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Cavalcada dels Tres Tombs de Sant Andreu, Barcelona, Jan 13, 2019. Photo courtesy of the Ajuntament de Barcelona (CC BY-ND 2.0).

The vibrant central Sant Antoni "barri" plays host to the city’s first major neighborhood festival of the year, with events happening over a nine-day period. We round up some of the “must-sees” taking place over the biggest weekend of the festival. Read more

Things To Do

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Harry Stott interviews Francisco Gaudier Fargas and José Garcia Reyes at the Círculo del Liceo.

The Círculo del Liceo is one of Barcelona’s oldest and classiest clubs, welcoming members to their stunning building next to the Teatre Liceu since 1847. We spoke with the club’s President and Vice-President to find out some more about it. Read more

Culture

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John Carlin.

“Un Tallat Amb…” is another brand new podcast from Barcelona Metropolitan. It’s all in the name: “Un Tallat Amb…” is Catalan for “A Coffee With…”, so we’ll be speaking to the most exciting individuals in the international community. Read more

City Matters

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Boes e Merdules. Photo by Boa Campbell.

The FiraMediterrània Manresa returns for its 22nd year celebrating Mediterranean performing arts. Local artists take to the stage with numerous artists from across Spain, as well as France, Italy and Macedonia to highlight Mediterranean creativity. Read more

Culture

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Photo by Man Vyi (wikimedia)

Victor Horcasitas and Héctor Cols talk about the participation of expats in upcoming local and European elections Read more

LIVING

This April sees the return of the annual Fira d’Espàrrecs Gavà, a celebration of traditional farming and a humble vegetable with a unique taste. Read more

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Every April 23rd, Catalunya celebrates love and remembers a man who killed a dragon. Read more

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Liz Castro. Photo by Diana Delgado Pineda.

Liz Castro’s new project Aixeta aims to get funds flowing to local artists and creators. Read more

Community

Catalans have long celebrated Easter with the giving of "mones," although their form has metamorphosed over the centuries. Read more

EATING AND DRINKING

The New Catalan Ensemble’s latest album, Bestiari, wildly serenades our “beastly” metropolis. Read more

Previews and reviews

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Artur Bladé

The magic of the Ribera d’Ebre comes alive in the journals of a Catalan exile during the Spanish Civil War. Read more

Culture

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Catedral de Santa Creu i Santa Eulàlia. Pjhoto by Pierre Gronau (Wikimedia).

Long before her name became associated with a 175-year-old Barcelona-based fashion brand, Santa Eulàlia was widely known as young Christian martyr. Read more

History

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Photo by Mpellegr. (Flickr)

Creative cuisine and classy restaurants may have put Catalunya on the culinary map, but it’s food of a far more primitive nature that provides the real flavor of the place — and this season. Read more

EATING AND DRINKING

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Photo by Calafellvalo (Flickr)

Many believe Romesco hailed from a recipe that dates back to the Roman stronghold of Tarraco (modern-day Tarragona), making it one of Europe’s oldest sauces. Read more

Recipes

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Fira de l'Avet

Treat yourself to a trip outside the city and venture to these regional town holiday markets to find gifts for everyone on your list. Read more

Best of Barcelona

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Caga tiós. Photo by Joan C.G.

Two reasons why Christmas in Catalunya is the sh*t Read more

History

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Like giant macaroni, "galets" are the traditional noodle used in the "escudella" soup. (See #2 for more.)

As the Bing Crosby classic song goes, “It’s Christmas time in the city ...” but he probably wasn’t talking about the Catalan capital. Here’s a handful of local traditions that you’ll encounter this time of year (“Nadal”) in Barcelona. Read more

Things To Do

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Making the traditional ratafia. Photo by Anna Fuster.

With origins that date back two hundred years, ratafia's mysterious blend of fruit, nuts and herbs is now cemented into Catalan culture. We hear from those who are working hard to keep the tradition alive and brewing. Read more

EATING AND DRINKING

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Castell de Rocafort, Pont de Vilomara i Rocafort. Photo by Carlos Iborra.

The "comarca" of Bages (pronounced “BAH-jehs”) is central to Catalunya in both location and its place in Catalan culture, offering countryside and many towns to explore near the stunning Montserrat mountain range. Read more

Day Trips

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Tortell de Reis (Kings' Cake). Photo by Rebecca T Caro.

Commonly believed to have originated in Old World France and Spain, the "tortell de Reis" (kings’ cake) is a much-loved holiday tradition in Catalunya and beyond. Read more

Recipes

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    Tres Tombs in Sant Antoni, Barcelona 2014

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    Lamb shank with rossinyol mushrooms.

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    Vall d'en Bas, La Garrotxa

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