A trompe l’oeil, or ‘trick of the eye’, is the art of illusion, a technique using realistic imagery to create an optical illusion of depth. Some of them are mind blowing.
Across the bridge from Ille sur Têt, on the road to Belesta, along a small road on the left running along by the river, lies the ruined village of Casenoves, (‘new houses’ in Catalan).
Back in medieval times Collioure’s reputation revolved around the salting of anchovies, sardines and tuna.
They might not all be a pulsing whirl of excitement – some are only small gatherings scantily attended – but it’s a great way to support the local producers.
L’Estartit is a small fishing village in the Baix Empordà region, Girona province of Catalonia, Spain. The name dates back to 1517 when the blessing of the first chapel took place.
Each year, the Ermitage de la Saint Ferréol bursts with life with the annual Festa Major. Tradition, religion, food and drink… it’s a firm favourite with the locals.
Tucked away off the coast road, half way between Port Vendres and Banyuls-sur-Mer, lies the bay of Paulilles, three beaches (Bernardi, del Mitg and Fourat) separated by rocky headlands, surrounded by steep and endless vineyards, and rugged mountains.
WITH KATYA WILLEMSEN (Read Shepherd’s Prayer, Katja’s fast- paced adventure set in Collioure. Available on Amazon) Cherries, apricots, grapes and peaches may be our region’s above ground treasure, but iron ore and other metals, even…
Situated in the north of the Corbieres, between Narbonne and Carcassone, the medieval village of Lagrasse offers a feast for the eyes and is full of historical and cultural interest.
Perpignan, cultural capital of Catalonia North owes much of its heritage and culture to the kings of Majorca, whose palace still dominates the town.