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Is Catalonia safe to visit?

In a nutshell, very! Catalonia has a population of about 7.5 million people, of whom about 1.5 million live in Barcelona. The next largest cities are all peripheral cities with populations around the 250,000 mark. As house prices continue to rise, more and more people are moving out out into these cities. Catalonia is divided […]

When is the best time of year to visit Catalonia – and La Conca de Barberà

Catalonia is one of Spain’s 17 administrative regions, known here as “autonomous communities”. It is nestled in northeastern Spain, bordering France, and like much of Spain offers a variety of landscapes and climates. Many of Les Voltes’ guests from abroad combine these landscapes, spending a few days in Barcelona, a few days in the countryside […]

10 things to do on a rainy day without leaving Les Voltes

1. Take some spectacular photos from our rooftop terrace 360º views, perfect to capture a rainbow or incoming storm 2. Play a board game Monopoly, cards, pictionary, dominoes… 3. Organise a darts tournament Electronic darts board that will keep the score for you! 4. Go put some records on… Over 800 LPs & CDs to […]

Menu of the day

While travelling around Catalonia (or Spain), you’ll need to be aware of the concept of the “menú del dia” (menu of the day). If you’ve been to France, you’ll probably be familiar with it. Basically, most restaurants offer a menu of the day from Mondays to Fridays. It normally consists of a choice of starter, […]

Ten birds you can see regularly from our rooftop terraces

1. Kestrels The common kestrel (Falco tinnunculus), known as a xoriguer in Catalan and a cernícalo (Spanish) is a very common sighting, as a family nests in the nearby church tower. 2. Serins The European serin (Serinus serinus), known as a gafarró in Catalan and a serín verdecillo in Spanish, is easier to hear than see, but you just need to follow the […]

La Ruta del Cister – Vallbona de Les Monges

La Ruta del Cister is an off-the-beaten-track cultural and nature route located in the stunning region of la Conca de Barberà in Catalonia, Spain. This route takes you on a journey through the history and architecture of the three monasteries of the Cistercian order: Santes Creus, Poblet, and Vallbona de les Monges. Along the way, you’ll […]

Catalan expressions: the short & sweet

You may or may not know that people in Catalonia speak two languages: Catalan and Spanish. If you’re travelling outside the big cities, especially in rural environments like ours, people will be delighted if you attempt some words in Catalan. I was going to write a post about some basic expressions to help you get […]

Staying safe in Barcelona

You don’t need to be alarmed about going to Barcelona because of the stories you might have heard about pickpockets and bag-snatching. You just need to be alert and to follow some basic advice. Many of the guests as Les Voltes either visit Barcelona before or after they come to us, or pop up for […]


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