Besalú’s Romanesque Bridge (Catalonia)

Posted on March 13, 2016 Leave a comment

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Besalú is a beautiful town in Girona area; not far from Barcelona it’s also the perfect place from a day trip. Getting into the city the first you will notice is the Romanesque Bridge at the entrance. This bridge has been photographed from all the possible angles for the many tourist visiting the town every year… Therefore, after having a nice lunch on one of the local restaurants and visiting the streets of this medieval town with a friend, I was happy to find this spot and take my photo from there.

The bridge, which is 105 metres long and has seven arches, was built in the 11th century and is characterized for its angular form owing to the placing of the pillars over the natural stones of the river.

Have you ever visit Besalú? What do you like to most about this medieval city?

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Misty Morning (Baronia de Rialb, Catalonia)

Posted on February 21, 2016 Leave a comment

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It was a cold winter day, the closest mountains were covered with fog, and during the morning, the sun was only visible for a few moments. It was not the best day for landscape photography, but with such weather I had a good opportunity to capture some moody photos of this pine tree forest.

I captured this image in the beautiful township of La Baronia de Rialb in the northeast section of the La Noguera” region in Catalonia. I found this peaceful location behind Mas Barrat, an old farm that is now in ruins.

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Rupit i Pruït (Catalonia)

Posted on February 14, 2016 Leave a comment

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I took this photo almost a year ago; it was early in the morning, and I was on my way to the nearby Salt de Sallet, a beautiful waterfall not far from the medieval town of Rupit i Pruït. I planned to get there before the sun was too high, but when I was leaving the town, I turned back for an instant, and I saw this beautiful panorama. I felt compelled to stop, and after looking at the old buildings for a few seconds, I grabbed my camera and took this photograph.

Rupit i Pruït is located in the Collsacabra region, not far from Barcelona. If you have the opportunity to visit, make sure to do so. You will be able to see 16th– and 17th-century houses, the baroque Church of Saint Miquel, and a hanging bridge that has become an attraction for tourists, and there are plenty of nice restaurants with traditional Catalan recipes on their menus. I recommend the Hostal Estrella—the food is delicious!

If you are still hungry, you can stop by the Forn de Pa l’Era, an excellent bakery where you can buy bread cooked in a wooden oven or the delicious Coca de Forner (baker’s cake); this cake is a must. It’s also a good place to buy  traditional Catalan lunchmeats like the delicious “llangonises”.

Here are a few more photos from that day:

Rupit (Catalonia)Carrer del Fossar (Fossar Street)
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Rupit’s Natural Stone Street (Catalonia)Carrer del Fossar (Fossar Street)
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Rupit’s Hanging Bridge (Catalonia)Rupit’s Hanging Bridge
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Have you ever visited Rupit and Pruït? Let me know what you think about this beautiful town.

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Brotons Mill (Moià, Catalonia)

Posted on February 7, 2016 Leave a comment

Brotons Mill (Moià, Catalonia)
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I was looking for a new place to visit with my camera when I found out about Brotons’ Mill. I was so surprised to discover how close to my home it is that I decided to visit it even though the weather report was not very promising. It was a cold day, and the clouds were thick. It looked like it was going to start raining, but only a few tiny droplets found their path to the ground.

The mill is also known as Tosca Mill because of the waterfall shown in the left of the photo. It’s located in the Marfà Valley in Castellcir, but the best way to get there is from Moia, the capital of the recently created Moianès “comarca”—something similar to a county.

The mill was constructed in 1608 in a landscape of great beauty to take advantage of the natural hollow space dug by water erosion. It produced flour until 1863, when an unprecedented flood tragically ended the lives of the miller and his family members.


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Plaça del Vi (Girona, Catalonia)

Posted on January 31, 2016 Leave a comment

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I took this photograph during the  Sant Narcis festivities in Girona a few months ago. There are plenty of activities during those days, and I had a great time visiting the city with a friend. These series of arches are from La Plaça del Vi (Wine Square); it’s a lovely square with arcades on every side.

In this square you can find some interesting buildings, like the Palau del General, a Gothic-Renaissance building that housed the Catalan government administration of Girona in the 16th and 17th centuries, and the City Hall and the Municipal Theatre, a remarkable 19th century theatre that is among the most interesting in Catalonia.


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Cala dels Frares (Lloret de Mar, Catalonia)

Posted on January 24, 2016 Leave a comment

Cala dels Frares (Lloret de Mar, Catalonia)
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A few weeks ago, I decided to visit the “Cala dels Frares.” It is just a 10-minute walk from the main beach in “Lloret de Mar,” a popular holiday resort between Girona and Barcelona.

That day, the inlet was overcrowded by other photographers and I decided to take photos in nearby spot. However, winter is the best season to capture a good sunrise over the inlet and, after checking the weather report, I decided to return a week later. That time I got much luckier; the weather was perfect and it give me the opportunity to capture some beautiful sunrises, like this one.

“Cala dels Frares” literally means “Inlet of the Monks” but it has nothing to do with the religious men. The name refers the large rocks on the coastline; for a long, long time, local people have been referring to them as monks.

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Roques Encantades III (Catalonia)

Posted on January 17, 2016 Leave a comment

Roques Encantades III (Catalonia)
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This time of year, I like to review all of my unpublished photos and pull out a few winners. In this case, I chose this image from last summer’s visit to “Les Roques Encantades” (The Enchanted Rocks).

This is a magical forest—always quiet, with huge boulders living in harmony with the beech trees. It’s also a place of many legends; most of them were born during medieval times when the area was shaken by several earthquakes and some of these rocks ended up in the nearby town of Sant Feliu de Pallerols. Some peasants believe that they had been cursed and others thought it was a demon throwing rocks at them.

If you have the opportunity to visit Catalonia, be sure to stop by this forest. It is one of the hidden places not many people know about, but it is the perfect place for a hike. The forest is located on the Girona province, near “El Santuari de la Salut” (Health Sanctuary), and not far from the beautiful Rupit medieval town, in the Collsacabra region.


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