Catalonia Today

Discovering Girona’s Jewish legacy

March 1492. The Catholic Monarchs issue the Alhambra Decree in Granada, ordering the expulsion of the Jews from Spain. In Girona, in June of the same year, the authorities announce that the city’s Jewish...

Three white villages and a castle

The stretch of coast from Calella de Palafrugell to the coves of Begur via Llafranc and Tamariu maintains a primitive beauty of white, blue and green, and the visitor will find a landscape in which escarpments...

Amposta, the Ebre delta all year round

The city of Amposta and its surrounding area has a lot to offer. From the Montsià mountain range to the sea at the mouth of the river and passing through the Ebre delta, it is a large area where nature...

Following the Path of the Good Men

From the 11th to the 16th century, the Camí dels Bons Homes, or Path of the Good Men, was an important link between the Ariège region in France and the county of Berguedà. The Cathars, fleeing Crusade...

An authentic gem of the medieval era

Founded in the 12th century by hermits who soon joined the Cistercian order, the Monastery of Santa Maria de Vallbona grew and accumulated great power throughout the medieval period. And convent life has...

Les Garrigues: oil, honey and wine

With 19,090 inhabitants (2016) and an area of 800 km², Les Garrigues has borders with El Segrià, El Pla d’Urgell and L’Urgell to the north, El Priorat to the south and La Conca de Barberà to the...

Little local joy on football’s return

The presenter of El Punt Avui’s The Week in Football, Barney Griffiths, runs the rule over Catalonia’s leading football clubs as they returned to action in June

Black lives matter in Barcelona

Unlike the UK or USA, one of the more visible ways that many Europeans are used to seeing black people is at work as street sellers, especially during summer in the bigger cities. These are the so-called...

The Catalan Bonsai

A common trait among hierarchical societies is the purposeful infantilisation of servants. Slaves, housemaids and wives are treated as mentally deficient, denied any education beyond the most basic and...