You can ski to your heart's content in the Girona Pyrenees where you've got five ski resorts at your fingertips

You can ski to your heart's content in the Girona Pyrenees where you've got five ski resorts at your fingertips: four Alpine ski resorts (La Molina, Masella, Vall de Núria and Vallter 2000) and one Nordic ski resort (Guils-Fontanera). For a start you’ve got the Alp 2500 area, one of the largest skiing areas in the Pyrenees, linking La Molina and Masella. What's more, in the summer the ski resorts become mountain activity and leisure resorts, where you can enjoy sports such as hiking, climbing, mountain biking and horse riding, among others.

Quelle: https://de.costabrava.org/was-konnen-sie-unternehmen/natur-und-aktivtourismus/schnee/skistationen-und-skischule

 

Castelló d’Empúries: Hotel Emporium keeps Michelin star

CASTELLÓ / CATALONIA / SPAIN: The Hotel Emporium at the entrance to Castelló, which has been in existence for over 50 years, has once again been awarded a Michelin star. Chef Salvador Jordà remarked that they always tried to get a good kitchen and felt committed to the products of the area.The operators of the Hotel-Restaurant Emporium were delighted to receive the award, but at the same time said that they were also "new commitments".

Quelle: https://www.arena-info.com/arena/newsdetails/datum/2020/01/03/castello-dempuries-hotel-emporium-behaelt-michelinstern/

 

Where the land comes to an end: the Cap de Creus

ROSES / CATALONIA / SPAIN: The easternmost tip of the Iberian Peninsula has always inspired the imagination of the people here. Salvador Dalí, who had a good view of the Cap de Creus from his house in Port Lligat, is quoted as saying that he is the first person on the Iberian Peninsula who sees the sun every morning. The landscape of the peninsula is the most beautiful, what Catalonia and the Costa Brava have to offer. However, they are not pretty, the rocks of Cap de Creus, rather harsh and wild. The eternal wind and the stony ground prevent more than a few isolated trees from settling. The vegetation is rather unspectacular and consists mainly of low bushes and grasses. However, it contributes an olfactory component that shapes the impression of the wanderer. It smells everywhere: juniper and Schopflavendel, rosemary and various Zistrosenarten - this landscape can be experienced with all senses. The geology at Cap de Creus is complicated and varied (which is why you can see student groups clawing around in the area with geological hammers - not recommended for imitation, you need an extra permit from the park management!). For millions of years, volcanoes and the forces of plate tectonics have created a landscape of wild, rugged bizarre rock formations that are only ...

Christmas markets

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 ...

Attractions

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 ...

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.

https://www.arena-info.com/arena/newsdetails/datum/2019/11/08/weihnachtsbeleuchtung-in-empuriabrava-wird-am-5-dezember-angeschaltet/

 

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