Category Archives: Areas – The Old Town & Ramblas

La Merce 2016

ShareOne of the most important days of the year in Barcelona is la Mercè, a festival that honours the Virgin of Grace (Mare de Déu de la Mercè), co-patron saint of Barcelona along with Saint Eulàlia. Celebrated since the Middle … Continue reading

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Catalan Book Week

ShareAs any visitor to Barcelona will quickly discover, Catalunya has its own language, Catalan with a long and proud history. Indeed, the oldest known surviving book in the Iberian peninsula is in Catalan, a medieval recipe book. Catalunya is also … Continue reading

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Fleadonia

ShareFleadonia is a second-hand market in the Raval and a great place to pick up some unusual bargains off the usual beaten track. You’ll find a wide range of items for sale but expect to see second-hand and vintage goods … Continue reading

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Sant Jordi 2016

ShareThe 23rd of April is the Festa de Sant Jordi, when Catalunya celebrates the day of its patron saint, Saint George, and when traditionally men would give their partner a rose (with a sprig of wheat, a symbol of fertility), … Continue reading

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Fira de la Terra – Earth Day in Barcelona

ShareThe Fira de la Terra takes place each year in Barcelona to celebrate Earth Day. Earth Day was first held time on the 22nd of April 1970 in the United States. Originally emerging from the American hippy movement it is … Continue reading

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An interactive map of Barcelona’s history

ShareThe Museu de Barcelona (MUHBA) has just launched an exciting new online tool visually mapping how the Catalan capital has evolved over almost 22 centuries. This historical map of Barcelona shows how the city has grown, from the foundation of … Continue reading

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El Peso de un Gesto – Julião Sarmento

SharePortguese artist Julião Sarmento is known for his unique multi-media visual language. This combines film, video, sound, painting, sculpture and installations. His own work often deals with interpersonal relationships and themes such as psychological interaction, sensuality, voyeurism and transgression. Sarmento’s … Continue reading

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Santa Eulália and Llum BCN

ShareSanta Eulália is Barcelona’s patron saint. On February the 12th celebrations, and a public holiday, are to be held in her honour (Santa Eulália was a 13-year-old martyr who was tortured on the orders of the emperor Diocletian, and she … Continue reading

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A magical realist tour of Barcelona’s Latin American literary heritage

ShareThere are numerous tourist routes of Barcelona’s cultural wide heritage – modernism, Zafon, Rodoreda, Miró, The Cathedral of the sea. Now, forty years after Garcia Marquez was first published, La Casa America Catalunya recently launched a tour of places that … Continue reading

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Hidden Art Nouveau treasures in Barcelona

ShareBarcelona is synonymous with art nouveau and Gaudi. The Sagrada Familia is no less than Spain’s most visited monument, which along with the Casa Battlo and the Pedrera make up Barcelona’s holy trinity of Gaudi art nouveau monuments. These are … Continue reading

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