News from El Punt Avui

Following the Path of the Good Men

From the 11th to the 16th century, the Camí dels Bons Homes, or Path of the Good Men, was an important link between the Ariège region in France and the county of Berguedà. The Cathars, fleeing Crusade...

An authentic gem of the medieval era

Founded in the 12th century by hermits who soon joined the Cistercian order, the Monastery of Santa Maria de Vallbona grew and accumulated great power throughout the medieval period. And convent life has...

Les Garrigues: oil, honey and wine

With 19,090 inhabitants (2016) and an area of 800 km², Les Garrigues has borders with El Segrià, El Pla d’Urgell and L’Urgell to the north, El Priorat to the south and La Conca de Barberà to the...

Little local joy on football’s return

The presenter of El Punt Avui’s The Week in Football, Barney Griffiths, runs the rule over Catalonia’s leading football clubs as they returned to action in June

Black lives matter in Barcelona

Unlike the UK or USA, one of the more visible ways that many Europeans are used to seeing black people is at work as street sellers, especially during summer in the bigger cities. These are the so-called...

The Catalan Bonsai

A common trait among hierarchical societies is the purposeful infantilisation of servants. Slaves, housemaids and wives are treated as mentally deficient, denied any education beyond the most basic and...

Girona’s ’hidden’ nooks and crannies

More than 2,000 plane trees make up Girona’s Devesa park, which occupies 40 hectares and is the largest urban park in Catalonia. The mass of foliage can be seen from just about any high point in the...

Romanesque, between plains, hills and water

The Pla de Martís extends to the north of the Pla de l’Estany like a tapestry of all shades of green, and the whole plain is connected by an extensive network of paths and trails that run between fields...

J.M. Sert and the City of Saints

Vic has become an essential place to visit to get to know the work of Josep M Sert, one of the most outstanding mural painters of the 20th century. Vic pays homage to him with this itinerary that allows...

A walk among the world’s trees

The Arborètum de Queixans, in Fontanals de Cerdanya, is an extensive botanical garden that brings together more than 120 different species of trees fromm all over the globe