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Festivals in Catalonia

Festivals in Catalonia

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

SKETCH: Reluctantly on a villa vacation in Catalonia

SKETCH: Reluctantly on a villa vacation in Catalonia

I’m standing at Barcelona airport and it’s all my wife’s fault. I don’t want a villa vacation in Catalonia, I don’t speak Spanish, I don’t like her extended family, and the thought of being trapped with them for week in a rental makes me wince. Yet here I am among their happy, pale and expectant faces waiting for luggage to arrive on carousel 3. The name of the airport... Continue reading

5 ways to persuade yourself to take that villa vacation in Catalonia

5 ways to persuade yourself to take that villa vacation in Catalonia

Doubting the villa vacation? Not booked yet? Come off that fence! Read on… Not too sure where Catalonia is but can I afford to get there? Before waxing lyrical about the delights of a villa stay in Catalonia, it can be handy to know that you can get there affordably and easily. The two main airports are in Barcelona (El Prat) and Girona (Costa Brava airport), both of which are serviced by various... Continue reading

Keeping cool in Catalonia

Keeping cool in Catalonia

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

Sitges Beach Guide

Sitges Beach Guide

After months of dreaming about your Catalonia vacation, you’ve finally made it to Sitges. The villa has exceeded expectations, the sky is bluer than the brochure promised, the sun hangs high and shines bright − time to head for the beach. But which beach? Sitges has over 34 beaches in all sizes and flavours offering something for everyone. Whether you’re looking for remote and romantic,... Continue reading

The Case for Cava

The Case for Cava

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