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Catalan Traditions

Learn all about the people’s culture and traditions in Barcelona and Catalonia

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The Porrón, a staple of Spanish wine culture

The Porrón, a staple of Spanish wine culture, is a unique drinking vessel that looks like a cross between a carafe and watering can. The neck is narrow like a bottle of wine, and the bottom is wide, like that of a decanter, fitted with a long…
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Autumn in Barcelona: Culture & Traditions

Autumn is here and one more time Barcelona is preparing for this vibrant season, filled with peculiar traditions and delicious gastronomic proposals. What a great time of the year to visit the city! Seasonal Sweets & Nuts A Spanish tradition…
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The Festival of Sant Juan

The Sant Joan festival goes by many names, but in Catalonia and Barcelona, it is most often called the Nit de Sant Joan which translates to St. John’s Eve. Even though the celebration goes by many names, they all refer to the same…
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Mediterranean Lifestyle 101

The sounds of laughing, running children drifting through the open windows at midnight after a lazy summer day. Flower-covered terraces stretching across modernist buildings. The stillness that settles upon the usually-bustling squares and streets…
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Temps de Flors Festival

Indulge your senses in unique floral art decorations, light displays, fountains, acapella concerts and community pride at the Temps de Flors festival. The height of spring is also the season of anticipation for one of the biggest festivals…
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All About Festa Major de Gracia – Barcelona’s Biggest Neighborhood Festival

It is almost here again! Festa Major de Gracia – The most important festival in the Gracia district and at the same time the most colorful and biggest neighborhood festival in Barcelona. The Gracia festival happens every year, from the 15th…
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La Mercè: The Insider’s Guide

Since the weekend of La Mercè has an abundance of activities happening all around the city, you will have to pick which ones you want to attend. Sadly, it is impossible to go to every event (trust us, we’ve tried) but with some tips from…
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All About Our Favorite Holiday: La Mercè

We are so excited that September is finally here because that means La Mercè is just around the corner! This year it will be held from September 22nd to the 25th. It is the event that us Barcelonans wait for all year! You may be wondering though,…
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The “Sant Joan Night”, the Night of the Fire

If you're in Barcelona on June 23rd, consider yourself the luckiest tourist in the world! Get ready for bonfires, fireworks and typical Catalan traditions: it's the Sant Joan's night! Sant Joan’s Night is the shortest night of the year,…
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Christmas in Barcelona: Getting Ready for the Magic

December has arrived, and Barcelona is welcoming all the lights, decorations, seasonal markets and joyful songs that come with the last month of the year. And not Barcelona: all Catalan cities, towns, and villages are getting immersed into…
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Traveling to Barcelona in September? Make Room for La Mercè Festival

If your travel plans include a visit to the best city in the world (a.k.a. Barcelona) in September, and that'd happen anytime between the 18th and the 24th September, you must be ready to have a blast. La Mercè Festival is the city's largest…
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Sant Joan 2015: a Last-Minute Guide

Tonight is one of the most important nights of the year in Catalonia. It marks the summer solstice and is also the festival of Sant Joan. This holiday is officially tomorrow (June 24th), but tonight is what Catalans call 'la revetlla' – the…
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Nit dels Museus 2015: What to See and Do

One of our favorite nights in Barcelona is coming up! The Night of the Museums will take place on Saturday, May 16th, and it will make you reconsider everything that you have ever thought about visiting museums. We just love this night. Over…
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Sant Jordi’s Day: Books, Roses and Smiles All Around

Saint George by Raphael   Sant Jordi's Day (Saint George in Catalan) is much more than a simple feast day in Barcelona. It is the Catalan equivalent to Valentine's Day, and love is in the air! Each year the streets are filled with…
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