Deck the halls with Christmas Crappers…

Surely not, I hear you say. Surely that’s one of those typical Spanish misprints of unfamiliar consonant combinations, like Johnny Deep and Jacob Rees-Moog. But as anyone who has spent Christmas in Catalonia will know, the Christmas Crapper is a key, if unobtrusive, element of any Nativity scene worth its salt, quietly doing his business … Read moreDeck the halls with Christmas Crappers…

Treat yourself to some post-Christmas pampering

Indulge yourself in the lead-up to Christmas with a visit to one of the Costa Brava’s top day spas.   Mas Spa Where is it? Set back within the manicured grounds of the exquisite five-star Mas de Torrent hotel, a beautifully-restored masía just outside the village of Torrent. What’s included? Access to the gorgeous 15-metre … Read moreTreat yourself to some post-Christmas pampering

La Sirena, Roses (If it’s good enough for Ferran Adrià…)

In gastronomic circles, Roses has, of course, always been associated with the five-time winner of the accolade of greatest restaurant in the world, El Bullí, where Ferran Adrià broke the mould of haute cuisine until it closed for good in 2011. I wonder how many of those fortunate enough to secure a reservation there actually … Read moreLa Sirena, Roses (If it’s good enough for Ferran Adrià…)

Roses town council is set to create a special itinerary based on its 300-million-year-old geological outcrops

Not many people know that tucked beneath Trinitat Castle and Roses lighthouse on Poncella Point there is a rocky outcrop that for many years has been visited by geologists from all over the world to examine its unique features at first hand. The rocks bear witness to movements in the earth’s crust more than 300 … Read moreRoses town council is set to create a special itinerary based on its 300-million-year-old geological outcrops

Mas Pou – the place to go for time-honoured Catalan comfort food

When visiting friends ask to go to a ‘typical Catalan restaurant’, one of the names that inevitably makes the shortlist is Mas Pou in the tiny village of Palau Sator, a few miles inland from the coast between Pals and Torroella. Apart from ticking all the boxes in terms of traditional Catalan restaurant décor – … Read moreMas Pou – the place to go for time-honoured Catalan comfort food