Mercat de la Boqueria

The markets in Barcelona were built in the 10th century, although back in the Roman times there were all kinds of trades and exchanges taking place in the narrow streets of the old town. Barcelona has 39 food markets and 4 non-food markets where the locals go to buy their everyday fresh and seasonal products.… Read More


Codorníu cellars was founded in 1551

Codorníu is a Catalan company that has been producing wine since the 16th century. Founded in 1551 it is the oldest family company in Spain and one of the 20 world’s oldest companies. The first company in Spain to make Cava was Codorníu in 1872. Cava is made following the “Méthode Champenoise”: it is sparkling… Read More


Slow Food Catalunya - Km 0

Slow Food is a global, grassroots organization linking the pleasure of good food with a commitment to local communities and the environment. This movement seeks to address our pace of life, which is speeding up as we run around without giving time to pleasures, big or small. It is essential to slow down, and what… Read More


Calçot eating contest in Valls

In Catalonia we love to meet and savor the traditional cuisine of every region, frequently on street lunch parties. Any excuse is good to get together and enjoy a botifarra, arròs caldós, calçots, etc. The party often coincides with seasonal food like the calçot, which is a grilled long green onion that you eat dipping… Read More


Tió de Nadal

The “Tió de Nadal“, meaning in English “Christmas Log”, also known simply as “Tió”, is a Catalan Christmas tradition which is very well established among families. In the last years the original tradition has been changing. In the past it was a hollow and burnt piece of cut wood or log taken from the fireplace… Read More


Poster for 2013 Festes de la Merce

La Mercè is the Festa Major of Barcelona, when we celebrate the Saint’s Day of Our Lady of Mercy, La Mare de Déu de la Mercè. It has been an official city holiday since 1871, which first consisted of a Roman Catholic festivity commemorating St. Mercè on 24 September. The opening speech will be given… Read More


The Born Cultural Center

El Born Cultural Center is a unique and exceptional place that brings together three centuries of our history. Below the cast-iron structure of the iconic 19th century marketplace lies the Barcelona of 1700, the prosperous city that suffered the siege of 1714 and that put up an epic and heroic resistance before Catalonia’s national liberties were… Read More


bobin lace

  Catalonia has preserved a great variety of arts and trades. All over the region traditional trades like lace cushion making, especially in Arboç, or palm leaves and ‘palmons’ (whitened palm leaf displayed on Palm Sunday) are still practiced. The trade of basket making or pottery and tile making has not been lost either, with… Read More


Barcelona is known for being one of the best cities in Europe to enjoy and participate in sports. The first foundation of a sports club in Barcelona was that of Cercle Equí (Horse Riding Club) in 1856. Since then, an important number of clubs have been created, such as Reial Club Nàutic de Barcelona, Futbol… Read More


Castellers - Human towers

  Castells – Human Towers Castells (castles) are the towers that the Castellers build in town squares using their own bodies. All kind of people take part in a Castell, regardless of age or size. Castellers form colles, which are associations of people who train and prepare the castells together. Each Castell is made up… Read More