By Roger Williams

Your vacation begins the following! From flower-filled Pyrannean valleys to the shores of Barcelona, discover all of it with this crucial advisor. detailed cutaway maps and 3D versions show the glories of Gaudi and the Gothic sector. tips about the place to discover tasty tapas and the simplest bars will be sure your journey is one lengthy fiesta!

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Crema catalana is a rich egg custard with a golden brown layer of caramelized sugar on top. 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.

Salsitxa is thin, raw sausage. Coarser, scarlet xoriço (chorizo) is spiced with paprika and can be sliced and eaten with bread, or cooked in stews. 28 I N T R O D U C I N G B A R C E L O N A A N D C A T A L O N I A Cava Country C CATALONIA’S most appreciated exports. This relatively inexpensive sparkling wine is made in the same way as French champagne, undergoing a second fermentation in the bottle in which it Cordoníu’s worldis sold. It was made commercially famous cava label from the mid-19th century and, in 1872, full-scale production was begun by Josep Raventós, head of Codorníu.

10am–7pm Tue –Sat, 10am–3pm Ostensibly to provide protection, the Sun. ¢ 1 Jan, Good Fri, 1 May, ghetto had only one entrance, which led 25 & 26 Dec. & (free Wed after 3pm Hebrew tablet into the Plaça de Sant Jaume. Jews were & 1st Sun of every month). 7 8 by heavily taxed by the monarch, who viewed appointment. them as “royal serfs”; but in return they also received privileges, as they handled most of Catalonia’s lucrative trade HE SCULPTOR Frederic Marès with North Africa. However, official and popular persecution i Deulovol (1893–1991) was finally led to the disappearance of the ghetto in 1401, 91 also a traveller and collector, years before Judaism was fully outlawed in Spain (see p40).

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