Category Archives: Culture, traditions and gastronomy

The following are proposals to learn more about history and culture of the Catalan people. In addtion you will find suggestions to experience Catalan traditions getting in touch with the inhabitants of the region.

Local festivals and street parades with fire included.

correfocIn a catholic country such as Catalonia, every village has one or more patron saints. On saints days each village celebrates its local festival, or party, which can go on for several days. Continue reading

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The ‘Castellers’, human Catalan towers.

Castellers at the bottom of the towerThe Catalans, along with the Mumbai region of India, are the only people in the world to build human towers, known here as ‘Castellers’. Several hundred people, comprising men, women and children climb up on top of one another to form structures which can reach ten high. Continue reading

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The ‘Sardana’, Catalonia’s traditional dance.

SardanaCatalonia’s national dance is the Sardana. This typical Mediterranean dance is in healthy shape, very popular in the region and always a feature of every local festival. Continue reading

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Catalonia, a new European state?

independenciaYou have probably read or heard that on 11th. September, 2012, one and a half million people came out and demonstrated in favour of Catalan independence. Our region has suddenly become the focus of attention for current European politics. What’s happened to make such a huge part of the Catalan population wish to separate from the rest of Spain? Continue reading

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The Spanish Civil War: causes, development and consequences.

Spanish Civil War 1936 - 1939Did you know that there is more historical literature available on the Spanish Civil War than the Second World War? This great ideological struggle of the 1930’s which took place in Spain and Europe continues to generate considerable interest, whether amongst the Spanish – who still find it difficult to reconcile their past- or for people from other countries. Continue reading

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A very special tapas tour.

Patatas bravas, the spicy potatoesWould you like to try some typical Spanish ‘tapas’? And not just in any old place, rather in specially chosen venues in Barcelona? I invite you to taste this aspect of Spanish gastronomy Continue reading

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