Catalonia cultural holiday in Spain

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2019: 12 May
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Environment

Walking is a very green way of travel. We also recommend train travel which is easy now that the line from Toulouse to Barcelona has been renovated. Train travel is becoming more and more popular as one becomes aware of the damage air travel is doing to the environment.

We walk through parks where the projects to restore the old fincas (small farming estates) are developing fast. Not only are these fincas being restored but the ownerss are growing Xarel-lo and Macabeu grapes organically to make the famous Spanish Penedes white wines and the Cava sparkling wine and also the excellent Malvasia sweet white wines that have an almost caramelly flavour to them. As Peter Sellars the famous theatre director said in his Montgomery interview, that once things are grown with love and care they will be consumed in the same way. This is a wonderful move forward heralded by the Slow Food movement of which we are members.

Community

This is very much a foody week so we are in full support of the fishermen who we visit in Port Vendou and the small family restaurants that are producing such high quality food like Can Rafa on the front at Cadaques.

On the Catalan week we do employ local guides to take us into the small creeks that were so favoured by Salvador Dali for any of his paintings which he did in the area as his house is just next door to Cadaques in Port Llegat. This includes a contribution to the Cap de Creus National Park which covers the main headland just to the north of Cadaques.

We also visit three excellent organic vineyards - one in Spain and two in France where we see the attention to detail especially in France where there is no use of vehicles at all to harvest the grapes just the human hand and courage to grapple the shingly steep slopes.

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