2 days route through Costa Daurada Mountains

2 days route through Costa Daurada Mountains

I discovered the southern part of Catalonia in the interior of Costa Daurada, in a region that is called Baronia d'Escornalbou. We have been two full days going around incredible towns, stone towns, with architectural jewels and amazing gastronomy. Our route started in Dues Aigües, a lovely stone town that has two incredible bridges built in 1893, one with 14 archs spread over two levels and the other one with 9 archs. The bridge with 14 archs is known by the name the viaduct of Masos and it has been awarded to be an Industrial Heritage Element of Catalonia. If you visit Duesaigües you can't miss the grandfather's museum, a personal museum that is focused on working tools and daily life objects from all times, most of them not in use anymore but it is interesting to see them. There are …

Virgin Extra olive oil: oil tasting and breakfast among olive trees

Virgin Extra olive oil: oil tasting and breakfast amon…

If you are an olive oil fan this is your place, virgin extra olive oil is the best to consume for its benefits, I will tell you all about the benefits of extra virgin olive oil as a good Mediterranean person that I am. But first, let me show you how we enjoyed a breakfast among a century old olive trees in Riudecanyes, the Baronia d'Escornalbou area. The olive oil is a symbol of the Mediterranean gastronomy as well as the culture, it is very natural for us to use olive oil everywhere in our dishes. It is quite difficult to find olive trees that are a century years old, those normally have very big branches and even natural entrances that have opened in time to get inside the tree. We were privileged to be able to enjoy breakfast surrounded by those olive trees, and savour delish aberqu…

Costa Daurada mountains, Riudecanyes: the country side near the sea

Costa Daurada mountains, Riudecanyes: the country side…

Riudecanyes is a beautiful town in the interior of Costa Daurada area, I know quite well the coast but I haven't visited before the interior. Being so many times in the coast makes me feel a bit guilty for not knowing this part of Catalonia but it was a good opportunity to explore it. There are things you can't leave without seeing in Riudecanyes that will make you want to come back. Castle-Monastery San Miquel d'Escornalbou In a priviled location the castle-monastery from XII century is the highest point in the area from where you can have incredible views and the perfect spot to enjoy sunset. The first thing that caught my eye was the name, as it is called castle but also monastery....The castle was built in XII century and Alfonso I was the one who was behind the construction. The cas…

L'Ametlla de mar, unspoilt beaches in Catalonia

L'Ametlla de mar, unspoilt beaches in Catalonia

L'Ametlla de Mar is an unknown paradise in the south of Catalonia, in general the most famous beaches are in la Costa Brava in North Catalonia but the south, Costa Daurada has nothing to envy and if you don't believe me keep reading and see it for yourself in the pictures. I like to go to the beach but one of the things I hate the most is the crowds and the advantage of visiting a place that is not that famous is that you get to enjoy it without having to share it with thousands of other tourists. We have spent a weekend in l'Ametlla and we have visited different beaches that I will explain you below, l'Ametlla is a little town of fishermen, so it is a great chance to eat some fish and good fish paellas. Our beach weekend in l'Ametlla de Mar We are beach fans and before heading to the …

Montblanc: medieval town and traditional Catalan food

Montblanc: medieval town and traditional Catalan food

Montblanc is a beautiful medieval town very near Barcelona, if you are spending some days in the capital and you want one day excursion from Barcelona, Montblanc is a great choice. Montblanc town has been declared a medieval and artistic town as there are very well preserved buildings from XIII and XIV centuries. The town has cave paintings that are still preserved and have been declared as UNESCO heritage. All the old town is circled by a medieval wall, when we go we always walk around, it is beautiful to see it and there are plenty of stone streets with cool shops. The town is beautiful, I totally recommend visiting it and it is famous for being the places where Sant Jordi's legend comes from. There is even "portal de Sant Jordi", it is the place where it is believed the dragon was…

César Martinell wine cellars: a Gaudí’s disciple

César Martinell wine cellars: a Gaudí’s disciple

Everyone knows Gaudí and their amazing buildings, most of them in Barcelona: Casa Batlló, La Pedrera, Parc Güell and the unfinished Sagrada Família. Who knows César Martinell? Please rise your hand...it looks like he is not as known, he was a catalan architect as well and he was part of the selected group of architects connected to Gaudí. César Martinell style was Modernisme and Noucentisme, his major work was designing wineries that are called wine cathedrals. Martinell built his wine cathedrals around Catalonia in Falset, Nulles, Cornudella de Montsant, Montblanc and Gandesa. You know I love wine so I was very happy to know that with the Travel Bloggers meeting we were going to visit César Martinell's wine cellar in Gandesa. What an amazing wine cellar, is magnificent and if you d…

A day trip to Tarragona: the Roman Tarraco

A day trip to Tarragona: the Roman Tarraco

Tarragona is a beautiful city that belonged to the Ancient Roman Empire as one of the most famous cities, now a lot of roman buildings remain that give the city this splendorous looking that it had in Roman times. I was in Tarragona during the TBM conferences 2013 this year and I had the chance to go around the city. In 2000, the archaeological ensemble of Tarraco was declared a World heritage site by UNESCO, you can't miss it is a lovely city. Archaeological ensemble The archaeological ensemble of Tarraco is one of the largest archaeological sites of Roman Hispania preserved in Spain nowadays. Tarraco is the oldest settlement in Spain. Tarraco as other ancient cities, their citizens have used the roman structures for building materials during centuries. Although, Tarraco is no exceptio…

My opinion on Tarraco Park Hotel Tarragona

My opinion on Tarraco Park Hotel Tarragona

This year the annual  Travel Bloggers Meeting was held in Tarragona so I had to look for accommodation as cheap and fast as possible. You know what happens when there is an event somewhere everything turns out to be sold very fast and the remaining very expensive. So there I was with my blogger fried la5thontheblecker.com (a spanish blog about NYC) looking for accommodation. We found the perfect match, we needed cheap but nice, so we found an offer for 37 euros a night at the Tarraco Park Hotel Tarragona by Husa Hotels. Location The hotel is far from the city center to go on foot so you need to catch a bus from Imperial Tarraco squate, number 54 and 6 will leave you right in front of the hotel, this is the best option. However at night the best thing to do is to catch a taxi, bear in…

A day with with dolphins in Catalonia

A day with with dolphins in Catalonia

The truth is that it was very difficult to choose the route for Travel Bloggers meeting. The options were: swimming with tunas, learning about gladiators, gastronomic routes, kayak at the river Ebre and much more. I don't know why but when I saw an activity with dolphins I thought I had to go there. So there I was ready to go to a one to one with a dolphin in Aquopolis la Pineda. What is Aquopolis la Pineda? Aquopolis is a water park located in La Pineda de Mar, it is located less than an hour from Barcelona. The park has different water attractions like jacuzzis, swimming pools, sledges and rubber rings can be rented. Aquopolis also has a dolphin show where you can see all their skills working with their carers and trainers. The dolphins Dolphins are very interesting creatures and th…

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