Manresa’s Medieval Fair : La Fira de l’Aixada

Manresa Town Hall during the anual medieval fayre la Fira de l'Aixada

Every year, at the end of February, Manresa celebrates La Fira de l’Aixada (festival of the mysterious light) which dates back to 1686 and sees the town step back in time to the 14th Century. In addition to the medieval market, there is a busy schedule of theatrical performances, processions, music and dance commemorating events …

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Tarragona: What to See in the Ancient Roman City by the Sea

The ancient Roman amphitheatre of Tarragona with views of the beach and blue Mediterranean sea in the background

Located just 100km south of Barcelona on Spain’s Costa Daurada (golden coast) Tarragona is literally bursting with history. The Roman city of Tarraco was capital of Hispania Tarraconensis and was one of the most important cities in the Roman Empire. The most important historical sites are located in the city centre and Tarragona is one …

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Cardona Castle and Salt Mountain Cultural Park

View of Cardona castle and the surrounding hills on a cloudy autumn afternoon, 100km from Barcelona

Perched on a hilltop 95km from Barcelona, Cardona Castle is a popular day-trip for local families who come to explore the medieval castle and visit the nearby salt mine. For thousands of years salt was one of the most valuable commodities and during the Middle Ages Cardona castle was home to one of the wealthiest …

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

The fortified medieval town of Tossa de Mar (La Vila Vella) and the long sandy beach. A sunny day on the Costa Brava, Spain.

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 …

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Wilfred the Hairy: History and Legends

Stone carving of Wilfred the Hairy slaying a dragon with a wooden staff nect to the door of Barcelona cathedral

Tucked away beside the north entrance to Barcelona cathedral there is a small stone sculpture of an extremely hairy knight fighting what looks like a griffin. The knight is Wilfred the Hairy (Guifré el Pilòs) who was Count of Barcelona from 878 until his death in 897. Wilfred the Hairy was born in 840 in Prades …

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Montblanc and the Legend of Sant Jordi

Montblanc was founded in 1163 by Alfonso I of Barcelona to defend the road between Tarragona and Lleida. The town prospered and by the 13th Century was one of the most important towns in Catalonia. Today the medieval old town, complete with fortified stone walls is said to be among the best preserved in Spain. The …

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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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