Festivals in Catalonia

Giants festival 2014

Festivals in Catalonia – loud, musical magical, serene, wild, spiritual, floral… they have it all. No one can create a festival like the Catalans and there are hundreds of festivals each year. While some have religious roots, others are musical ranging from sea shanties to flamenco to house. Festivals vary in scale with some villages arranging their own local events to entire city neighbourhoods... Continue reading

Keeping cool in Catalonia

Park Guell Barcelona

COOL YOUR VISIT. Tropical heat stoked by a relentless sun is not for everyone. July, August and September in Catalonia boast daily highs touching 30 C and the weather man guarantees about 10 hours of sunshine. Not for you? Then consider being cool in the cooler months. October is rather lovely at around 22 C (with 6 hours of sun daily) and May is about the same (but with 8 hours of sun). While seeking... Continue reading

The Case for Cava

Vineyards of Penedes

We’ve all chuckled about cava. We’ve laughed loudly in the faces of those discretely placing cheap Spanish bubbles on the sideboard before pouring themselves something French, crisp and expensive. Well – we all need to collectively wise up. If you know cava – I mean really know it – then stop reading and go and drink some. Me? I’m new to all this and therefore humbly... Continue reading