Lleida – Cathedrals, Castles and a Medieval Dungeon

Photo of the Catalan city of Lleida taken from one of the bridges which span the River Segre. The city is dominated by the impressive medieval Seu Vella cathedral and castle which dominate the city.

Despite being only 150km from Barcelona on the main road to Madrid and with high-speed train links to both cities. Lleida is one of those places which just tends to get overlooked. Certainly I’ve driven past on numerous occasions without ever giving it so much as a second glance. Earlier this month my partner and …

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Girona Flower Festival – Girona Temps de Flors

Tourists taking photos amongst the flowers at Geronas famous flower festival in Northern Spain

Each spring, during the 2nd week of May, the streets of Girona fill with colour as the city hosts it’s annual flower festival Girona Temps de Flors. The festival takes place in the historic city centre and medieval Jewish quarter El Call Jueu. The most impressive floral displays include the Cathedral steps, the Arab baths, …

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Monument to Francesc Cambó

Monument to Francesc Cambó i Batlle, Barcelona

Born in Verges in 1876, Francesc Cambó was a wealthy conservative politician, lawyer, author, philanthropist and Catalan nationalist. He founded the Regionalist League, was member of the Spanish government, promoted Catalan culture and collected art (a large part of his collection is on display in Barcelona’s MNAC museum). Shortly after the Second Spanish Republic was proclaimed in …

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Besalú – A Medieval Gem in the Heart of Catalonia

The medieval village of Besalú in the Garrotxa region of Catalonia, Spain

With a population of approximately 2400 people, Besalú makes an interesting and relaxing day trip from Barcelona. As you wander the the narrow streets, it’s hard to believe that during the Middle Ages this now tranquil small town was once an important local capital. What to See in Besalú Besalu’s star attraction is without doubt …

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Windsurfing in the Bay of Roses – Sant Pere Pescador

Windsurfer on the long sandy beach at Sant Pere Pescador, Spain

Sant Pere Pescador on the the Bay of Roses is one of Spain’s most popular windsurfing venues and a regular feature on the PWA world tour. The wide bay and 5km sandy beach are ideal for windsurfers of all ages and abilities. Prevailing Winds The combination of beautiful scenery, enviable wind stats and cheap flights …

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Catalonia’s National Day – La Diada de Catalunya

A castellers human tower in front of the Born Cultural Centre in Barcelona during the Diada de Catalunya celebrations 2016

Every year on the 11th of September, thousands of Barcelona residents take to the streets to celebrate a public holiday called La Diada de Catalunya or National Day of Catalonia. Often refered to as simply La Diada, the day comemorates the fall of Barcelona to the French and Castilian troops of Phillip V of Spain during the War …

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Badalona’s Fish-Kite Mural

urban art in Badalona - the fish kite and its flyers

The impressive Fish-Kite mural was painted in 2010 by a group of artists from the Identidad(es) initiative. The initiative was sponsored by Badalona city council and aimed to develop social cohesion through several different urban art projects. The mural was painted on the exterior walls of four terraced houses in the Barri Groc district of Badalona, …

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