Bloghouse in the fairytale village of Besalu

| October 11, 2012 | 40 Comments

Besalu Town Costa Brava, Besalú

Besalu Village

In September this year I was invited to join a handful of the most influential bloggers in the travel blogging industry. For two intense days we knuckled down in the fairytale village of Besalu in Costa Brava.

From one of the most photographed bridges in Spain, to its narrow alleyways, Besalu is one of those cute towns that you could spend hours exploring.

It is a place where you can wander between the little cafes and everyone will greet you with a smile.

Besalu Village Alleyways

The reason I had been invited to Besalu and the Bloghouse, was to provide us with a chance to focus on identifying our blogs strengths, weaknesses and overall path for our adventure travel blog. It was an opportunity that new bloggers dream of.

And we had it all laid on for us. We were hosted by the wonderful team at Charming Villas who provided us with one of the nicest houses mansions I have ever stayed in. Scratch that, Casa Marcial was the nicest place I have ever stayed in!

A pool, about a gazillion rooms and foundations from the 17th Century. This photo was taken from the backyard…

Charming Villa Bloghouse backyard Besalu

We had as much booze as we could drink. Which to be fair was a ridiculous amount. A personal chef showing us how to cook Paella, and enough food the rest of the time to feed an army.

We spent our days learning the intricate details of fine tuning our content, creating better videos and the overall art of travel blogging.

While this may sound very mundane to most of you, it is all helping to transform Four Jandals.  If you take a look back at our journey from when we first started posting articles a year ago (please don’t look they are horrendously written), to where we are now, there is a HUGE difference.

It is these sorts of opportunities that experienced travel bloggers provide to us, that make me love the decision to throw away a very successful career and pursue our dreams and passions full time.

And ultimately provide better stories and adventures for you to read.

Besalú Bridge Costa Brava

But it wasn’t just the Bloghouse that was so amazing.

It was the wonderful village and people of Besalu who opened their doors for us that cemented it as a place I will return to.

From the scrumptious cakes across the stunning Besalu bridge at Ribera Bistro, to the extravagant dinner at Pont Vell restaurant, the locals welcomed us in with open arms.

It is these sorts of small towns and villages that make me fall in love with travelling over and over.

Besalú Town Costa Brava Spain

So if you ever have the chance to visit Spain, then make sure you schedule in a few days around Costa Brava. And ensure you head towards the French border to explore the incredible village of Besalu.

You won’t regret it.

About the Author ()

Cole is one half of New Zealand's leading adventure travel blogging couple who have been wearing out their jandals around the world since 2009. He loves any adventure activities and anything to do with the water whether it is Surfing, Diving, Swimming, Snorkeling or just lounging nearby on the beach. You can follow Cole on Google+. Or consider following us via RSS Feed, Twitter, Facebook and subscribe to our Newsletter.

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  1. Wow it looks truly stunning like something lifted straight off the pages of history. I would love to explore this place. More research needed I think!

  2. Laurence says:

    Someone has discovered lightroom 😉
    Laurence recently posted..Ballooning in Costa Brava

    • I can’t decide if I like the effects or not though. Especially when you have two different types of photos such as the village shots, then the deep blues from the sky in the church shot.

  3. Jealous of your time in Besalu and the inspiration (and paella) it provided!

  4. I loved Besalu. I was just there in February for a blog trip with Charming Villas, and this was one of my favorite things to do in Catalonia.

  5. Michael says:

    It was really awesome having you at the blog house. And I agree, Besalu was a beautiful town. The location was perfect.

  6. Cailin says:

    Love the pictures Cole! I honestly wish we had more time in that house or we could of stayed for ever! So much meat and cheese! Mmmm! and the wine! 😉
    Glad you could be a part of it and felt like you learned from us!
    See you soon!

  7. Ayngelina says:

    Besalu looks like such a wonderful place to do the blog house, I am definitely impressed.

  8. Victoria says:

    Hey Cole, fairytale is the perfect word for Besalu. It was a delight to be there with you. Your photos are gorgeous. Hope to see you, and meet Adela soon.
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  9. Dalene says:

    What a great experience with a stunning backdrop! Nice work on the pictures!

  10. This place looks lovely, Cole! I’d love to visit Costa Brava, and glad you guys are coming along so well with your site. Though you do tempt me to go back to some of your older posts … 😉
    The Time-Crunched Traveler (Ellen) recently posted..3 days in paradise: Malaysia’s Perhentian Islands

  11. Besalu really is a fairytale village. You were fortunate to be in this beautiful place ans had a chance to attend to that event. How did you become part of this?

  12. I am SO bummed I missed out on this — the location in itself is amazing, but couple it with all you learned and I am doubly jealous.
    Raymond @ Man On The Lam recently posted..Offbeat Images: Toilet Signs in Oman

  13. Flora says:

    Great post Cole – I love your edits to the photos too! Maybe if we bug them hard enough, team Bloghouse will let us come to the next installment..!

  14. Sherry Ott says:

    I have a thing for small towns/villages! And Besalu is magical! Glad you had a great time!
    Sherry Ott recently posted..Berlin’s Graffiti Art

  15. Congrats on your amazing experience in the Bloghouse! Besalu looks lovely. Sorry we missed it.
    Mary @ Green Global Travel recently posted..JORDAN Nature Reserves: Ajloun, Dibeen & Azraq

  16. Sam says:

    Sounds like it would be a great experience. Is this something they do every year?

  17. Liz says:

    Cole! It was great meeting you at TBU and TBEX, the blog house in Besalu and all our chats were amazing! i hope we run into each other again soon!

  18. What a place to have a travel blogging event. It looks so beautiful. Spain sure is one of those places that has amazing places like this.
    Shamis @ Gawaya Travel Blog recently posted..Tenerife, Canaries: The Island of Eternal Spring

  19. That might be the most amazing thing I’ve ever seen.
    Stephen Schreck recently posted..Top 15 Things I can’t Wait to Cross Off my Bucket List

  20. Cole, Been dreaming to visit Besalu. Your picture looks like as if it could only be found in disney movie. You are lucky to have visited Besalu.
    Katie@holidayblog recently posted..Where to stay in Barcelona?

  21. I wish I could have been part of those lucky bloggers who got to visit Besalu. Next time, I’ll try to be part of such event and put a great review like the one you did.
    Steve @ Explor Eearth recently posted..Take a Break to See Nature Instead of the City

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