Magazine

Bravanariz – Bottling the Empordà’s landscape

Landscapes emerge from a relationship. There is no landscape without someone to contemplate it, frame it and give it meaning. But it is not only with your eyes that you can perceive landscape. It takes hold of all 5 of your senses. And smell plays a leading role. Looking down at the land from a...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Joan Casanova – The legend of Vulpellac castle

The discovery of a woman’s skeleton buried in the old cellar of Vulpellac Castle, inspired the legend of the woman who was entombed by the lord of the castle. It is said that the previous owner used to hear deep breathing
and his children on occasion saw a kind of white mist floating down the...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Francesca Mineo – A passion for old roses

When Francesca gets started on her roses, there’s no stopping her. More than just a hobby, roses are Francesca great passion in life. As we stroll around her garden discovering the enchanting nooks she has created, she talks about the wonders of old garden roses. “They have such a strong...

Guillermo Basagoiti

The Empordà is Guillermo Basagoiti Brown’s adopted home. He tells me right from the start that he wasn’t born here, but that this is where he grazes, an Asturian expression that I couldn’t agree more with. Self-taught in his art and work, his efforts as person and artist are both physical...

Víctor Pérez-Porro – loving the wall

Sometimes art completes what nature cannot create; at other times, art imitates nature.
Aristotle, Physics II.8
Time stands still in Palo Alto, the oldest Cultural Factory of Barcelona. It was founded as the Hangar by artists and creatives long before city technicians and managers discovered...

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...

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...

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...