Once the holidays have passed, remember to give your tree new life by recycling it!

For years it has seemed that Christmas has gone hand in hand with excessive consumerism, but that doesn't have to be the case—your holidays can be as sustainable as you want to make them! Read more



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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

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Caga tiós. Photo by Joan C.G.

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


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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

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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


Help the homeless this festive season with a simple donation. Read more


Prepare for the Christmas season with some traditional festive activities. Read more


Give the crowded high streets a wide berth and fill your bags with locally-produced goodies this December. Read more


The most festive season is here, so get into the spirit by taking a wander through some of Barcelona’s best Christmas markets. Read more

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Fill your stockings with some unique, local gifts this year. Read more

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‘Tis the season to be jolly, and what better way to celebrate than in typical Catalan fashion. Read more


Boxing Day lunch in Catalunya uses the leftover turkey or chicken meat from the 25th to fill pasta rolls called canelons. It isn’t a particularly light option after Christmas Day but is a delicious tradition for the day known here as Sant Esteve. Read more


Five of our favourite things to do in December in Barcelona. Read more

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Tuck your Christmas list in your pocket and head to Girona, with its seasonal market, historic centre and range of independent shops. Read more


The autumn months see Catalans doing some serious eating Read more


Get your facts straight about these peculiar Catalan Christmas characters. Read more


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Holiday season in Catalunya

Johanna Bailey celebrates the festive season and discusses some of the controversies around local traditions Read more

Dec 19, 2011 2:00 PM Family matters

Skate with black butter

Photo by Tara Stevens

EAT: Christmas Shopping Favourites

Tara Stevens has a few dining ideas for those of you braving the seasonal shopping crowds Read more

Dec 14, 2011 2:00 PM Food and drink blog 4 Comments

Gone shopping

Johanna Bailey has some suggestions on where to head for the all-important Christmas presents for your children Read more

Dec 5, 2011 12:00 PM Family matters

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