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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

Chestnut illustration

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

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

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

Whatever your reasons for relocating to Catalunya, the more you understand about local business culture, the more successful and professionally fulfilling your work experience will be. Here are our top DOs and DON'Ts for doing business here. Read more

Business & Working

Calçots home

Photo by David Montgomery

Get your grill on and eat them while you can! Read more

EATING AND DRINKING

September 11th, 2014 is a big date in the Catalan diary. This will be 300 years to the day when a besieged Barcelona (and with it an independent Catalunya) fell to the Spanish. Read more

FEATURES

Fresh, seasonal and local, Catalan cuisine has withstood a turbulent history and owes much to the region's immigrants. Read more

FEATURES

Barcelona launches Historic Novel festival

Barcelona Novel·la Històrica has awarded its first prize to British author Lindsey Davis, creator of the Roman detective Marcus Didius Falco Read more

Nov 4, 2013 12:00 AM MET INSIDER KNOWLEDGE

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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.

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    Vall d'en Bas, La Garrotxa