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!


What you need to know when booking your holiday villa: 5 tips

Mountains or beach? Pool or no pool? Are pets allowed? There is much to consider when searching for and reserving your next holiday rental villa for you and your loved ones. Let us help you sort out the details with these handy tips for your Catalonian escape in Spain.

  • Allow plenty of time to peruse and prepare. Not only are villas reserved quickly, but when booking with a big group it is wise to ensure that all members of your party have adequate time to make travel arrangements and discuss the logistics with their families. Depending on the season, you should allow at least a few months to complete research, contact agencies, and compile an agenda.

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  • One villa…or two? The size of Catalunya Casas´ vacation villas range from quaint oceanfront condos to luxurious countryside mansions. But if your group needs more space than even one of our largest villas can provide, you can spread out your guests into two separate homes to allow for space, serenity, and the opportunity to explore two of our stunning properties.
  • Know your details. When contacting an agency about that coveted villa that you espied on the internet, be prepared with the appropriate information. Know how many people will be in your group as well as your other preferences such as the number of bedrooms, location, distance from the beach, and anything else you know you´ll need during your holiday in Spain. Have specific questions? Jot them down and have them on hand when contacting potential agents.
  • Budget wisely. Family and group budgets are helpful necessities from the early planning stages through the end of your vacation. You will need to factor in rent, air conditioning, extra fees, groceries, transportation, and any other activities in which you wish to partake. When inquiring about a property, always ask about additional or hidden fees, as well as any possible down payments.

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  • Plan activities. Speaking of activities, there is a multitude of ways to spend your days while staying at one of our pristine Spanish villas. From hiking to biking to horseback riding, figure out how you want to plan your vacation that you aren´t scrambling to make last-minute arrangements.

You´re just a few clicks away from an unforgettable holiday experience with Catalunya Casas. Scroll through our rental villas and begin your quest to find the perfect holiday home.

 

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