If you are spending your first Christmas on the Costa Brava, you’ll notice that there’s quite a difference in how it’s celebrated here compared to your home country – and even if it’s not your first there are probably a few customs that might be new to you. They have some unusual ones here!Continue reading “Bon Nadal!”
Once the autumn rains begin to fall there is a well-established tradition in many parts of Spain, especially Catalunya, of heading for the hills and hunting for mushrooms. And yes, it’s hunting! The locals don’t call it picking, gathering or foraging for mushrooms – unless maybe they’re referring to the likes of us blow-ins who don’t really know what we’re doing! While in English we might in some contexts use the verb “hunt” to mean “looking for”, in both Catalan and Spanish they specifically use their verb for “to hunt” (caçar /
There are many wonderful things about living in Spain and particularly so on the Costa Brava here in Catalunya. The climate is probably the most obvious of these for us ‘northerners’, along with the lower cost of living. The food is pretty damn good here too and so is the wine to go with it. However, nowhere is perfect and one area which might be a source of a little frustration to some of you at times is the lack of choice when it comes to going for a beer.
As the nature lovers amongst you will know, we are blessed in this area with some beautiful nature walks and mountain bike trails. (We’ll have more about those in a future blog). One such walk that begins and ends in the village of Mont-ras is (unofficially) known by some locals as the “Boar Walk”. No prizes for guessing why!