Christmas markets and fairs

You can find all you need at the Christmas markets held in many towns on the feast days of various saints... If you're looking for decorations to liven up your Christmas celebrations, come and visit the Christmas fairs and markets. You can find all you need at the Christmas markets held in many towns on the feast days of various saints: Saint Nicholas (6th December), Saint Lucia (13th December), Saint Thomas (formerly, 21st December), Saint Stephen (26th December). There are plenty of options to choose the day that suits you best. If you enjoy displaying a decorative nativity scene at home, there are lots of stalls selling all the figurines. Typically, the baby Jesus and his parents Mary and Joseph (flanked by an ox and a mule) are surrounded by shepherds with their flocks, the Three Kings and other figures. In Catalonia the classic caganer also forms part of the scene. Traditionally a shepherd, this defecating figurine is tucked away discretely in a corner. It is said that he represents ordinary people and the ironic character of the Catalans. The variety of caganers on sale is astounding; you can find not only shepherds but politicians, artists and sporting icons, along with other well-known personalities. You'll also find the tió (the Christmas trunk that ...

Tastes of autumn

Autumn tastes of chestnuts and panellets (little round marzipan cakes). These two products provide the flavour in Catalan gastronomic culture when autumn brings vibrant red and yellow hues to forests and the days draw in and get chillier. As in the rest of Catalonia, in every corner of the Costa Brava and the Girona Pyrenees, autumn tastes of chestnuts and panellets (little round marzipan cakes). These two products provide the flavour in Catalan gastronomic culture when autumn brings vibrant red and yellow hues to forests and the days draw in and get chillier. Curiously, the origin of the popular castanyada (chestnut festival) can be found in ancient Celtic burial rituals. It is celebrated in the run-up to All Saints' Day and is associated with the castanyera, a jolly old lady who would sell her freshly roasted chestnuts to passers-by in the street, served piping hot in paper cones. Dressed in warm clothing with a long skirt and a headscarf wrapped tightly around her head, she used a cup-shaped stove to roast the chestnuts. That's why in Girona the site occupied by the chestnut sellers during the Sant Narcís Fair and Festival is now called La Copa. Although we don't see so many street sellers of roasted chestnuts today, you can still find lots of stalls where chestnuts ...


The Costa Brava from Blanes to Portbou is a hodgepodge of really charming impressions. The focal point here is nature with the Cap de Creus Nature Park, the Aiguamolls de l'Empordà Natural Park and the Montgrí Natural Park, Medes Islands and Baix Ter. These three very different scenarios form three biologically particularly valuable natural spaces. Also our coast will charm you with beautiful, high-quality beaches and wonderful bays. Some bays guard, hidden between steep slopes, a paradisiacal idyll. This is accompanied by the distinctive Mediterranean character of many places such as Cadaqués or Calella de Palafrugell. Also, remember some of the truly unique destinations, such as the Bay of Roses, Lake Banyoles and the botanical gardens of Santa Clotilde, Pinya de Rosa, Marimurtra and Cap Roig. The Costa Brava also offers a wide range of cultural activities. These include the great legacy of the artist Salvador Dalí in the Empordà, the monastery of Sant Pere de Rodes and the castle of Peratallada, medieval urban centers such as in Tossa de Mar, Púbol or Pals, the ruins of Empúries as exceptional evidence of Greek and Roman civilizations , the pottery tradition in La Bisbal and the old town of Girona with a historic jewel of ...

The former capital of the county Empúries

SANT MARTÍ / CATALONIA / SPAIN: Sant Martí d'Empúries is a medieval village that was once the capital of the county of Empúries and today, lovingly restored throughout, is the preferred holiday destination for those who want to enjoy the sea in peace. As small as the Mediterranean Sea may be, it used to be the capital of the County of Empúries in the 9th, 10th and 11th centuries until the Counts relocated to nearby Castelló d'Empúries for safety reasons. The now lovingly restored medieval village invites you to an enchanting stroll and is an obligatory visit destination for all those who are interested in history and live in the L'Escala district. It was here, in the 6th century BC, when the first Greek settlers landed, and later settled where we now find the ruins of Empúries. If you come by car, should park the car on the parking lot laid out on the highway and continue on foot to the center. This is the only way to really enjoy the ancient stone walls and the narrow streets that cross each other and meander uphill, finally converging on the main square in front of the church. If the place up to here seemed to have a more modestly measured character, the room now widens and opens the view to a ubiquitous, near sea. The ...

Medieval places in the province of Girona

GIRONA / CATALONIA / SPAIN PROVINCE: In a history based on the coexistence of a number of small independent counties and monasteries, the importance of the Middle Ages around Girona is all too obvious. Walled cities, castles, Romanesque and Gothic churches, palaces and other architectural and cultural elements prove this sufficiently. start: We leave Girona north via the C-66 towards La Bisbal d'Empordà. At Bordils, we turn into the GIV-6701, which takes us through Sant Martí el Vell, a lovely little village with a church from 1433 and a curious, pointed late Gothic bell tower, the beautifully located Madremanya and finally Monells and Cruïlles leads. On the C-66 are also the towns of La Bisbal and Corçà. La Bisbal, a castle in the middle of town, has several arcaded houses, a charming Plaça Major and the Carrer del Call. Along with the stretch of track. It is only 2 km to Monells and Cruïlles, as well as Monells to Corçà. Monells has a beautiful arcaded main square. The main doubt of the Romanesque tower in Cruïlles. We leave La Bisbal via the C-66 towards Palafrugell, but soon find ourselves on the GI-644, which brings us to Peratallada. We are here in a typical medieval fortified village with irregular ...

Christmas lights in Empuriabrava will be switched on on December 5th

EMPURIABRAVA / CATALONIA / SPAIN: For some, this news is not that important or unnecessary, but for those who enjoy Christmas and enjoy the magic that is in the air, this is good news. The Town Hall Castelló opens the many, many Christmas lights in Empuriabrava on the afternoon of December 5th and then it is twice as bright in the evening in the village.

Whether as in each year new lights are added or whether old ones were exchanged, one did not announce.


Empuriabrava: First step towards redesigning the Sant Mori and bridge over C-261

EMPURIABRAVA / CATALONIA / SPAIN: As ARENA reported in the summer, the Town Hall will redesign and remodel the main shopping street in Empuriabrava, the Sant Mori. Now the first step seems to be taken and next week there will be a meeting with the "territorial department of the Generalitat", which will first deal with the eventual new bus stop on the Sant Mori (which has been in planning for over 12 years) is), but also the complete reconstruction of the street, the parking lots, the central strip and possibly also the arcades will be discussed. The project will then officially be tackled and if all goes well, the work should be completed in a maximum of six years. There is also good news about the future, or the lighting of the bridge between the sectors Puigmal and Mas Nou via the connecting road C-261 between Roses and Figueres. Here an external special company was contacted, which is currently in the process of calculating the costs and offers various offers. It is important that the company can give guarantees about the duration of the durability and the ...

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