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27 Jun 2012 0 comments Lídia Penelo

Proposals for the weekend

Thrill-seekers are the new settlers of what decades ago was rais (rafts) territory, a time when rafts were used to transport timber from the Pyrenees to the coastal plains. Hardened raiers (rafters) sailed through wild waters without today’s safety gears but with skill and keen intuition. As homage to this forgotten craft, every first Sunday of July in the town of La Pobla de Segur, they organize the Diada els Raiers (Day of the rafters). It is a unique opportunity to see again the rafts come down the river Noguera Pallaresa.

Another trip down memory lane can be done in Calella de la Costa, a small town that attempts to keep alive their ties to the Renaissance. They do it by organizing an event that includes a medieval market, renaissance music concerts, typical food tastings, guided tours, street performances and a demonstration of ancient children games. You will definitely be transported to the golden years of Renaissance.

Renaissance dance

In Batea (county of Terres de l’Ebre) they also try to commemorate their origins, dating back to the twelfth century. So, every year they organize a medieval handicrafts market. You will feel transported over 800 years due, in part to the imposing stone buildings of the old side of town.

Mazoni in the  PopArb

If you rather remain in the present time, you can choose to go to Arbúcies to get lost in the interesting sounds of PopArb. It is an independent pop music festival featuring local artists, which transforms the streets of this quiet mountain town during two days.

But if you are into food, and enjoy discovering the local flavors, you are in luck. In the town of Sant Carles de la Ràpita (in southern Catalonia) they hold the Jornadas del Gusto, a celebration that lasts until July 15 to recognize the quality of local cuisine mainly based on seafood. You can feel like a true gourmet without costing you an arm and a leg.

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