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December 2018

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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. more

Best of Barcelona

Caga Tió

Photo by Joan C. G.

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

Things To Do

Back in the Middle Ages, this romantic stretch of El Born near the water was where Barcelona’s "canvistes" (money changers) did their business. Since then, the area has undergone many "canvis" (changes) of its own and now it’s home to fine leather sh more

Streetlife

Ian Gibbs. Photo by Diana Delgado Pineda.

Photo by Diana Delgado Pineda.

The New Year is on the horizon and with it, the annual resolutions. If improving your language skills is on your list of things to tackle in 2019, this might be a good place to start. more

FEATURES

“2001: A Space Odyssey,” directed by Stanley Kubrick (1965-68; GB/United States). Film still. © Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.

© Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.

On the heels of its success in cities worldwide, including Paris and Los Angeles, the highly anticipated Stanley Kubrick retrospective arrives in Barcelona. more

Previews and reviews

At this time of the year, with the seemingly endless errands to run before the festivities we could all use some extra energy. These gluten, dairy and refined sugar-free treats are ideal to indulge your sweet tooth. more

Recipes

elrow Feria de abril

Photo courtesy of elrow.

From its humble beginnings as a small café, the Arnau family empire has grown into the behemoth now known as elrow. more

FEATURES

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. more

EATING AND DRINKING

New in Town: Manglar

Photo courtesy of Manglar.

Renowned for its fantastic brunch, Manglar is typically packed with diners enjoying the high energy and good vibes. more

New in Town

New in Town: Green Up

Photo by Diana Dealgado Pineda.

With an eclectic selection of salads, soups, juices and quiches, Green Up makes it easy to get in your daily dose of minerals and vitamins. more

New in Town

New in Town: Magpie

Photo by Diana Delgado Pineda.

With a colorful variety of clothing styles and accessories, Magpie makes it easy to get lost in time and come back with a unique find. more

New in Town

New in town: Bombilate

Photo courtesy of Bombilate.

There’s a lot of buzz surrounding Bombilate and not just because it’s a fun word to say. more

New in Town

Aqüeducte de les Ferreres (Pont del Diable). Photo by Tara Shain.

Photo by Tara Shain.

There’s Tarragona the city and Tarragona the municipality, but how much do you know about Tarragonès the county? more

Weekend away

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. more

Day Trips

A day in the life: Spencer Hall

Photo by Diana Delgado Pineda.

Spencer Hall arrived in Barcelona three years ago. Inspired by the city’s architecture, installations and more, he has since been getting in touch with his creative side and is now creating eclectic tables from extraordinary objects in his workshop. more

Business & Working

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. more

Recipes

Amy Holden.

Photo by Todd Pacey.

Amy Holden urges EU expats to use their voting rights more

FEATURES