Tag Archive: Catalonia

Tarragona: the Mediterranean Games XVIII

Sport enthusiasts visiting Catalonia in late June will enjoy a special event organized within the Olympic movement: the Mediterranean Games. To be hosted in 2018 by the ancient city of Tarragona, this event brings together athletes and spectators from around the world in a multisport competition that lasts ten thrilling days. A world class sport […]

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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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Girona: Temps de Flors

Each year towards the end of May, the city of Girona in the northeastern province of Catalonia undergoes a transformation. For a few days, flowers fill the medieval streets, plazas and patios with countless colors and invigorating aromas for a unique celebration of spring: Girona Temps de Flors (the Girona Flower Festival). With more than […]

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Saint Ignatius Way: a pilgrimage across northeastern Spain

Many travellers have heard of popular routes like St. James’s Way, the stunning pilgrimage route through northern Spain to the city of Santiago de Compostela. But for those seeking adventure and culture, as well as peace and solitude, there is a less-travelled alternative. It begins in the Basque Country’s Loiola and ends in Manresa, Catalonia, […]

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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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City Portrait: Girona

Nestled into the hills and rivers of Spain’s northeastern region of Catalonia lies Girona. This picturesque little city is filled with cultural treasures and surrounded with exceptional natural beauty. Many visitors to Catalonia choose to bypass its cobbled streets, heading directly to bigger and flashier Barcelona…but those who make the stop are glad they did! […]

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Jewel in the crown: The Costa Brava’s Castell de Peralada festival

Music and theater lovers of all tastes will find something to sing to their senses at the Castell de Peralada festival.  Each summer, this month-long menagerie of live shows has transformed the picturesque town of La Peralada, in the Girona province into a vibrant global stage. From traditional to trendy, opera to popular, the festival […]

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La Castanyada: Catalunya’s autumn ritual

All Hallow’s Eve is known by many different names around the world: in America, it’s Halloween; in Mexico it the Day of the Dead; and in the Spanish region of Catalunya, it’s La Castanyada. Here, the holiday is rooted in remembering loved ones who have passed away, but the real fun of La Castanyada is […]

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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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