Caminos de Ronda (Part 1)

The Coastal Trail from Begur to San Feliu de Guixols
La Costa Brava translates as the Wild Coast in English, and although those of us from more northern climes and especially anyone familiar with the Atlantic Ocean might think the “wild“ moniker is a bit of an exaggeration, there is a lot of very rugged coast along here and it is really the physical nature of the coastline that earns it the name Costa Brava rather than anything to do with the weather. (Thankfully!) If you want to really experience the best of this coastline the best way to do so is by going for a walk along the caminos de ronda, which can loosely be translated as ‘coastline walks’, although there are caminos into the interior too. 

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¡Carnaval!

It’s that time of year again and Carnaval is almost upon us again but do you know about the origins of this festival?

Carnaval, as we know it today, comes from an originally Catholic event, but one which has its roots in traditional European pagan celebrations that revolved around the spring equinox. This marked the shift from winter to summer; darkness to light.

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Go Nuts for Calçots

“A calçot (Catalan pronunciation: [kəɫˈsɔt]) is a type of scallion or green onion known as calçot in the Catalan language. The calçot from Valls (Tarragona) is a registered EU Protected Geographical Indication. (A geographical indication [GI] is a name or sign used on products which correspond to a specific geographical location or origin, for example, a town, region, or country. The use of a geographical indication may act as a certification that the product possesses certain qualities, is made according to traditional methods or enjoys a certain reputation, due to its geographical origin.)”

What’s all the fuss about?
Right, so now that we got the definition out of the way, what’s all the fuss about and why do the Catalans go nuts for their calçots??
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