By Roger Williams
Your vacation begins the following! From flower-filled Pyrannean valleys to the seashores of Barcelona, discover all of it with this crucial advisor. designated cutaway maps and 3D types exhibit the glories of Gaudi and the Gothic area. tips about the place to discover tasty tapas and the easiest bars will be sure your journey is one lengthy fiesta!
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It is served very cold. Coca de Sant Joan is a yeasty cake topped with candied fruits and pine nuts always served on St John’s night (see p31). Ametlles garrapinyades Pear Apple Cherry 27 Torró d’Agramunt Orange Pumpkin Fruites confitades (candied fruits) are a popular way of preserving the abundant produce of the region and are much used as cake toppings as well as sweets. Nut sweets, such as ametlles garrapinyades (almonds coated in crunchy sugar) were introduced to Spain by the Moors. Torró (turrón) comes in two main varieties: one made from a soft paste of ground almonds; the other hard and studded with whole nuts such as the hazelnut torró from Agramunt in Lleida province.
Guifré died in battle against conducted sorties the Moors in 897, but he had started a against the invad- dynasty of Counts of Barcelona which ers. They were was to last, unbroken, for 500 years. Before the end of the 11th century, aided by Charles Martel’s grandson, under Ramon Berenguer I, Catalonia Charles the Great had established the first constitutional government in Europe with a bill of (Charlemagne). In 801 Barcelona rights, the Usatges. By the early 12th was retaken by the century, under Ramon Berenguer III, Franks, only to be Catalonia’s boundaries had pushed lost and taken south past Tarragona.
Besieged by troops of the incoming Bourbon king, Felipe V. The city fell on 11 September 1714, today celebrated as National Day (see p32). Felipe then proceeded to annul all of Catalonia’s privileges. Its language was banned, its universities closed and Lleida’s Gothic cathedral became a barracks. Felipe tore down the Ribera district of Barcelona and, in what is now Ciutadella Park (see p62), built a citadel to keep an eye on the population. With the lifting of trade restrictions with the Americas, Catalonia began to recover economically.
Barcelona & Catalonia by Roger Williams