Ripoll : What to See and Do

The plaza in front of the Monastery of Santa Maria de Ripoll on a sunny day. A yellow and red senyera flag flys at the top of the bell tower of the monastery.

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 …

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Terrassa: What to See and Do

White arches of the Masia Freixa mansion in Terrassa Spain

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 …

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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 …

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Vic’s Annual Medieval Market

Orks, witches and warriors roam the streets at Vic Medieval Fayre near Barcelona

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 …

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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 …

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