First-ever Mediterranean-focused luxury tourism campaign comes to Southeast Asia

Press Releases   •   Jun 05, 2018 17:48 +08

Mediterranean Luxe - The Luxury Voyage of Europe

Port of Tarragona, a Cruise Tourism Destination

Press Releases   •   Sep 27, 2017 14:04 +08

Tarragona Port is positioning itself on the cruise map and in the main shipping programmes as an essential Mediterranean port of call.

Do You Know These Catalan Drinks?

News   •   Aug 16, 2018 16:10 +08

1. Vermut 

We all need a little drink to go with savoury treats like slices of ham, sausages, crackers and cheese. In Catalonia, Vermut is the little aperitif drunk prior to a meal to "open up" one's taste buds.

In Catalonia, vermuts are served at all almost all bars; you can simply request for it in Catalan and impress the bartender by saying "fer un vermut"

2. Tino de Verano

Scoot over sangria, tinto de verano is the more common drink for summer - made of red wine, sweetened soda and lemon; it is certainly refreshing and the go to drink for your mid-day sugar boost.

3. Cava

Ready to have some bubbly? Catalans produce their very own version of sparkling wine very close to Barcelona.
This celebratory drink has is fizzy and a great party starter!

Tip: Visit Codorniu - one of Catalonia's oldest cava producer in their art nouveau inspired cellar, built by one of Catalonia's contemporary architects Josep Puig i Cadafalch. 

Website: http://www.visitascodorniu.com

4. Rataffia

This liqueur is made from tender walnuts mixed with various aromatic plants and the mixture has to be macerated for a minimum of two months. After this, it is decanted and dressed up with sugar, alcohol and water and kept in wooden barrels for three more months.

Ratafía is drunk as an aperitif and a digestif. It is usually drunk very chilled, directly from the freezer. It is ideal for accompanying all kinds of desserts, especially ice-cream. 

Tip: Not many people know of this drink, much less know that you can learn how to make it. Here's how you can try your hand at making this drink in the town of Lleida about 1h30 minutes from Barcelona. At the Licors Portet, join a workshop where they teach you about the botanicals and liquors combined to make this unique drink. 

Website: http://www.licorsportet.cat/ca/serveis 

5. Vichy Catalan

This one isn't an alcoholic drink, but it is no ordinary mineral water either. 

Vichy Catalan is from the natural waters of Caldes de Malavella which is also a spa facility. 

The water has very high mineral content, natural carbonation, and an almost neutral pH, it is a common request at the table among Catalans.  

Catalonia is known for some very special alcoholic beverages from different parts of the region. Skip the tourist trap of a Sangria and head over to bar and drink like locals do!

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In Catalonia: Five Back To Nature Activities You Can Do To Revitalize Your Soul

News   •   Aug 13, 2018 13:54 +08


1. YOGHURT MAKING

Discover the biggest dairy farm in Garrotxa! Surrounded by forests and volcanoes, you will enjoy a unique experience and learn

about a project that is drawing everyone’s attention. You will see the cows being bred, the pre-birthing room, the calves and

the milking room. In the factory, will be able to see how milk is transformed into yoghurt and desserts, as well as the various

production and fermentation processes. At the end of the tour, you can look forward to a dairy product tasting.

Where: http://www.fageda.com/


2. WINE MAKING

Be an oenologist for a few hours and produce your own wine! You will come up with the contents, name and design of the label of your very own wine. At the end of the day you will be able to bring the bottles back home too! An experience that will leave a lasting taste in your mouth!

Where: http://en.costabrava.org/what-to-do/wine-and-gastronomy/wine-route/wineries

3. WINE PAIRING AMONG FLOWERS

A wine pairing with Mediterranean wild flowers and wine led by the botanist of El Celler de Can Roca and a sommelier. A unique and original approach to bring natural landscape and its history to the palate through wine.

Who: Evarist March (botanist of El Celler de Can Roca) 

Website: http://naturalwalks.com 

4. FOREST BATHING

Forest bathing embraces one-ness with nature; start with checking into a calm stay accessible to everyone of all ages, in a forest with therapeutic benefits. You will be accompanied by a professional guidance in groups of maximum 15 people. Being in the forest and being surrounded with trees allows for clearer skin, better sleep and more vitalized blood cells! It is the perfect place for (re)connection through all our senses with a high quality natural surrounding.

Where: Sèlvans C. Maria Aurèlia Capmany i Farners 40 (Planta -1) 17003 Girona (El Gironès)

Website: www.selvans.ong

5. HONEY, I'M HOME 

You've got to make a temporary stop in the south of Catalonia, El Perelló. Here honey is produced for the whole Catalonia. They have a 8 different types of honey ranging from eucalyptus to mountain honey among other products made from natural, organic honey and beeswax. 

Their facilities are open for viewing all year round. However, if you're lucky to visit them in season, you will trace the beautiful smell of fresh honey that is taken out from honey combs in front of your own eyes!

Where: https://www.meldelperello.com/es/visitas/

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Catalonia - The Land of Geniuses

News   •   Aug 08, 2018 17:21 +08

The Landscape of the Geniuses is a tourist attraction that lets you discover the essence of the landscape that inspired the works and influenced the personalities of Antoni Gaudí, Joan Miró, Pau Casals and Pablo Picasso on the Costa Daurada and in the Terres de l’Ebre region. 

1714 Route

Every year on 11 September, Catalonia celebrates its National Day, commemorating the defeat of the Catalan people against the troops of Philip V in 1714. To learn more about the events leading up to the defeat, visitors can take a historical trip to sites linked to the War of Succession; La Seu Vella of Lleida, the University of Cervera, Manresana Tower, Cardona Castle or the Rafael Casanova birthplace, which has now become the museum of the defensive hero Barcelona.

Go back to the Medieval times in Costa Brava

Get ready to embark on some of the most spectacular journeys to the past, to times when the lands of Girona formed the frontier between the Arab and Christian worlds, to times of kings, counts and knights. You’ll see imposing castles that preserve
intact all their medieval splendor, still protected by their defensive walls, and others in ruins, discreetly hidden amid the vegetation. They all bear witness to our history. Discover Girona, a city that invites visitors to trace its more than 2000 years of history through two fortified enclosures, the Força Vella, the Medieval Quarter and the Jewish quarter. Continue your route through the little villages of Madremanya, Monells and Peratallada, all of them with an outstanding medieval architecture such as portico-ed town squares, fortified castles or walls. End your trip in Pals, walk through its narrow-cobbled streets and explore the Visigoths tombs, the church or the Torre de les Hores


Gaudí unknown

There are a lot of world renowned works of the genius architect Antoni Gaudí, but there are still a few of his constructions that remain unknown: the first is Casa Vicens in Barcelona, the first house designed by the architect which had never been open to the public before but from the 16th November 2017 has opened as a museum. There is also the Güell Crypt inside the Güell colony in Santa Coloma de Cervelló, close to Barcelona. Finally, up in La Pobla de Lillet there are the Jardins Arti gas, a garden where nature and architecture fuse in perfect harmony and the Gaudí Garraf located inside the Bodegas Güell building. 

The Landscape of the Geniuses is a cultural route that enables visitors to discover the landscape that inspired the works of Antoni Gaudí, Joan Miró, Pau Casals and Pablo Picasso. The route includes the villages of Reus (Gaudí), El Vendrell (Casals), Mont-Roig (Miró) and Horta de Sant Joan (Picasso), and all have family friendly acti viti es along the way.

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Àgora del Mas Marroch - New MICE venue led by the Roca brothers

News   •   Aug 08, 2018 15:48 +08

Mas Marroch de Vilabraeix of Can Roca opens its new space that consists on a living structure with a dome of 22 meters in diameter. The space will host cultural activities about cuisine, gastronomy and ecological awareness.

Its the perfect venue for banquets and celebrations of the Celler de Can Roca. This 13th century farmhouse, nestled amid ancient gardens, is located in Vilablareix, just five minutes from Girona city centre and a few minutes from the Girona South motorway exit. The venue is avant-garde in appearance but with an underlying respect for the setting. The Great Hall, a project by the Sandra Tarruella and Isabel López interior design studio, is designed to show off its contents. The ballroom, with perfect acoustics, is complemented by the chill-out area. Our cuisine is based on the dishes that have brought success to our restaurant, El Celler de Can Roca. Tried and tested dishes that satisfy the most demanding palates, prepared with precision and adaptable to the needs of a given moment.

Website: http://www.costabravagironacb.com/en/associats/mas-marroch-el-celler-de-can-roca-2/

There is an amazing new MICE venue in Costa Brava led by the Roca brothers for your celebrations!

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5 New Aesthetically Stunning hotels in Catalonia to stay in!

News   •   Aug 08, 2018 13:31 +08

1. Fox House

Website: http://www.casaguilla.com

Where: Santa Engràcia, 39, 25636 Santa Engràcia, Lleida, Spain

Casa Guilla is a boutique country house, available for private hire and a collaborative retreat where niche businesses can work together to provide all inclusive, unique experiences. We’re working with a team of like minded partners to develop a fresh and exciting calendar of getaways, events and courses aimed at getting people together and getting away from it all to learn, create and relax and enjoy the inspiring beauty of this stunning location.'

2.  5* Hotel Terra Dominicata

Website: http://www.terradominicata.com/en/

Where: Tarragona

A NEW 5 * HOTEL IN THE MOST BEAUTIFUL RIVER IN CATALONIA

They have 26 rooms of high comfort, in the middle of the Montsant Natural Park, where you can immerse yourself in the landscape, silence and gastronomy of the region. The Vives family puts at your disposal a haven of peace in one of the most appreciated wine regions of the world.

In addition to the hotel, the farm has its own winery where the wines of the estate are produced and where our guests can learn first-hand how Priorat wines are made.

3. Bonmont Resort Costa Daurada - Golf & Spa

Where: Tarragona

Website: https://www.bonmonthotel.es/

Bonmont Hotel is a jewel on the Costa Daurada set on a 18-hole golf course, Bonmont Resort, with its 136 rooms, it is the most recent and elegant hotel in the Tarragona area.

4. 4* Hotel ME Sitges Terramar – Melia Hotel 

Where: Sitges (30 minutes from Barcelona)
Website: www.melia.com 


ME Sitges Terramar reinterprets luxury under the lens of the Mediterranean to offer innovative experiences and lavish style. Its cutting-edge architecture creates spaces full of light and warmth, inviting you to mingle and making it a fashionable meeting point just 30 minutes away from Barcelona, in the  seaside town, Sitges. 

5.  Casa Cacao - Chocolate Factory and Hotel by Roca Brothers

The Roca brothers (owners of the world-renowned Celler de Can Roca restaurant) and the chocolate expert Damian Allsop are working together to create a chocolate factory and luxury boutique hotel in the centre of Girona. The space will allow visitors to experience first-hand, the process of creating quality chocolate and offer a bean to bar concept. The hotel and factory will be located in an historic building at the heart of Girona.

It will open its doors in January of 2019.

Where: Girona, Costa Brava

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Val D ' Aran with Nhị Đặng

Blog posts   •   Aug 03, 2018 16:20 +08

Explore the snow capped mountains of Catalonia in Val d'Aran through the eyes Nhị Đặng from Vietnam, together with Ha Lam!

Five Amazing Gastronomic Activities in Catalonia

News   •   Jul 31, 2018 13:56 +08

Catalonia is a gateway to Mediterranean gastronomy - skip the usual restaurants and do something different to taste your way through the region!

Casa Cacao - The Chocolate Factory of Girona

News   •   Jul 31, 2018 12:21 +08

Jordi Roca, the youngest of the Roca brothers will be opening a chocolate factory cum luxury boutique hotel in 2019.