Next week, I’m off to visit Majorca. That’s a sentence I haven’t said in many years. The name Majorca (or Mallorca) conjures up to Northern Europeans what I imagine the name Acapulco does to Americans: package holidays, pig roasts, loud pop music blasting from shops and cafes on busy seaside streets, embarrassingly drunk fellow countrymen… [...]
Costa Brava is such a diverse region. From Blanes in the south to the French border in the north, this Catalonian region encompasses mountains and cliffs, plains and rough terrain, cities that manage to be simultaneously cosmopolitan and quaint. Here are adorable villages, miles and miles of coastline with alluring little coves and bays and, [...]
Lloret de Mar has a lovely setting with clean and pretty beaches, mysterious coves and beautiful gardens. It’s lively, and popular with the young crowd.
The Catalan version of Art Nouveau is Modernisme and it’s about more than architecture. Modernisme is an entire movement closely linked to Catalan culture and identity. Yet, it is through architecture this movement is best known, especially the works of Antoni Gaudi.
Something is different in Catalonia. Independence flags wave from windows and balconies all over the region, long after the national day, 11 September.
I adore the works of brilliant Catalan architect, Antoni Gaudi: his unusual shapes, his vibrant colours. Here’s a photo story on his Parc Güell. Enjoy!
Two memories of Girona stand out: a wonderful dusty old book shop – and the narrow alleys and stairs appearing around every corner.