Visca Barça!!! Or Girona! But probably not Espanyol…

This blog is for footie fans! If you’re not a football fan you might as well stop reading now – although there is a bit history included too, so maybe read on, at least a little!

The Best League in the World
First of all, let’s just get one thing straight here: La Liga is the best league in the world right now, and it has been for the last two decades or so. In terms of achievements in European competition, no other league has come close since the turn of the millennium, to take a nice round year. And it’s not just all about FC Barcelona and Real Madrid either.

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Let’s go hunting… mushrooms!

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 / cazar) as in “to pursue and capture” when they are talking about hunting mushrooms in the wild.

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Golfing in the Empordà

So the summer season is drawing to a close and most of the tourists have gone – but not all of them! This month of October is prime time for those who love to get out on the golf course. At this time of year the weather tends to be ideal for playing a round (not “playing around” – although maybe a bit of that too!). So without further ado, let’s introduce you to the golf courses of the Costa Brava, starting south and working our way northwards towards the French border. Continue reading “Golfing in the Empordà”

Girona – Temps de Flors

Many visitors who come to the Costa Brava do so for the beautiful coastline and the beaches and understandably so, given that it certainly is one of the more picturesque parts of the Spanish Mediterranean. Many others who fly into Girona-Costa Brava airport take a bus directly to Barcelona and never check out Girona city itself. If you’re one of those who have only seen Barcelona or the beaches and feel like you might be missing something; you are! So, if you think it’s high time you made the effort you’d be right and now, with spring in the air, would be the perfect time.

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