What to do on the Costa Barcelona
If you don’t know how organic, biodynamic and natural wines differ from each other but you’d like to find out, take a trip around the regions of Barcelona. From Alt Penedès to Maresme, passing through Bages, there are many wineries that adopt a green approach to winemaking, producing extremely high-quality wines without harming the environment. Some of the names may well ring a bell, while others will be new discoveries: small, family-run companies with limited production and strong environmental awareness. The seven suggestions below are likely to make you a convert to sustainable wine tourism.
Near Barcelona, you will find many examples of modernist works created at the turn of the 20th century. Urban mansions and summer houses, churches and hospitals, warehouses and gardens, factories and wineries designed by some of the great architects of the movement in Catalonia: Antoni Gaudí, Lluís Domènech i Montaner and Josep Puig i Cadafalch. To commemorate this cultural movement and its style, several towns and cities organise festivals and fairs. Would you like to know which ones?
Strength, balance, courage and common sense, the four key concepts of human tower building, repeated like a mantra by its practitioners. For spectators, the most appropriate words might be thrills, nerves, suspense and joy. Without a doubt, to experience a human tower building event is to navigate a sea of sensations. So it’s no wonder that UNESCO inscribed this Catalan tradition par excellence on its list of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.
If you’re the sort of person who enjoys combining cultural visits in cities with nature excursions, here are four of the routes favoured by Barcelona locals, who also like to get away from it all and enjoy the outdoors, especially when these beauty spots are so close to home. These routes offer something for everyone and, like almost every other route in the country, can be enjoyed all year round.
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Barcelona is the land of wines. More than 2,500 years ago, the Romans and Iberians cultivated vines to produce the favourite drink of the gods, a drink that has shaped the landscape and culture of the regions of Barcelona. Just a stone’s throw from the city, you can enjoy three DO (Designation of Origin) wine areas that offer such a wide range of activities and experiences that you’ll want to keep coming back to try them all.
If you have a disability and are eager to visit new places, the province of Barcelona is your ideal destination. And not only because its towns and cities devote lots of resources to safeguarding the right of persons with reduced mobility or with other vision, hearing or intellectual impairments to enjoy the destination, but also because they aim to do so in a sustainable, environmentally friendly manner. Accessible tourism can and should be sustainable! From Calella Beach to the Natural Area of Guilleries-Savassona, here are four suggestions for an enjoyable, sustainable break.
Interested in enjoying intense sensations doing a simple sport that does not require you to have a special physical shape? Why not try canoeing? Alone, with friends or with family, canoeing or kayaking is a great way to unwind from your day-to-day responsibilities and feel at one with nature. As you stroke your way along, what you will feel is absolute freedom. So what are you waiting for?
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