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Monastery of Pedralbes – World’s largest Gothic cloister

The Reial Monastir de Santa Maria de Pedralbes is a gorgeous Gothic monastery in Barcelona. The convent was founded by Queen Elisenda de Montcada. It dates from the early 14th century and until 1983 it was inhabited by the nuns of the Order of Saint Clare. The highlight of the monastery is its three storey… Continue reading Monastery of Pedralbes – World’s largest Gothic cloister

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The Gran Casino & Hotel de la Arrabassada – Barcelona’s forgotten landmark

Collserola, the mountain and natural park that separates Barcelona from the inland, hides many abandoned and forgotten places. The most interesting and mysterious one is without a doubt the Grand Casino and Hotel de la Arrabassada. What makes the casino so special is its former majesty and size. Considering what it once was, it is… Continue reading The Gran Casino & Hotel de la Arrabassada – Barcelona’s forgotten landmark

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Burgruine Hardegg – Ruins of an enchanted Romanesque castle

Burgruine Hardegg is a well-preserved Castle surrounded by woods. The place rarely sees visitors. It is not generally known or easily accessible. The castle can be visited from a small village called Zweikirchen (lit. Two-Churches). From there you need to follow a dirt-track road leading up the hill. After a 15 minutes walk you will… Continue reading Burgruine Hardegg – Ruins of an enchanted Romanesque castle

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Can Masdeu – an abandoned leper hospital

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.

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Sant Miguel del Fai – a worthwhile daytrip from Barcelona

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. It is located in… Continue reading Sant Miguel del Fai – a worthwhile daytrip from Barcelona

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Camí de Ronda Platja Castell – Cap Roig: a stunning coastal footpath

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

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An Andalusian neighborhood in Barcelona – Les Roquetes and Torre Baró

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

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A stunning hiking trail in Gavà

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

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Collsacabra: cliffs, waterfalls and a submerged village

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