A culinary journey through Catalonia

CATALONIA / SPAIN: Did you know? The Catalans are far ahead in terms of creativity and imagination when it comes to food and drink, and here you will find numerous gourmet kitchens of different top chefs. There is a reason for that. Nestled between the sea and the mountains, the region has taken advantage of these contrasts: for example, chicken is cooked with shrimp or pork with clams. The result is curious, but very tasty creations. In addition, the Catalans have succeeded in absorbing a wide variety of historical trends: influences from France are recognizable, from Italy, Arab countries, the Moors and North Africa. All this has made Catalan cuisine one of the most diverse in Spain. As in all other regions, Catalan cuisine has its specialties. Famous is, for example, the "Rape", the monkfish, which is available in all possible variations. He is very fond of being called "Rape a la Marinera" (monkfish-style monkfish), a dish made of fish, mussels and shrimps, that is to say, all the treasures that the sea has to offer. Also the "bacalao" (stockfish) is widely used, which is often eaten as a kind of stew with vegetables or as "crisps", small fried balls. Not least, there is the said chicken with shrimp ("pollo con langostinos"), which are served together with a spicy herb ...

The secret to Dalí's flowing watches


The year is 1956, Salvador Dalí is at the height of his fame. The eccentric Catalan lies on the terrace of his property and dozes. After a sumptuous snack and a few glasses of heavy Spanish red wine, there must also be a nap for a painter who shocks the world with his surrealist visions, before he is again called to duty by the easel. The merciless sun of Spain burns down on the remnants of his meal while the maestro is taking his nap.

Two hours later, the painter's prince awakens and does not believe his eyes: Normandy's Camembert d'Isigny has become self-sufficient in the midday heat and, half melted, hangs down over the edge of the table. Dalí hurries to the easel and throws the running cheese on the screen in a true creative rush.

"There's just more symbolism in it, people need a puzzle to worry about," according to the laconic commentary of marketing genius Dalí, who knew he would not buy such a cheese.



Ryanair: take-off and landing fees in Girona only half as high as in Barcelona

GIRONA / CATALONIA / SPAIN: For months, the Irish low-cost airline Ryanair rides on the argument that the take-off and landing fees in Girona would be far too high and would no longer be economical. This was contradicted by the Director-General of Spain's airports, Javier Marin, who stated that the costs in Girona were only half as high as in Barcelona, ​​and that the airport would also provide a very good service. All empty air from Ryanair. Marin continued, "Removing the base in January does not mean Ryanair is leaving." In this context, the director of the Airports of Aena predicts that the activities in Vilobí d'Onyar in the next few years will increase beyond "cyclical" situations that, for example, trigger the decision of Ryanair, so that other lines could take the place of the Irish .. On the other hand, Marín referred to the completion of Brexit - the withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the European Union planned for 31 October - as one of the reasons for the revaluation of Ryanair's bases, which apart from Girona, also in the Canary Islands plans to close. The effect that Brexit could have "influences the decisions of the British" as well as those of the airlines. In this context, the Director-General of Aeropuertos de AENA recalled that the ...

Luxury hotels of the Costa Brava are pleased with the summer season 2019 - two from Roses


The "Costa Brava Hotels de Luxe" brand, which includes most of the region's 4 and 5-star hotels, is pleased with this year's summer season. The hoteliers revealed that they had an average occupancy rate of more than 90% in July and more than 95% in August. Occupancy increased by 5% in the first half of the year despite the weather-related weak April and May.

The autumn is also well received and recorded in addition to residential customers and corporate groups, weddings and other festivals.

That it works so well has to do with a great deal of excellent service that people in these price categories expect and receive.

Alt Empordà has three five-star hotels, two of which are in Roses, Vistabella and Terraza, plus the hotel in Peralada.


The art route program in Castelló d'Empúries on 11, 12 and 13 October

CASTELLÓ / CATALONIA / SPAIN: As we have already said, on the 11th, 12th and 13th of October, the 12th Ruta de l'Art (Art Route) will be held in Castelló d'Empúries, alongside works by more than 100 artists In nine different places can visit, also an interesting supporting program has been created. Here is the complete program: Friday, October 11th 16.00: Opening of the art route by officials in front of the flour museum. 8 pm: Official opening act in the Basilica of Santa Maria with the performance of Pol (guitar) and Auxi (violin). Then in front of the Basilica Firewalk of the "Senyors del Foc" (Lords of Fire) and Batucada. We recommend! The whole day: DJ Nora at the Sala Municipal (City Hall) and at the art market - "ruTast" with tasting of wines from the Empordà - "La Shirley" with tasting of "Empanadilles" (filled dumplings from Argentina). Saturday, October 12th 11.00 - 21.00: Art Route and Art Market 11.00: guided route to the most important historical buildings in Castelló and explanation of the works of art that are in them. Languages: Spanish, French. At 11.30 in Catalan. Price: 3 euros. 4.00 pm: Guided tour to the most important historic buildings in Castelló and an explanation of the works of art in them. Languages: ...

On 11, 12 and 13 October "beer festival with live music" in Roses

On 11, 12 and 13 October "beer festival with live music" in Roses ROSES / CATALONIA / SPAIN: For the second time in Roses, the "Fira de la Cervesa Artesana & Music", the "beer festival with music", will be held next weekend from Friday to Sunday. The meeting was deliberately set at the end of the season to offer a nice party to the citizens of the city, who work in the tourism sector. All others, also from other places, are of course also cordially invited. The festival will take place on the "Plaça de l'Illa d'Ítaca" (more simply on the large square opposite the cinemas, very close to the Mossos d'Esquadra guard) in a specially constructed marquee. The special feature of this beer festival is that, for once, you will not get the beers of the big brands, but you will be offered handmade craft beer from various regional small breweries. Of course, there are also drinks without alcohol and small snacks. The participating breweries are: La Selvaseria, Limbik and Co., Santa Pau, Terra Aspra and Vicbrewery. So that the beer flows properly in a good mood, live concerts of local bands are offered on all three days. The process of the festival: Friday, October 11th 4:00 pm Opening of the beer festival and the stands 8 pm Concert with the "d Gremlins" (Rock ...

15 participants participated in plastic picking at Muga embankment

EMPURIABRAVA / CATALONIA / SPAIN: What was successfully started in the spring was also positively continued last Sunday: the collection of plastic on the embankment of the Muga River. A total of 15 people followed the call of the civic association "Bienestar Empuria" and the group was strengthened by members of the new association "Canalitzem Empuriabrava".It could be collected many bags of ugly rubbish that not quite so responsible people just lie and did not care about the environment.At this point, a very big "thank you" to Bienestar, who have now for the third time - in addition to other actions - their part to protect a piece Empuriabrava to protect and put in order - Greta Thunberg would be ...

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