Bleak’ would fairly describe the town of Portbou, a bleakness only accentuated by its stunning environs.
Traders from all over Catalonia and local retailers gather for this multi-sector fair. Crafts, retail products, market produce, art… different themed areas are set up within the Market on the Street Fair.
A new season with great voices
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.”
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.
Founded in 1177 by King Alfonso I of Aragon, Count of Barcelona, Puigcerdà, meaning “Cerdanyan hill” in Catalan, replaced Hix (now a village in the French part of Cerdagne) as the capital of Cerdanya in 1178.
The city of Montpellier is consistently voted one of the top places to live in France – by no less than the French themselves.
Flying from Girona airport with a few hours to kill? Empúries, (coming from the Greek “Emporion” meaning market place or shopping centre) lies midway between the Costa Brava town of L’Escala and the tiny village…
Over the past five or six centuries, Girona has undergone twenty-five sieges and been captured seven times by a variety of famous French generals. Today, it is Mr O’Leary and his Ryanair army who have…
Jailhouse Rocks The ‘Castell de Sant Ferran’, built in Figueres, in the mid 18th century, is the largest castle in Europe. The walk around the perimeter of the castle is a flat 3km…