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Barcelona’s central libraries

With more than 200 libraries, including about 30 in the city centre, Barcelona has a good network of public institutions that provide access to education and culture. The latter offer several advantages because they are open on Sundays and some close late in the evening (1 am). You can walk around the shelves and reading […]

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Day Trips from Barcelona

Monserrat Montserrat is a multi-peaked mountain range about 50km north-west of Barcelona. It is most famous for the Benedictine abbey, Santa Maria de Montserrat, which hosts the Virgin of Montserrat sanctuary. It is also a popular destination for hiking and rock climbing. You can get to Monserrat by train by going to Plaça d’Espanya and […]

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The ‘balcony code’: What do the flags in Catalan buildings mean?

Once you are in Barcelona or in another Catalan city, you would probably notice that in many balconies or windows there are different kinds of flags. You would likely recognise the ‘senyera’, the official Catalan flag with its four red stripes on a yellow background. But there are many other varieties that you may not […]

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Castellfollit de la Roca

With about 1,000 residents, Castellfollit de la Roca is one of the smallest towns in Catalonia. The historic center, perched on top of a cliff ledge between two rivers, dates back to the Middle Ages. The basalt cliff is over 50 meters high and about a kilometre long. It was formed by the erosive action of the […]

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Santa Pau

The medieval village of Santa Pau is situated beside the Baixa Garrotxa Volcanic Nature Reserve in the Girona region of Catalonia. It was the seat of the barony of Santa Pau and a striking 13th century castle marks the center of town. A 16th century Gothic church dedicated to Santa Maria also stands on the main square. Santa Pau […]

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A day trip to Girona

Around 100km Northeast of Barcelona, lies the City of Girona. Boasting an Old Town (Barri Vell) bounded by extensive medieval fortified walls, it is well worth a visit if you are staying in Barcelona for any length of time. There are at least 20 trains a day from Barcelona Sants, taking between 1 and 1.5 […]

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