Girona Offers Free City Tours to TBEX Attendees


Jewish Quarter Girona Spain

The city of Girona has an illustrious history.  It’s undergone 25 sieges, been captured 7 times, and been devastated by disease and famine.  The defensive walls of the city were taken down to allow for expansion, although recently some of the walls have been reconstructed.  The city of Girona wants to share this fascinating history with TBEX attendees with a FREE city tour that will familiarize visitors with the city’s Old Town and Jewish Quarter (in photo), the colored houses along the river, and the surroundings of the Cathedral, among other hidden spots.

The FREE city tours start at Punt de Benvinguda.  The tours will be offered on Thursday, September 20th, at 4 pm and 5 pm.  The tours last about an hour and a half, and will give participants a brief glimpse at the history and architecture of Girona’s past  as well as a look at the Girona of today.  And they’ll get participants finished in plenty of time to catch the shuttles to the opening night party at St. Gregori’s Castle.

Participation in the tours require an RSVP.  Feel free to bring a guest, but please sign them up so the city of Girona can get an accurate head count.  The tours will be launched in groups of 30 people, and everyone who is interested will be accommodated.

Photo credit:  Naevus via wikimedia commons

TBEX Europe Heads to the Beach


Expedia beach party

After the first day of educational sessions at TBEX Europe, we’ll be heading to the beach for a party with Expedia that includes food, music, and a few surprises. We know that Expedia knows how to throw a great party, and this is shaping up to be another great event.

The beach party will be held on the beachfront of the beautiful Hostal Empúries, the first hotel in Europe to receive LEED Gold certification. The hotel is located next to the Greco-Roman ruins of Empúries, the only such ruins in the area. Preserving and enhancing the heritage of the ruins is a major goal of the hotel and, combined with a desire to leave a legacy for future generations, the hotel has commitment to sustainable practices in every phase of their business.

TBEX attendees will be shuttled to and from the beach, and in between will enjoy a tapas buffet that includes delicious choices like Iberian ham, watermelon bloody mary’s, grilled vegetables, padron peppers, and a whole lot more. Along with the delectable nibbles will be a drink bar, music, and plenty of time for networking, laughing, and have a great time.

The beach party is part of the TBEX Europe registration package and is open to registered attendees only.  So if you’re not registered you’ll be missing out. Shuttle schedules will be provided on site.

A big thanks to our diamond sponsor Expedia for hosting our Friday night beach party! And, for their continuing commitment to travel bloggers.

Let’s hit the beach!


Come to the Castle for the Opening Night TBEX Party



The official TBEX Europe conference events kick off on Thursday night, September 20th, with an opening night party at Castell de Sant Gregori (Castle of St. Gregory).

What’s a castle without a whole lot of history to go along with it? The Caste of St Gregory dates back to the 12th century and was patterned after the noble town houses of the time. It was much bigger and more opulent that other houses in the area and served as one of the largest forts in the town. In the 14th century, the fort passed to the influential Margarit family, and then to the Marqis de Valderas of Madrid, before lying uninhabited and in deteriorating condition. In the 1990s, attempts were made to turn the castle into a hotel, but money was in too short of supply to make that happen. Finally, in 1999, the castle was acquired by another Girona area family with the intention of restoring it to its former condition.

Castle St Gregory, Girona Spain


Today the castle has a central courtyard that surrounds seven rooms and a lobby. The reconstruction efforts have respected the original architecture and appearance along with its historical legacy.

Best of all – YOU get to check out Castle of St. Gregory for yourself If you’re registered for TBEX and attending, that is.

Here are the details:

Date & Time: Thursday, September 20th, 2012 starting at 8 pm.

The Food: Tapas featured specialty dishes from the region.

The Drink: Local wines from the regions. (Some of you will have visited these wineries on your excursion or will be visiting on your blog trip.) Also pouring local ales and beers.

The Entertainment: Local traditions, music, and some surprises. And no, we’re not going to give away all the surprises!

The opening night festivities are brought to you by the Costa Brava Girona Tourism Board, Diputació de Girona and the Catalan Tourist Board.

interior of st gregory girona

The Opening Night TBEX Party at the Castle is open to registered attendees only. So for heaven’s sake, head on over to register.

Who’s excited to party at the castle?

UPDATED:  More information about transportation to the castle can be found here.


Photo credits:  Courtesy of Costa Brava Tourism Board

How to Plan Your Time in Costa Brava for TBEX Europe


We’ve been talking about TBEX Europe in Girona for so long that it’s hard to imagine that it’s almost here. Yesterday we shared some of the bloggers who will be speaking at TBEX Girona, and we have more to confirm in the coming days.

Now, to get you enthusiastic for your time in Spain, we have an infographic to share with you.  Use the dates and events on the infographic to help you plan your time in the Costa Brava area.

TBEX Europe Costa Brava

Let’s take a look:

  • Thursday, September 20th – A couple of tours during the day and the kick off Costa Brava dinner.
  • Friday & Saturday, September 21st-22nd – TBEX Europe Conference at Girona Conference Center
  • Sunday, September 23rd – A choice of tours.
  • Monday, September 24th – A number of additional tours are schedule to depart.
  • Thursday, September 27th – Monday, October 1st – Free time.

That’s a lot of dates, a lot of events, and a lot of time you can spend in Spain.

But what exactly does it mean?

We can’t give you the full scoop. . . yet. . . but we’ll be announcing these events in detail starting tomorrow. We have options that will allow you to spend nearly two weeks in Spain, networking and learning at TBEX, and then discovering the great stories to be found both in Girona and in the Costa Brava area. We know you’ll love the area and will find plenty of stories to share with your readers; we know your readers will love your stories as well. And it’s all brought to you courtesy of the Costa Brava Tourism Board and its partners.

BUT – these events are only available to registered travel bloggers. If you’ve put off registering for TBEX Europe, don’t put it off any longer. Registration is still available for $100 (for bloggers) and will give you the opportunity to take advantage of all the special offers that are available.

What do YOU want to see in Costa Brava?