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The 'blue flags' recognise the water cleanliness, the respect for the environment and the quality of the service offered (ACN)

26 May 2011 02:01 PM

Catalan beaches awarded 86 blue flags for cleanliness, one more than last year

‘Blue flags’ recognise clean beaches, with quality services, and are awarded at international level by the Foundation for Environmental Education and the United Nations agencies for Tourism and the Environment. In Catalonia 83.42 kilometres of...
Mallafré oil is still produced by a small family business, despite its success (by A. Ferràs)

20 May 2011 12:40 AM

Top quality flavoured olive oil enchants the international market

The family company Mallafré has captivated International attention and recognition with its gourmet olive oils, flavoured with thyme, rosemary, garlic, coffee or tangerine, among other ingredients. 70% of the production is exported, mainly to...
Ferran Adrià and Lisa Abend at the presentation of the book's Spanish version (by E. Rosanas)

11 May 2011 09:40 PM

Hollywood to make a movie about Ferran Adrià’s restaurant El Bulli

Ferran Adrià has been considered for many years as the best chef in the world and his restaurant El Bulli, the world’s best restaurant. Together with Lisa Abend, ‘Time’ magazine’s Spain correspondent explained a movie project based on...
Catalan wine exports increased by 8.8% in 2010 compared to 2009 figures (by ACN)

28 April 2011 11:12 PM

Catalan wine exports increased in 2010, but are still far from 2007 and 2008 levels

According to a study released by the Spanish Observatory of the Wine Market, Catalan wine exports increased by 8.8% in 2010 in terms of revenue, but at a lower rate than other wine producing areas in Spain, with an average increase of 10%....
A "mona" cake topped with the chocolate figurine and decorated with coloured feathers (by N. Vidal)

22 April 2011 05:56 PM

“Mona de Pasqua”, the Catalan Easter cake topped with chocolate figurines

Catalan tradition dictates godfathers to offer a “Mona de Pasqua” to their godsons or goddaughters for Easter Monday. The cake goes with a chocolate sculpture or figurine, which in some cases are true masterpieces. Chocolate houses, chocolate...
The chef Joan Roca in the Celler de Can Roca's kitchen (by X. Pi)

20 April 2011 03:50 PM

‘El Celler de Can Roca’ is the second best restaurant in the world

The Catalan restaurant came second in the ‘S. Pellegrino World’s 50 Best Restaurants Awards’, organised by British Restaurant Magazine, with Copenhagen's ‘Noma’ topping the list.
Antonio Álvarez in front of the hotel he manages, Buenos Aires' Park Hyatt (by J. Biosca)

18 April 2011 11:15 PM

From Barcelona to the most luxurious hotel in Buenos Aires

Catalan Antonio Àlvarez runs the Park Hyatt Hotel in Buenos Aires, the most important and luxurious hotel in the Argentinian capital. He is an example of a new emigration phenomenon.
One of urban beaches at Sitges, with the town's famous church at the background (by ACN)

15 April 2011 09:39 PM

Sitges beaches achieve the highest environmental certification awarded by the European Union

During last year all signposts have been unified, beach bars have been enhanced and a new urban plan has been presented. The Catalan coastal town of Sitges (20 km south from Barcelona) is ready for the sunny season.

13 April 2011 04:16 PM

With less intermediaries, quality products would be cheaper, says the Garraf Slow-food President

Valentí Mongay, President of Garraf’s ‘Slow-food’ and coordinator of the 'Km 0' initiative, has said that by reducing the number of intermediaries, there would be more affordable quality products available, that would be respect seasonal...
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