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.
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!
Renting a villa in Spain is an increasing trend in the travel industry for the year 2014. The vacation rental experience involves kicking off your shoes and making yourself at home in someone else´s home in the Catalonia region of Spain. Private vacation rental properties are growing in popularity, and Catalunya Casas is the place to find the perfect property for your Northern Spain vacation.
Comfort and affordability
What makes a Catalonia vacation home rental from Catalunya Casas so attractive to travelers? For one, they remove the formality of an overwhelming and impersonal hotel or resort, and allow families and groups to really relax in a spacious and comfortable environment. Instead of allotting a major portion of travel expenses for pricey hotel restaurant dinners and having to depend on predetermined hotel dining hours, guests are in control of their own meals in fully equipped kitchens during and can use the unique food and spices for which Catalonia and Spain are famous.
Multiple bedrooms and bathrooms are also appealing advantages to renting a private home. If you feel like you need some space from your overbearing relatives, you can (literally) put a wall between you.
Not to be overlooked, private pools are one of the most alluring (and refreshing!) attributes of a private home rental. Swim and sunbathe in complete privacy without having to worry about operating hours. Families with young children can keep a close eye on the little ones as some villa pools are surrounded by protective fences.
Travel is not what it used to be: Long gone are the days spent waiting in line at overpriced tourist attractions. Instead, travelers want to explore and experience their surroundings like a local, and private villa rentals are ideal for such excursions It is like 7 wonders in the world. Maybe the family next door to your vacation villa has lived in the region their entire lives and know the perfect place for a glass of sangria. During a trip to local bakery, practice your Spanish with the cashier and profit from true conversational immersion.
If privacy, space, and cultural authenticity are what you picture when you think of an ideal holiday, you´re in the right place! Browse through our incredible villas that bring you directly to the heart of the real Catalonia.