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Contrasts of Catalonia

Timeless villages & a golden coast
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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, single-centre walking holiday
  • stay in a welcoming masia  with a pool
  • flexible walking & sightseeing options
  • excellent regional gastronomy
  • hire car included

Catalonia’s wonderfully scenic Empordà is perhaps best described as a land of contrasts. Inland, the scenery is gentle and unassuming – all rolling farmland, quiet lanes, tiny vineyards and ancient olive groves. The air is spiced with the fresh, resinous scent of umbrella pine, and sunflower-filled fields and honey-coloured medieval villages lend a warm, rich hue to the countryside.

They tell you in northern Catalonia that God made the world in a week and, having perfected his art, spent the next year creating Empordà. It's quite believable.
     
The Guardian

As you reach the coast, everything shifts into sharper focus – the salty tang of the sea, whitewashed towns which gleam besides the azure Mediterranean, and a succession of exquisite coves and beaches whose beauty cannot be overstated. Happily, there’s time to enjoy all of the region’s many and varied charms on this leisurely exploration of Catalonia’s north-eastern corner, which also promises outstanding hospitality and terrific food and wine.

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