Walk on the Great Wall of Catalonia in Girona

PC033893-01-01

Here is a tip if you face an acute what-to-do-with-the kids emergency in Barcelona If you are visiting the Catalan capital with teenage kids in tow who have become ever so slightly rebellious after three days of art nouveau, hallucinogenic architecture and the musty smell of museum corridors, take them to Girona (it’s a little more than 30 minutes away by high-speed train) and straight to the Great Wall of Catalonia.

Walk on the Great Wall of Catalonia in Girona

Experience the Drama and the Heart of the Coastline in Barcelona

PC023800 -01-01

Barcelona City Walks Now that we have established that the local food alone is worth a trip to Barcelona (by eating a lot of it, intrepid adventurers that we are), only one question remains: how do we get all those calories off our waistlines? Well, by walking, of course. I am sure you had already figured that out all by yourself. The website is called Easy Hiker, after all, not Heavy Eater.

A

Experience the Drama and the Heart of the Coastline in Barcelona

Where You Can Eat (Guaranteed) Well in Barcelona

IMG_8111 -01-01

In our last post, we talked about something that Mediterranean countries do not, on the whole, do very well – Christmas, or, to be more precise, the “universal” (but in fact Northern European-North American) version of it. Today’s post, conversely, is about something which lies very much in Southern Europe’s comfort zone: food. Which is more than ample compensation, you must agree.

When it comes to the higher forms of “food culture”, Northern

Where You Can Eat (Guaranteed) Well in Barcelona

Barcelona – City of Christmas Lights

PB303422-01-01

Don’t we all just love the Mediterranean! And aren’t we grateful that we have its wonderful countries: for their food, their joie de vivre, the refuge they offer us at this or, indeed, any other time of the year. Having said that, we must also admit that these countries are not perfect and that there are things they do not do very well. Things like, to name just one, Christmas.

The reason why

Barcelona – City of Christmas Lights

Want 5 Reasons to Visit Barcelona This Time of Year?

thumb

1. It is always nice to escape the dark and the cold

Look out of your window: chances are you are staring into a grey and gloomy fog. What more reasons do you need to run away? Escaping from the grim and cold reality of early winter in much of Europe and North America: this, after all, is what Christmas was invented for, giving all of us something better and brighter

Want 5 Reasons to Visit Barcelona This Time of Year?

Once a Fishing Village

woman contemplating the sea framed by an arch"

Coastal Hikes in Spain A Fishing Village along the Cami de Ronda

Cannes, Portofino, Benidorm – nearly all of the famous Mediterranean beach resorts, whether classy or downmarket, were once humble fishing villages.

In some parts of the Mediterranean, there is nothing that could remind the visitor of this tradition – in others, there may still be people standing on the quayside every morning selling fish, but the whole scene feels

Once a Fishing Village

S’Alguer – A Fishing Village along the Cami de Ronda

"S'Alguer along the Cami de Ronda"

Coastal Hikes in Spain An Old Fishing Village on the Cami de Ronda

Spain’s Costa Brava and the French Riviera may be two of Europe’s most famous and most visited coastal holiday regions, but that’s where the similarity ends.

Whereas the French Riviera, at least its “core section” between Cannes and Menton on the Italian border, is just one continuous stretch of homes, hotels and commercial developments, the Costa Brava –

S’Alguer – A Fishing Village along the Cami de Ronda

The Picture Pretty Trail of La Fosca

"A scenic view of the La Fosca trail along the Cami de Ronda seen through a picture frame"

Coastal Hikes in Spain Along the Cami de Ronda This is easily one of the most scenic views from our recent hike on the Costa Brava between the Catalonian beach resorts of La Fosca and Palafrugell: with the three classical features of the Mediterranean coastline – the plants that grow out of the arid slopes and cliffs, the vast expanse of the ocean, the combination of beaches and human settlements – neatly arranged in the

The Picture Pretty Trail of La Fosca

The Real Costa Brava

"A cove by the beach along the Cami de Ronda in the Costa Brava"

Coastal Hikes in Spain This is the real Costa Brava Forget everything you have always thought you knew about the Costa Brava: the holiday factories, the hordes of Viking tourists, the overcrowded beaches….

Sure, the Costa Brava has all of that, but certainly not on the stretch between Palamos and Palafrugell – an area that will remind you, in fact, of what attracted the international tourism industry to this part of the Iberian

The Real Costa Brava

La Fosca on the Cami de Ronda

"Beach of La Fosca from a Cami de Ronda trail"

Easy hiking in Spain La Fosca in the Costa Brava

La Fosca had been recommended to us. It is not a place where one would wind up otherwise.

Remember this: Next time you travel through Catalonia or anywhere along the Costa Brava, make room in your itinerary for a trip to La Fosca. Take this as a personal recommendation from Easy Hiker.

There are

La Fosca on the Cami de Ronda