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
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
Apart from the obvious – by which I mean Carnival, though strictly speaking it doesn’t really start until Dijous Gras (Mardi Gras, or Fat Thursday) on the last day of February, so technically it belongs to March this year – there is usually a dearth of things to do on the Costa Brava during the … Read moreWhat’s on – February 2018
BRAVA Magazine wishes all our readers a very happy new year, and hopes it will bring you health, happiness and prosperity – in that order, naturally! So what’s on this January? The big event in what is usually one of the quietest months of the year is, of course, the arrival of the Three Kings … Read moreWhat’s on – January 2018
Escudella i carn d’olla by Rafael de la Torre Legend has it that this is one of the oldest dishes in Catalan cuisine (though there are other variations: Balearic, Valencian, Roussillon…) and essentially entails making a broth with meat and vegetables. The resulting stock is used to make a soup, which used to be served … Read moreThe classic Catalan Christmas Day starter
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…
The night of 31 October – the eve of the Día dels Difunts, or the Day of the Dead, or All Saint’s Day – was when Catalan families used to settle down around a roaring fireplace to nibble on roasted chestnuts, sweet potatoes and little marzipan cakes known as panellets, washed down with a sweet … Read moreLa Castanyada – forget Halloween, this is the real tradition for All Hallows Eve in Catalonia!
About the Festa Major The festa major is probably the most important annual event for a neighbourhood, hamlet, village or town and is usually held in honour of the town’s designated patron saint, or to commemorate an important event in its history. Most festes majors are held in the summer months, but if the village … Read moreAugust is Festa Major month!
The Archaeological Museum of Catalonia-Empúries has created a virtual reality tour of the Roman forum at the Empúries ruins, starting on 7 July, to give visitors an in-depth immersion into Roman times. The tour is complemented with an app to guide visitors and provide more information on the venue. To make the virtual images as … Read moreBringing the ruins of Empúries back to life with 3D
Where: Museum of Jewish History, 8 Carrer Força, Girona When: until 4 November Opening times: Mon-Sat, 10:00 – 20:00; Sundays and public holidays, 10:00 – 14:00 Since time immemorial the Jews have been an itinerant people as a result of ingrained intolerance and adverse historical events. This long diaspora has forged relationships with the cultures … Read moreJewish Diasporas, European Journeys