausages, gallons of red wine and several buckets of romesco sauce. Take these delicious ingredients and throw in a gloriously sunny day, then you get the…

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