Jayne Wilson

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1st December 2008

My area of expertise is Catalonia – special places to stay and hidden, off-the-beaten-track kind of experiences you won’t find in most guide books. If I had a ‘sub area’ of expertise it would definitely be food and drink in Catalonia.

I am English but live in Catalonia with my Catalan business partner. We are both passionate about the region and have in-depth knowledge about the best places to stay and unusual things to do here. We have tried and quality tested everything we review and have been researching the region thoroughly for 10 years (my partner all his life!).

The areas we know thoroughly in Catalonia are:
- hotels, country houses, restaurants and vineyards in DOs Priorat, Montsant, Penedes and Emporda
- the best of lesser known local festas
- shopping (in Barcelona, Girona and a designer shopping outlet)
- romantic experiences (jacuzzi on the terrace overlooking mountain views, dinners, balloon ride with champagne etc)
- celebration and wedding experiences (venues from castles and monasteries to boats and Gaudi buildings as well as a vetted list of specialist suppliers)
- seafaring (such as boat journeys, sea fishing, luxury motor boat hire)
- airborne (helicopter rides above Barcelona and Montserrat, balloon rides over volcanoes, coast and natural parks)
- active experiences such as the best places for walking, cycling, golf and horseriding.

We also know the best tucked away spas with fabulous treatments like wine or chocolate therapies and even life coaching.

Hidden Catalonia

Jayne Wilson's activity

  1. December 2008
  2. Jayne Wilson rated Sleeping on a luxury motor boat on the Med

  3. Jayne Wilson rated Festa major in Vilafranca de Penedes

  4. Jayne Wilson reviewed Festa major in Vilafranca de Penedes in Vilanova i la Geltrú, Spain

    This is a festa well marked on the local’s calendar of must-see events in Catalonia but hardly known outside. It’s amazing because it still has unspoilt simplicity such as passing tractors delivering their grape harvest (this is the heart of DO Penedes w…"

  5. Jayne Wilson rated In search of foodie heaven: Catalonia

  6. Jayne Wilson reviewed In search of foodie heaven: Catalonia in Catalunya, Spain

    One of the best experiences for those who love their food and wine is to take advice from native fellow foodies, and get them to book you a personalised whistle-stop tour of a range of eateries that are among the best in their class. That, and avoid the …"

  7. Jayne Wilson reviewed Sleeping on a luxury motor boat on the Med in Catalunya, Spain

    If you fancy a taste of the highlife when you visit Catalonia in Spain this is an unforgettable experience: 24-hours on board a designer 2007-built 21 metre motor boat. The best part has to be sleeping in interior designed en-suite cabins more akin to a …"