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3 Catalan strands among ´Spain´s 21 Niftiest Nude Beaches´

Isidro Jabato La Mar Bella (Barcelona city)  Brought into being on Barcelona's Poblenou waterfront by the urban renewal generated for the 1992 Olympics, this four-kilometre (-mile) city strand (above) between two breakwaters along the Passeig Marítim promenade is popular especially with young people, gay folks - and nudies, yay. El Torn (Vandellòs/Hospitalet de l'Enfant, Tarragona)  Fine sand and crystal waters backed by low woods, this tranquil, 4,593-ft.1,(400m) gem of a naturist beach is…

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Why Barcelona is the place to be for international students

Stunning architecture, sea views, and sandy beaches, vivid and passionate culture, superb cuisine — hese are just some of the many reasons why Spain's second-largest city is a wonderful place to live. And to study, as Barcelona is home to some of this country's most prestigious universities. Both traditional and innovative universities along with state-of-the-art campuses welcome thousands of international students every year. Let’s take a look at what allures them: read post

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Bon Nadal! Welcome to Christmas in Barcelona

Like so many European cities and towns, as of the last week in November, Catalonia's capital dons its Yuletide best and does its best to transform the dark, chilly days of winter into a festive celebration, lasting through January 6 (the "12th day of Christmas", also eagerly awaited by all the children of Spain for the visit of the gift-giving Three Magi). So you're looking for a holiday getaway next year, the mix of culture, history, dining, shopping, and nightlife is supercharged by…

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Chasing ghosts, ghouls & the devil in Barcelona

Dank chill, drizzle, and streetlamps shrouded in fog are bad weather? A bad time for touring? Depends! In fact, they were just perfect for a nocturnal outing I had in Barcelona last winter that was hair raising – in a good way. And what better day than Halloween to tell you about it? Like most ancient cities, Catalonia’s capital is chock-full full of history, legends – and ghosts. And if that kind of thing gets your ecoplasm going, the city’s tourism office runs a creepy little stroll that…

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  • It´s the holiday season here in Spain- and that´s when Catalonia´s cava wine especially sparkles, as the Washington Post recently wrote about:
    Perspective | Cava, Spain’s sparkling wine, is both affordable and delicious
    Cava proves that you don’t have to spend a fortune on good bubbles.
  • Euronews takes a look at the ¨grand tour¨ of Catalonia:
    Explore Catalonia on this epic 2,000 km circular tour
    Travel like a 19th century aristocrat on this epic 2,000 km tour of one of Spain’s most famous regions.
  • Having visited Barcelona several times in the past several years, I can attest that day trippers have been flooding its tourist-popular areas. And recently the city has been taking measures to address this, aiming to cut the number in half:
  • And now comes the world's first kosher restaurant with a Michelin star, in Barcelona's Eixample near Diagonal, and this article in the Times of Israel also discusses the city's recent campaigns targeting Jewish and Israeli visitors, called “Shalom Barcelona” and “Barcelona Connects Israel.” Oy!
  • The Guardian looks at how mass tourism to Barcelona is expected to come roaring back this summer, bringing many of the same ills that have divided locals in recent years:
    ‘Summer will be monstrous’: Barcelona wrestles with revival of mass tourism | Barcelona | The Guard…
    As visitors return after easing of Covid curbs, talk of diversification of Spanish city has been drowned out by sound of ringing tills
  • Well noted. The same goes for the Basque country in southern France as opposed to northern Spain.
  • Northern Catalonia, which lies in the far south of France, gets much less attention than the better known region of Spain. So here's a look at its major French hub, the town of Prades:
    Prades - Tourism & Holiday Guide
    The choir of the church houses a sumptuous Baroque altarpiece! - Prades, the capital of the Conflent, is situated at the foot of the Canigou, at the…
  • Just saw "Uncharted" last night - silly but quite a ride (not surprising, since it was adapted from a video game) - but one of the things I especially liked about it was seeing locations in Barcelona - the Sagrada Familia, Montjuich, the Barri Gòtic, Santa Maria del Pi, and so forth! Here's the trailer:
  • And today in Catalan language news... piece in the NY Times about Catalonia's legislature about to approve a measure to require all foreign films be dubbed in Catalan. Good idea or now? Article.
  • thank YOU!!
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