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Medieval Barcelona’s Jewish community.

Jewish Quarter El CallThere were Jews in Barcelona before the Jewish quarter came to exist, although it is not known whether they already formed a community. We know, that towards the year 850 the head of the rabbinic academy of Sura in Babylonia sent a letter to the Jews of Barcelona. Continue reading

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Girona, the great unknown.

Girona and river Onyar

It seems incomprehensible that the incredibly old city of Girona is so little visited, when compared to the Costa Brava nearby or the great metropolis of Barcelona, only 100km away. Furthermore, when one considers that it has one of the oldest, best conserved and most attractive medieval centres of the entire peninsular. Continue reading

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Besalú, the ancient county town, with a walk around the lake at Banyoles.

Romanesque bridge in BesalúThe area covered by the old county of Besalú roughly coincides with the present region of La Garrotxa. Both tourists and passing travellers can enjoy the landscape here, which is full of natural and cultural charm: villages with a Medieval ambiance; the biggest fresh-water lake in Catalonia; intensely green woods and fields; or near Olot, an old volcanic area of exceptional beauty. (There’s a separate article about this, with other suggestions for excursions). Continue reading

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