The Begur Experience

Begur Costa Brava what to do and where to go.

Las Bisbal ceramics fair

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Begur in March

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Wine

Wine grapes. Español: Uvas de vino rojo. Русск...No  visit to Begur would be complete without a visit to Grau.

This comprehensive wine shop has everything your heart desires if you are a lover of wine and even if your are not you can pick up some great oils and balsamic vinegar.

Click on the link below to take you to their website.

http://www.vinsilicorsgrau.es/quienes.php

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La Bisbal – Home of Ceramics in Catalonia

Weekly market on Main Square (Plaça Major) in ...

Weekly market on Main Square (Plaça Major) in La Bisbal d'Empordà (Baix Empordà, Catalonia, Spain) with the Santa Maria church. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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La Bisbal is the Costa Brava’s third most important inland town after Girona and Figueres, and comprises two distinct districts – the old and new.


The New Town
is straggled along the main road and nearly every every shop offers products of the local ceramics industry. This competition has resulted in a wide selection of flower pots, tubs decorative tiles and kitchen articles etc being offered for sale at prices which are a fraction of those elsewhere in Catalonia and the Costa Brava. Large, traditional glazed garden tubs are just a few euro. This alone is a great reason to visit La Bisbal.

Although many people visit the town with the sole purpose of buying ceramics , the old town has much more to offer.


The Old Town’s
original bridge over the River Daró is at the north west edge of the town. This 17th century bridge, Pont Vell, is now a footbridge and stands on the foundations of a Romanesque bridge which had been washed away by a torrent. Even in winter, the river is now hardly a stream and in summer it is virtually dry.

La Bisbal’s most important building is the fortified Palace of the Bishops of Girona, Castell Palau de la Bisbal, on the Plaça Castell. This heavily fortified castle provided the bishops with additional security by uniquely siting the chapel on the roof of the defences. A trap door in the chapel leads directly to the Bishop’s quarters below.

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Sant Marti d’Empuries

EmpúriesThe lovely village of St Marti d’Empuries is a gentle half hour stroll from L’Escala, along a shaded promenade running beside to the golden beaches. The pathway passes between the ruins of the ancient Greek & Roman city of Empuries and the sea.

Sant Martin d'Empuries locationThe walled village itself is built over the oldest buildings of Empuries and had effectively been permanently occupied since the bronze age. It is considered to be the oldest settlement in Catalonia, with even the church dating from the 11th century.

This modest mediaeval village is famous in Catalonia for it’s beautiful endless, fine sand beaches with excellent views of the Bay of Roses, the restaurants that dominate the small village square, and an impressive eleventh-century church.

A visit to this special village is strongly recommended, although getting a table at one of the restaurants in the village square is difficult in peak season. They are a favourite haunt of customers coming to dine from as far afield as Barcelona and France.

For a perfect day, start at the Northern end of L’Escala (by the statue commemorating the landing of the Olympic torch) and take the coastal path north. There are a few beach bars plus a small hotel on the way for refreshment. Just before St Marti, you will pass the ruins of Empuries and gain a good view of the extent of them. The entire walks takes around 20 minutes and the surface is well constructed.

As an alternative, a dotto-type train runs to and from St Marti and L’Escala take this late in the evening when the sun has set for a magical ride through the forest that you will never forget.

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L’Escala

View of the Roses Gulf;
The town is renowned for its anchovies and ancient ruins of Empuries and it is host to several festivals throughout the year.

The older centre of the town still retains the character of a typical Spanish working town with its bustling narrow streets and good selection of shops, bars, cafe’s and restaurants. There are two small, popular beaches in the old town that add to the overall charm and atmosphere of the area.

Sardanas are the local dance. It is one of the few national dances that is actually danced by the townspeople themselves rather than by a group. An orchestra known as a “Cobla” accompanies the dancing. The participants stand in circles and by listening to the cues given by the music know what step they should be dancing at any given time. Sardanas look deceptively easy to dance! The dances take place every Wednesday evening at 10pm during the summer at the beach at Riell’s and spontaneously groups of people form into circles. Everybody is invited to participate in the dancing..

The Landing of the Three Kings – 5th January The Three Kings arrive by sea are eagerly met by the local children. The Kings disembark onto the main beach and then ride through the town on horseback. That night the children all go to bed hoping that when they wake up in the morning the Three Kings will have left them some gifts, however if the child has not behaved well during the year he may find he has been left a lump of (edible) coal!

Dia de Sant Jordi (Saint George’s Day). April 23rd: Sant Jordi is the patron saint of Catalonia and the day is celebrated throughout Catalonia. The legend has it that when the famous dragon was slain, a rose grew from its blood. To celebrate the victory over the dragon Catalan men give the woman they love a red rose on Sant Jordi’s day. In return women buy their loved ones a book. Over recent years the Catalan custom of buying books on Sant Jordi’s day has become fairly international and in many countries of the world April 23rd is known as “International Book Day”.

Triumirat Mediterrà is a market that is held in L’Escala in June. What makes it special is the fact that the whole market is “set” in 30BC. Traders are dressed in Greek or Roman dress, the Tavernas sell drinks that would have been available at that time and all products must be compatible with the era. During the days leading up to the market there are plenty of related activities and many restaurants offer a special Roman meal, serving similar food to that which the Romans at that time would have eaten. On the day of the market activities include several gladiator fights and an auction of slaves.

La nit de San Joan – June 23rd. It is a night when people build bonfires and have firework displays. Families and friends get together for a special meal traditionally accompanied by “cava” (champagne) and “coca”, a type of cake.

Festa del Carme July 16th This is the day on which the town pays homage to its senior citizens. There is a boat parade which brings many of the town’s “elders” to the beach from where they are accompanied by their grandchildren or other relations to the church for a celebratory mass, followed by more festivities lasting all day.


Gegants
Giants and Capgrossos originate from the Corpus Christi processions. Nowadays many Catalan towns have “giants” which are brought out on high days and holidays. There is an annual “giant” meeting in early September every year in which all the local “giants” come to L’Escala for the day and parade around the town. These are L’Escala’s “giants”, Pere and Maximeta. Here they are standing either side of the church door behind a “carpet” of coloured sand made on the day of the Festa del Carme. The Catalan insignia is represented in a sea full of fish and with small groups of people dancing Sardanas.

The “Festa Major” from the 2 to the 6 of September where the Sardana, the traditional dance of Catalonia, is enjoyed with a special passion. Other interesting festivities, although of a more tourist character are the Festa de la Sal, annually in October where the visitor can see the traditional offices related to fishing industry, – in which also participates the population. Another is the Festa de l’Anxova where everyone will be able to taste the internationally acclaimed anchovies of L’Escala.
 

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