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17850 Besalú, Girona, Spain
A short trip from Barcelona via bus or car, explore Besalú's medieval old town. Cross its restored 11th century bridge into a picturesque village with cobblestone streets. Shop for handmade trinkets or stop off for a meal or a drink in bars and...
Carrer de l'Albereda, 7, 17004 Girona, Spain
A deconstructed Spanish tortilla. A fried aubergine. A selection of cured meats that would please any palate. Olives whose essence fill up the whole room. And not to forget the wine pairings. That is the kind of experience you'll have at Divinum,...
Carrer d'Aragó, 67, 08015 Barcelona, Spain
While the food isn't as exquisite or beautiful as in some of Barcelona's more expensive traditional restaurants, portion sizes are generous and the food is inexpensive and freshly prepared. The restaurant is closed on Saturdays, and weekday...
Carrer de Joaquín Costa, 62, 08001 Barcelona, Spain
Passeig dels Castanyers, 1, 08035 Barcelona, Spain
This is one of my favorite gardens in Barcelona. I take the subway to Mundet, then I walk uphill living the buzz of the city behind me. On Wednesdays, the entrance is for free (the rest of the days you need to be a small fee to go in). The maze...
Carrer de Sant Pere Més Alt, 1, 08003 Barcelona, Spain
In this activity you will learn about the life and traditions of the Jewish community of Barcelona in the Middle Ages. Sefarad includes a guided tour to the ‘call’ or Jewish quarter, visit to the Great Synagogue and the elegant halls of the Casa...
Gothic Quarter, Barcelona, Spain
Fortunately I had just recently seen a movie that enlightened me about urban art and artists. I was introduced to the likes of Banksy and Invader. So a few weeks later when I ran across Invader's tile calling card while meandering the Gothic...
La Rambla, 58, ppal 2, 08002 Barcelona, Spain
If the mere thought of leaving Barcelona has you missing the food, then sign up for a cooking course and learn to recreate your favorite local dishes at home. Most reputable cooking schools offer menus using seasonal and local ingredients, let...
La Rambla, 99, 08002 Barcelona, Spain
Tour Barcelona neighborhoods and sample edible wares with Sonia, a long-time local with lots of enthusiasm and plenty of juicy tidbits about Barcelona's food, culture and history to share. After meeting Sonia on the Rambla, she took us on an...
38, Carrer del Baluard, 08003 Barcelona, Spain
And I'm serious. You walk in and the men and women working have been throwing mounds of dough around all night and you can order one slice of everything. And every single bite is not just bread, it's a remarkable bite of nurtured art.
Carrer de les Caputxes, 10, 08003 Barcelona, Spain
This place looks more like a jewelry place than a cake shop. When I finish my tours in the Born district, I can't hardly stop myself from heading there to reward me for a good job done (and when I'm with clients and we pass by, they NEED to see...
Marta, a petite Barcelona native fluent in three languages, welcomes any and all into her home for the joyous culinary experience of paella. The Spanish dish often frightens many due to its overwhelming nature of ingredients, but Marta brings such...
3 Rue Raymond Roger Trencavel, 11000 Carcassonne, France
With its medieval walls, the Cité de Carcassonne is among the most picturesque, and most crowded, sights in all of Europe. But when the sun sets and the tour buses leave, the stone-paved streets actually grow quiet; mid-week—even during the summer...
Place du Château, 11140 Puilaurens, France
The ruins of this 12th-century fortified castle are worth a side trip if you're near the coastal city of Perpignan on the Spanish/French border. A short 20-minute hike up from the designated parking lot (or a longer hike from the bottom of the...
Av. de Sant Francesc, 6, 17001 Girona, Spain
A short distance north of Barcelona is one of the most magical places we've found. Walking through the streets of Girona makes you feel like you've stepped back in to medieval times. The rough, uneven stone walls tower above you. You can feel as...
Av. Costa Brava, 25, 17320 Tossa de Mar, Girona, Spain
Unlike many of the neighboring towns along Spain's Costa Brava, the fishing village of Tossa de Mar has managed to retain its simple, distinctly laidback charm. The narrow, cobbled streets of the old town still house funky paella dens and outdoor...
Carrer de la Força, 4, 17004 Girona, Spain
Walk along the ramparts of Girona's Força Vella, or "Old Fortress." The crumbling 1st century B.C. Roman walls are even more impressive after sunset, when they seem to suddenly appear around a corner, shrouded in shadows and mist.
17850 Besalú, Girona, Spain
We rented a car in Barcelona to drive out to Vic for the market one Saturday afternoon and, afterwards, we didn't know where to go but we had heard something about an amazing road up to Besalú so we decided to go there. I guess we approached from...
17600 Figueres, Girona, Spain
If you’re the kind of traveler that walks upstream of the tourist flow, the Dalí museum in Figueres is worth a stop on your way to Barcelona. Dali said, “You have to systematically create confusion, it sets creativity free,” which appears to be an...
17320 Tossa de Mar, Girona, Spain
Tossa de Mar, along the Costa Brava, is just under two hours away from Barcelona by bus, but it feels worlds away. Even on an overcast evening, the quaint little town still manages to shine. Hotel Cap d'Or, on the edge of the main strip, is a...
Plaça Gala i Salvador Dalí, 5, 17600 Figueres, Girona, Spain
One can't visit Costa Brava, Spain, without taking into account one of its most influential artists - the surrealist Salvador Dali. His Theatre-Museum in Figueres is the largest surrealistic object in the world. Among many paintings, sculptures...
Grup Torre Gironella, 102, 17004 Girona, Spain
It is best to take this route from the northern-most tip of the wall. This way you've had the time to enjoy the old Jewish quarters already, and would have enough time to hike the 2-km stretch back to the center. Make sure to take all circular...
Passeig del Born, 12, 08003 Barcelona, Spain
An amazing little hole in the wall in the district of El Born, a delightful corner of Barcelona, with all the beauty and charm of the Gothic Quarter but far enough from the beaten path making it a little quieter. Right on the Passeig del Born,...
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