Costa Brava in Spain

19 February 2018 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General

Palafrugell © Patronat de Turisme Costa Brava Pirineu de Girona/cc-by-sa-3.0

Palafrugell © Patronat de Turisme Costa Brava Pirineu de Girona/cc-by-sa-3.0

The Costa Brava (“Wild Coast” or “Rough Coast”) is a coastal region of Catalonia in northeastern Spain, consisting of the comarques (counties) of Alt Empordà, Baix Empordà and Selva in the province of Girona. Costa Brava stretches from the town of Blanes, 60 km (37 mi) northeast of Barcelona, to the French border. In the 1950s, the Costa Brava was identified by the Spanish government and local entrepreneurs as being suitable for substantial development as a holiday destination, mainly for package holiday tourists from France and Northern Europe. The combination of a very good summer climate, nature, excellent beaches and a favourable foreign exchange rate, which made Costa Brava a relatively inexpensive tourist destination, was exploited by the construction of large numbers of hotels and apartments in such seaside resorts as Blanes, Tossa de Mar and Lloret de Mar. Tourism rapidly took over from fishing as the principal business of the area. Between beaches and hidden coves surrounded by vegetation, are 199 locations in the coastal regions of Costa Brava.   read more…

Theme Week Catalonia – Salou

27 June 2015 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General

Port and Beach © Salvador Sáinz

Port and Beach © Salvador Sáinz

Salou is a municipality of the comarca of Tarragonès, in the province of Tarragona. The city is approximately 10 km from Tarragona and Reus on the Costa Daurada and 112 km from Barcelona. Aside from its string of beaches interrupted by rocky coves, and its landscaped promenade, one of its main attractions is the PortAventura resort. Salou’s main promenade is the Passeig Jaume I, which runs along the coast adjacent to the Llevant Beach, the longest beach in the town. Other beaches include Platja de Ponent, Platja dels Capellans, Platja Llarga and Platja Cala Crancs. Salou has 34 Blue Flag beaches. Water-sports, rentals and trips can be arranged on the Llevant Beach.   read more…

Theme Week Catalonia – Lloret de Mar

26 June 2015 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General

© Xavi Garcia/cc-by-sa-3.0

© Xavi Garcia/cc-by-sa-3.0

Lloret de Mar is a Mediterranean coastal town in Catalonia. One of the most popular holiday resorts on the Costa Brava, it is 40 kilometres (25 miles) from Girona and 75 kilometres (47 miles) from Barcelona. With a population of 39,000, it is the second largest town in the Selva comarca of Catalonia.   read more…

Theme Week Catalonia – Badalona

25 June 2015 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General

Port of Badalona © Vicente Maza Gómez/cc-by-sa-3.0

Port of Badalona © Vicente Maza Gómez/cc-by-sa-3.0

Badalona is a city in eastern Catalonia. It is located in the comarca of the Barcelonès, joined to Barcelona and part of its metropolitan area. It is situated on the left bank of the small Besòs River and on the Mediterranean Sea, backed by the Serra de la Marina mountain range. Badalona is the third most-populated municipality in Catalonia after Barcelona and L’Hospitalet de Llobregat. It became a city in 1897.   read more…

Theme Week Catalonia – Terrassa

24 June 2015 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General

Mercado de la Independéncia de Tarrasa © flickr.com - Jaume Meneses/cc-by-sa-2.0

Mercado de la Independéncia de Tarrasa © flickr.com – Jaume Meneses/cc-by-sa-2.0

Terrassa is a city in the east central region of Catalonia, in the province of Barcelona, comarca of Vallès Occidental, of which it is the cocapital along with Sabadell. The city is heir to a rich medieval, Modernista and industrial legacy, and possesses an extensive network of libraries, historical archives and museums.   read more…

Tarragona in Catalonia

23 June 2015 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, UNESCO World Heritage

Tarragona © Vmenkov

Tarragona © Vmenkov

Tarragona is a city located in the south of Catalonia on the north-east of Spain, by the Mediterranean. It is the capital of the Spanish province of the same name and the capital of the Catalan comarca Tarragonès. In the medieval and modern times it was the capital of the Vegueria of Tarragona. Today, the city had a population of 135,000.   read more…

Theme Week Catalonia – Lleida

23 June 2015 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General

La Seu Vella cathedral © Hector Blanco de Frutos/cc-by-2.5

La Seu Vella cathedral © Hector Blanco de Frutos/cc-by-2.5

Lleida is the capital city of the province of Lleida. Geographically, it is located in the Catalan Central Depression. The metro area has about 250,000 inhabitants. It is also the capital city of the Segrià comarca, as well as the largest city in the province. It had 137,000 inhabitants as of 2010, including the contiguous municipalities of Raimat and Sucs.   read more…

Theme Week Catalonia

22 June 2015 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, Theme Weeks

Aigua Blava Bay © PaddyBriggs

Aigua Blava Bay © PaddyBriggs

Catalonia is an autonomous community of Spain, and designated a “historical nationality” by its Statute of Autonomy. The capital and largest city is Barcelona, the second largest city in Spain, and the centre of one of the largest metropolitan areas in Europe. The official languages are Catalan, Spanish and Aranese (an Occitan dialect). Castells are one of the main manifestations of Catalan popular culture. The activity consists in constructing human towers by competing colles castelleres (teams). This practice originated in the southern part of Catalonia during the 18th century. The tradition of els Castells i els Castellers was declared Masterpiece of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO in 2010. There are several UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Catalonia.   read more…

Reus in Catalonia

14 October 2014 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General

Market Square © Josep Llauradó/cc-by-sa-2.0-es

Market Square © Josep Llauradó/cc-by-sa-2.0-es

Reus is the capital of Baix Camp, in the province of Tarragona, in Catalonia, Spain. The area has always been an important producer of wines and spirits, and gained continental importance at the time of the Phylloxera plague. Nowadays it is known by its commercial activity, for being a center for rock-climbing and as the birthplace of architect Antoni Gaudí.   read more…

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