Magazine

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...

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...

Remembering Víctor Català

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

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...

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...

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...

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...

Project Sèpia

Their slogan is “give back to the sea”, a noble act and one much needed for the increasingly contaminated Mediterranean Sea. The promoters of Projecte Sèpia are convinced they are sowing the seeds for a future that can benefit both marine biodiversity and local fishermen. And indeed, the two...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Le Rachdingue – 50 years since the birth of the surrealist club

When Cadaqués-based author and playwright Henri-François Rey wrote Le Rachdingue in 1967 he could never have imagined that his title would become associated with nights of wild parties for more than a generation. Le Rachdingue was an invented word which translates into “a force of madness”...

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...

Muxach, La Coloma Nature School

Jordi Muxach, known for his award-winning sheepdogs, is now opening his farm to families and schools. Jordi Muxach’s cry of “Jaoo, Coloma, jaoo!” is today a household expression in Catalonia, where his dog Coloma won prize after prize in the region’s most prestigious sheepdog trials. Seeing...

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...

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...

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...

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...