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We stayed at Cal Riba for two days before the 10-th Europe Rogaining Championship in January 2013. Two apartments for 10 persons were booked by Internet. It was easy for foreigners thanks to friendliness and perfect English of hause owner Roger.
We arrived late in the evening and found our apartments previously warmed with heaters. We were very pleased because the night was quite cold, below zero.
Actually Cal Riba has everything to spend a good time with friends - three separate bedrooms, cosy dinner room with a fireplace supplied with the stock of firewood, kitchen, hot shower, even a washing machine. We saw it but don't have time to use. We found enough warm blankets in a wardrobe, so nobody got cold. Sleep was extremely good, we woke up early but fresh. As result 6 of us won medals.
I spent the day before competition walking around with my camera, because the surrounding nature and the village Torrebusqueta are incredible beautiful. It is great place not only for sportsmen but for artists as well.
I only regret that we had to leave after competition. If we hadn’t I would fain have stayed for a couple days more. We spent really great time at Cal Riba.
Thank you for everything, I hope to return some day.
In the summer of 2012 we have discovered the Catalan countryside. Via toprural we arrived on an ancient Catalan farmhouse, converted into different apartments, in the middle of old vinyards. What struck us most, was the warm welcome and inviting kindness of our host Raimon Olivella. He made it an unforgettable experience, enlightening the Catalan culture and helping us find rare and beautiful places to visit. In just one week we learned to wine and dine the Catalan way and enjoy ourselves in locations remote from everyday tourism. For this we are indebted to our host who showed us the way, but kept a respectful distance, being a guide and not an intruder. A great thank you to him and to all the people we met!