Tag Archive: Barcelona

Barcelona’s Casa Vicens: Never-before-seen Gaudí

One of Barcelona’s most iconic features is its Modernista architecture of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Drawing on Medieval and Arab styles, these unique buildings are characterized by by rich decoration and detail, organic motifs, curves and asymmetry, and dynamic shape. There were various Catalan architects who made great contributions to Modernisme, like […]

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Churros y chocolate: warming up the winter in Spain

The traditional Spanish treat of ‘churros y chocolate’ is the perfect way to warm up during the cold winter months. Churros are similar to a fried doughnut, but long and thin and dusted in sugar – with an addictively crunchy and chewy texture. They are very popular and abundantly available, sold on the street in […]

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The Correfoc: a fiery celebration

In Catalonia and other regions of Spain, fire plays a powerful symbolic role in many traditional celebrations. Nowhere is this more evident than in a correfoc, translated literally (and very appropriately) as “fire run”. Not even the wildest imagination could conjure up a vision that matches the reality: an infernal procession of fire-breathing monsters and […]

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Stairway to heaven: Catalonia’s astounding human towers

Pass through a plaza in Barcelona or Tarragona, or any number of Catalan towns and villages during a local festival and you could be in for a breathtaking sight: local men, women and children standing on each other’s shoulders up to ten tiers high. The human tower or castell (“castle” in Catalan) is a mind-bogglingly […]

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Barcelona culture: The Grec Festival 2016

The reasons to visit (and fall in love with) Barcelona and the surrounding region of Catalonia are endless…sun-drenched beaches, centuries of architecture, cuisine to delight all tastes, shopping galore, and world-class culture, to name just a few. And those visiting Barcelona in July have yet another attraction. From July 1 to 31, the Grec Festival […]

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Rediscovering Sepharad: Exploring Spain’s Vibrant Jewish Heritage

Each year, thousands of visitors of all walks, faiths and backgrounds follow the footprints that Jews have left on Spain for over 1,000 years. There are countless fascinating Jewish heritage sites all over Spain and on and off the beaten track. Since the days of the Roman Empire, Jewish communities flourished in major towns and […]

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Calçotadas in Catalonia: Warm up with a winter tradition

The Catalonian countryside has so much to offer visitors: everything from rolling green hills, to snow-capped mountain peaks, to seemingly endless vineyards waving in the breeze. Charming masias (rural homes built of stone that often date back centuries) dot the landscapes and, in the winter, billows of fragrant smoke escape from the chimneys. They look […]

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