The Year of the Pig: the century of the wild boar by Luis Mario Arce

This article originally appeared in the Dominical section of Diari de Girona on 27 January 2019 and the editors have kindly allowed us to translate it for use in BRAVA Magazine. According to the Chinese zodiac, 2019 is the Year of the Pig and starts in just a few days, on 5 February. However, the … Read moreThe Year of the Pig: the century of the wild boar by Luis Mario Arce

Gourmet dining on the Costa Brava at affordable prices

SOPARS MARIDATS 2019 8 February – 31 May La Cuina de l’Empordanet is the name of a group of Baix Empordà restaurants which, since 1995, have been working to promote the region’s gastronomic quality and showcase the Empordà region as a gourmet destination of the first order. The association’s philosophy is to prioritize top quality … Read moreGourmet dining on the Costa Brava at affordable prices

El Bulli to reopen this September… but don’t get your hopes up… only as a research centre

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Eight years after the closure of the five-times best restaurant in the world, amid much wailing and gnashing of teeth among all those who were unable to secure a dinner reservation, despite applying year after year, El Bulli will be going into operation again later this year, but regrettably only as a research centre. “We’re … Read moreEl Bulli to reopen this September… but don’t get your hopes up… only as a research centre

THE ESSENTIAL FOODIE EXPERIENCE THIS WINTER – BIBS A MUST!

The first powdering of snow on the peaks of the Pyrenees heralds the start of a season keenly anticipated by Catalan foodies – it’s calçotada time! It is estimated that by Easter, when the season officially ends, some 300,000 people will have devoured around 14 million calçots, most of which will have been consumed at … Read moreTHE ESSENTIAL FOODIE EXPERIENCE THIS WINTER – BIBS A MUST!

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