Begur (part 1): Where the Old and the New World meet

This is strange. Usually, both worlds have met in American soil. Think about all those wonderful American cities full of old European style buildings, like La Habana or Cartagena de Indias, or the Spanish missions in California.

That’s not the case with Begur. This little village has some kind of Cuban flair and shares a little part of its History, but it is not located in the New World, but in the Old, the very old one.

Begur’s Cuban flair was brought here by the socalled “indianos” or “americanos”. They were native begurians who emigrated to Cuba (the Pearl of the Caribbean was a colony of Spain until 1898) up to the end of the XIX century, made business there and came back home rich, happy and loving rum.

With that magic cocktail of richness, happiness and rum, the “indianos” built in Begur their new luxury and exotic houses on the very same plots where their parent’s humble homes had their pillars before. Happy families and rum for everyone. Viva Cuba!

But that’s ok for today’s history class (if you are interested in further information about the common history Begur-Cuba, I recommend to you to download this nice brochure). Now visit with me this cute little village of l’Empordà (Catalonia, Spain). I’ll show you its “indianos” houses and its medieval towers, its phantom castle (documented XI century), its church (XVI-XVII centuries), its lifeful old plaza, its holistic mirador (from where you can see both the blue Mediterranean and the white Pyrenees at once), its good restaurants and the awesome coves and beaches that belong to this little municipality. I guess I’ll need more than one post to show it all; hence I have named today’s post as “Begur (part 1)”. I promise that some day it will be followed by a “Begur (part 2)” post.

All right. Let’s go. This is Begur:

Begur

Begur: An indiano house below the remains of the old castle

Begur: Gardens of some indiano houses

Cuban mojitos in Begur

Cuban markets and gothic palaces

Caribbean music by the Mediterranean coast

A house

Main square of Begur, under the church’s shadow

The heart of Begur

Shopping in the narrow streets of Begur

Mirador de San Ramón. From here you can see …

… the snow covered Pyrenees mountains to your left …

… and the deep blue Mediterranean sea to your right, including the Medes Islands …

Streets in Begur are nice and peaceful

Medieval anti-pirates defensive towers proliferate in the streets of Begur. They are useless against tourists.

Begur is fet amb love, or made with amor …

To be continued any other day.

Addendum: This post about Begur and its nice beaches continued the following days in:

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2 Responses to Begur (part 1): Where the Old and the New World meet

  1. What an unexpected connection–a wonderful find.

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