Category Archives: Catalonia Incoming

Andorra, snow and Christmas time

Andorra, the country of the Pyrenees. This is how Andorra sells itself to the world. Andorra la Vella is the highest capital in Europe with its 1023m above sea level. Its economy is linked to banking and mountain sports like skiing in winter with two of the best ski resorts in Europe: Grandvalira and Vallnord. It is a popular destination for people from Catalonia and France, as it has border with both countries and the low taxes attract crowds of people from the closest metropoli: Barcelona. Shopping is one of the main attractions of this diminute country in the middle of the mountains.

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Canillo village seen from Roc del Quer viewpoint

We spent last weekend doing shopping, sightseeing and visiting Romanesque churches in Andorra. But our starting point was La Seu d’Urgell, the last town in Catalonia before crossing the border. In La Seu d’Urgell we slept in the Parador, an amazing rural hotel with a fantastic cloister. Temperatures were between 0ºC and -14ºC all the weekend and the landscapes were full of snow. Do you want to discover Andorra with us?

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Autumn in Montgrony

Autumn is a perfect season for bohemian people. Most of us live in big cities surrounded by cement and asphalt. If we don’t go out from the cities we don’t realise about the season changes as others do in the countryside. For this reason nature has become a value for the modern society. As you know we live in Barcelona, one of the densest cities in Europe where parks and gardens are not so often as we would like. We need to connect with nature sometimes and we did it this week by going by car to one of our favourite places for having a walk and a great lunch with magnificent views. Do you want to discover this place just one hour and fifteen minutes from Barcelona?

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Sant Pere de Montgrony

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Poblet Monastery, a Cistercian abbey in Catalonia

We do love monasteries. We love to get lost among their stones, to walk through the cloister, to sit in the church and to imagine the lifes of those monks or nuns that used to live therein some centuries ago. Sometimes we don’t need to go much far to visit impressive monasteries.

We have already posted in this blog about Montserrat, a true symbol of Catalonia which is still in use today. And we have also written about Siurana, one of the most beautiful villages in Catalonia, located in the Tarragona province. Well, we visited Siurana from a hotel that was placed next to one of the must-see monuments in Catalonia: the Poblet Monastery, a World Heritage site since 1991. Do you want to know what you can find if you just drive 1 hour and 30 minutes from Barcelona? Keep reading!

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Views from the second floor of the cloister. Have a look at the Gothic dome!

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The snowy and rocky giants in the Pyrenees

While you read this post we are in our adventure trip in Namibia. During these days it is difficult for us to connect to answer comments and share thoughts. However, don’t stop doing them. We will read them asap! Today we should be around Swakopmund where we had planned a 4×4 excursion to the Skeleton Coast, a jet flight above Namib desert and a horse riding through a Moon landscape. Soon you’ll read about this! See you soon!

Alps? Andes? Himalaya? No, Pyrenees!

Pyrenees are unknown for many people around the world. This mountain range that separates Spain and France has many places that don’t envy the greatest ranges in the world. One of the most beautiful landscapes is Aigüestortes in the National Park with the same name. It is located in Lleida province, Catalonia, and offers peaks higher than 3000m, frozen lakes and old glacier valleys. We organized a family trip with snow rackets in one spring day.

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Laura with the snow rackets

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Montserrat, the sacred saw mountain

Montserrat was once a delta of the Tetis Sea. It was before the growth of the Pyrenees, before the actual Iberian Peninsula and the rest of Europe merged. But then the tectonic forces pushed the Iberian plate towards the north and the land started to compress, fold and grow towards the sky. The Pyrenees were created and other mountains appeared where there used to be sea, plains or deltas. Nowadays Catalonia stands on the land that once was under the water and in the center of the country; Montserrat is still the light that guides the Catalans. It is our sacred mountain and a must-see place when you visit Barcelona.

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The Monastery and Sanctuary of Montserrat

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