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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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Girls’ Getaway #inCostaBrava: Where to go for #CreativeTravel with your friends.

Imagine this: Four girls, two from Germany, two from Austria. The “north” heading “south”, meeting up to travel in a fun, creative way #inCostaBrava. I mean, how do you possibly explain to your friends, families, and German-speaking blog readers, that what you do as a creative traveller in Catalonia, has to do with painting the butts of small ceramic figures ..? Or, and this perhaps slightly more appealing, source ice cream from the best ice cream parlour in the world?

 

Let’s face it: People in Costa Brava really are, a little bit crazy. In a good way, of course. Salvador Dalí for sure knew about this. Travelling in the wake of his inspiration from Blanes to Pals …

… we start our four-day girls’ getaway in the coastal town of Blanes, famous for its “window to the Costa Brava“, an ancient stone gate high above the city opening up to some truly mesmerising views. Do stop at “Sa Lola Gastronomic Bar & Restaurant” right by the sea: Their cuisine is amazing! All of this is but an hour north from Barcelona Airport: As we have all visited Barcelona before, we are keen for a different experience this time …

... denn wer kann Ausblicken wie diesen schon widerstehen? Blick vom "Fenster zur Costa Brava" hoch über der Stadt Blanes aus ...

… and wouldn’t you, too? Welcome to the southern-most tip of Costa Brava, in the city of Blanes …

 

… a place to fall in love with:

“Sometimes in life, you just know.” ❤☀️☺ #CreativeTravel #inCostaBrava Kudos to my beautiful photographer @cityseacountry for always being there, from South Africa’s Table Mountain to Catalunya’s window to Costa Brava in Blanes ! 😘 Follow us on our #CatalunyaExperience #inCostaBrava #inPyrenees

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... nach einer kurzen Stärkung im Restaurant "La Sola" ...

… freshening up at “Sa Lola” restaurant …

 

... finden Janett und ich auch schon wieder Energie für diverse, nun ja, "Willkommensposen" am Strand ..!

… giving Janett and me fresh forces to strike a first photo pose by the beach ..!

 

Doch Blanes ist nur der Auftakt für eine wirklich schön Reise an die Costa Brava. Romantische Dörfer im Inneren des Landes, wie Peratallada hier ...

Blanes, however, is but the beginning. Soon, Costa Brava wraps us up in the magic of its many little old towns, such as Peratallada here …

 

... oder Pals locken / lohnen den Besuch.

… or Pals. I have already written about, and shared more travel tips for visiting both towns here.

 

Start up your segway, and make your own mojito : More unusual, creative travel tips #inCostaBrava (and where to find them).

If you enter the hashtag #inCostaBrava in Google, you are virtually guaranteed to find fancy alternatives to the more mainstream travel activities. The Costa Brava Tourism Board has curated it further, calling it http://en.costabrava.org/enjoy/with-other-eyes. Because yes, even things like riding your own segway through medieval towns, or mixing your own mojito with Mediterranean herbs, are possible here #inCostaBrava. It’s even better though, if said mojitos are prepared & served to you with just the right dose of storytelling by a team of the most charming local Catalan people, in a little town called Corçà. Check this out.

Die Katalanen: Wer würde ihnen nicht über den Weg trauen wollen ..? Hier sind wir mit dem Team Pol Fages & Marian Riembau, stolze Besitzer eines über 100 Jahre alten Hauses ...

Oh, the Catalans … You can’t help but fall in love them! Here we are with our team of local hosts, Pol Fages & Marian Riembau Rosich, proud house owners of “the Indian past” in Corçà …

 

... und während Marian's Mann Manel noch aus der Küche grüßt ...

… and while Marian’s husband still greets us from the kitchen …

 

... sitzen wir wenig später schon im Garten, als Teil der Familie, bei unseren liebevoll und frisch von Pol zubereiteten Mojitos .. Salut!

… Pol has already prepared us these wonderful, fresh mojitos in the garden .. check out his travel company “Turismon” for further ideas about creative travel #inCostaBrava. Salut!

 

I have also made a short travel video about harvesting herbs for making mojitos (wait for it .. the end, Pol Fages in a Heidi dance! Mediterranean herbs, hey. Only #inCostaBrava):

 

Fröhlich heiter, geht es weiter ...

The next day, it’s back to the same routine on our “girls’ getaway”: Laughing out loud …

 

... als wir uns am nächsten Morgen, Instruktionen unseres zugegebenermaßen recht feschen Segway-Lehrers folgend ...

… waiting for tips from our admittedly handsome segway instructor …

 

... aufmachen, das Hinterland an der Costa Brava rund um die Kleinstädte

… and shortly after, taking our first ride across Toroella de Montgrí & Gualta, in the nearby surroundings …

 

... fantastisch, der Blick ins Land von ganz oben, die Fahrt mit dem Segway überraschend einfach und sicher.

… love the views from right up top, and navigating the segway has proven to be super easy and comfortable, too.

 

But wait, the best is yet to come. #CreativeTravel #inCostaBrava is really about this .. Getting hands-on with the sweet local people you meet!

Not even half an hour driving distance from Girona, you will find the creative capital of La Bisbal d’Empordà, famous for its ceramic art far across the borders. After Barcelona, the city has the highest density of artists and craftspeople per capita; out of 60 craftspeople, about 35 are dedicated to ceramics alone. Josep Torres, of “Ceràmica Torres”, welcomes us on a sunny Saturday morning and entertains us in perfect English, on how to make small souvenir tiles #inCostaBrava.

Kein Besuch in La Bisbal d'Empordà ist komplett ...

When visiting La Bisbal d’Empordà …

 

... ohne die eigene Nase ins modern gestaltete Terrakotta-Museum der Stadt zu stecken ...

… do not miss visiting the terracotta museum in town …

 

... zeitgemäße Künstler, wie Annick Galimont zu besuchen ...

… including a visit to some of the more avant-garde artists, such as Annick Galimont, of “Whales & Crafts” …

 

... und sich von dem Reigen an vielfältigen Reisemöglichkeiten, die die Initiative "Visit Emporda" zusammenfasst. anstecken zu lassen ...

… or talking about the whole variety of creative, culinary, and nature-based activities, available through “VisitEmpordaNet” …

 

... bevor der Besuch in Josep Torres Keramikwerkstatt ...

… shortly after, Josep Torres’ ceramic workshop invites us to choose our own motives for getting creative …

 

... zum Selbermachen ...

… “scratch-painting” ceramic tiles in our own, customised fashion …

 

... und kreativen Freudenstrahlen einlädt. Tipp: Die in gut einer Stunde bemalten Fliesen werden anschließend gebrannt und nach Bekanntgabe unserer Adressen auch gerne in unsere Heimatländer Deutschland bzw. Österreich geschickt!

… can’t wait to see the vibrant colours they will have, after burning them in the oven! Josep even takes our addresses, and promises to send them home to us in Germany and Austria! How very sweet, and what a service.

 

Etwas weiter nördlich von La Bisbal d'Empordà, in einer Kleinstadt mit dem Namen Toroella de Montgrí, könnt Ihr zudem einen Kreativ-Workshop der ganz besonderen Art erleben ...

Just a little later, north of La Bisbal d’Empordà, the small town of Toroella de Montgrí welcomes us to a creative workshop of a kind …

 

... denn hier ist die Produktionsstätte für die in ganz Katalonien berühmten "Caganers", zu gut Deutsch, Scheißerchen, die als Fruchtbarkeitssymbol (kein Witz!) in keinem traditionellen Krippenspiel fehlen dürfen ...

… because this is the epicentre for all things “Caganers”, the little “shitting men” ( or how would you call them ??) …

 

die als Fruchtbarkeitssymbol (kein Witz!) in keinem traditionellen Krippenspiel fehlen dürfen

… who, traditionally, are part of every Nativity Scene in Catalonia, and mean a token of fresh luck / fertility for the next year! (I told you, Catalans are slightly crazy .. but so sweet and funny, too!).

 

Der kreativen Vielfalt ist beim Caganer-Workshop keine Grenze gesetzt: Janett bemalt hier gerade ihren Homer Simpson-Caganer, während ich an meiner Prinzessin mit Häufchen bastle. Nicole hat passend dazu übrigens einen längeren Bericht geschrieben, in dem sie Euch vieles amüsant und detailvoll schildert!

Today of course, you are welcome to choose your own colours, styles and figures, with Janett opting to paint Homer Simpson & Donald Trump Caganers here ! Nicole, seen working in the background of this picture, has written a nice round-up post of her experience with the Caganers, introducing you to all of its history, details and traditions!

 

Check out even more inspiration for creative travel in La Bisbal d’Empordà through my travel video:

 

Last but not least, it’s Flower Festival time & the best ice cream in the world, in Girona, for us.

Rocambolesc“, the ice cream shop run by the famous “Celler Can Roca” family (voted best restaurant in the world two times), is a surprisingly simply, funky ice cream parlour – the ice cream is, naturally, very delicious. If you come to Girona in May, try early May next time: “Girona Temps de Flors” Flower Festival will turn the city into a sea of colours, sights and sounds; opening up many more backyards and gardens than you can normally see.

Girona, du Schöne ...

Girona, you beauty …

 

... wir singen Dir ein Lied ...

… let’s meet again …

 

... von Blumen & Blüten ...

… for the love of flowers …

 

... sowie einem der besten (deutschsprachigen) Stadtführer hier: Joaquim

… and one of the best local storytellers, Joaquim Puerto, who even entertains us in German! Congratulations on such an effort Joaquim, we really appreciate it.

 

Dank ihm finden wir unseren Weg auch hinein in den Innenhof der Kathedrale von Girona, die mit einem wirklich spektakulären "Blumentisch" aufwarten kann .. Wer möchte hier mit uns Platz nehmen?

And wouldn’t you like to sit here one day? The inner courtyard of Girona Cathedral is the most beautiful I’ve ever seen …

 

Ach, und das gute Eis .. Fast hätte ich's vergessen. Oder, Janett?

… and then, there’s the ice cream at night .. Janett?

 

... and for caring to welcome us in such a personal way!

Thank you so much girls, for such a wonderful trip together!

 

If you are still looking for other great foodie tips around Costa Brava, as well as inspiration on charming countryside accommodation, I have just what you need here:

 

Check out even more happy write-ups of our creative trip #inCostaBrava on the websites of my friends:

 

Disclaimer: I have been supported on this trip by Costa Brava Tourism Board. All opinions are my own.

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Written by Elena

Elena writes about creative destinations, shares her personal travel stories and brings inspiring photography & interesting news updates home to you. Her mission is: "Continue to be amazed at this world, one creative travel experience at a time."

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