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The flag of Empordà

Did you know that the Empordà has a flag that dates back 100 years?
The Ateneu Empordanès (Empordanese social centre) of Barcelona was founded in 1916, continuing on from the Centre Empordanès that operated in the city between 1891-1894. It was formed with the aim of preserving, improving and...

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...

Arboreco – Traditional fruit trees: heritage to be preserved

At the foot of the Gavarres, outside the village of Cruïlles, is the Arboreco tree nursery, where Italian-born Marco Sangiorgio decided to create this place for reproducing endangered heritage and, while he was at it, earn himself a living. It specialises in traditional fruit tree varieties, which...

Riera i Aragó – Dialogue with the horizon

For Josep Maria Riera i Aragó (Barcelona, 1954) the beginning of the 80s marked a turning point in his work. He left figurative painting to develop his own unique artistic language, helped by a project of a very personal nature. From 7 March 1981 to 7 March 1982, on pieces of brown paper...

TURA SANZ SANGLAS – Casual inspirations

Tura Sanz is just 26 years old and looks set to go a long way. She is one of today’s promising young artists on the Empordà’s creative scene, despite only having done one solo exhibition, titled “Plecs”. The exhibition has been on at different gallery spaces, most recently the Museum of...

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...

Tomás, Sofía – Sociedad Doctor Alonso

What moves the cloth? The air, thev entilator or the music? An idea like this could be the inspiration for a
choreography or an experimental theatre performance. As was a 2,600-year-old larch in Patagonia, source of inspiration for the production Estela 2018.
As a stage director and...

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

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...

Miss Dalí – A greek tragedy in the Empordà

Salvador Dalí was one of the most iconic figures of the 20th century. A controversial character, who never failed to provoke a reaction, both because of his art and his brilliance. A multifaceted person, who witnessed and participated in the new artistic movements of the century, such as...

Footballgolf – A new hybrid sport

In Maçanet de Cabrenys, in an area of outstanding natural beauty in the Alt Emporda, there is a new sport being played, but one which has a growing number of fans: footballgolf. The founders of the club are four friends from the town, who had the brilliant idea of setting up a footballgolf...

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...

Iolanda Bustos – Cooking up the landscape

In the small village of Regencós, between Pals and Begur, is a  unique restaurant with the Slow Food seal and named after a flower: La Calèndula (marigold). Its chef Iolanda Bustos is,  besides being an excellent cook, a true botanical connoisseur,  more capable than anyone of putting her...

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...

Juan Manuel Soldevilla- Empurbà

Everyone has their own Empordà, shaped by personal experience, family heritage, years of reading, tradition, dreams or fantasies. For some, the Empordà is a walk through the Alberes, for others it’s an evening in the Bay of Roses, or a trip up to the Mare de Déu del Mont, panoramic views over...

Manel Vehí – Signature cocktails

At just 29, Manel Vehí from Boia Nit in Cadaqués has earned himself a reputation as one of the world’s top cocktail makers. After winning the Mediterranean Inspirations world championships by Gin Mare and becoming the face of this brand, Manel Vehí is currently advising some of the best hotels...

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...

Beat Keller – Surrealism without borders

This Swiss artist, recently settled in La Bisbal d’Empordà, uses unusual objects to create pieces that never fail to surprise.
Beat Keller is a multifaceted artist. He studied in New York’s School of Visual Arts and went on to work in a top-end advertising agency in Switzerland. As fate would...

Marta Vergonyós – Rooted like a nomadic agave

She is from a small village in the Empordà, yet is also a traveller and nomad, and defines herself as an amateur multidisciplinary artist, a lover of what she does: creative documentaries, performance, installations.
I’m with Marta on the terrace of the Hotel Empúries. I propose a game; I show...