Narbonne is a leafy and well-appointed town, initially founded by the Romans in 118 BCE, when it was known then as Narbo. Once a very prosperous port and a major city due to its strategic location, it was in fact Rome’s first colony in Gaul.

Occupying an enviable location on the Mediterranean coast, between the tidal lagoons or étangs, surrounded by pink salt fields, the ancient circular fishing village of Gruissan lies in the heart of the Regional Natural Park of Narbonne and the Mediterranean

Here in the Pyrénées Orientales CSF have our very own get-together, lunch preceded by a short meeting, a chance to meet up with others involved with CSF.

Above the gleaming white fishing town of Port de la Selva, in the province of Girona, stands the Benedictine monastery of Sant Pere de Rodes constructed into the side of the Verdera mountain.

We pass evocatively named places busy with history; Besalú, St Jaume de Llierca, Castellfollit de la Roca before entering Olot and the Parc Natural de la Zona Volcanica de la Garrotxa abundant with fascinating conical and sometimes symmetrical hills.

I’m assuming you’ve already gasped at the Parc Güell, gazed at Gaudi, stared at the Sagrada Familia, and marvelled at Miró.
For me the charm of Barcelona is to be found in its more homely treasures, on foot or by its efficient public transport system.