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Flavours of Catalonia

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  About Empordà >Empordà encompasses the Costa Brava and the rolling plain behind it in north-easternmost Catalonia. Costa Brava translates as ‘rugged coast’, a name that belies the presence of beautiful sandy beaches between the rocky headlands. Inland, medieval villages of honey-coloured stone stand amid vineyards, cork-oak woods and fields of sunflowers and rice. It was in Empordà that the sardana – the Catalan national dance, accompanied by a 3-holed flute – originated, and it is a common sight at fiestas. As in the rest of Catalonia, you will hear Catalan – one of Spain’s four official languages – spoken more commonly than Castilian. Catalonia is renowned throughout Spain for its gastronomy, and Empordà boasts some superb restaurants. The local rice features in both meat and fish dishes, while sauces made from tomato, pepper and aubergine are used in many recipes. Combinations of mar y muntanya (sea and mountain) are also common on menus, be it lobster with partridge or chicken with prawns.
 
This Holiday in a nutshell
  • self-guided hotel-to-hotel walking, luggage transported
  • high standard of hotels
  • excellent cuisine
  • relaxed, leisurely walking
  • time for visits to historic villages and for dips in the sea

Catalonia may be renowned for its dramatic coastline, where turquoise waters caress whitewashed fishing villages, and for the honey-coloured medieval villages that crown the rolling inland hills, but what is perhaps more of a revelation is the highly innovative gastronomy for which the region is increasingly famed. Our holiday reveals all aspects of this idyllic corner of Catalonia, with the chance to discover the region’s culinary secrets while staying in some truly exceptional hotels.
Think of long lunches of llagostins, sardines a la planxa and chilled local vi rosat (rosé) in tiny seaside villages, and longer siestas on empty beaches. Think Catalonia.
     
The Times
This most leisurely of walking holidays leads you gently across the inland plain and its ancient villages before winding through scented pine woods to the pretty bays of the Costa Brava. There is plenty of time to discover the ancient villages, stumble upon a tiny courtyard restaurant, browse the craft shops brimming with hand-painted ceramics and to swim in some of the prettiest coves of the Mediterranean.

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