Ever felt the urge to join in a local sardana dance when visiting Catalonia but been too self-conscious to have a go? Take a leaf out of the book of our intrepid reporter Jan Shilling, cast embarrassment to the wind, and just go for it… There’s a woman in Begur whom I shall never forget. … Read moreStepping out
This summer’s not-to-be-missed events, from the top to the bottom of the Costa Brava! Llançà: Don’t miss the firework display on Sunday 15 July in honour of the Verge del Carme at midnight in the Port, followed by an havaneres concert. Cadaqués: On 16 July the village celebrates the Verge del Carme saint’s day with … Read moreJuly & August – what’s on where
This year’s International Fireworks Competition takes place from Tuesday 23 through to Saturday 27 July, forming part of the celebrations in honour of Santa Anna, the town’s patron saint, culminating on 28 July with the Aplec de l’Amor (Feast of Love) on the secluded beach of Sant Francesc, Cala Bona. The first known reference to … Read moreThe 49th Costa Brava International Firework Competition
‘La Cantada’ of Calella de Palafrugell The musical genre of havaneres and their singing groups is deeply ingrained in Catalan culture and dates back to the years when local people migrated to Cuba to seek their fortunes or simply to escape the grinding poverty that was endemic in the region in the nineteenth century. The … Read moreLa Cantada – 6 July 2019
Finally, summer is here. Or at least it was at the time of writing, the first day of June. Who knows what might happen later on? The big event all over Catalonia this month is, of course, Sant Joan, or St John’s Day… more accurately, St John’s Eve on 23 June when every town, village … Read moreSummer is here!
Having made a sweeping statement last month about the glories of April, only to be confounded by one of the wettest, chilliest Aprils on record (and admittedly, can anyone remember a warm, sunny Easter on the Costa Brava?), I hesitate to predict a magnificent May, even though the countryside has never looked better than after … Read moreWhat’s on this May
Why not follow the time-honoured Catalan tradition of giving your loved one a book or a rose this year on 23 April, wherever you may be in the world? Read on… In Catalonia, La Diada de Sant Jordi (St George’s Day, 23 April) ranks on a par with the National Day of Catalonia (11 September) … Read moreSant Jordi’s Day
The macabre-sounding Dance of Death – or Dansa de la Mort in Catalan – has been held on Maundy Thursday during Holy Week in the tiny village of Verges, a few kilometres inland from the Costa Brava, for well over three hundred years. It consists of a hugely atmospheric theatrical representation of the life and … Read moreThe Dance of Death
Can there be a better month to visit the Costa Brava? I’m struggling to think of one. Maybe September, once all the summer crowds have gone and the sea is at its warmest. But April takes some beating, with the freshest tender green leaves emerging on the trees, thickly-blossomed almond and cherry trees dotting the … Read moreWhat’s on this April
After such a gloriously warm and sunny February you might have thought that seasonal business owners would be thinking of opening a little earlier this year, but not a bit of it. With Easter falling so late, many people have opted to avoid the usual post-Easter dip and open later than usual, going straight through … Read moreSpring has sprung!