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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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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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Sarrià, an old village within the city.

Sarrià, an old village in BarcelonaAt the beginning of the 20th century, when Barcelona was growing rapidly, various villages which were once on the outskirts became incorporated into the city. In some cases these villages, which nowadays have become districts in the city, have maintained a very special physiognomy. Continue reading

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The tranquil side of Barcelona.

The blue tram at the slope of the hill TibidaboI’d like to suggest a two hour stroll around the tranquil districts of detached houses and mansions at the foot of Tibidabo. At the beginning of the 20th century many important members of the local bourgeoisie built their villas here, many of which are in the Modernist style, pertaining to Catalonia. 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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Excursion to the Santuario de Cabrera (Cabrera Sanctuary), Mediterranean mountains.

Sanctuary Cabrera

Discover Catalonia’s little visited mid-mountains. We’ll walk gently uphill for an hour and a half, through cork and oak tree woods, until we reach an old sanctuary with unbeatable views. Continue reading

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The Catalan Pyrenees, a different view.

View from 2,800 m altitude in the Pyrenees

I propose that you travel with me around the beautiful Camprodon valley, visiting its little villages, finding its Romanesque churches and going deep into nature through mountain paths that are markedly alpine in character. Routes for all levels are available: Continue reading

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The ‘Riera de Sant Aniol’, the swimming pool river.

River Sant Aniol

This valley is found right in the Parque Natural de la Alta Garrotxa (High Garrotxan Natural park). Surrounded by high crags, the ‘riera de Sant Aniol’ runs through it: Continue reading

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Montserrat from on high.

MontserratAn alternative to the usual tourist excursion to Montserrat is to take a trip around the mountain’s heights, and so appreciate the massif’s impressive geological structure, thereby seeing the ‘needles’ closer to hand, perched high up, usually reached by climbers. Continue reading

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Between volcanoes and woods.

Intense volcanic eruptions and violent earthquakes rearranged the Garrotxa landscape in those dark days of long ago. However, when visiting the region nowadays, Continue reading

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