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LOOK INTO THE ART AND CULTURE OF EMPORDÀ THROUGH ITS CHARACTERS

Carla Zaplana

NUTRITIONIST AND HEALTH MENTOR

By Lluca Rullan Photo Harold Abellan

Despite her young age, Carla Zaplana has a long track record in the world of nutrition and is a pioneer in the field of healthy living. Originally from the Empordà, Carla set off for the United States after finishing university. While in the US, she devoured the latest in the world of nutrition and healthy eating. She is the author of six books: Green Juices, Green Smoothies, Superfoods, Clean Eating, The Wooden House, and Intermittent Fasting, hot off the press.

Antoni Vila Casas

THE LAST ENLIGHTENED BOURGEOIS

By Eudald Camps Photo Consuelo Bautista

A pharmacist, collector, cultural promoter, and founder and current president of the Foundation that bears his name, Antoni Vila Casas is one of the most prominent cultural figures in Catalonia. First, for his philanthropic work, but also for a keen vision of the social and political reality of a Catalonia that runs the risk of disappearing in spite of its dreams of becoming an enlightened state. His connection with the Empordà area has been strong since the early 1960s. In fact, the Foundation's first headquarters was the Palau Solterra in Torroella de Montgrí, followed by the Can Mario Sculpture Museum in Palafrugell. Barcelona came later. Vila Casas has kindly welcomed us to the offices of Espais Volart in Barcelona, where we are taking the opportunity to discuss the incredible donation he made to the struggling Miró Foundation.

Marina Garcés

PHILOSOPHY HAS THE POWER TO CURE US FROM FALSE PROBLEMS

By Ignasi Rifé Photo Andrea Ferrés

Marina Garcés Mascareñas (Barcelona, ​​1973), filósofa y ensayista catalana. Uno de los conceptos centrales de su pensamiento es la búsqueda de lo común en el camino de desarrollar alternativas para enfrentarnos a las crisis actuales. Defensa la filosofía como una forma de vida, un arte que nace en la calle y que continúa sin interrupción en el espacio íntimo e invisible. Recientemente ha publicado 'Escuela de aprendices' (Galaxia Gutenberg, 2020).

Pat Bros

A COMMITTED LOCAL FISHERWOMAN

By Lola Puig Photo Javier Almar

Men typically crew offshore fishing boats. We may sometimes see a woman handling nets in the port, but rarely on board a ship. Originally from Colera, Pat Bros, @patbrosp, is one of the few fisherwomen plying her trade around the Cap de Creus. I had the pleasure of meeting a young, passionate woman whose eyes shine when she talks about the sea.

Kayaking:

DISCOVER THE TERRITORY FROM ANOTHER POINT OF VIEW

By Laura Masó Photo Alex Gosteli

Imagine leaving your kayak on a sandy beach with the unique view of the Costa Brava that you were able to discover on your way here. Constant contact with water, the effort of each paddle stroke, and changing landscapes will long remain in your memory once you return home.


Visit Empordanet

BREAK WITH EVERYTHING, LIVE THE EXPERIENCE!

By Laura Masó Photo Fons VisitEmpordanet

With the campaign “Break from your routine and visit the Empordanet!”, the season for making authentic Empordà discoveries has kicked off. The Visit Empordanet brand and initiative, uniting the towns of La Bisbal d'Empordà, Ullastret, Corçà, Forallac i Monells, Cruïlles, and Sant Sadurní de l'Heura, has been relaunched with the objective of making the essence of the Empordà – its people – known to everyone.


Fishing tourism

TOURISM WITH TASTE OF THE SEA

By Laura Masó Photo Javier Almar

Are you curious about the world of fishing and its history? Do you like to eat fish, but you're tired of always eating the same species? Can you imagine what a day on board a ship is like for a fisherman? Find answers to these questions and more thanks to the various fishing tourism initiatives promoted by towns all along the Catalan coast that aim to boost the local economy through fishing-related projects.


Food and Wine Routes

BEYOND WINE

By Redacció Photo Javier Almar

The Empordà is a landscape that has been built through time. There's no greater pleasure than diving into the passing of the seasons in every piece of land, passing cloud, and gentle wave. The Mas Geli winery in the Masos de Pals is a privileged spot surrounded by the mountains of Begur and Montgrí. Lluís, part of this family project, guides us on a walk through the vineyards while telling us about the gravelly land, the salinity of the sea breeze, and the underground aquifer. He speaks of what the wine will become: a living object bathed in its environment, the essence of the land.

Figueres

THE CITY OF THE EMPORDÀ

By Redacció

In a prime spot at the Motel Restaurant, I'm savoring the experience of one of the food and wine routes held in Figueres this year: “From classics to avant-garde.” As I'm tasting some delectable breaded anchovies, I glance over at table 26. For years, this table was reserved for the illustrious author Josep Pla, who was a regular at the establishment during the 60s and 70s. The long and piquant post-meal conversations Pla held with the owner of the establishment, Josep Mercader, and then with his son-in-law and successor, Jaume Subirós, the current chef of the Motel, were celebrated events. The Motel Restaurant, which is celebrating its 60th anniversary this year, the Duran Restaurant, which dates back to 1823, and the Can Jeroni Restaurant, among others, are the precursors of the prestigious Figueres cuisine, which combines the most genuine culinary traditions of the Alt Empordà with the innovation that Ferran Adrià brought to such prominence.

Club Unique Premium

EXPERIENCES LINKED TO THE TERRITORY

By Redacció Photo Anna Pla Narbona

The most charming beaches of the Mediterranean lie under mountain peaks.The coast that inspired Dalí sits alongside the summits that Hannibal and Charlemagne crossed. Some of the world's best cuisine with Roman wine culture in the Empordà. Throughout the province of Girona you can find the perfect balance of everything: gastronomy, volcanoes, the sea, sports, art, snow, beaches, natural parks, history, wine tourism, the sun, traditions, and more.