Temps de Flors

The Girona Temps de Flors festival is held yearly in the Barri Vell (old quarter) of the Catalan city. Buildings, courtyards and monuments are transformed into ornamental flower gardens during the week long springtime festival.

Collioure, France

Collioure is a former Mediterranean fishing village on the border of Spain, only about three hours drive from Barcelona. The town is situated in Pyrénées-Orientales department of southern France, on the stretch of the Rousillon coast called the Côte Vermeille.


The historic village of Alquézar, originally Moorish, is perched 660 meters high in the limestone of the Sierra de Guara mountain massif, running parallel to the Pyrenees mountain range in the province of Huesca (Aragon).


Less than two hours drive from Barcelona, Montblanc is the capital of the Catalan comarca Conca de Barberà, in the province of Tarragona. The 14th century Gothic church of Santa Maria is pictured above.

Nearby attractions include Poblet Monastery and Siurana Village.

Poblet Monastery

The Royal Monastery of Santa Maria de Poblet was founded in the second half of the 12th century by Cistercian monks from France. It was the first of three sister monasteries, known as the Cistercian triangle. The others are Vallbona de les Monges and Santes Creus. In 1991, the monastery was declared a world heritage site by UNESCO.


Cadaqués is a former fishing village set on a bay in the middle of the Cap de Creus peninsula on Spain’s Costa Brava.

Tossa De Mar

Tossa De Mar

Tossa de Mar is located on the Girona coast, about half way between the city of Barcelona and the French border. Only about 100 kilometers from Barcelona, the drive to Tossa de Mar takes less than two hours, making it a popular weekend escape. The town has a rich history dating back to the  Neolithic period and … Read more