Saffron production is a labour of love – a process so labour intensive that it is hardly surprising that the fiery coloured spice is the most expensive in the world.
Taking place on or around 23rd April each year, a date linked to literature and popular tradition, the festival of Sant Jordi celebrates the Patron saint of Catalonia, French equivalent of St George, a Christian Roman soldier, who was martyred around 303AD for refusing to renounce Christianity
with Leigh and Merry Foster Sometimes, when we’re not walking, we have a lovely day out on the motorbike in this spectacular region. It’s a fantastic way to see the countryside, and get “up close…
Galerie Marianne. This municipal art gallery is curated by the Mairie of Argelès-sur-Mer and is free entry for everybody.
Showcasing temporary exhibitions from internationally renowned artists, the works on display span multiple genres.
Salvador Dali (1904 – 1989) once claimed that Perpignan Railway Station was the “Centre of the Universe, because its waiting room is where he got all his best ideas.”
Situated in the heart of the Catalan sanctuary, 300m from the medieval fortress town of Villefranche-de-Conflent, discover the magic of the UNESCO classified world heritage site: La Grotte des Canalettes.
St Joan de les Abadesses is probably not a town one would choose for a holiday break. Quite unprepossessing, and other than the monastery at its centre, there isn’t much to detain the traveller here. But the monastery was what we’d come to see, so we parked up and walked over the gorgeous 15th century Pont Vall, the old bridge over the Ter into the town. It was a promising start — the sun was shining and the river was lined with allotments and willow trees.
Fancy a lunchbreak with a difference? The Théâtre de l’Archipel in Perpignan hosts a series of concerts sandwichs; bitesized (1 hour) performances where rustling your popcorn is thoroughly encouraged.
Coming from the French word terre for “soil,” the word terroir originally described the special characteristics of a region, or piece of land, which gave different varieties of wine, coffee and tea their individuality. (Soil, climate, position, regional traditions….)
It’s 1946. War is over. On the sandy tracks of the Racou beach village, amidst fishermen’s huts and makeshift shelters thrown together in darker days by Spanish refugees, people, laugh, drink, share a pastis, absinthe or ‘cop de vi blanc’ before sitting down to a communal cargolade or fresh fish BBQ.