Category Archives: Catalan traditions and culture

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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Hotels amb DO 2016

ShareThe Barcelona Hotel Association are collaborating with The Catalan Institute of Vineyards and Wine (ICANVI) in 52 wine tasting sessions across 28 of the city’s most prestigious luxury hotels. From the 12th of September to the 18th of September and … 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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La Festa Catalana (Catalan Festival)

ShareLa Festa Catalana (The Catalan Festival) is a weekly exhibition of Catalan traditions and festivities such as the ‘sardana’ folk dance, ‘castells’ human towers, ‘gegants’ huge puppets, and many more. La Festa Catalana (Catalan Festival) celebrates Catalan traditions and festivities … Continue reading

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Festa Major de Gràcia 2016

ShareLocated 20 minutes on foot north west of the city centre of Barcelona, Gràcia, once a quiet village outside the city, retains a distinct and independent feel, and is now one of its most bohemian districts, much loved by those … Continue reading

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Festa Major de Sants 2016

ShareWith the Grácia Festa Major recently finished, it’s time for Sants to throw their own neighbourhood bean feast, a close runner-up for the liveliest such party in the city. While it’s not quite as impressive as Gracia’s 7 day event, … Continue reading

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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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