Montseny Natural Park is a UNESCO designated biosphere located in Catalonia, Spain, approximately 100km north of Barcelona.
Life in Montseny Natural Park has a different rhythm, one where it might take all morning to go the bank because you run into people you know who stop for a chat, or two years to artfully restore a centuries old Catalonian farmhouse, or where you toast bread over an open fire for breakfast, or step outside your front door and pick fruit right from the trees, or where you spend 7 hours a day eating delicious and local cuisine as I discovered during my five days in Montseny. OK, the locals don’t do that much eating EVERY day, but we did!
If that wasn’t enough to make me fall in love with Montseny the scenery would have done it:
Locals are committed to finding a balance between sustainability and supporting the population that lives there. Much of the food served in restaurants in Montseny Natural Park is grown locally and served in a traditional Catalonian style.
Monsoriu Castle is currently being restored to resemble its former glory days when it played an important role in medieval times.
I admire the people of Montseny and their way of life. It’s much different than my life in Munich, but I think I could learn a lot about slowing down. In fact, I was so inspired by the fragrant smells of herbs and plants and use of fresh produce that I decided to bring a little of Montseny to Munich by starting my own herb garden! It’s my little piece of Montseny on my balcony. It reminds me to slow down, rub the leaves of the peppermint or lavender plant and breathe! It’s not the same as being in Montseny, but it does make me feel instantly more relaxed. Stay tuned to find out more about the villages, unique cultural traditions, herbs and off course the cuisine awaiting you in Montseny Natural Park!
Note: I had not heard of a “natural park” before going to Montseny. According to Wikipedia a natural park “is a reserve of natural, semi-natural, or developed land that a sovereign state declares or owns.”
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