Category: Europe

Get Active and Explore Catalunya – Go for it!

Déu n’hi do! Wow in Catalan. It’s a word I used a lot on a recent trip to Catalunya when experiencing what the great outdoors there has to offer, and if active holidays are your thing then then this is a place for you. I was based in and around the districts of Solsonès and Alt Urgell in Lleida. An area of rolling hills, castles, historic towns, and to the north the magnificent Catalan Pyrenees tempt you to explore them. This is a great area to visit if you love the countryside, nature, mountains, and activity holidays, and luckily...

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Experience Catalunya – Lleida and the Pyrenees

So what do you know about Catalunya? Many of you will have been to Barcelona and it’s a fabulous and vibrant city. Maybe you’ve taken a holiday in the Costa Brava and been fortunate enough to discover one of its beautiful and romantic coastal towns such as Calella de Palafrugell? Maybe south to the Costa Daurada? But what more? Well, there is plenty more to Catalunya if you are brave enough to hire a car and set off on a voyage of discovery. There are natural parks in every direction, fabulous wine regions to explore, and, of course, great...

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Cap Gris Nez and the Todt Battery, Northern France

My family and I were in France for a 4-day break, we drove along the beautiful coastal D940 route from the port of Calais after arriving early that morning on the Eurotunnel, our plan was to explore the coast, it’s villages and history. On route, we found many fascinating and scenic locations including Cap Gris Nez which literally translated is “Cape Grey Nose “and is the closest point across the channel from France to England, at a mere 34km (21 miles.) Having an early start to the day and plenty of time on our hands we decided to park up and go for a wander up to Cap Gris Nez which is in the Pas-de-Calais...

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Sicily: Street Food and Street Art

Sicily – the largest island in the Mediterranean – sits off the toe of Italy and is home to 5 million proud Sicilians.  It positively drips with history; with Greek temples, Roman aqueducts, Norman cathedrals and Arab Kasbahs dotted throughout the arid landscape. Palermo, Sicily’s capital city, is no exception – architecture buffs would be in their element, with countless churches, piazzas and TWO huge opera houses.   Alongside its buildings, Palermo is famous for its street food. Now I can appreciate a beautiful fountain but street food was what I was really looking forward to. With my Italian being as shaky as it is, I took some time before departure to learn the names...

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Cares Gorge – The Best Walk in Spain?

If you are anywhere in the region of the of the Picos de Europa then you have to walk the ‘Garganta del Cares’ – the Cares Gorge. Is it the best day walk in Spain? I don’t know the answer as I’ve not walked them all (yet!), but it’s a walk of staggering beauty with breathtaking views. Cares Gorge is 12km long and is bookended by the villages of Caín in the south and Poncebos in the north. The gorge was created by the river Cares and splits the western and central massifs of the Picos range. The scale...

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Hiking in the Picos de Europa

It was during a trip to the Isle of Skye a few years ago that I decided that precious days off work on walking holidays may be better spent somewhere where I wasn’t going to get soaked to the bone, battered by wind, and having to do the fandango across waterlogged paths so as to avoid treading on a hundred frogs. Don’t get me wrong, I love walking in Britain and the west coast of Scotland and the islands are magical places. It’s just that sometimes it’s nice to have a bit of sun on your back and not...

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