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Beer festival in Playa de Aro 2019.

October came imperceptibly, and this means that Oktoberfest is waiting for us again! Playa de Aro is not a Germany, of course, but they also like beer here – and therefore the city hall organizes the traditional Beer Festival, which will be held from October 4 to 6, and from October 11 to 13 in the city center, on Plaça del Mil·lenari square opposite the Palace of Sports and Congresses.
The organizers promise that we will be able to taste about 30 varieties of foreign beer, as well as to taste a craft beer from local manufacturers. Well, as usual, traditional Catalan snacks are waiting for us accompanied by songs and dances of popular artists, as well as thunderous processions of frantic Catalan drummers😃.
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Classic vehicle fair in Playa de Aro 2019

For the attention of residents and guests of the Costa Brava – the traditional Retro Motor Platja d’Aro-Ralf Kosidlo Memorial will be held in Playa de Aro next Saturday, September 28; this time already for the 22nd time.
As usual, the organizer of the exhibition is our local classic car club, Clàssic Motor Club Vall d’Aro, together with the Department of Tourism of the Castell – Platja d’Aro City Hall.
In addition to the retro cars and motorcycles themselves (among which there are usually very, very interesting specimens!), in the parking lot de la Masia Bas (this is free parking, where the market works on Fridays), more than a hundred stands will be placed on an area of more than 10,000 m2, where you could buy or sell both rare cars or motorcycles, and spare parts for them; here you can find any necessary specialized literature, repair manuals, etc., etc., etc. And of course, obligatory stands with numerous souvenirs, miniatures, models and toys for children!

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Fireworks Festival in Blanes 2019

To the attention of vacationers and residents of the Costa Brava!
From July 23 to July 27 (Tuesday-Saturday next week) in the city of Blanes, right on the beach, the annual International Fireworks Competition of the Costa Brava will be held for the 49th time (the  official name in Catalan is – Concurs Internacional de Focs d ‘ Artifici de la Costa Brava).
According to the requirements to the contestants set by the town council, the action should begin at 22:30, with three warning shots at 22:15, 22:25 and at 22:30, the duration of the fireworks should be at least 18 minutes, not counting the very first and the latest shots.

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American Cars 2019 in Playa de Aro

Ford Thunderbird, 1955 - 1957
Last weekend, June 8 and 9, the traditional holiday of fans of the American automotive industry “American Cars Platja d’Aro 2019” took place; this overwelming event was organized by the Catalan Club of the American Cars. According to the founders, the current exhibition of cars was held for the 30th time at the national level, and for the 25th time – at the international level.
It seems that every year the holiday is becoming more and more popular – at least we managed to see a lot of new, not previously exhibited cars. The rest is nothing new, everything is as usual: polished luxury cars of different years of manufacture, the oldest of which were lovingly restored and dated back to the 30s of the 20th century; a loud growl of powerful engines, the smell of burning tires on traditional drift competition, loud hard rock rambling from the speakers, crowds of people making selfies with cool cars, while their owners in wide-brimmed Texas hats relax in the shade, sipping beer accompanied by traditional Catalan snacks …

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Flower Festival in Girona 2019

And again a holiday came to Girona – from 11 to 19 May 2019, the city hosts the annual festival of flowers and design Temps de Flors 2019, this year already for the 64th time. What does this mean? It means that all car parks in the immediate vicinity of the old city are packed to capacity, dozens of tourist buses are crowded in remote parking lots, and in the heart of the old city there is no free space – people are drawn to the best examples of floral design, and this craving cannot be stopped… An innumerable stream of tourists; dozens, and most likely even hundreds of thousands of people visit Girona these days just to see with their own eyes what was prepared by flower growers and designers this time to please us…

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Medieval Fair in Calonge 2019

Despite the cloudy weather and unusually gloomy sky threatening the useless rain at the height of the Easter weekend, the brave and merry Catalans are arranging a medieval festival in the streets and squares surrounding the ancient castle in the town of Calonge.
Everything is as usual, like at the usual Catalan fair of some 300-400 years ago – the knights arrange tournaments, waving their weapons and conquering the hearts of pretty ladies; street vendors set up shops with different foods; cheese and sausage trays threaten to cause increased salivation; the baker prepares hot bread in a coal oven (special mention are buns with chocolate!); if you suddenly have a stomach ache or you need to spoil the business of a competitor – on the next tray you will find the right potions and aromatic substances; your children will decrease the contents of your wallet, passing by numerous tents of sweets or armours and ammunition for young knights (it’s not like playing computer games!). Here are the ancient wooden attractions for children, and while they are having fun, arranging a massacre on a rocking ship, you can join the group of dancing medieval townspeople to music played by wandering musicians, you can watch a puppet show or a procession of giant dolls… And don’t forget to visit an exhibition of knightly armor and weapons located in the castle, as well as writing a wish on a piece of paper and hanging it on a special olive tree – the holiday organizers guarantee that 99.9% of all wishes come true!
You still have the opportunity to visit this holiday on Sunday, the schedule of holiday events can be viewed here. On Sunday evening, at 21:30, they promise a pyrotechnic performance!
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Barcelona Mobile Homes Exhibition 2018 (Caravaning Salón Internacional)

The usual story – you purchased a property in Catalonia, preferably on the Costa Brava coast, then begins the process of exploring the countless natural and historical attractions that are ubiquitous in this blessed land. Gradually, the radius of your trips increases until the question arises – is it reasonable to travel a large number of kilometers per day, although on good, high-quality and scenic roads, but nonetheless; and then you start thinking, why not spending a night somewhere along the route?Of course, a hotel or several private houses / apartments in different parts of Spain / France, as well as in other countries of Europe / the rest of the world can help in planning an exciting trip. But there is another option for initiates – a house on wheels. Millions of people in the world travel this way without being tied to hotels or airplanes, airport strikes and other troubles. You can stop virtually anywhere where your heart desires, have a picnic, enjoy the colors of the sunset with a glass of wine, and early in the morning, waking up early, enjoy the sunrise over the sea, or go for mushrooms, ahead of the mushroom pickers who just start their cars to get to the forest…
An exhibition of motor homes, as well as other equipment and smart useful things for a comfortable pastime in nature, was held in Barcelona last week, already for the 33 times. A short story and pictures from the exhibition can be viewed following the link – Caravaning Salón in Barcelona.
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Medieval festival in Besalú 2018

Last weekend, September 1-2, the famous small medieval town of Besalu  hosted the traditional festival, Besalú Medieval 2018. Fabulously beautiful and authentic city gives us the opportunity to plunge into the atmosphere of the Middle Ages with its knightly tournaments, wandering merchants, musicians and jesters…
This time we attended this holiday on Sunday afternoon to enjoy the evening closing performances. A short photo-video report can be viewed following the link – Medieval Festival in Besalu 2018.
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Flower Festival in Girona 2018

In the first half of May, an annual flower festival takes place in Girona; in Catalan,it’s called Temps de Flors Girona 2018; this year this bright festival has spilled like floral rain through the streets and landmark buildings of Girona for the 63rd time!
A little story with photos that we managed to make in a short period of time, having left the office on a working day, can be viewed following the link – Girona Flower Festival 2018.