Despite the exceptional circumstances we are living this year, spring hasn’t stop, and from Can Gramunt we wish you a happy Easter! Looking forward to see you soon!
Every summer the European Balloon Festival is held in Igualada. Starting 17 years ago, around 50 Hot air balloon teams from all over the world congregate here every year to compete and relay race. Especially impressive for the spectators are the show elements of the festival, for instance the “night glow” event in which the colourful balloons standing on the ground are illuminated and accompanied by music. During the same week free live music can be enjoyed in the framework of the “Anolia” Festival, where countless bands perform on many of the town’s squares, often until the early morning hours.
Another Catalan tradition is the feasting of spring onions (calçots) between January and April. These onions resemble slim leeks and are roasted over a bonfire, which originally was made out of the trimmings of the pruned vines. The onions are charred on the outside and a skilled hand movement separates the inner soft part from the charred skin and it is dunked in a delicious sauce made of ground almonds, sweet peppers, roast garlic and tomatoes. After this procedure the onion is held high above your head and eaten starting from its end. Participating in a “calçotada” is a must during this season!
The most frequent passers-by that you can see from your breakfast table in Can Gramunt will probably be cyclists.
One of the most nerve tickling Catalonian traditions is the building of human towers. This tradition stems from the 18th century and was first developed in the Tarragona region. In the 20thcentury, especially since democratisation in the 80s, the castells spread over all of Catalonia and became a symbol of the own Catalan culture.
The Claramunt Castle completes the views over the plateau from the Rosemary and Lavender apartment living rooms, as well as from the garden terrace.
The valleys surrounding Can Gramunt have had a paper making tradition for hundreds of years. At the “Riera de Carme” stream as well as at the Anoia river, which gives the region its name, sixteen of these impressive paper mill buildings can be found in a radius of only fifteen kilometres.
Sitges is one of those coastal towns that have managed to maintain its character despite increasing tourism. The narrow streets lead down to the seaside promenade, framed by the Bartomeus I Santa Tecla church.
Can Gramunt lies in midst of organically cultivated vineyards who deliver their harvest to renowned wineries. The well-known Penedès wine region is very close by and most of the known wineries offer wine tastings and guided tours. The Can Feixes winery in Cabrera d’Anoia is only a fifteen minutes’ drive away.