The Costa Brava [The Rugged Coast] takes its name from the unrivalled, stirring and sudden meeting of the sea with the overhanging rocks and mantle of green pines. A unique and inimitable natural spectacle that combines sheltered coves and long golden sand beaches which encircle a stretch of the Mediterranean with the purest shades of blue.
In Platja d’Aro, summer kicks off with an immense fireworks display that lights up the night sky and compels us to live each day with renewed intensity. Here we can discover coastal paths, take a quiet swim in small, hidden coves or enjoy the ample coastline and nautical activities of Platja Grand or the Mini Club Infantil, the ideal place for the littlest ones in the family.
In the Empordà, well off the beaten track, mere kilometres from Figueres, in the town of Avinyonet de Puigventós, we find the Mas Falgarona Boutique Hotel & Restaurant, a former farmhouse with walls over three-hundred years old. The restaurant uses high-quality locally-sourced products to assemble dishes with just the right amount of modernity.
In the words of Delfí Geli, president of Girona FC, making it to the First Division of Spanish football “is a historical, definitive event”. “We’ve never been in the First Division, and this represents a huge opportunity for growth”, he explains. After a record nine straight years in the Second Division, and barely missing out on promotion in the past three, Girona has finally broke with the past and will be one of the twenty teams competing in the world’s biggest league.
Unique characteristics, thanks to its location inside an old 19th-century industrial ceramics factory, where they now prepare intriguing, innovative gastronomy that merges Japanese and Mediterranean/Empordà cuisine. An experienced team, headed by Joan Camprubí and Cristina Plana, who have extensive experience in hospitality and decoration.
One of La Selva’s most emblematic elements is the Montsoriu Castle, which protrudes sublimely from the summit of a mountain and offers views over a sizeable portion of the province, from the peaks of Montseny to the sea. Located in the Montseny Nature Park, it is one of the most relevant examples of medieval military architecture in the Mediterranean and is regarded as Catalonia’s preeminent gothic castle.
The sea is omnipresent on the Costa Brava and is at once a source of life, health, culture, culinary inspiration, revelry and leisure for both residents and visitors. Yet if you think Girona’s coastline looks colourful and diverse from land, just wait till you see it from the Mediterranean Sea. Its two-hundred and twenty-two kilometres of shoreline, temperate climate, mild temperatures, excellent winds and wealth of high nature.
The plot, located in Begur, sits above street level, giving the house spectacular views backdropped by the Medes Islands, Montgrí massif and the Pyrenees. The home faces the sea and shelters the area housing the pool, garden and two porches from the wind, creating a unique microclimate.
The exhibition of work by sculptor Medina-Campeny in Palamós will be on display in the cloister at Mas del Vent until October. This exhibit is one of the advocacy activities organised by the platform Focus Engelhorn to defend culture, heritage and the landscape.
There are certain places that, once you discover them, you feel the need to keep their existence under wraps and stop them from becoming a central avenue of sorts bustling with people and sightseers. The Les Estunes or Les Tunes Forest is one such place; one of those emblematic enclaves you’re certain to want all to yourself; a place to learn and master the noble art of “gaping”.
The Fishing Museum, in Palamós, organises activities for people of all ages with a view to conveying our identity and raising awareness of local culture. The activities revolve around three central themes: firstly, maritime heritage, with a guided tour of the museum, fish auction, Espai del Peix, which includes a tasting session, boats and a talk about Palamós shrimp.
Viatges Plaimont proposes an 11-day, 9-night trip to Colombia, from 3-13 November 2017, with a direct flight from Barcelona. The route, which will include a guide for the duration of the trip, will commence in Bogota and continue on to Zipaquira and Villa de Leyva, 50 km from the capital.
Girona is an astonishing city that can be enjoyed all year round, particularly in the summer, when the days are long and outdoor activities take centre stage: give in to the Old Quarter’s narrow alleyways and abundance of activities and streets fairs, sample the local cuisine while enjoying the wonderful atmosphere of the city’s terraces.
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