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.



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.



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.



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



Hotels on the Costa Brava or in the Girona Pyrenees


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.



Traditional Easter cakes and pastries; From 03/03/20 to 13/04/20

A good way to sample the various cakes and pastries of the counties of Girona is at the fairs and markets held there during the Easter period. Depending how you look at it, Easter or Holy Week could be rechristened Sweet Week. Bunyols (fritters), tortells (ring cakes) and mones (Easter cakes) are the main gastronomic traditions of this time of year, which years ago was seen as a time for eating in moderation. In fact, it is thought that the origin of the typical bunyols of Lent is related to worshippers' need to sweeten the days on which they were prohibited from eating meat by the Church. In the absence of meat, cakes and pastries were a welcome treat. So when Ash Wednesday (the first day of Lent) comes round, it's time to head to the cake and pastry shops to stock up on bunyols, and to make some at home as well. Recipes are handed down from generation to generation for bunyols de vent (literally, "wind" fritters, the hollow variety), bunyols de crema, (cream-filled fritters), brunyols de l'Empordà or other varieties made popular by certain pastry chefs. Whatever the variety, they are always sweet and soft-textured, perfect for snacking on at any time of day. On Palm Sunday it's the turn of the tortell de Rams, a ring-shaped cake stuffed with marzipan and topped with ...

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