Mit dem Schnellzug von Girona nach Barcelona

2013-01-17 17:20:46



Seit dem 8.1.13 gibt es eine Sorge weniger. Die langersehnte Strecke  Girona/Barcelona ist endlich funktionstüchtig. "El AVE" ist da!

Und im Gegensatz zur teuren Bahn in Deutschland ein echtes Schnäppchen.Der Preis für 1 Fahrt liegt aktuell bei 15,70 €. Für den Preis kommt man in Deutschland nicht zum regulären Tarif von Essen nach Köln.

In gerade mal 37 Minuten kann man nun von der Costa Brava in die etwa 100 km enfernte Metropole Barcelona fahren, entspannt aus dem Zug aussteigen und sich die von von Gaudí und anderen "Modernisten" geprägte Stadt in Ruhe ansehen.

Wer sich zum ersten Mal in der Hauptstadt Kataloniens befindet, schafft meist nicht viel. Zu intensiv sind die Eindrücke, zu komprimiert stürmen sie auf jeden ein, der "mal eben" die Ramblas runterschlendern will.
Schnell biegt man hier links ab oder geht dort in die Markthalle, um  staunend vor der Farben-und Duftpracht der Auslagen zu stehen.

Doch so lernt man diese Stadt am Besten kennen,indem man sich treiben lässt, ohne den Stadtplan hektisch und mit schwitzigen Fingern immer wieder zu konsultieren, um auch ja nichts zu verpassen, kein wichtiges Gebäude uninformiert zu passieren.

1 Tag in Barcelona vergeht wie 1 Stunde, nur der Körper erinnert sich an die Strapazen und man schleppt sich ausgelaugt aber glücklich und satt mit Erlebtem zum Zug.

Die gute Nachricht: Man ist schnell wieder an der Costa Brava und kann den Barcelonakater auskurieren, um dann schnell wieder herzuwollen.
Kein Problem. Bei dem Zugtarif.


Bilder: www.catalunya.com


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12.5.-20.5. Temps de flors at Girona, famous exhibition in the historic city of Girona: Flowers and Plant installations spread out all over the medieval city.

18.5.-17.5.Spring festival at Palafrugell, feast born in 1962 because of the prohibition to celebrate carneval.

In fact the famous " Carrusel de la Costa Brava" is pretty carnevalesque.

26.5.-29.5. Baile de los caballitos at Sant Feliu de Pallerols

The World Book day is celebrated on April 23th since 1995 (UNESCO). This day was choosen because of several reasons:

William Shakespeare was born and died on April 23th as well as Miguel Cervantes died that day. In addition to this in Catalonia this day is Sant Jordi or the "Day of the Rose" and in 1926 people started regularly to interchange books in memory to this two great artists although the tradition between lovers to give a rose  seems to be older ( 15th century).

Nowadays in Catalonia the day of the rose or "Sant Jordi" is , like St.Valentine's day, the day people give gifts to each other especially to sweethearts and beloved people. Traditionally the boys get a book and the girls a rose. This day you may find thousands of stands all over Catalonia, selling books and roses.

Fotos: © CliCat

Girona, 4.4.12

After 5 months of restoration, the tapestry of creation has turned back to its former place, the cathedral of Girona.

Today, the local newspaper Diari de Girona, has announced the awaited comeback of this Romanesque masterpiece. The needlework is one oft the most important pieces in Catalonia and also one of the best conserved. It shows scenes of the Genesis, cosmic elements and stories of the holy cross. The tapestry with its impressive measures (3.65 x 4.70 meters) served once  as baldachin for the Altar of the Holy Cross in the church's entrance.

Girona`s mayor has welcomed the tapestry, that looks new and with bright colours, in the cathedral.


See full article: http://www.diaridegirona.cat/cultura/2012/04/04/torna-tapis-creacio/555659.html

We all know that feeling...your are on holidays, the temperature you are not used to, makes you dizzy, you are feeling hot.

As many other people, you try to get some clothes off. The result is: a great number of tourists walk through spanish cities top less or even in swimwear.

There are people who are really annoyed by this behaviour, because it is not nice to see half-naked people on a restaurant´s terrace, side by side to normal dressed people.

Anyway, the local governmens have decided that there a actions to be taken.

Your are not longer allowed to walk in downtown area in swimwear or topless, much less naked.

The punishment depends on the local law and can be between 120 Eur- 500 Eur.

There is no problem with walking aside the beach or beach promenade.


Foto: © Blog http://soytrendy.wordpress.com/tag/normas-de-vestuario/

Sightseeing and activities are part of the holidays. But they may also increase the amount of expenses, especially when we travel with our family. Tickets and entrance fees can turn into a costly affair.

Today we present some places to visit, that will cost you nothing.

1. Graeco Roman Ruins, Sant Marti d'Empuries: every last Sunday of the month, the entrance is gratis, also on:  23th April. (Sant Jordi), 11th September, 29th October (Sant Narcis), Int. Day of Museums, in 2012 on  20th of May.

2. museum Empordà, Figueres: No need to pay if you have already paid the entrance for the museum Dali.

3. town wall Girona, historic city Girona: Enjoy great views bywalking on the antique town wall. Look out fpr the garden (jardins), they are amazing, too.

4. cathedral Girona, historic city Girona: usual fee 3 Eur. but on Sundays you may enter for free, except between 10 and 14 p.m. .

5. Girona´s city museum:entry is free every first Sunday of the month, kids until 16 never pay. The museum shows the development of the city from I.BC until today.

6. museum for Archaeology (Girona): Monastery Sant Pere de Galligants: Free Entrance on the last Sunday of the month. Also: 23.4.,11.9.,29.10.

7. exposition "Temps de Flors", Girona: anual open air exposition for floristics, landscape design and architecture. Adorable!


8. Kloster Sant Pere de Rodes, Port de la Selva: Beeindruckendes romanisches Kloster, dass sich majestätisch über dem Meer erhebt. Dienstags Eintritt frei, Kinder bis 6 Jahre und Personen ab 65 Jahren  haben immer freien Eintritt.

9. Castle Montgrí, Torroella de Montgrí: well conserved old castle/ fortress , 12./ 13. century. Ascent: 300 m, but it´s free and on the hill you may enjoy a great panorama.

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The Blue Flag is an independent eco-label that gives the famous award for high quality beaches and marinas in 46 countries over the world. Spain or rather its beaches are always under the awarded places. The comitee checks especially:

1) Environmental Education and Information (signs, indications..)

2) Water Quality (constantly high quality)

3) Environmental Management (fulfill laws and restrictions)

4) Safety and Services (signs, lifeguard presence...)

The following beaches have been awarded with  the blue flag sign in 2011


Name: Platja D'Aiguablava

Location:  Begur, Girona

Name: Platja de Llafranc

Ort: Llafranc, Girona

Name: Platja de Sant Antoni

Location:  Paseo Josep Mundet 17252, Sant Antoni De Calonge, Girona

Name: Platja de Tamariu

Location: Tamariu, Girona


Name: Platja Del Racó

Location: Begur, Girona


Name: Platja Gran

Location: Passeig Marítim, Playa De Aro, Girona


Name: Platja Gran De L'Estartit

Location: Platja Gran De L'Estartit, L'Estartit, Girona

Name: Playa de Empuriabrava

Location: Passeig Marítim, Empuriabrava, Girona


Name: Playa Sa Conca

Location: Platja De Sa Conca, Castell-Platja D'Aro, Girona


Name: Playa Sa Riera

Location: Platja De Sa Riera, Begur, Girona


Name: Playa Torrevalentina

Location: Av Catalunya 26 17252, Sant Antoni De Calonge, Girona








Allioli - garlic mayonnaise

Known as Aioli, this famous dip has reached worldwide reputation and is one of the symbols of spanish/catalan food.

All (garlic) i (und ) Oli (oil) can be bought already prepared but the taste is considerably better if it has been done on your own. Allioli is served to barbecue (meat, potatoes..) but also to Fideua and other dishes.

Traditionally it only contents garlic and oil. Some recipes add white of an egg and stir up everything in a mortar until it becomes a paste. This requieres patience and practise, but we present the easier version today using the immersion blender.


Garlic (at least 1 garlic clove)


1 Egg


How to prepare:

Suggestions: Use ingredients that have room temperature

Peel the garlic, add it with the egg and a touch of salt into a high and slim recipient. Use the immersion blender (medium level) and switch it on. It is important to add the oil step-by-step and only little quantities.

After a while it will turn from liquid into a thicker constistence. Add oil when ist is getting to thick, just as you prefer. Serve it or keep it in a cool place until needed.


Source Fotos: Wikipedia

The simplicity of this starter or garnish is amazing, nevertheless pa amb tomata is delicious and also an important ingredient on the catalan table.




very mature tomateos

olive oil


How to prepare:

Cut some slices of bread and toast them. Cut the tomato in half. By rubbing the cut surface of the tomato on the slice of bread , the juice will be spread over the bread. Drip olive oil over it and add some salt if you like, that's it!

Source Foto: Wikipedia

Roasted Rabbit (easy)


1 rabbit cut into pieces

6 cloves of garlic (not peeled)

2 lemons, peeled and cut into pieces

Oil,salt and pepper

How to prepare:

Traditionally prepared in the clay pot but can be cooked in a cast iron pan

Roast the unpeeled cloves of garlic in oil

Add rabbit (previously salted and peppered)

Let the rabbit get roasted, then add lemon pieces

Let boil until the rabbit is soft and done

Add salt and pepper if necessary

Foto Source: gastroteca.cat

Typical Rice dish


400 gr - rice (e.g, Risotto rice, short-grain rice)

1/2 - rabbit cut into Eigths

200 gr - spare ribs, cut into little pieces

2 - onions, finely chopped

2 - cloves of garlic, finely chopped

2 - tomatoes mature & grated

100 gr - peas

1 1/4 l - water



For the paste (stir up until it becomes a smooth paste)


One clove of garlic (chopped)


How to prepare:

Fry (with oil) the rabbit and the spare ribs in pot until they have a golden colour. Put aside.

Use the same oil to prepare a "sofrito": put onion, garlic and tomato into the pot and fry until it gets a dark colour. Then take the meat, add it and stir it up.

Add the rice and mix it well with the other ingredients. Add water previously heated.

After a moment add the peas. Add the paste (previously dissolved in a bit of liquid from the pot).

Let it simmer for about 20-25 minutes and check the rice. Dish is ready when the rice is done.


Take chicken instead of rabbit/pork.

Use other vegetables (or add mushrooms)

Deglaze with some cognac (sofrito)


Recipe and foto from: gastroteca.cat

A really famous dish in Catalonia is the green onion - calçot-  which can be tasted at numerous fiestas in honour to this vegetable from January to April. They are larger and thicker than green onions or spring onions but do have a similar taste. They are usually flame grilled, and traditionally served on a firebrick. The nearly complete black burned onion should be eaten with fingers: hold the onion in one hand, shed off the outer leaves with the other, put your head back and let the calçot glide into your mouth.

Accompanied by salsa Romesco and as second dish a lot of meat, the Catalan fair Calçotada will let you replete, really dirty (carbon) but also happy, thus it is celebrated with plenty other people in a familiar atmosphere.The origins of the Calçotada and Calçots are in Valls (Tarragona) but you can find restaurants throughout Catalonia.

Find Calçotada: http://www.altcamp.info/esp/restaurantes.htm

Fotos: HiTourist

Not only for rainy days it could be a good option to visit the Costa Brava cities to stroll along the shopping streets.

A lot of Spanish brands with international reputation offer their products for less than in other European countries. Besides of that, the small boutiques in the side streets are often real treasure chests. Individual or high end fashion. In Girona, Platja d'Aro and other charming villages you can shop and enjoy fantastic cities at the same time.

Girona has an amazing shopping plus historic center with impressiveGgothic houses and a Jewish quarter that is worth to visit. The city belongs to the wealthiest ones so visitors may find quality and upscale products there. But also with a lower budget, Girona Shopping is real fun.

In the suburb Salt, lovers of shopping malls will find the Espai Gironès with habitual brands and common franchise gastronomy (Spanish and international food). It is too far from the Girona centre, you need to go by car or by bus.

Anyone who wants to combine Beach and Shopping, makes a got choice going to Platja d'Aro (Playa de Aro in Spanish). Seafront and shopping street run parallel and you can easily switch to whatever you want: enjoy the beach, have lunch at the boardwalk or go for shopping. The offer in Platja d'Aro is huge. International brands, small boutiques with leather products, souvenir shops ...it's all there. The slogan of the town is "365", which means that you can go for shopping even on Sundays or holidays (check local web site). But as most local stores, lunch break is habitual between 2.00 and 5.00 p.m. But some of them do not close until 10 p.m

After a complete beach and shopping day, you can stay in Platja d'Aro for dinner and -if there is still any energy left - enjoy the huge offer of nightlife activities.

Further information



In the north of Catalonia, located in the province Girona we can find the national and nature park Cap de Creus. The easternmost part of the entire Iberian Peninsular is a headland with a beautiful rocky countryside, small bushes and olive trees and high cliffs and reefs of rocks that give the Costa Brava (brava=wild) its name. The cold north wind Tramuntana sweeps frequently across the Cap; squalls can reach around 150 km/h. Nevertheless it is an important place for migratory birds which do rest in this region.

The headland as well as the water area are under nature protection. With a total of 14.000 hectares, Cap de Creus offers numerous hike paths, some of them sidle along the coast with fantastic views over the golf of Roses, Llancà or Cadaqués.

These small cities belong others are all part of the national park territory, but each is different and has other things to offer. Roses is a touristic and well frequented village at the coast of the golf of Roses whereas Cadaqués has the touch of a sleepy and artistic village. In fact, Salvador Dalí spent many years of his life in this town and his house can be visited in Portlligat as it was converted into a museum. The harsh countryside inspired him and many other artists of this epoch like Picasso or Magritte. Dalí's surrealistic work is demonstrably connected to the Cap, for you can recognize rock formations and bays in his paintings. Cadaques is not a mass tourism zone, maybe because the journey is mainly a twisted road through the Cap de Creus mountains.

This part of the Iberian Peninsular has been settled since 3000 b.C. Numerous monuments, called dolmen, has been found during the years. These monuments are still in good condition and can be visited.

For more information please check:


Image Source: Hi Tourist

Related themes: Birding

http://www.catalanbirdtours.com/birds in catalonia.html

About 200 m northern of the Ruins of Empuries, is the village St. Marti d' Empúries located.
It has been constructed on the rests of the antique colony Foceas, Palaipolis which formed the begining of the antique Greco-Roman village Emporion. It is called Sant Martßi since its Christianization in 1776.

It was temporarly the bishop's see before its conquer by the Moors. Charlemagne reconquered the region and this village, and in 812 the first Duque of Empúries was named, which transformed this small town into the see of the most important person of the region.

During the  dark age, Sant Martí suffered several attacks and formed part of war scenes. The rests of the protective wall are still visible but it is not possible to date exactly which part or builiding belongs to the antic or dark age because they have been built and reconstructed several times.

The church of Sant Marti d'Empuries origins are not completely revealed but we can assume that it already did exist in the 8th/9th century. The building itself -late Gothic style- is from 1507. It is nearly safe to assume, that on this place was built a temple in the beginning of the settlement, because there has been found the antic altar and also some preromanic inscriptions.

The small village with about 60 residents is a popular place nowadays and worth to visit at any time of the year.

How to get there:
AP7 exit ramp L'Escala, Sant Pere Pescador
Continue on GI-623 towards l'Escala
Traffic circle GIP6307 (Street: Sant Marti d'Empuries), after 1,7 km on the right hand.

Parking fee: 1,50 Eur./ hour ( as of January 2012)

Foto Source: HiTourist

This article has been created to act as a short overview and to give a brief introduction into the common era that play a role in Catalonia.

Romanesque Art

This tendency appeared in Europe after the fall of the Roman Empire in 1000 a.D. , and last until the 12th or even the 13th century. Circular arches, massive walls and towers  similar to fortified towers are typical for this epoch. Besides of numerous churches, cathedrals and monasteries, it was also used for private builidngs (castles) or public monuments lile bridges. You can find Romanesque Art in architecture as well as in sculptures or paintings. The theme is nearly always inspired by scenes from the old testament.

As the Romanesque Style coincided with the development of catalan culture and language, it is an importan epoche for the Catalan country. One of the most complete collections can be seen in Barcelona (MNAC).


Cathedral La Seu d'Urgell
Monastery Sant Pere de Rodes (Port de la Selva)
Medieval bridge (Besalú)


After the Romanesque Art came the Gothic style, which was deveoloped out of the previous. The movement started in France. The new style shows real people, with detailed faced expressions and no longer the iconic sculpture.
Saints and the Virgin Mary are commonly represented. Regarding to architecture, the difference can be seen in the arches which are higher and sharpener, windows with multicolored glass ornaments that let pass the light.

Examples and places to visit:
Santa Maria del Mar (Barcelona)
Barri gòtic (Gothic district) Barcelona
Cathedral Girona  (Girona)
Monastery Santa Creu  and Vallbona de les Monges

Art noveau and modernist style

This "modern" or "new" style came up in late 19th, inspired by the decorated style of Alphonse Mucha. The curves, floral art and undulating forms are typical for "art noveau" although each country had its own styles. The style of flowing lines can be found in painting, architecture, sculpture, etc. In Catalonia, the modernist style is widely spread and Barcelona has numerous buildings, real jewels of the modernist style. But also the Costa Brava and specially cities like Girona, Tarragona, Reus and much more.

Examples and places to visit in Barcelona
Hospital de la Santa Creu i Sant Pau
Parc Güell
Casa Vicens
Palau de la Música Catalana
Sagrada Família
Casa Milà
Casa Batlle

For further information please visit:http://www.rutadelmodernisme.com/default.aspx?idioma=en&contenido=body_rutamodernisme_01en.htm

See also: Museu del Modernisme Català, Barcelona


Video: Gironaturisme.tv, Itinerary: Girona (Rafael Masó, Modernist architecture)

To reach the former benedictine monastery you have to pass the winding road up to 520 meters above sea level. Located in the National Park Cap de Creus, the easternmost point of the Iberian peninsula the place offers you a panoramic view over the bay and the Mediterranean sea.

The origins of this monument are not completely clear, but the archeologists revealed the existence of a building in the 6th century whose function is unknown. The monastery was mentioned first in 878, but its high period starts in 947. Sant Pere received support and land from the noble man and was given more privileges from the pope becoming an abbey. After the construction of the still existing church during the 10./11.th, the monastery became an important destiny for pilgrims. Thanks to the wealth, important artists had been contracted to design decoration, like e.g. Marble front gate of master Cabany.

From the beginning of the 14th century the monastery suffered bad times. Wars between several sovereigns, the black death and other conflicts threatened the monks and their financial sureness. Attacked by periodic pirates and bandits, the monks abandoned Sant Pere in 1798 and as a result, the monastery was even more plundered. That was the beginning of the decay of Sant Pere which last until 1930 when it was declared historic monument. The restoration began step- by- step and nowadays the monument is one of the most visited historic building in Catalonia.

Visitors can enjoy also the restaurant, which offers menus from 15 Eur for the daily menu up to 40 Eur for  special menus. The sun terrace or the interior with its panoramic glass panel for cold bad weather conditions are always worth to visit.

The surroundings invite to have walk, visit the Sant Salvador de Verdera Castle or the church Santa Creu de Rodes. There are ancient remains of the former village Santa Creu, too.

Journey to Sant  Pere de Rodes

Monestir  de Sant Pere de Rodes
17489 El Port de la Selva

Coming from National road NII, take the N260 towards Vilajuïga where you will find road signs Monestir Sant Pere de Rodes (road GP6041).


Fotos Source: CliCat

The spanish food is famous for its Paella, Tapas and Sangria but beside of that, the spanish (and particulary) the basque and the catalan chefs have achieved high reputation  worlwide thanks to their capacity to innovate the modern cuisine. The so called molecular gastronomy is represented by Michelin Star-winning Ferran Adrià and his restaurant ?El Bullí? located in Roses (Girona), Alt Empordà.

But you do not need to be a lover of the experimental cuisine to enjoy the high quality of spanish and catalan food. The region of Catalonia offers a great diversity of all kinds of products. The variety of this region regarding wheather conditions and countryside allows to cultivate a range of products like: fruits and vegetables (Alt Empordà), wines ( Peratallada, Penedes..), sausages and cold meat (Vic, Girona...) and fish (gambas from Palamos, anchovies from l'Escala).

Simple reciepes and simple ingredients which have to be fresh and from the region are part of the secret of the mediterranean food. A high quality olive oil makes the dishes perfect. It is nearly impossible to present every single product but we will try to get an overlook over the product range and recipes as soon as possible.

We just start with a short list of local products and its traditional origins:

Anchoa from l'Escala (L'Escala, Alt Empordà)
Rice from Pals (Pals, Baix Empordà)
Native Olive Oil (Mills in Ventalló Alt Empordà, Siurana, Mallorca)
Fuet i Llonganissa (Vic)
Sobrassada (Mallorca)
Apples, Peaches (Girona)

Foto Source: Gastroteca.cat

Mediterranean Culture

Tourists may find a wide range of activities that bring them the Mediterranean culture a bit closer. The density of monuments, art, museums artifacts and architecture is so high that it will be easy to find something for everybodys taste. You can travel across several eras and find Roman or Megalithic culture close to Gothic cathedrals and art noveau buildings (Catalan: modernisme).

The trip across the fascinating epochs can start with the megalithic culture. The so-called megalithic Parc near Roses encloses several important menhirs and dolmen that were built 3000 b.C. menhirs are large upright standing stones. Those monuments are often ancient tombs or had been sacred places in the past time.

The most impressive and at once the most important menhir of Catalonia El dolmen de la Creu d'en Cobertella has really amazing dimensions: 5,20 Meter long, 2,45 Meter wide and 2,14 Meter high.

The Greeks and the Romans

Many different cultures arrived to Catalonia like the Iberian, Celts, Greeks and Romans. The Greeks built the colonies Rodes (Roses) and Empuries, the Romans left their still visible traces in Tarragona, The Iberians in Ullastret. Fortunately there are still exist ruins and artifacts found in the past are exposed in the museums of the country so we are able to get an idea of the manner and style of the ancient people. About 750 to 600 b.C. The Greeks arrived the peninsular, settled down and built up the village "Emporion " (near St. Martí d'Empuries). The remains of the ancient city can be visited in the outdoor museum.

The Romans arrived in 218 b.C. And used the city as a military base. The Greeks and the Romans lived in coexistence, the Greek village closer to the coast and the roman village above. Due to the political changes, the Greek people and the village became more and more part of the roman village and finally lived in the same city called municipium Emporiae.

How to get to the ruins and museum:

C/ Puig i Cadafalch s/n
17130 Empúries-l'Escala

More information: http://www.mac.cat/eng/Branches/Empuries/Practical-Information

How to get  to Sant Martí d'Empuries
AP7 Exit ramp L'Escala, Sant Pere Pescador
Continue GI-623 towards l'Escala
Traffic circle  GIP6307 (street Sant Marti d'Empuries), after  1,7 km on the right hand
parking fee: 1,50 ?/hour

Follow the path along the sea, after a few minutes you will be able to see the ruins.

Source (Video): www.estartit.tv