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Besalú is a town in the comarca of Garrotxa, in Girona, Catalonia, Europe. The town's importance was greater in the early Middle Ages, as capital of the county of Besalú, whose territory was roughly the same size as the current comarca of Garrotxa but sometime extended as far as Corbières, Aude, in France. Wilfred the Hairy, credited with the unification of Catalonia, was Count of Besalú. The town was also the birthplace of Raimon Vidal, a medieval troubadour.

It's light, environmentally-friendly, authentic, natural. The term espadrille is French and derives from the Catalan name for the shoes,espardenya, which derives from the Catalan name for esparto, a tough, wiry Mediterranean grass used in making rope. Espadrilles have been made in Catalonia since the 14th century at least, and there are shops in Catalonia still in existence that have been making espadrilles for over a century.

Casa Macaya, Barcelona, Spain. Declared a Cultural Asset of National Interest, the Macaya house was finished in 1901. The architect, Josep Puig i Cadafalch, revived the grandiose of the Gothic style with his design of the facade. Arches & columns are intricately carved & decorated by ironwork next to white stucco walls with elaborately engraved designs.

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Your Favorite Catalan Architect Just Might Become An Official Catholic Saint

Casa Batllo is a renowned building located in the heart of Barcelona and is one of Antoni Gaudí’s masterpieces. Casa Batlló is a remodel of a previously built house. It was redesigned in 1904 by Gaudí and has been refurbished several times after t...

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Penélope Cruz in Oscar de la Renta, photographed by Annie Leibovitz +34 664806309 VICTORIA Private tours and excursions in Barcelona, Costa Brava & Catalunya. Apartments in Barcelona. The best sightseeing tours in Barcelona and Catalonia. The most authentic places in Barcelona, medieval towns and castles.

One of 50 lithographs from Joan Miró’s Barcelona Series 1944 © Successió Miró/ADAGP, Paris and DACS, London 2011