One of my favorite places in Barcelona is Can Masdeu. Can Masdeu is a former leper hospital which had been abandoned for over 50 years. It is now occupied by squatters and serves as a social center, residence, and community garden. The grounds governed by the squats are used as gardens and for agriculture.
About 40 km from Barcelona you can find a spectacular place called Sant Miguel del Fai which makes it a perfect destination for a day trip from Barcelona. San Miguel del Fai is the name of a 11th-century Benedictine monastery which was, not so long ago, declared a cultural landmark. The is located in… Continue reading Sant Miguel del Fai – a worthwhile daytrip from Barcelona
On the Costa Brava there is nothing more spectacular for nature lovers than the coastal footpaths: on one side, the forest, pine trees, cliffs, coves, and sand beaches; on the other side, the clear turquoise water of the Mediterranean sea. A very special one among these ‘Camí de Ronda’ can be found between Palamos and Calella de Palafrugell.… Continue reading Camí de Ronda Platja Castell – Cap Roig: a stunning coastal footpath
Les Roquetes is located in the Nou Barris district of the city of Barcelona. It’s a very vivid and interesting neighborhood. Walking through its streets doesn’t make you feel like being in Catalonia, more like being in Latin America or maybe the Canary Islands or Andalusia. Music and fiestas on the streets are very common… Continue reading An Andalusian neighborhood in Barcelona – Les Roquetes and Torre Baró
Luckily for me, turns out my new home village Gavà is great for hiking. Recently, I discovered a stunning hiking trail perfect for a half day excursion. The trail starts at the Ermita de Bruguers (a 5 minutes car ride from Gavà: about 4 km northwest of the town’s center), a Roman chapel from the 13th… Continue reading A stunning hiking trail in Gavà
The Collsacabra park is a beautiful natural area measuring about 142 km2 and it offers a vast forest, many cliffs, meadows, waterfalls and swamps. It is a quiet paradise where one can go hiking, swimming, kayaking, mountain biking or just relax. The park is located in the province of Barcelona and it can be reached from the… Continue reading Collsacabra: cliffs, waterfalls and a submerged village
Rupit is a small enchanting mountain hamlet located in the heart of Collsacabra Natural Park in Osona within the province of Barcelona (very close to Garrotxa, province of Girona). The hamlet is located at about 850 meters above sea level and about 100 km from the city Barcelona. It is located on a rocky… Continue reading Rupit i Pruit: A catalan treasure
La cala del Sr. Ramón is a beautiful quiet nudist cove between Tossa de Mar and Sant Feliu de Guíxols. It can easily be accessed from the coastal road by foot. It is also possible to drive down the dirt road through the woods which leads to a spacious parking area about 100 meters from… Continue reading A mediterranean oasis – La cala del Sr. Ramón
Jardins de la Tamarita is another of Barcelona’s quiet retreats that I discovered recently. These gardens are a great place to disconnect and get away from the city stress. The park does not have many visitors and it is surrounded by high stone walls which protect it from the city noise.
The Torre Salvana is an abandoned castle which was built in the 10th century in Santa Coloma de Cervelló (about 20 km south-west of Barcelona; a 20 minutes train ride from Pl. Espanya). The place has been completely neglected and all that’s left is ruins. It seems surprising that this unique medieval building has been left to rot.