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Catalan Culture

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

Previews and reviews

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).

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

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

Things To Do

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

Caga Tió

Photo by Joan C. G.

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

History

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

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

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

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

Santa Maria del Pi

Photo by Alessandro Cani.

Behind Barcelona's real history of buildings and kings, there is another secret city of legends and myths. Read more

History

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Illustration by Tara Shain

There are a few delicious autumn treats that take center stage in Catalunya, especially during the Tots Sants celebrations (All Saints’ Day) on October 31st. But that doesn’t mean you have to wait until then to enjoy them. Read more

Things To Do

Capgrossos

Illustration by Tara Shain.

Barcelona takes on a new life towards the end of the month, when its streets and plazas are awash with festivities in celebration of the city’s patron saint. Read more

Things To Do

Besalu Bridge

Photo by Miki Pons.

La Garrotxa is arguably one of the most beautiful regions in Catalunya. Located among the foothills of the Pyrenees in the province of Girona, this sparsely populated, fertile land is filled with high ridges, deep valleys, rivers and forests... Read more

Weekend away

Reial Monestir de Santa Maria de Poblet

Photo by Mattana

This picturesque route—a 105 kilometer, circular section of the GR 175 hiking trail—takes you through rural countryside and ancient villages against a backdrop of the soaring Prades Mountains. Read more

TRAVEL

On May 10th, the beach in Badalona fills up for the traditional burning of the devil. Read more

Culture

Hundreds of thousands turned out for the pro-independence demonstration in Barcelona on September 11th. Read more

In the City

A guide to Catalunya’s national day on September 11th. Read more

Culture

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    Benediccio Animals Sant Antoni

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    Tres Tombs in Sant Antoni, Barcelona 2014

  • Capgrossos

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    Capgrossos

  • Lamb shank with rossinyol mushrooms.

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    Lamb shank with rossinyol mushrooms.

  • Vall d'en Bas, La Garrotxa

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    Vall d'en Bas, La Garrotxa