News from El Punt Avui

The dead bee that stings

Juan Marsé, who died aged 87 on July 18, was widely considered Spain’s finest contemporary novelist. His great subject was the defeated Barcelona of his 1940s childhood. “No post-war ever had a better poet,” wrote Manuel Vázquez Montalbán.

Jane Austen’s universe

The English novelist Jane Austen died at the age of 41, leaving her last work, Sanditon, unfinished. More than 200 years have passed and this little known story by the author of Pride and Prejudice, Sense...

“Living too together?”

Back in mid-July, after more than four months, I (reluctantly) set foot in the city of Barcelona. I also made the mistake of driving in the centre, having wisely used public transport in the past.I love...

Not only possible, but also necessary

There are still those who maintain that the independence of Catalonia from Spain is not possible. However, the independence of Catalonia is not only possible from an economic, legal and political point...

Women’s balancing act

The pandemic has made it clear that women still carry the main burdens in the family

The world goes back to school

On September 14, face-to-face classes return to schools amid government assurances that classrooms are safe and families’ fears that they will become a hotbed of contagion for children. This will be no normal, or easy, school year

Octavi Bono
Catalan Director General of Tourism

Many people will prefer natural spaces

The effects of Covid-19 on tourism, which represents 12% of Catalonia’s GDP and 14% of employment, have been devastating. According to a report by the University of Barcelona, direct losses in turnover...

Discovering Girona’s Jewish legacy

March 1492. The Catholic Monarchs issue the Alhambra Decree in Granada, ordering the expulsion of the Jews from Spain. In Girona, in June of the same year, the authorities announce that the city’s Jewish...

Three white villages and a castle

The stretch of coast from Calella de Palafrugell to the coves of Begur via Llafranc and Tamariu maintains a primitive beauty of white, blue and green, and the visitor will find a landscape in which escarpments...

Amposta, the Ebre delta all year round

The city of Amposta and its surrounding area has a lot to offer. From the Montsià mountain range to the sea at the mouth of the river and passing through the Ebre delta, it is a large area where nature...