Hi! I'm Elena! Welcome to my travel blog Creativelena.com.
For me, it is all about “life-seeing instead of sightseeing”: Join me as I create, eat & live my way around the world. Curious?
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The world gets bigger as you travel.
Have you ever heard of, or thought about, this sentence? It has become so true for me, whenever I think of travelling these days. And especially true, when it comes to visiting a certain destination repeatedly. Like Costa Brava. Having learned the local language Catalan, spent lots and lots of time with the locals, and foolishly been led to believe that “I might have seen it all”, my world view of this particularly creative travel destination has just shifted. Again.
From beautiful, luxurious, and utterly charming countryside accommodation (do check them out!), to these wonderful gourmet travel tips #inCostaBrava, and our fun ideas for a “Girls Getaway”, I would now like to lead you deep into the countryside. Immerse yourself in the history of a place, take you right past the traces of old, and all the way to the smiles of the present: Come and meet the beautiful Catalan people of Costa Brava, whether on horseback, among herbs, between ruins, inside a kitchen, or out gathering olives, ideas, and friends. Catalunya, and Costa Brava: I love you. Who wouldn’t, after enjoying a trip like this.
“This is Amy, Elena. She’ll be your pony for the day …” 😀
Anna Wintle, who runs Les Feixes Horse Riding Estate, is not the only creative entrepreneur #inCostaBrava from abroad (her parents are English, she was born in Barcelona and speaks both perfect English and Catalan).
Just as much, you should go and visit the “crazy Dutch family” Can Solivera, who as expats falling in love with Costa Brava, and olive oil, have helped raise the profile of an otherwise less and less popular olive variety, called Arbequina. What it tastes like, and where to find this charming, one of a kind olive oil farm, is what I’ll show you here.
I am pretty sure that by now, you must be wondering where all these quirky little places around Costa Brava are? My map will show you, highlighting all of the above & below creative businesses around the area welcoming visitors from all over the world:
More Life! The translation of the farm’s name, is exactly the impression you get when you meet Adriana, and her sweet canine companion. Full of life, she offers to take me around the farm, about a fifteen minutes’ drive from Figueres, and proudly shows me what her life is all about: Organic wine growing. Taking care of dozens of olive trees, also grown organically without the use of any pesticides. I take to her immediately, and recommend you to visit her not only for the quality of her wines, but also the complete Costa Brava landscape experience you get from around her estate ..
… where I share more about my wine tasting & olive oil farm visit at Bodegas Mas Vida, among others:
… joining an aromatic herb workshop, or learning more about the way fresh (goat) cheese is produced nearby – probably for as long as mankind existed and cultivated these fertile lands. And this brings me back to what I shared with you in the beginning, of how tracing history all the way to the smiles of the present can become such a delightful travel experience here: Essentially, by meeting the dedicated, fun, and utterly charming people #inCostaBrava.
Check this out.
My creative travel video, highlighting both Nuria, the charming cheesemaker, as well as sections of the 3D historic video we saw here in Ullastret, will make you want to dive right in (if but for the sweet sound of the local Catalan music, “Manel – Al Mar”!):
It must have been after, if you ask me, checking our video from the trip again:
And you, when will we see you #inCostaBrava?
Disclaimer: I have been supported on this trip by Costa Brava Tourism Board. All opinions are my own.