We’re speaking with Pablo Rovira, creator of @viu_emporda. VIU is a fresh, elegant, and inspiring proposition that offers stays in unique homes and experiences straight from local experts in the Empordà. When I spoke with Pablo, I got to know a curious individual, one who is interested in people, vibrant, and ambitious. All these attributes are transmitted in VIU. During our interview, I wanted to find out what led im to start developing this project that offers a different way of experiencing the region, of re-evaluating and connecting with what we have nearby.
“The difference between simple sustainability and a regenerative approach is that sustainability is about satisfying humanity’s demands now, without destroying the planet, whereas a regenerative approach doesn’t revolve around humanity, but puts the planet, and the goal of regenerating its environment, first.”
In the foothills of the Cap de Creus, the village
of Vilajuïga has been proudly guarding its sought after water for more than 100 years. Vilajuïga’s naturally sparkling water is one of the best in the world.
Interior designer Susanna Cots has been creating spaces for over 18 years, with offices in Begur and Hong Kong. She mainly works with emotion arising from detail—light and colour, texture, aroma… A range of what she calls ‘invisible elements’ that create peaceful and welcoming spaces.
TRADITION AND SUSTAINABILITY ADAPTED TO ARCHITECTURE OF THE 21st CENTURY
By Azucena MoyaPhoto Javi Almar
"If you tell me an indigenous architect, you are flattering me." The indigenous mason is the one that works with the vernacular architecture. We are increasingly aware of the ecological, social and health problems that lead to the current productive system and we are inclined towards tradition.
With wine and gastronomy as their central theme, ‘La Gastronòmica’ offers an exciting and delightfully diverse experience of the Empordà. Their ‘raison d’etre’ is to welcome visitors to Catalonia with participatory experiences rooted in the land itself, through some of the Emporda’s extraordinary products.
In a beautiful location just beyond the town of Begur, surrounded by
forests and right by the sea, Sa Garrofa is a fascinating space offering activities and courses focusing on body and mind, work in the urban gardens and a restaurant with chill out rooms and terraces.
Over 2 years ago a group of entrepreneurs from different professional fields decided to live a dream. Spotting a market niche in the world of beer, half way between industrial production and local artisanal beers, inspired by the Costa Brava and following their own recipes based on Pielsen style they added a secret ingredient — the key to every successful formula.