Category Archives: Some suggestions

The following are some of my suggestions or possible itineraries and outings that I can take you on, whether for just a few hours, one or more whole days. Some are better known than others, well off the beaten tourist track. I can of course suit myself to your own particular wishes and interests, making other suggestions or put together a tailor made programme. Please tell what you like best! The possibilities are almost endless! Don’t hesitate to ask me!

Local festivals and street parades with fire included.

correfocIn a catholic country such as Catalonia, every village has one or more patron saints. On saints days each village celebrates its local festival, or party, which can go on for several days. Continue reading

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Benedictines and Cistercians: The Reconquest in the South of Catalonia.

Sleeping room in the benedictine monastery of PobletThroughout the 12th century, the counts of Barcelona made a fresh drive against the reigning moors, thereby extending their re-conquests towards the south. The cities of Tarragona and Lleida were taken, as was the whole region up to the Ebro River. Continue reading

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The ‘Castellers’, human Catalan towers.

Castellers at the bottom of the towerThe Catalans, along with the Mumbai region of India, are the only people in the world to build human towers, known here as ‘Castellers’. Several hundred people, comprising men, women and children climb up on top of one another to form structures which can reach ten high. Continue reading

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The ‘Sardana’, Catalonia’s traditional dance.

SardanaCatalonia’s national dance is the Sardana. This typical Mediterranean dance is in healthy shape, very popular in the region and always a feature of every local festival. Continue reading

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Catalonia, a new European state?

independenciaYou have probably read or heard that on 11th. September, 2012, one and a half million people came out and demonstrated in favour of Catalan independence. Our region has suddenly become the focus of attention for current European politics. What’s happened to make such a huge part of the Catalan population wish to separate from the rest of Spain? Continue reading

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The Spanish Civil War: causes, development and consequences.

Spanish Civil War 1936 - 1939Did you know that there is more historical literature available on the Spanish Civil War than the Second World War? This great ideological struggle of the 1930’s which took place in Spain and Europe continues to generate considerable interest, whether amongst the Spanish – who still find it difficult to reconcile their past- or for people from other countries. Continue reading

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A very special tapas tour.

Patatas bravas, the spicy potatoesWould you like to try some typical Spanish ‘tapas’? And not just in any old place, rather in specially chosen venues in Barcelona? I invite you to taste this aspect of Spanish gastronomy Continue reading

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Barcelona, City of Antoni Gaudi.

Sagrada FamiliaBarcelona enjoyed a golden era towards the end of the 19th and start of the 20th centuries, both artistically and historically, unlike any other European city.  This social and industrial apogee, which, together with the disappearance of its old Medieval walls, plus, in modern, urban terms, a massive expansion, led Barcelona to be a true city of architects, as it still is today. Continue reading

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Roman and Medieval Barcelona, a popular visit.

 

Square Santa Maria del PíWe’ll take a walk through the centre of Barcelona, with the opportunity of visiting sights such as the city’s Roman remains, the Barcelona City History Museum, the Picasso Museum, the Frederic Marés Museum, the cathedral, the Church of Santa Maria del Mar or the medieval Royal Shipyards. Continue reading

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The Monastery of Montserrat, Catalonia’s national sanctuary.

The monastery of MontserratThe monastery of Santa Maria de Montserrat can be found in the natural park of Montserrat just 50 km. from Barcelona and at a height of some 720m. amongst this special mountain. I invite you to visit this very special pilgrimage centre. Continue reading

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