La Mercè is the annual festival of the city of Barcelona, an official holiday since 1871. The tradition of building human towers, called ‘castells’ originated in Valls, near the city of Tarragona, towards the end of the 18th century. La Cavalcada de Gegants de la Mercè – the ‘Parade of Giants’ is one of the … Read more
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.
Above: View of Platja de Sant Sebastià from the terrace of Blue Spot. Above: Sant Sebastià beach on a quiet November morning. Barceloneta beach, above, features the installation L’Estel Ferit (The Wounded Shooting Star) By Rebecca Horn, commissioned for the 1992 Summer Olympics. Tossa de Mar is a little over an hour drive north of … Read more