Line 4 of the Barcelona metro service, three o’ clock in the afternoon (Line 4 is the one that goes to the beach). I’m on my way to a work meeting. There’s no seats available, so I simply stand. I look around and realize that I can’t hear even a hint of Spanish, much less Catalan. English, French, and Dutch dominate the scene. I see tourists with their towels, flip flops, and reddish skins. I wonder if they notice me there, if they think my outfit or my white skin are strange. Do they think I was put there as a part of a museum display to enhance their “tourist experience”? I arrive at my stop and make my way out, feeling strangely foreign in my own country. [Read more…] about 10 tips for not being just another tourist in Barcelona
Have you ever visited Barcelona? If you got there by plane, did you look through the window to see the landscape before landing? If you did, maybe you realized that there’s a natural space next to the airport (the green area painted in the map below) and it’s surrounded by large cities and Mediterranean Sea. Its name is Delta del Llobregat and it’s a key zone for migratory birds, as well as, an important crop area for adjoining cities. [Read more…] about Connecting with the natural patrimony of Barcelona.
Naturalwalks has the solution! It is a Catalan company specialized in ecotourism, and as Evarist March (its director) says, they show the culture through nature and landscapes. Could you imagine a walk through a forest discovering medicinal plants, and how to use and conserve them? Could you visualize a wine tasting where the exotic flavors of Mediterranean wild flowers mix with the particular aromas of Catalan wine? Can you envision it? Check out this video, it will help you!