The paddies of Pals – the world’s tiniest rice-growing region

Between the wooded promontory of Cap de Begur and the barren massif of Montgrí lies a broad alluvial plain, fed by the Ter and Daró rivers, where rice has been grown since the fifteenth century, though back then the paddies stretched beyond Montgrí as far as L’Escala. In early spring, the bare, flooded paddies serve … Read moreThe paddies of Pals – the world’s tiniest rice-growing region

Profile: Ted Law, Lloret de Mar’s great British entrepreneur

Self-effacing, sensitive and sentimental. Hardly the attributes that tend to be associated with a successful entrepreneur, and yet Ted Law possesses all these qualities, and more. Not that you’d know it from the bluff, straight-speaking exterior he presents to the world. I first met him in the late 1970s and to tell the truth he … Read moreProfile: Ted Law, Lloret de Mar’s great British entrepreneur

Michelin-star dining on the Costa Brava

Discerning gourmets will be quick to spot a glaring omission on this list – the much-lauded three-star Celler de Can Roca which, since the closure of El Bullí in 2011, has reigned supreme as the restaurant with the most impossible-to-get-onto waiting list in Catalonia. And that’s essentially the reason it’s not on this list: you … Read moreMichelin-star dining on the Costa Brava

Mar i Muntanya, by Rafael de la Torre

In the Empordà region, where the mountains come down to embrace the sea, legend has it that this meeting point gave rise to one of the most original contributions to Catalan cuisine and one that is typical of the Costa Brava: mar i muntanya; literally sea and mountain, but more colloquially surf’n’turf. Nobody knows exactly … Read moreMar i Muntanya, by Rafael de la Torre

Improve your allotment yield with lunar-phase gardening!

Try mentioning to anyone – whether gardening enthusiast or not – that you plant your veggies according to the phases of the moon and at best you’ll get a condescending smirk; at worst a scornful scientific lecture. And yet nobody would question the fact that the movement of the tides is governed by the gravitational … Read moreImprove your allotment yield with lunar-phase gardening!

Jewish Diasporas, European Journeys

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