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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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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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Excursion in Barcelona Province: rural landscapes, small villages, Romanesque architecture, Catalan traditions and fine gastronomy.

Romanesque monastery of Sant Pere de CaserresWhen staying in the big city, having seen most of the principal sights, one often wonders what there is to see and discover in the surrounding area, to get a glimpse of what’s outside the city. In that case I recommend a very interesting and varied day-trip around Barcelona province. Continue reading

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Stroll through Montjuic, the Olympic mountain and biggest green zone of Barcelona.

Barcelona seen from the Palau NacionalIn 1992, the 25th Olympic Games were held on this mountain, which is situated directly above the port of Barcelona. They are still very well remembered, besides which the Olympic Stadium and all the other interesting buildings and sports facilities bear witness to that culminating moment in the city of Barcelona. But Montjuic isn’t just an Olympic area: 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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