Thursday, July 19, 2012

Costa Brava

These days the heat in Barcelona is almost... unbearable for Norwegian me. I don’t seem to get used to what I would call extreme heat. Sleeping in 30 degrees C with a humity of close to 80% is just too much! And don’t even get me started on daytime temperatures! Air condition is not very usual in rented Barcelona homes and my home is not exception, so all I have is a fan. But the fan just blows the hot air around and it doesn’t always help a lot.

So I did what many people in Barcelona and around Catalunya do in summer when the city heat just gets too much- I escaped some days to Costa Brava, and it was wonderful! 

Costa Brava is the Coast north of Barcelona starting from Blanes (about 60 km. from Barelona) and going up to the French border. It’s filled with idyllic old white sea side towns and beautiful smaller and larger calas, which I think would translate to coves. The nature is truly beautiful and the sleepy seaside towns are so charming. It feels like walking around in one of those beautiful postcard-images!


I also visited a couple places on Costa Brava last year, for instance Port Lligat and Cadaquésboth towns where Salvador Dalí lived and spent a lot of time. (In Port Lligat you can visit Dalí's house, where he lived from 1904 till he died in 1989. I did and it was a great experience!) 

Beautiful Cadaqués
From Dalí's garden in Port Lligat
This time I explored the areas around Playta d’Aro and Sant Feliu de Guíxols and although these towns are bigger and more touristic (and thus lacking a little of that very charming personality), the calas around there are breathtakingly beautiful! 

Platja Cap Roig

20 comments:

  1. Oh my, I don't know how you survive without AC! Here in Charleston the temperatures are regularly 100 degrees with 100% humidity (almost always). I'm used to it, but when we go anywhere with any elevation at all I nearly suffocate lol. Funny how you get used to things!

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    1. Oh that's very similar temperatures so you know how it is! I am having some problems getting used to it, but I think it would help with some AC!!

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  2. Jeg har heller ikke aircondition, og faktisk er jeg litt glad for det. Vil heller svette enn å bli forkjølt ;)

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    1. Noen takler varmen bedre enn meg hehe. Jeg ville heller hatt AC enn dette her altså. For meg er ikke AC lik med forkjølelse :) men jeg ville jo ikke hatt den på full guff heller, bare litt mer svalt enn det det blir uten...

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  3. Kjenner igjen varmen og den alt for høye luftfuktigheten fra New York:-( Jeg synes Spania kunne sende over noen varmegrader til oss småfrossne nordboere;-)Helt nydelig bilder!!!

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    1. Tusen takk!
      Ja det er vel rimelig hett i New York om dagen også tenker jeg! Men jeg er helt enig i at Spania godt kunne dele litt på godsakene..

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  4. Beautiful pics! I desperately want to explore that area of Spain!
    We were just at our home outside Alicante, and after many years of debating, we finally broke down and bought AC. Carrefor has this R2D2 looking thing on wheels that is perfect!!!! Get one! It seriously changed our vacation for the better (sleep wise- more comfy and less buggy with the windows closed).

    Klem,
    Kimberly

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    1. Thank you so much Kimberly! I hope you get the chance to explore Costa Brava, it is so beautiful! Haha, I will have to have a look for those AC on wheels :) I don't need it to be cold, just a little cooler would be really nice. It's so refreshing to visit shops and supermarkets haha.

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  5. Yikes I started sweating just thinking about that heat! But at least it gave you a great excuse for a trip ;)

    Costa brava sounds (and oh my gosh looks) breath taking, it's not hard to understand how Dali was so inspired. What was his house like? Did it have a lot of art? Was it as abstract as some of his drawings are?

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    1. Yeah, it's hot! Dalí house is unique, strange, 'different'! It was really interesting to see. Animals and eggs characterize the decor.. You can see some pictures here if you like: http://www.newlifeinspain.com/2012/01/home-of-salvador-dali.html
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  6. Beautiful pictures!
    For me it is always too cold in American restaurants or movie theaters because of air conditioning. I mean, it is 35 degrees outside and then you come into a building and it is 15 degrees. That's horrible. Plus 35 degrees is way too hot for me. :)

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    1. Thank you! I agree with you- why make it so COLD? It's enough to just cool the air...but to go from 35 to 15 degrees and then out into 35 again, that's not nice at all!

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  7. Fantastisk og idyllisk. Skjønner godt at det er deilig å komme ut av byen når det er så varmt. Vel, her er det regn, regn, regn ... Sukk...

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    1. Ja jeg trodde kanskje ikke jeg skulle være den som kom til å klage på all den sola, men det kan bli i meste laget også gitt.. Det er nydelig oppover kysten! Håper Norge også kan få se sola litt fremover.

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  8. What beautiful photos!!! I am definitely a summer person but even I could not handle that amount of heat... Hope it cools down for you soon!

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    1. Thank you! I always said I was a summer person as well, but it can really be too much too...

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  9. Oh my dear, that weather sounds PERFECT to me! Lets swap for a bit! xoxox

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    1. Haha, I guess you would handle it a tad better than me! I'd love to share it!

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  10. Så vakre bilder fra Costa Brava...der har jeg ikke vært på mange, mange år <3

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