Exploring the world through the means of fashion and style is the biggest goal of any Travel in Style blogger and that is everything I aim to do with Ertsy. So, for this week, I’m sharing all about the lesser-known region of Europe – Catalunia. Although a part of Spain, Catalunia, Catalunya, or Cataluña has a very independent identity of its own. So much so that it is now considered an official nationality by its Statute of Autonomy. Situated on the northeastern extremity of the Iberian Peninsula with its capital in Barcelona, Catalonia consists of three other provinces: Girona, Lleida, and Tarragona.
The history of this region is documented from 8th Century when the counties of the March of Gothia and the Hispanic March were established by the Frankish kingdom as feudatory vassals across and near the eastern Pyrenees as a defensive barrier against Muslim invasions. The eastern counties of these marches were united under the rule of the Frankish vassal the Count of Barcelona, and were later called Catalonia. Invaded, broken, and put back together through the centuries, Catalunia became dictator-free and a part of Spain only in late 1930s as a result of the Spanish Civil War.
Catalonia saw rapid economic growth, drawing many workers from across Spain. Thus making Barcelona one of Europe’s largest industrial metropolitan areas and turning Catalonia into a major tourist destination. Since the Spanish transition to democracy (1975–1982), Catalonia has regained significant political and cultural autonomy. It is now one of the most economically dynamic communities of Spain.
I see this as an epitome of determination and confidence to strive through the hardships and coming out stronger. Even though Catalunia is not a separate country today, it doesn’t stop them from living their culture and developing themselves further without actually breaking the harmony. Says so much about the power of striving and collective efforts.
Since we have already had a taster of the cultural diversity that Barcelona offers on Ertsy before, I visited the Province of Girona this time to explore more of Catalunia and with an eye for the style. Other than the Gothic and Hispanic subcultures dominating the fashion scene here, there’s a newfound rise of the avant-grande in fashion here. Of course not without the Spanish charms off shoulders and fit-n-flares, even the beach fashion is glam and chic here.
So, I chose a white off-shoulder, fit-n-flare style maxi with metallic/glitter silver jute floor flats as my exploring outfit in here. Topped with some winged eye makeup, cat eye sunglasses, and a lot of sunscreen. Oh, and a Faye style handbag.
This outfit well exemplifies the perfect mix of the several styles put together in the Catalunian Fashion. More importantly the simplicity and the beauty of this form of style.
With beautiful mountains, beaches, the food, and the mediterranean, Catalunia is everything worthy of your love and fancy. The people in the smaller towns only speak Spanish, Catalan, and sometimes French, but they are always helpful to travelers like you and me.
In fact, after spending a good part of my summer exploring the regions of Catalunia and the last winter, I’m in awe of the flexibility this region offers for an explorer.
So, that is everything about Catalunia. Well, all I could fit into this brief article today, anyway. Feel free to add in comments below if you think I missed out or should add something more.
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