Category Archives: Catalan traditions and culture

10 Catalan dishes to try in Barcelona

ShareCatalan cuisine was one of the world’s best kept secrets until recently, with names such as Ferran Adria and the Roca brothers bringing it to world-wide renown. Interestingly, both of these cooks style is deeply rooted in Catalan tradition as … 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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Catalan Traditions explained, Part 1

ShareCorrefocs Often the highlight of Catalan (and Balearic) festivals, the ‘correfoc’ harks back to medieval times. Correfoc literally means ‘fire run’ – it is basically a firework display in which fireworks explode at street level, instead of being fired into … Continue reading

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Food & Drink for people with allergies in Barcelona

ShareAllergies and food intolerances are increasingly common. For the traveller with allergies, a source of concern when visiting a new town or city is always this: “what will I be able to eat, and where?”. Spanish shops and supermarkets cater … Continue reading

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The Roca brothers will open an ice cream parlour in the Liceu

ShareThe Celler Can Roca in Girona is one of the world’s most famous restaurants. After the legendary EL Bulli closed its doors a few years ago, the Roca brothers slipped from second into first place in the San Pellegrino restaurant … Continue reading

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International Day of Dance in Barcelona

ShareApril the 29th is International Day of Dance. The UNESCO International Dance Committee established this event in 1982, picking this day in order to commemorate the birth of Jean-Georges Noverre (April 29, 1727), who is generally considered to be the … Continue reading

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Carnival 2015

ShareCarnival is here once again! Barcelona celebrates carnival party from the 12th to the 18th of February, with dancing, music, costume parties, traditions and general merrymaking. THURSDAY FEBRUARY 12 Traditionally the festival begins with ‘Fat Thursday’ when local high calorie … Continue reading

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Chinese New Year Lantern Festival

ShareBarcelona is a cosmopolitan, international city with many ethnic communities. In the last decade the Chinese population has increased dramatically, bringing many new restaurants, festivals, shops and welcome new faces to a city that has always thrived on immigration. The … Continue reading

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Correfocs

ShareA Catalan correfoc is a stunning visual extravaganza. The name translates as “fire run” so as the name suggests, health and safety are not on the menu, medieval style pyrotechnics are. Basically a street level, hand-held firework display, the correfoc … Continue reading

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Festa Major de Sant Antoni 2015

ShareIf you are coming to Barcelona experiencing a case of the January blues, be prepared to shake them off at the Festa Major de Sant Antoni. Sant Antoni is a cosmopolitan neighbourhood nestled between the raval on the edge of … Continue reading

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