Catalan custom: Mushroom hunting

The summer season has passed in Catalonia which means mushrooms have begun to sprout all over the Spanish hills. These edible fungi help usher in the ages-old Catalan custom of mushroom hunting.

Throughout Catalonia during this time of year, bolitaires (or mushroom hunters) take to the fertile fields to hunt for and collect mushrooms after the summer harvest. Catalans have passed down the tradition through generations as groups head out–baskets in tow–for early morning weekend rummaging.

A few varieties are known to grow in the region (including ceps and trompetas) and serve as complementary ingredients to a number of dishes like omelettes, soups, and salads.

 

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New to gathering these treasured trumpets? The government of Catalonia has issued information regarding how to properly gather mushrooms; how and whether you need to obtain a mushroom-gathering permit; and further information about mushrooms themselves, including which are safe to eat, which may be poisonous, and helpful nutrition facts.

If you plan to visit Catalonia in the fall, grab a basket and enjoy this community-building tradition among the lush forests of northeastern Spain. If you can’t make it to the countryside, heaps of Barcelona’s markets (like La Bouqueria) sell varieties of the plant so you’ll have no shortage of the nutrient-rich Catalonian wonder. Happy hunting!


By Car

The AP7 motorway that crosses Spain following the Mediterranean coast cuts through Catalonia very close to the Vallès Occidental area where most of our villas are located.  It takes between 1hr 45 mins and 2 hrs to get to the Vallès from the French border.

We are partners with Auto Europe, one of the global leaders in car rental, who offer our clients exclusive discounts. click below for a free quotation.

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Spanish cooking lessons for the whole family

paellas

Cook your own seafood paella: We will bring all the necessary items and expertise, so that you can prepare your own paella and then enjoy it with your fellow guests. You’ll find it easier than you think. 31 Euros per person + IVA

Sausage extravaganza: ‘Buitfarra’ is the most traditional of the Catalan meat products. Our expert chefs make it with you from scratch starting with your choice of sausage meat (or tofu) followed by a typical Spanish BBQ. 20 Euros per person + IVA.

Tapa treats: Tapas are one of the most unique elements of Spain’s culinary culture. Learn more about them by cooking some of the most representative ones. 33 Euros per person + IVA

From the garden to the table: Visit one of our orchards and pick up some of the products of the season. Depending on the season, we will be in full harvest for many vegetables we use to prepare dishes like refreshing gazpacho, or delicious salads. Fresher and tastier, impossible! 25 Euros per person + IVA


More than a holiday home: Private home rentals for your corporate needs

Renting a home for your family holiday is a growing trend as the evidentiary benefits of private rentals outweigh cumbersome and expensive hotel stays. However, another reason for renting private homes is swiftly gaining popularity: corporate long-term stays.

Corporate extended-stay rentals are on the rise as companies learn about the advantages of cheaper and more convenient lodging options for their staff events or relocating employees.

 

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Corporate housing allows you to feel more comfortable during your retreats with the options to prepare your own home-cooked meals, save money on dining out at expensive restaurants, and even bring along the family if the stay needs to be extended.

Rather than crowd into one room with your colleagues, spread out into separate bedrooms—maybe even with your own bathroom!—for privacy if you have pressing assignments.

Avoiding large hotel chains takes away the stress of booking and organizing, dealing with impersonal staff who are responsible for thousands of reservations, and having to rely on predetermined times to enjoy your morning coffee or room service. Instead, receive personal and friendly communication from your corporate housing rental agent and work at your own pace with snack and coffee breaks at your leisure.

 

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The remoteness of some of these private homes ensures that you will really get to know the town your are visiting. Hotels like to be located in the middle of tourist heaven, but home stays can put you up close and personal with the real local scene. You’ll have the opportunity to learn what everyday life would be like if you plan to relocate in the future. You may even make some local friends who can help you learn the language or show you the town’s best restaurants!

The next time you’re in charge of reserving housing for your business conference in or near Barcelona, Spain, or if you’re looking for temporary housing while transitioning to a new career, consider contacting Catalunya Casas for an out-of-town stay that feels just like home.

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