Water on the beaches of the Alt Empordà has recovered after the storms

ALT EMPORDÀ / COSTA BRAVA / CATALONIA: The water quality on the beaches of the Alt Empordà had suffered badly after the rains and storms in recent weeks - the Catalan water agency ACA found out during the weekly surveys.

In the meantime, the situation has normalized again and the agitated dirt and dirt has either sunk to the floor or been washed away.

With these last tests, the ACA has completed its test series and will now only take spot water samples. The overall result of the last year was consistently positive and the sea water quality in the Alt Empordà area achieved the ratings excellent or very good in almost all cases.

https://www.arena-info.com/arena/newsdetails/datum/2020/02/18/wasser-an-den-straenden-des-alt-emporda-hat-sich-nach-den-unwettern-wieder-erholt-1/

 

Carnival procession in Roses with up to 4,000 participants

ROSES / COSTA BRAVA / CATALONIA: This year the Carnival in Roses lasts from February 20th to 24th. This year, 56 foot structures, 52 bodies and 3,400 “extras” will take part, so that there will be a total of around 4,000 participants. These will probably only all take part on Friday evening, because experience has shown that the heroes get tired on Saturday and anyway on Sunday. Then there are gaps in the train, which may not look nice, but is probably due to active alcohol consumption. Just for info: While the "Lindwurm" moves through Roses, the participants are strictly prohibited from drinking alcohol and - you can hardly believe it - almost all carnivalists stick to it. After the trains, active jecke and spectators can go to the marquee on Plaça Frederik Rahola or to the mobile disco at the Pavelló Municipal d’Esports. Of course, as every year, the “sardine” is “buried” as a sign of the end of the carnival - what happens in turn with one or the other funny drink, there is a big firework display and the current carnival king is still holding a moratorium. One more thing: because of the moves, the beach promenade is partially closed on the four days, namely on Friday from 5 p.m., on Saturday from 12 p.m., on Sunday ...

Banyoles Lake

Banyoles Lake is one of the great treasures you can find in the Girona regions.

Strolling around this natural lake, the largest one in Catalonia, is a pleasure at any time of the day.

Today, the lake is a large open space for everyone who wishes to relax, run, ride a bicycle, go out in a boat or practice water sports, such as canoeing, rowing or waterskiing.

If you like finding out about things, you can also enjoy a prehistoric experience at the Draga Neolithic Park, a site with exceptional archaeological value. You can visit the replicas of their huts and travel back more than 7,000 years in time, discovering what life was like in this settlement near the lake.

https://en.costabrava.org/enjoy/dont-miss/banyoles-lake

 

Sant Pere de Rodes

If there is one adjective that fits the monastery of Sant Pere de Rodes like a glove, then it's “majestic”. It certainly fits the description, standing out for its solemnity and elegance. This 10th century Benedictine monastery overlooks the Cap de Creus Natural Park from the highest point of El Port de la Selva. Declared a cultural site of national interest, the complex is one of the best examples of Romanesque architecture in Girona, the most noteworthy elements being the church, the bell tower and the defence tower.

Since its construction in the 10th century the monastery has seen it all: centuries of splendour (when it controlled territories on both sides of the Pyrenees) followed by a period of decadence from the end of the 17th century , with constant sackings, etc., and now happier times as one of the key tourist attractions of the Costa Brava.

https://en.costabrava.org/enjoy/dont-miss/sant-pere-de-rodes

 

Gastronomy – Michelin – starred restaurants

Michelin stars do not fall from the sky. The Girona region’s blend of traditional cuisine and innovative spirit has led to a veritable constellation of extraordinary restaurants. This is Michelin-star territory, with a total of 18 Michelin stars awarded to 14 restaurants that offer unforgettable dining experiences.

Ca l`Arpa – Banyoles

Ca l`Enric – La Vall de Bianya

Casamar – Llafranc

Castell Peralada - Peralada

Els Brancs – Roses

Els Tinars – Llagostera

Empòrium Hotel – Castelló d`Empuries

La Cuina de Can Simón – Tossa de Mar

La Fonda Xesc – Gombrèn

Les Cols – Olot

Les Magnòlies – Arbúcies

Massana – Girona

Miramar – Llancà

Restaurant El Bò. TIC – Corcà

Restaurant El Celler de Can Roca – Girona

Terra by Paco Pérez – Sant Feliu de Guixols

https://en.costabrava.org/what-to-do/wine-and-gastronomy/michelin-starred-restaurants

 

Hotels on the Costa Brava or in the Girona Pyrenees

Hotels

If you prefer the comforts of hotels for your stay on the Costa Brava or in the Girona Pyrenees, you have a world of options at your fingertips. Charming small hotels, seafront apart-hotels, mountain hotels for getting away from it all, welcoming family guest houses, accommodation in historical buildings... and all the categories from basic one-star hotels to five-star luxury hotels. Some hotels also hold tourism quality or environmental quality seals.

https://en.costabrava.org/accommodation/hotels

 

Elefant d'Or International Circus Festival From 13/02/20 to 18/02/20

Girona is strongly committed to attracting top artists from all over the world to leave us spellbound with memories that will last a lifetime. Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to the greatest circus show. The Elefant d'Or International Circus Festival is one of the best events in the world for experiencing up close all the magic of trapeze artists performing pirouettes at great heights; riders performing unbelievable acrobatics on horseback; jugglers with amazing reflexes; tightrope workers defying the laws of physics; prestigious ballet dancers; guaranteed laughs with clowns and many other breathtaking attractions. The Elefant d'Or International Circus Festival has established itself as one of the leading cultural events in our country, following in the footsteps of other great circus festivals, such as those of WuQiao, Budapest, Monte Carlo or Paris. Girona is strongly committed to attracting top artists from all over the world to leave us spellbound with memories that will last a lifetime. Throughout the festival, in addition to performing for the general public, the participating artists compete to win the Gold Show (the name of the festival’s grand final) before an international judging panel composed of well-known figures from the circus world. Building on the ...

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