Peratallada: A Pituresque Medieval Village Near The Costa Brava

Plaça de les Voltes, Peratallada

Peratallada is one of the most picturesque and best conserved medieval villages in Catalonia. Unlike most medieval villages and towns, which have grown and expanded over the centuries leaving the original village centre surrounded by newer buildings, Peratallada has retained its original defensive walls and remains largely untouched. Indeed, apart from the three pay and…

Ripoll: What to See and Do

Ripoll

Ripoll is a small town in the foothills of the Pyrenees mountain range, one hundred kilometres from Barcelona. The town is best known for the monastery of Santa Maria de Ripoll which was founded in the ninth century and is considered one of the most important Romanesque monuments in Spain. Ripoll also makes a good…

Terrassa: What to See and Do

Masia Freixa

Thirty kilometres inland from Barcelona, Terrassa’s attractive, pedestrianised city centre is an interesting and lesser-known day trip or weekend break. Sometimes referred to as the Catalan Manchester, Terrassa played a key role during the Industrial Revolution when it was an important city for textile manufacturing. In its heyday at the beginning of the twentieth century,…

Tossa de Mar – History, Sand and Sunshine on the Costa Brava

Tossa de Mar

Situated on the southernmost part of the Costa Brava, the charming seaside resort of Tossa de Mar is a popular day trip from Barcelona. Tossa’s attractions include sandy beaches and a picturesque old town whose narrow streets are lined with restaurants and bars. Not to mention the impressive 12th century medieval castle or Vila Vella. Once…

Vic’s Annual Medieval Market

Street performers terrorizing visitors at Vic medieval market

Every year, at the start of December, the town of Vic stages one of the largest and best known medieval markets in Spain. El Mercat Medieval de Vic lasts 4 days and for many Barcelona residents is an essential part of the run-up to Christmas. Located just 70km from Barcelona, Vic is a regional capital…