Halloween in Barcelona

Every year, around this time, Halloween arrives to our streets with pumpkin and spooky decorations displayed in shops. However much fun Halloween can be, it is an imported tradition that arrived with all the promotion from TV and films. So what are our own Catalan traditions around this time? When it starts to get cold… 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


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


2013 Museum Night Poster.

Museums give us the opportunity of preserving and displaying our history and knowledge. The ICOM (International Council of Museums) organizes the International Museum Day annually, a world event that this year takes place on Saturday 18th of May. This year’s motto is “MUSEUMS (memory + creativity)=SOCIAL CHANGE”, and has a range of activities including open doors days,… Read More


Paral·lel Avenue, 1894-1939

  Staging a production as abundant as surprising, this exhibition explains why a new entertainment area emerged in the city, leading the weight of the theatrical performances in Barcelona over 40 years. El Paral·lel emerges from the project to extend the city designed by Ildefons Cerdà. Once opened in 1894, this avenue was a leisure… Read More