Magazine

Evelyn Segura – An eternal Empordà…?

A restless mind will often go hand in hand with a rootless body. That was my life until I entered my thirties. It was as if my home was everywhere and nowhere at the same time. But for reasons that escape my scientific reasoning, I was trapped by the Empordà.
Who knows if it was for the warmth of...

The Asian Hornet Invasion

The Asian hornet (Vespa velutina) is an invasive species from China and North India, and it’s giving farmers and beekeepers a serious headache. Its presence was first detected in France at the end of 2004, and ever since it has relentlessly grown in number, spreading through the regions of...

2018 – Fages de Climent Year

The Generalitat de Catalunya has declared 2018 Fages de
Climent Year, in commemoration of the 50th anniversary since
the death of this controversial Empordanese writer. A series of
events will take place to disseminate the work of Carles Fages
de Climent (Figueres, 1902-1968), and resources will...

Tajadura – The unofficial archivist of Cadaqués

Everyone in the Empordà’s charming town of Cadaqués knows Tajadura.

As a child, Joan Manel Tajadura dreamed of one day becoming an archeologist and would always ask for “tools, tools, tools!” he remembers. Tools and books he tells me. “I would devour encyclopedias, looking for...

Sustainable architecture – Two cork houses

Emiliano López and Mònica Rivera made a name for themselves as architects 10 years ago for a project in the Navarra desert, and ever since work has been in no short supply. They have recently been awarded one of the Architecture Awards of Girona for houses that use cork, with an effective bid...

Music Lan – The wanted sound

Music Lan Studios in Avinyonet de Puigventós is undoubtedly the country’s top residential recording, mixing and mastering studio. A claim upheld by the long list of artists that have recorded there in the last twenty years, including Quimi Portet, Llach, Manolo Garcia, Shakira, Mariah Carey...

Hiroshi Kitamura – Nature as a starting point

It wasn’t culture, curiosity or the differences between East and West that brought Hiroshi Kitamura to Europe from his native Japan thirty years ago. Fascinated by the materials, forms and expressions that make up our surrounding habitats -elements that can be seen and others that remain hidden...

Jordi Puig – Postcards of the Costa Brava

It could be said that the Costa Brava lost its virginity little by little from as early as the beginning of the 20th century when it became the second home for much of Barcelona’s Bourgeoisie. In the 60s the orgy was well underway and the arrival of pink-skinned, blonde-haired tourists in...

Jordi Gich – Following the traces of the Classics

We meet Jordi Gich in the space where he creates, a studio in the middle of nature, annexed to a farm next to Banyoles and with a handful of musicians for neighbors, who, like him,  have transformed these old stables into rehearsal studios. He doesn’t need Wi-Fi or any other kind of digital...

Álvaro Soler Arpa and his toxic evolution

This innovative sculptor uses animal bones, plastics and rubbish in his works as a way of making a stand against environmental pollution.
Entering the studio of Álvaro Soler Arpa (Girona 1974) is an enduring experience. At times the smell is hard to bear and the presence of bones in every corner...

Astrotourism – A journey to the stars

The relationship between humans and the skies has developed since the dawn of mankind and is present in of all the world’s civilisations. This natural and cultural heritage is so significant that UNESCO has recognised dark skies as an implicit right to be preserved. Unfortunately, light pollution...

Adrià Pujol – Empordà of the others

The land where I was born is inhospitable in the winter and insane in the summer. The autumns are soothing and in the springtime it is stunning. Maybe that’s why the Empordanese are or seem to be, quadripolar. We go from the deepest sorrow to the most extreme histrionism, from dark melancholy to...

Jordi Meli – Megalithic landscapes

“Paisatge megalític de l’Alt Empordà” began as a commission from the Sant Climent Sescebes Town Council in 2011 for a series of photographs that portrayed the Aspres region. The project subsequently blossomed into a display of our great megalithic heritage and the magnificent...

Abellaires Empordanesos – Save the bees!

Marc R. Arumí, a beekeeper with years of experience, is painfully aware that bees are in danger and their numbers are falling. 30 years ago a hive would give 20 kg of honey a year, while today they average just 15. This is because insecticides, climate change, new parasites, like varroa, and...

2019 – Narcís Monturiol Anniversary

This year marks 200 years since the birth of Narcís Monturiol (1819-1885) in Figueres, known above all for inventing the Ictineu, the first air-independent, combustion-powered submarine.
To celebrate this remarkable achievement there will be a series of events and exhibitions to help better...

Salvem l’Empordà – 15 years of environmental activism

On 14 June 2002, the IAEDEN called for the creation of a transversal citizen platform capable of defending the environment of the Empordà. Salvem l’Empordà has done a lot of work in the last 15 years. In 2006, it achieved one of its main goals when the public authorities approved the Land-Use...

Susana Basols – FIL MEDITERRANEAN, Travel Designers

– Where did the idea for the agency come from?
Fil Mediterranean arose from a need in the region to structure the tourist offer for business trips and company incentives. The resources for tourists in the regions of Girona are spectacular, but working with companies requires a different...

La Muga Caula

Visitors Become Part of the Action Art at La Muga Caula Festival.
Since 2005, one of the Alt Empordà’s smallest villages has hosted a festival unlike any other, where audiences become part of the creation itself. Get ready to be surprised, for emotions to run high, to lend a hand, watch, eat...

Remembering Víctor Català

A perceptive, independent and innovative author, who was one of the great precursors of Catalan literature in the 20th century

The Empordà from the air

So I can get better photos Carlos Manich decides to take the door out on my side and tells me not to worry. We are wearing seat belts and the ultralight aircraft we’re travelling in is carrying parachutes. The aircraft turns into the wind, accelerates down the runway and for a moment, as we take...

Toni Llobet – The naturalist illustrated

A lover of the nature which he has depicted with absolute precision, his drawings illustrate countless field guides and books for identifying wildlife.
How did all this start?
The link between nature and art began at Aiguamolls in the Empordà. I already used to go there with my parents all the...