exploring beautiful costa brava and barcelona region

Barcelona is one of the most visited cities in the world, but the surrounding Barcelona region has also amazing experiences to offer, and a day trip or a few would definitely add up to the typical Barcelona visit experience.

I’ve just been to TBEX, a travel blogging conference and managed to samples the local sights in the coastal host town Lloret de Mar, as well as tour four days the surrounding areas doing amazing things from several wine tastings to visits to historical caves, salt mines, castles and a morning flight with a hot air balloon! A lot of action, many new friends and amazing experiences with the added benefit of mild Spanish spring weather (the perfect time as Spanish summers can be so hot) and amazing food.

Enjoy these Instagram tidbits while I am working on stories about tasting mindfulness, slow food, salt mines and that amazing ballooning experience followed by a visit to the second-largest hot-air balloon factory in the world!

‘Famous Placa Espanya in Barcelona’
Lloret de Mar, Spain
‘Enjoying the beautiful coast of hidden coves from aboard a catamaran’
Gardens, Lloret de Mar, Spain
‘Beautiful Renaissance gardens of Santa Clotilde in Lloret de Mar’
Lloret de Mar, Spain
‘One of the most beautiful churches I’ve seen – a hidden gem of Lloret de Mar: Eglesia Sant Romà & Chapel of the Holiest Sacrament’
Castle, Lloret de Mar, Spain
‘Sa Caleta, castle on the hill in Lloret de Mar’
Caves, Barcelona Region, Spain
‘Caves of Mount Montserrat – not for those disliking tight spaces’
Peralada, Barcelona Region, Spain
‘Picnic and wine tasting in Peralada’
Peralada Castle Barcelona Region, Spain
‘Ivy-covered Castle of Peralada’
Cardona Castle, Barcelona Region, Spain
‘Poppies on the walls of Cardona Castle’
Cardona Castle, Barcelona Region, Spain
‘Cardona Castle was a strong-hold in 1711 War of the Spanish Succession’
in the Balloon, Barcelona Region, Spain
‘Watching mist rise over Mount Montserrat, 2000m up in the air with a giant hot-air balloon’
Balloon, Barcelona Region, Spain
‘Just to give perspective what a large hot-air balloon is: it’s 36m (some 118 ft) long!’

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