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El Roc de Sant Gaietà – Vuelta a España, a Spanish tour. Part XIV.

We didn’t even know what to do in Roc de Sant Gaietà the first time we arrived here. Neither that because of job reasons we will end up living around it. This was our last step on our first Vuelta a España – a Spanish tour travel series. El Roc de Sant Gaietà is not …

10 reasons why to visit Salou

10 reasons why to visit Salou in 2021

Salou is a municipality of the comarca of Tarragonès, in Catalonia. The city is approximately 10 km from Tarragona and as well as from Reus, located on the sandy Costa Daurada, and 112 km from Barcelona. Salou was founded by the Greeks in the 6th century BC, and this coastal town became a notable commercial port during the medieval and modern ages, while throughout the 20th century, …

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

This is an article about what to see in Altafulla, a coastal gem on Costa Daurada with an impressive historic heritage. 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 …

Entrevista amb la Dolors Torné del Celler Cal Serafí a Torredembarra – Versió en Català

Aquesta és la entrevista a la propietària de Cal Serafí, un icònic celler al vell mig del centre històric de Torredembarra. És la Dolors, que de seguida ens va respondre per correu electrònic que es prestava a fer l’entrevista. Hem quedat a les quatre, quan el celler està tancat i ens rep amb dues persones …

Interview with Dolors Torné, Cal Serafí wine-shop, Torredembarra – English version

Here you can read an interview with the owner of Cal Serafí, the iconic wine-shop in the old part of the historic center of Torredembarra. She is Dolors Torné, who immediately answered us by e-mail and kindly accepted to do the interview. We met at 4 p.m. when the wine-shop is usually closed and she …

Let’s get lost on Costa Daurada

Let’s get lost in Catalonia! The 10 most beautiful villages of Costa Daurada – part III.

Let’s get lost on Costa Daurada this time! In the first two episodes of the Let’s get lost in Catalonia series, we have already reviewed 20 beautiful inland villages in Catalonia. You can take a look here if you missed them. Let’s get lost in Catalonia! The 10 most picturesque non-coastal Catalan villages – part I. …

Calçots for everyone by Besides the Obvious

Calçots for everyone!

Calçots are a trendy veggie meal, available and good for everybody. They are tasty, cool, traditional, could be very social and for sure is a super choice for vegetarians and vegans. Here you will learn what calçots are, from where they come, how to cook them and how to get into this Catalan tradition. The …

Escalivada recipe

Escalivada – a simple & super tasty recipe from Catalonia & Aragon

Escalivada is a roasted vegetable dish and coming from the regions of Catalonia and Aragon. Its name is routed to the Catalan verb “escalivar” meaning “to cook in ashes“, referencing the dish’s traditional preparation in the embers of a wood fire. The classic Escalivada recipe is very easy, so if you are looking for something quick, just take …

Let's get lost in Catalonia!

Let’s get lost in Catalonia! 10 more picturesque non-coastal Catalan villages – part II.

In the first part of this series, we have covered 10 beautiful inland villages in Catalonia. Take a look here, if you missed “Let’s get lost in Catalonia! The 10 most picturesque non-coastal Catalan villages – part I.”, as this article is a continuation of that. Of course, the list doesn’t end here, as Catalonia …

Let's get lost in Catalonia! The 10 most picteresque non-coastal Catalan villages.

Let’s get lost in Catalonia! The 10 most picturesque non-coastal Catalan villages – part I.

I bet if you happen to like football you have already heard the famous cheering of F.C. Barcelona: “visca el Barça i visca Catalunya“, meaning “long live Barça and Catalonia“. And yes, when we think about Catalonia as a potential travel destination, usually the first spot coming to everyone’s mind is its capital city: Barcelona. If we think further then normally we include …

Our top 20 places in 2020 – how & to where we were able to travel during the year of Covid-19…

2020 was not the year of traveling. Neither for us. We, who usually take every occasion to travel, whose everyday life looks like continuously checking options, calendars, travel deals, flight schedules, we also found ourselves in a new reality. The old days were gone, when ever we had free time, we just went to explore, …

Vilaseca On the route of the castles in Camp de Tarragona region

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

We are here to continue our article about the castles worth visiting in Camp de Tarragona region. In the first part – On the route of the castles in Camp de Tarragona region – part I., we have covered the castles of Tamarit, Calafell, Ferran, Altafulla, and El Catllar, and in this article, we will …

Viic Besides the Obvious

Vic travel guide – 10 reasons for a trip

This is a Vic travel guide, the heart of Central Catalonia, and the reasons why to visit the town and get a very deep Catalan feeling. Vic is located in the proper middle of Catalonia, halfway between the sea and the Pyrenees and only seventy kilometers from Barcelona. Vic is a demographic, administrative and services …

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

This article is about a route along some of the most interesting villages in Matarraña and Terra Alta, 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 …

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. Nevertheless, I discovered the route of Spanish rice dishes. 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 …

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 …

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

This an article about Girona, a medieval city in the North of Catalonia you can not miss in a Spanish route.  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 …

Siurana Besides the Obvious

Una escapada 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 hacer una escapada a Siurana, un pequeño pueblo cercano en la región del Priorat. Siurana es un pueblo de 27 habitantes oficialmente. Sí, 27. ☺️ Se encuentra a 737 metros …

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 for a day trip to Siurana, a little village nearby in Priorat region. Siurana is a village of officially 27 inhabitants. Yes, 27. ☺️ It lies 737 meters high, …

Ramen Barcelona Besides the Obvious

Where to eat Ramen in Barcelona? – part 2.

This article is the continuation of the famous ‘Where to eat Ramen in Barcelona?’ post. You can take a look on that list, and review the first 5+1 ramen places we have already shortlisted. These lists are not in order of any preference, we are still facing internal debate between ourselves too, which is actually …

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, including Barcelona. 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 …

Vilella Baixa Besides the Obvious

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

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. Whaaat?! New York?! 😉 The Catalan writer Josep Maria Espinàs, in one of his first travel books, renamed the village of La …

Tossa Besides the Obvious

A day trip to Tossa de Mar

Tossa de Mar is definitely calmer on a sunny winter day .vs during the summer, and even if it’s December, the temperature is around 20 degrees, full of sunshine, the key bars are open, and if you are brave enough, you can seriously consider having a bath in the Mediterranean Sea!! ☀️ Tossa de Mar …

Christmast market Barcelona

Christmas markets in Barcelona

Christmas markets in Barcelona were unknown to me. Well, coming from a country where traditionally and historically the Christmas markets are very much part of the festive season, with real snow, with ice skating ring in the middle of the market, with people drinking mulled wine, punch, eating from the street food selection all the …

Food Truck Palo Alto

Palo Alto, the best Christmast maket in Barcelona

The coolest urban market of Barcelona in a beautiful garden. 😍 We were checking several Christmas markets during this weekend in Barcelona and within two ‘mercado de navidad’s we ended up at Palo Alto, the best Christmast maket in Barcelona. This cool garden is located in Poblenou, in a courtyard of a former factory that …

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