Author: Elina Leitz

Girona Temps de flors 2015

A city in full bloom

Once a year the city Girona is covered with a blanket of sweet scented flowers. The exhibition Temps de Flors is held in the historic centre of Girona in the lovely springtime when everything is flourishing and turning to green. Flowers are in full bloom and the charming city glows in the sunlight. Many attractive highlights are awaiting the visitors. During the festival in May, the city offers creative flower arrangements, culinary highlights, concerts, opera productions , competitions and theater performances. The festival celebrates 60th anniversary. Like in the years before it is dedicated again to the beauty of flowers.


What started out as a private event has now grown and become a colourful city festival. Floral artworks with a seductive fragrance enthuse the flower loving ones and indulge the senses. It is the unique combination of art, architecture and nature, what makes this festival so special.

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For those who wish to take it a little easier, Girona offers some quiet places apart from the artistic displays. The city is ike a picture of artists, where various flower series meet historical heritage and impressive architecture. The private city palaces and patios are opened for the public during the festival.

Supported by professionals, the residents of Girona partcipate in the decoration of the streets and alleys. Fascinated by the relaxed and familiar atmosphere, locals and vistors celebrate togehter. The restaurants treat the participants with culinary delights such as exotic dishes refined with flowers and blossoms. The openness and hospitality makes the event to a unique, unforgettable experience that attracts more and more visitors year after year. The best moments of 2015 – exclusively for you!

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Cap de Creus – Costa Brava

Cap de Creus – a uniquely bizarre, rough landscape of a wild beauty

Both seaward and landward, this region has been made a protected area several years ago. The sanctuary is called Parc Natural Cap de Creus. Here, the Eastern Pyrenees join the ocean and reach about 50 metres beyond the surface, falling down in dramatic cascades and steep faces until they meet the ocean’s ground. Surrealism itself seems to become real. On our way to Cap de Creus, we pass Portlligat and Dalì’s dwelling house. After the last, newly-built houses, we turn left to pull in on a small parking lot, a few steps away from the road. To our right, a path called camí de ronda leads to the coast. On a trip like this, hiking boots, swimming things and enough water are essential. After only a few metres’ walk, we reach a way that leads down to a bay called Platja de Sant Luis. It is said to be ideal for bathing. We decide to make a break here on our way back.Both seaward and landward, this region has been made a protected area several years ago. The sanctuary is called Parc Natural

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For now, we follow the camí de ronda past a few wonderfully situated properties with large parcels of land and an astonishing view on the sea. Then we delve into the solitude of this bizarre world of rocks and stones. The colours range from amber and honey to dove-coloured schist and rosty red rocks that melt into the sea in a way that reminds us of Dalí’s pocket watches, and how their time would melt. The rocks around Cap de Creus shaped Dali’s works in many a way; they were both his home and is inspiration: “all the rocks of Cap de Creus are in a state of perpetual metamorphosis…everything is mere sugges­tion, allowing for the eye to spontaneously see an eagly, a camel, a chanticleer, a lion or a woman. I am convinced that I am the living core of this very landscape.“

The Beacon of Cap de Creus

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The unique rocky landscape fascinates us as well. It has been forged from the stones by the sculptor Nature, and her tools were the Tramuntana, the sun and the sea. Once gotten in the charm, the onlooker can find a world as dreamlike as Dali’s mythical creatures. We can now see our goal in the distance, just behind yet another ascent: The beacon of Cap de Creus. Small yachts bob up and down in the waters of a small, hidden bay. With a boat, it easier to find those hidden paradises. If we wanted to take a refreshing bath now, we would have to climb down all the way to the sea. Thinking of the way back, we spare our strength for the ascent to the Cap.

The way up the beacon will take another two hours. Luckily, there is a bar and a restaurant there. In the very east of Spain, the Englishman Chris has been running a restaurant for a few years. Here you can take a break on a terrace with a fascinating view on the sea and the rocks. We decide for a fresh salad and some grilled sardines, knowing we will be grateful for it on our way back. We leave the terrace at about 4pm. The sun is hiding behind fleecy clouds. Going downhill now, we are faster than before. At the end of our walking-tour we climb further down to the small bay of Platja de Sant Luis. The pebble beach is empty. Exhausted, we sink into the refreshing waves. It is a real treat after this long day. Thus refreshed, we take a small walk through the alleys of Cadaqués, while evening falls around us. We watch the sun set from a bar at the beach of Cadaqués, drinking cool­ed beer. Surrounded by locals and tourists, we feel as if we were on a holiday – far, far away from everyday hassle.