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Maresme’s Top 10 Chiringuitos

Nothing underlines the Mediterranean lifestyle like food and cocktails beside the sea, or in the case of the chic chiringuitos lining the sands on the trendy Maresme Coast just north of Barcelona, food and cocktails actually on the beach. Whether it’s a fun family lunch or a session of more serious socialising as the sun […]

Maresme’s Top 10 Towns and Villages

Endless stretches of sandy beaches, numerous marinas, several quality golf courses, a protected natural park, a unique microclimate and easy access to one of Europe’s most cosmopolitan cities. This is Maresme. There are few Mediterranean locations that offer such an attractive and varied lifestyle. The region is made up of 30 towns and numerous charming […]

The Vermouth Trail in Alella

The Catalans have long been enthusiastic drinkers (and makers) of Vermouth or Vermut. In the 19th and 20th Centuries this aperativo was an important touchstone of national culture. A fortified wine flavoured with more than 100 botanicals (although the exact ingredients have been shrouded in mystery), Vermut used to be a key ingredient in cocktails but now we have Barcelona […]

The Wines of Alella

Lovers of Catalan wine may be more familiar with the regions of Penedès to the south of Barcelona and Empordà to the north. However, nestling in the Maresme region of Alella is Catalonia’s smallest D.O. (Denominación de Origen), and it is starting to generate some serious interest. This beautiful region, just 14 kilometres north of […]