Catalonia

7 villages in Matarraña and Terra Alta: a cultural border territory

This article is about an amazing natural and cultural region in North-Eastern Spain. This region is split into two political regions (Aragon and Catalunya) but it has a common history, cultural similarities and its inhabitants speak the same language. In the Catalan side we speak about Terra Alta Comarca to define the territory where we …

Paella in Albufera

Rice with what? – On the route of Spanish rice dishes

Let’s start with a basic fact. I’m originally coming from a country (Hungary), where people don’t really eat rice. Especially me. Yes, we can find rice there too, usually as a cheap side dish, but just imagine the most boring plain white rice, lacking any culinary fantasy or spices, mainly only salted, or sometimes combined …

Beautiful stone houses in Farena

Farena – the fairy tale village of the Prades Mountains

On a sunny day, when actually the forecast said rain for the whole day, we decided to go for a round trip into the Prades Mountains. The Prades Mountains, also known as Muntanyes de Prades, is a large calcareous mountain massif straddling the comarcas of Alt Camp, Baix Camp, Conca de Barberà, Garrigues and Priorat, in Catalonia. These mountains have characteristic large …

On the route of the castles in Camp de Tarragona region – part I.

During our trips across Camp de Tarragona region we haven’t discovered only little authentic villages but in parallel many beautiful medieval castles too. Gaia is one of the rivers running through the region of Tarragona, and in the 10th and 11th centuries played a strategic role, as it made a natural border between the County …

12 places in Camp de Tarragona region that you never had time to visit

COVID-19 crisis has given to us the chance to go around our region, once finally it has been possible to move inside this territory. We live in Roda de Berà, a town in Camp de Tarragona region. There is a lot to do and visit here, fortunately, and since we were forced to stay inside …

Altafulla – The town of thousand magic gates on Costa Daurada, in Catalonia, Spain

Altafulla is mainly known because of its beach. Costa Daurada itelf is famous for the sandy coastline and lovely beaches, but this territory is much more than that. And besides their amazing and not that much-spoiled beaches, there are a lot of interesting spots among its historical villages and towns. Altafulla is a very good …

Girona – Vuelta a España, a Spanish tour. Part XV.

Anna: Girona is located 99 km northeast of Barcelona city. It’s an ideal destination for a day-trip, but even for a weekend, it provides us with many interesting and historical places to visit. And sadly enough, it was the last stop during our Vuelta a España road trip, before returning home. Anna: Girona is an …

Siurana Besides the Obvious

Viaje de un día a Siurana, Priorat

Hace apenas una semana aún tuvimos la suerte de tener la posibilidad de movernos libremente sin restricciones debido a la situación del coronavirus … y decidimos visitar un pequeño pueblo cercano en la región del Priorat: Siurana. Siurana es un pueblo de 27 habitantes oficialmente. Sí, 27. ☺️ Se encuentra a 737 metros de altura, …

Siurana Besides the Obvious

A day trip to Siurana, Priorat

Just a week ago we were still lucky enough to have the possibility to move freely without any restrictions due to coronavirus situation… and we decided to visit a little village nearby in Priorat region: Siurana. Siurana is a village of officially 27 inhabitants. Yes, 27. ☺️ It lies 737 meters high, surrounded by cliffs …

Monumental

A barcelonai bikaviadal arénákról

Katalónia parlamentje 2010. július 28-án az egész régió területén betiltotta a bikaviadalokat.  A törvény egy évvel később lépett hatályba, és ekkor tartották meg a tartomány utolsó viadalát a La Monumental arénában. Így egy sokak által vitatott, barbárnak, mások szerint nemes küzdelemnek tartott tradíció szűnt meg Barcelonában és Katalónia többi részén. Ami az állatok kezelésére és …

Tibidabo Besides the Obvious

10 dolog, amit turistaként jobb elkerülni Barcelonában

Minden egyes alkalommal, amikor megpillantok egy naív turistát a városban, összeszorul a szívem. Pár évvel ezelőttig magam sem voltam tisztában vele, hogy mennyi lehetséges problémával és zaklatással kell szembenéznie a Barcelonába érkező turistáknak. Félreértés ne essék, Barcelona egy csodálatos város, és a helyiek nagyon büszkék is rá, illetve személy szerint én is úgy gondolom, hogy …

Monumental

Bullfighting tracks in Barcelona

The Parliament of Catalonia banned bullfighting on July 28th 2010 in the whole region’s territory. There are not bullfights anymore, which is correct according with the current ethical standards towards the animal treatment. I have never been a bullfighting fan but neither a banning supporter. I won’t judge in this article, I will just track …

Vilella Baixa Besides the Obvious

A day trip to New York (of the Priorat – La Vilella Baixa, Catalonia)

Whaaat?! New York?! 😉 La Vilella Baixa lies in the east of the Priorat region, nestling beneath the Montsant massif, and two rivers meet right in the middle of the village: the Montsant and the Riuet d’Escaladei. The Catalan writer Josep Maria Espinàs, in one of his first travel books, renamed the village of La …

Tibidabo Besides the Obvious

10 things you should never do as a visitor in Barcelona

Every time I see a tourist behaving naifly I get pain in my heart. Some years ago, I was not aware about how a good experience could be ruined in my city. Barcelona is amazing, all of us we are fully proud of our city and I honestly think that is one of the best …

Vermut Besides the Obvious

Fem un Vermut!

It’s a Catalan expression, meaning: let’s have a vermouth! Even though I am in love with this local tradition of having a glass of vermouth before lunch – since the very first moment I tried my first dark vermouth (vermut rojo) in Barcelona – I have just recently discovered this chain of bars: La Fábrica …

Barcelona Besides the Obvious

Un día de lluvia en Barcelona

Aka a rainy day in Barcelona, to rephrase Woody Allen. 🤓 Just because I woke up today for the heavy rain, it couldn’t mean that I’m spending the entire day at home. Barcelona has so much to offer even on a rainy day, besides the obvious. 😉 I. First, some culture and history, let’s visit …

Best Brunch Barcelona Besides the Obvious

BBB: Best Brunch in Barcelona

A personal list of 8 brunch places in Barcelona based on our taste and preferences. 😋 1) Let’s start with a B then: Belliny, close to Urgell. I was not looking for this place, no one recommended, I didn’t know that it exists at all. I was just walking close to Urgell on a gloomy …

Ramen Besides the Obvious

Where to eat Ramen in Barcelona?

Ramen?! In Barcelona?! YES 🙂 Here comes the top 5+1 list of the best ramen places in Barcelona based on our preferences. 😋 Yes, I know. If you come to Barcelona, normally you want to enjoy the Catalan food, some Jamón, the rices, the tapas, occasionally some pinchos, the variety of cod dishes, calçots, gambas, …