Smart Travels—Europe with Rudy Maxa
#101: Naples and the Amalfi Coast
Deep in the heart of Italy, Naples is the ideal launching point for exploring some of the
country’s great historic treasures. We marvel at the ancient city of Pompeii and the devastation of Mount Vesuvius and we trek across a still-active volcano. Then we move
on to stylish Sorrento, where we sample luscious gelato and hop a ferry to the isle of
Capri. We drive the thrilling Amalfi coast to take in spectacular views, and further south
we visit Paestum, home to the best Greek ruins outside of Greece. Tips on Capri’s
funicular and Pompeii’s train.
Rudy is in the city where all roads lead - Roma. We begin in ancient Rome - the Forum,
Palatine Hill, Colosseum, and Baths of Caracalla. Then we explore modern Roman life
on the streets and in cafes, pizzerias and gelaterias. We detour to another country,
Vatican City, then shop along the Corso and relax at the Piazza di Spagna. Rudy's pick
for best city walks are a tour of the historic center and a stroll in shady Trastevere. Tips
on getting around and places for tasty snacks.
Join Rudy as he surrenders himself to the charms of magical Venice. We tour the famous
sites - Piazza San Marco, the fairy tale Basilica of San Marco and the Rialto Bridge.
Rudy also shows us how to escape the crowds by visiting the neighborhoods of
Dorsoduro, Cannaregio and San Polo. Along the way, he takes us for a rousing drink at
the city's oldest wine bar, on a dreamy gondola ride and to a traditional Venetian mask
shop. In search of hand blown glass, lace and the birthplace of Venice, we journey to the
lagoon islands of Murano, Burano and Torcello. Tips on how to navigate your way round
this watery city.
#104: Genoa and the Italian Riviera
We’re off to the Italian Riviera seeking la dolce vita in one of the world’s most romantic
places. With death-defying cliffs and beaches that shimmer like jewels, the Riviera is as
stunning a coastline as anywhere in Europe. In the port town of Genoa, we tour palaces
for a taste of old-world elegance and dine on world-class pesto. Then we head south to
the famous resort of Portofino and the sea cliff towns of the Cinqueterre. Finally, we
battle vertigo at Pisa’s leaning tower. Tips on using train passes and finding addresses.
In this glorious city, rich in art, Rudy brings the Renaissance to life. We visit the great museums - the Uffizi, Bargello, and Accademia, as well as the landmarks of the Renaissance - the Duomo, Bapistery and Giotto's Tower. Rudy's tip for beating the crowds is peaceful Oltr'arno on the other side of the river. An excursion outside of town leads to a Medici villa, a sleepy Tuscan town and a museum with inventions by Leonardo da Vinci. Tips on shopping and how to buy quality leather products.
#106: Hill Towns of Tuscany and Umbria
Castles, vineyards, walled cities and a fierce medieval rivalry that lingers today - we're out for an adventure in the Italian hill towns. Our base is dramatic Siena, home of the intensely competitive Palio horse race. From Siena we explore the multi-towered town of San Gimignano, watch grapes being harvested at a winery and drop in on the cheese festival in Pienza. Then south to Rudy's secret pick - the haunting hill towns of Pitigliano and Sovana. In Umbria we discover Etruscan tombs, visit the home of St. Francis of Assisi and pick up some pottery in quaint Gubbio. Tips on driving through the maze-like streets of a hill town and finding a place to stay.
Sun, olive trees and cicadas - we're in the heart of France. With our base in the sleepy town of St. Remy, we make forays into the villages, countryside and cities of Provence. Driving tours of the Alpilles and Luberon regions take us to the red rock village of Rousillion, the lavender ensconced Abbey of Senanque, and the picture perfect village of Eygalieres. We also take in the delights of Provence's cities, Arles, Avignon and Aix-en-Provence. We end our adventures with a dip in the Mediterranean at the seaside village of Cassis. Tips on how to rent a vacation home in France and enjoying the many summer festivals.
Rudy escorts us through Paris, the city of style, art and pastries. We experience extraordinary art - the Impressionist collection at the Musee D'Orsay and the garden sculpture at the Rodin Museum. Then we hit the sites from Notre Dame to the Pompidou Center to the Eiffel Tower. We stroll through the parks, markets and cafes in this city where everyday life is art. Rudy leads us to intimate neighborhoods such as the Marais and its lovely Place des Vosges, the bohemian Latin Quarter and artistic Montmartre. Tips on riding the Metro and shopping for the essentials - bread, cheese, ham and pastries.
London is a city that has come close to ruling the world. With a legacy that includes Shakespeare and the Beatles, London seems to have an endless capacity to reinvent itself. Here, we sip tea and savor traditional sights such as Buckingham Palace and the Changing of the Guard. We pop in to see where Charles Dickens penned Oliver Twist,
and get a bird’s-eye view of contemporary London from the new London Eye
observation wheel. Finally, we check out cutting edge artwork at the newly opened Tate Modern Art Museum. Tips on using cell phones and cash machines.
#110: Out of London
The countryside outside of London echoes with storybook images. Around every
hedgerow are mythic castles, ruined abbeys and prehistoric monuments. This time, we
leave London and stop at Hampton Court, where Henry VIII wooed Anne Boleyn. We
gaze on Oxford’s dreamy spires and browse in the real Alice in Wonderland’s candy
store. Next, we pay a visit to Jane Austen’s house, puzzle over the mysterious megaliths
of Stonehenge, and pursue tales of Camelot in the royal city of Winchester. Tips on living
in England and visiting country pubs.
#111: Brussels and Belgium
For centuries, Belgium has been a sophisticated hub for gourmets and connoisseurs. In
true Belgian style, we treat ourselves to superb chocolate and sample first-rate beer.
We indulge our senses with folk music and Bruegel paintings, and investigate the
people’s passion for comic strips. Then we drive to breathtaking Bruges, a medieval city suspended in time. There, we cruise the canals, admire intricate handmade lace and pay
homage to a Michelangelo masterpiece. Tips on hearty Belgian cuisine and lace making.
#112: Amsterdam and the Netherlands
The country of the Netherlands inspired the Dutch masters and became a powerhouse that
conquered the sea. We bicycle to Amsterdam’s great art museums to see the works of
Van Gogh and Rembrandt. Then we climb to the attic where Anne Frank and her family
hid from the Nazis. Later, we prowl windmills and check out Amsterdam’s infamous red-
light district. Next stop is the Hague, home to the International Court of Justice. Finally,
we peek at the delightful city of Delft where we learn techniques for making world-
renowned china. Tips on riding trolleys and buying Delftware.
#113: Copenhagen and Denmark
Join Rudy in the wondrous kingdom of legend and fairytale - Denmark. Here Vikings
plundered and Hans Christian Anderson spun children’s stories. In cozy Copenhagen, we
splurge on pastries, visit the Little Mermaid and dance till dawn at Tivoli Gardens. On a day trip to Roskilde, we check out three incredibly well preserved Viking ships. We
ride horseback through the Danish countryside, stroll through writer Karen Blixen’s
gardens, and storm the moat at ―Prince Hamlet’s‖ Castle. Tips on canal rides and museum passes.
#201: Athens and the Peloponnese
While Athens sprawls, its historic core survives. After climbing the majestic Acropolis,
rowing the Plaka, and cheering Greece’s best folk dancers, we take some easy trips
outside the city. We make a pilgrimage to the famed oracle of Delphi and tour a beautiful
medieval monastery. Then it’s off to the Peloponnesian Peninsula, where we scope out
Nafplion’s charming port and visit the epic ruins of King Agamemnon in the ancient
capital of Mycenae. Along the way, we investigate local superstitions and sample tangy
specialty treats. Tip: Finding great Greek food, traditional and contemporary.
#202: Greek Islands
On the Greek Islands we get familiar with the ferries as we island-hop the Aegean.
Sun-drenched, upscale and exotic, Santorini sits on the rim of an ancient, but still active,
volcano. At one end of the island, the archeological site at Akrotiri uncovers a city frozen
in time by the volcano's eruption 3,600 years ago. The island of Naxos offers serenity, a
low-keyed pace and bargain accommodations. Its massive marble quarries and kouros
sculptures were the toast of ancient Greece. We catch some R&R on trendy Mykonos,
and then head to sacred Delos—an uninhabited island covered entirely with ancient ruins,
and the place where the great god Apollo was born. Tips: Discovering little off-the-
#203: French Riviera
From Nice to St. Tropez, we drop in on the hot spots along the Mediterranean's famous
Cote d'Azur. Based in lively Nice, we visit the local beaches and superb modern art
museums featuring works by Matisse, Picasso and Signac. A short hop up along the
winding Grande Corniche leads to wealthy Monaco. Then it’s on to glamorous Cannes
and the lively beaches at Juan le Pins. In stylish St. Tropez, we visit the prettiest beaches
and tour the colorful town. Inland, we make our own perfume in Grasse and explore a
medieval hill town. Tips include renting a car, and accommodations.
#204: France’s Burgundy and Loire Regions The Burgundy region boasts top French wines, romantic canals, Romanesque churches
and some of France's most renowned cuisine. We base in the small town of Beaune and
learn about its history of winemaking. From the vineyards of the Côte d’Or to the
culinary delights – we discover the exquisite taste of Burgundy. The city of Dijon and the cathedral at Vezelay add artistic treasures to the Burgundy experience. For the second
half of our trip, we head for the Loire Valley and chateaux country. From our home base
in Amboise, we visit the famous chateaux, including magnificent Chenonçeau, and
François I's overwhelming Chambord. Tips include touring wine country, discovering
smaller chateaux and ballooning over the Loire.
With world-class cultural sites, dynamic new architecture and unstoppable energy, Berlin
is a city on the move. We visit the museums – the ancient treasures of the Pergamon and
the Egyptian museum, German Expressionism at the Neue Nationalgalerie and the newly
designed Jewish Museum. From dynamic Potzdamer Platz to the stark reminders at
Checkpoint Charlie, we feel the past and see the future in Berlin. Our base is the
luxurious and historical Hotel Adlon. Even shopping in Berlin brings history with it—we
shop and snack at the fabulous KaDeWe department store. An outing to Potsdam takes in
the Prussian past. Tips on touring this historic city, and best beers.
#206: Munich and Bavaria
Munich's lively Marienplatz pulses with outdoor cafes, shoppers, street musicians and
happy tourists. At the famous Hofbrauhaus, we sample Bavarian beer and kick up our
heels with Schuhplattler dancers clad in lederhosen. Next stop is the Residenz, the family
palace built by the Wittlesbachs, who ruled Bavaria for more than 700 years. Just
outside of town, a sobering visit to Dachau concentration camp reminds us of the dark
side of Germany's past. Then, we move on to lighter vistas—a trip into the mountains takes us to "Mad" King Ludwig's fairytale castle Neuschwanstein and on an exhilarating
luge ride. Tip: Finding Bavaria’s best beer gardens.
#207: Salzburg and the Lakes District
In musical Salzburg, we focus on Austria's easy approach to life. We visit the city's grand
cathedral, take a funicular up to Europe's greatest medieval fortress, and shop along fine
Baroque streets reminiscent of Mozart's time. We visit the house where the young
Amadeus was born and where he composed his first masterpiece. Investigating the
sumptuous palaces of Salzburg’s prince-archbishops, we discover some ―secret‖ passions.
Then we relax in Austria's woodsy "Sound of Music" land, the Salzkammergut Lakes
District. We soar high into the mountains to tour magical ice caves and then stroll little
spa towns where Europe’s crowned heads once ―took to the baths‖. Tip: Best bargain for
seeing lots of sights in a short amount of time.
#208: Vienna and the Danube
Habsburg palaces, coffee houses, Strauss waltzes…all are symbolic of Vienna.
Visiting elegant Schoenbrunn Palace, riding in carriages, sampling luscious apple strudel
and listening to Mozart concerts, we see that Austria's capital still lives its elegant, proud
past. We get a behind-the-scenes peek at how exquisite china is made at Augarten,
Europe’s second oldest porcelain manufacturer. For a change from urban to countryside, we cruise down the Danube past vineyards and castles, stop at the dazzling Melk Abbey,
and sample "new" wines—unique young varieties special to this part of the world. Tip:
Where to experience Vienna’s hot new art scene.
#209: Milan and Lake Como
Milan symbolizes the powerhouse Italy of the 21st century—a European center for finance and fashion. We explore Italy's most extravagantly decorated Gothic cathedral,
look at Leonardo da Vinci’s famous Last Supper and shop, shop, shop. A visit to the Milan Design Museum shows how, for the Milanese, everyday life is art. We take a train
north to serene Lake Como, where we ferry-hop among lakeside villages, explore elegant
villas and stop over at the historic Villa D'Este Hotel. A side trip to the ancient city of
Bergamo and an alpine festival in the Valtellina complete our journey. Tips include train
travel and boat itineraries.
We wend our way across this largest island in the Mediterranean Sea. Once the hub of the ancient world, Sicily offers up a vibrant, sun-soaked brew of history, tradition and intense cultural pride. At Palermo, a city bursting with its atmospheric past, we visit the lively market, and marvel at Monreale Cathedral, which shows off remnants of its Arab, Norman and Byzantine past. The finest classical Greek temples outside of Greece stand near Segesta and Agrigento, while the Villa Romana del Casale houses the most extensive and unspoiled Roman mosaics surviving from the ancient world. Then it’s on to
ancient Syracuse, once the rival of Athens for wealth and power. Finally, we climb to the top of Mount Etna, for steaming craters and unearthly views. Tips include getting around the island and when to visit.
#211: Classical Europe: Ancient Greece and Rome
Here's where we pull together some of Europe's most rewarding sites from the classical world. Ancient Greek and Roman remnants are more than cold stone. They hold centuries of stories. So we revisit some favorite classical sites around the Mediterranean, pick up some new stories and see what kinds of connections we can make. It's the Greeks in Athens, Delphi, Delos, Paestum and Syracuse—and the Romans in Pompeii, Rome and
Provence, with a little history of wine and olives thrown in for good measure.
#212: Renaissance Europe
Travelers adore Italy, and Italy adores the Renaissance. In this half-hour, we follow Western Europe's transition from medieval to modern times by exploring the arts and ambiance of that vibrant period. In Florence, Milan and Venice, we find works by Brunelleschi, Michelangelo, Raphael, Leonardo and Titian. Side-tripping to France's lush Loire Valley, we visit Renaissance castles and abbeys, including the timeless haunts of Amboise, Chenonçeau, and a few less-traveled chateaux along the way. And we drop into the Northern Renaissance with a visit to Hampton Court and Henry VIII.
#213: Europe’s Getaways
A key attraction of travel in Europe is that 30 minutes outside of any city there lurks a getaway, a quiet spot to catch one's breath. In this program, we explore a few such magic places. We begin in peaceful Holland with visits to the windmills and canals of Zaanse Schans and Delft. Then, in the Bavarian Alps, we breathe in pristine Mittenwald and check out the handiwork of a local violinmaker. In Austria, a cruise on the Danube takes us to a spectacular Baroque abbey. Finally, in Tuscany, we go underground to ancient Etruscan tombs beneath the town of Orvieto and sample great wine at Castello Banfi. Tips on how to find one's own hideaway, how to meet locals and how to avoid much tourist hassle.
#301: Ireland’s West Coast
We’re blessed with a bit of Irish luck as we take on Ireland’s ruggedly beautiful west
coast. We start in Galway, Europe’s fastest growing city, shopping for Irish crystal and Celtic jewelry. Then it’s a salt-sprayed boat trip to the fabled Aran Islands where we
reach breathless heights at a Stone Age fort and ferret out traditional hand-knit sweaters.
Heading south, we pass through the eerie landscape of the Burren, sample the best of
Irish folk music, and binge on a medieval banquet at Bunratty Castle. In the lush forests
of Killarney, we visit the country manor of Muckross, before touring the stunning Dingle
Peninsula. Tips on renting bicycles.
#302: Dublin and Beyond
Irish eyes are smiling when we explore Dublin, Ireland’s urban core. There’s history
around every corner, and Dublin delights with Trinity College, the Book of Kells, the
famous Guinness Brewery, and the infamous Kilmainham jail where Irish rebels spent
their last days. We liberally sample pub life while tapping our toes to traditional music,
and follow in the footsteps of famous Irish writers on a literary pub-crawl. Beyond
Dublin, we find inspiration in the hillsides of Glendalough, site of Ireland’s revered monastery, and the Hill of Tara, home of the ancient Irish kings. A side trip to Northern
Ireland’s best folk park brings the Eire of yesteryear to life. Tips on visiting Dublin’s
#303: Germany’s Romantic Road
The Romantic Road winds through some of Germany’s most picturesque countryside
complete with medieval villages and Baroque Palaces. We start our journey in Würzburg
where we visit the spectacular Baroque Bishop’s Palace or Residenz and taste wine at one
of Würzburg’s many wine festivals. Next we visit the castle of the Teutonic Knights in Bad Mergentheim and a short distance away the Deutsches Auto Museum in the
Renaissance Castle of Prince Hohenlohe-Langenburg. Every July the medieval town of
Dinkelsbühl celebrates the day the children saved the town during the Thirty Years War.
We get a front row seat complete with dancing, music and an historic reenactment. We
finish our trip in Rothenburg, the best preserved medieval walled city in Germany. Tip:
Travel options along the Romantic Road.
#304: Germany’s Rhine and Mosel Rivers For centuries the Rhine has been a natural border and the main route for trade, people and
ideas. We start in the ancient Roman city of Trier and travel up the Mosel River visiting
vineyards and ancient castles. We’ll take a scenic cruise down the Rhine for a sailor’s eye view of famous Rhine castles and the lovely but dangerous Lorelei. In Koblenz we’ll see
where Julius Cesar destroyed two Germanic tribes but was never able to conquer
Germany, and just down stream we’ll see where American troops first crossed the Rhine
during World War II at the bridge at Remagen. Our trip concludes in the city of Cologne
where we’ll visit the modern art museum and sample Kölsch, the local beer. Tip: Taking
a cruise down the Rhine.
#305: Bologna & Emilia Romagna
Known the world over for its wheels of golden cheese, its sweet prosciutto and divine
vinegar, this slice of Northern Italy is a feast. From our base in Bologna we eat our way
across the region, taking in the glorious art and culture along the way: cheese and
mosaics in Parma, Balsamic vinegar and racecars in Modena, ham, pasta and university
life in Bologna. An excursion to the mountainous Apennines, a trip to Ravenna’s brilliant
th6 century mosaics and a beach resort at Rimini round out the adventure. Tips on
sampling the region’s delicacies and agri-tourism hotels.
#306: Italy’s Veneto & Dolomites Graced with charming cities, countryside villas and precious art, this corner of Northern
Italy also features a playground of Alpine peaks and meadows. After a spectacular night
at the opera in fair Verona’s Roman arena, we set out in search of Giotto’s colorful
frescoes in Padua and architect Palladio’s palatial villas in Vicenza and the surrounding
countryside. Then we head for the hills and the dramatic peaks and meadows of the
Dolomite Mountains. Tips on touring the Veneto countryside, shopping for gold and
staying in a mountain inn.
#307: Prague & Budapest
We leave Western Europe behind as we venture to the exotic cities of Prague and
Budapest. In Prague, we marvel at the startlingly beautiful old town and tour the
labyrinthine castle that haunted writer Franz Kafka. Bohemian glass dazzles us as we
browse the flourishing shops in this former Communist country, and we witness the scene
of the ―Velvet Revolution‖. Then it’s off to Budapest where we surrender ourselves to steamy mineral spas, get serenaded by Gypsy music in one of the city’s most traditional
restaurants, and sway to the rhythms of Hungarian dancers. We round out our trip with
Budapest’s regal Opera House, and monuments of a bygone era in the Communist Statue
Park. Tips on luxury hotels.
#308: Stockholm & Sweden
Sweden is a natural-born beauty, winning us over with luxuriant landscapes and sleek
Scandinavian style. We cruise through Stockholm’s sun-dappled archipelago, visit a
designer hotel and sip cocktails in the trendy Ice Bar (a lounge built completely of ice!).
We stroll through the Karl Milles sculpture garden, and admire the world’s best-
th century warship, the Vasa. Then it’s off to the woodsy ―Kingdom of Crystal‖ where we peek in on Sweden’s best glass artists and get rowdy at a traditional
herring dinner. We pay tribute to a grand medieval castle once called the ―key to Sweden‖. Then we escape to the vacation island of Öland, an out-of-the-way charmer
with timeless windmills, ancient ruins and glorious sand beaches. Tips on shopping for
#309: Oslo & Norway
The grand panoramas of Norway prove irresistible to adventurers. In Oslo, we see
testaments to maritime prowess in Viking Ships and the celebrated Kon Tiki raft. We
―Scream‖ with painter Edvard Munch before heading south to the glorious vistas of
Telemark country. After dropping by the home of playwright Henrik Ibsen, we’re off to a boisterous celebration of Norwegian village life, complete with traditional costumes,
dancing and potato pancakes. Next it’s a ride on Europe’s most spectacular railway and a
boat cruise through the impossibly beautiful scenery of the fjords. We end up in Bergen,
Norway’s best-preserved medieval city, taking in a traditional stave church and views
that inspired composer Edvard Grieg. Tips on railroad travel.
#310: France’s Champagne Region
The Champagne region of France bubbles over with fine wine, gourmet cuisine,
picturesque towns and gothic spires. We base in Reims, home of the historic cathedral
where French kings were crowned. From Reims, we tour wine country, visiting
champagne producers both large and small. In the medieval town of Troyes, we shop for
fine chocolate and discover a collection of modern art. North of Reims, the city of
Charleville delights with its golden architecture and tradition of puppetry. Our final
destination is the imposing fortress of Sedan, the largest castle in Europe. Tips on how to
buy quality champagne and touring wine country.
#311: France’s Normandy From a dramatic, historic coast to rural pastures, this sweet section of France abounds
with apple orchards, enchanting villages, stunning abbeys and sparkling seaports. We
base in the lovely seaside town Honfleur. At Giverny, and in the museums in Rouen and
Honfleur, we discover the birth of Impressionism. Near the famous beaches of Normandy,
the Norman Conquest unfolds in the Bayeux tapestry and we remember the poignant
victory of World War II’s D-day. Cider and cheese draw us to the lovely farmland just inland from Honfleur. Our journey ends at the awe inspiring Abbey of Mont-St-Michel.
Tips on car rental, shopping for antiques and touring cider country.
#312: Medieval Europe
The medieval world is one of the big draws of European Travel. Moody ruins, ―tippy‖
towers, cobbled streets, sparkling mosaics, monasteries, castles, and cathedrals form the
core of many a tourist’s dreams. In this episode we revisit some favorite spots and toss in
a few new sights as we make a little sense out of a fascinating 1000 years—from the fall
of Rome to the dawn of the Renaissance. We sort it all out with several short itineraries in
Ireland, Austria, Germany, and France.
#313: Four Great Cities of Europe
London, Paris, Amsterdam and Brussels. A European city bustles—it’s a hub of
commerce and the arts, energy, surprise, and international flavor. Where do you start if
you have just 24-hours? Here, we highlight some best choices of the urban culture in four
great cities. London calls for high tea at the Athenaeum and modern art at the New Tate.
Paris treats us to impressive dining, the Musee D’Orsay and the Pompidou.
Rembrandt’s The Night Watch and traditional rijsttafel dinner are mandatory in Amsterdam, and in 1000 year-old-Brussels, we land in what some call ―the most beautiful town square in Europe.‖ Europe’s great cities stay with you.
#401: Bath and South Wales
We conjure a bit of magic when we visit the Georgian city of Bath and follow tales of
Camelot into South Wales. In Bath, we marvel at ancient Roman spas and peek into the
high society of Jane Austen’s day. We stop by Wells to admire that city’s spectacular
cathedral, and we quest for the Holy Grail in the mystical town of Glastonbury. The
poignant landscape of Wales’ Wye River Valley offers a wealth of scenic riches. We
investigate Caerleon’s claim to King Arthur and explore a ruined abbey that inspired poet
William Wordsworth. Tips on bookstores and country fairs.
#402: Edinburgh and Scotland
Friendly and feisty, Scotland makes us feel right at home. In Edinburgh, we climb the
ramparts of this city’s famous castle, shop for kilts, visit mysterious Rosslyn chapel and
thrill to a spooky ghost tour. Then we head to historic St. Andrew’s to practice our swing
on the world’s most famous golf course. In the Scottish highlands, we try our hand at
skeet shooting and falconry, and tour the Dewar’s whisky distillery. Then it’s off to
historic Stirling to stroll the battlefields of Braveheart before setting sail on legendary
Loch Lomand. Tips on golf and Scotch whisky.
#403: Barcelona and Costa Brava
A Mediterranean marvel, Barcelona simmers with beautiful beaches, medieval mazes,
eye popping art and hypnotic architecture. From tapas bars, to surrealist art, to Modernist
structures, we’ll feast on Barcelona’s delights. Rambles along La Rambla, Gaudi’s
treasures, a neighborhood festival, designer shopping and waterfront fun are some of the
highlights. For the best in beaches we head north to the coves of the Costa Brava. Tips on
tapas and nightlife.