We’re Marina and Marc, and we were born in Catalonia. We’re part of the club of those who left our home country a long time ago, but in 2019 we decided to come back. The idea of returning to our homeland as travellers to re-discover it set the ground for spontaneous things to take place. We started paying attention to things that we would have never realised before.
Our love for this country doesn’t stem from eating paella in Las Ramblas, partying in La Barceloneta all night, or taking photos in front of Montserrat’s monastery.
It comes from discovering a family-run restaurant in Andorra that serves incredible canelons, hiking with friends in endless green meadows in the Pyrenees, and tasting local wines accompanied by a cheese platter in a winery in the Penedès.
It comes from the variety of landscapes and the endless opportunities they offer, the millions of people who call this place home, and the little hidden gems around the country that you wouldn’t know about if that person you met at the mountain hut hadn’t told you about it.
The mission of Unexpected Catalonia is to help you discover that side of our country too. The side that’s hidden from most travellers and that turns a good trip into an unforgettable experience.