Rosa de Sant Jordi

Saint George is not only the patron saint of England but of Catalonia too. For that reason, April 23 is a day of big celebration. Although it is not a holiday day, people live it as if it was. On the day of St. George there is the tradition of giving women a rose as… Read More


Chocolate

The origins of chocolate can be found in Mexico, most likely in 1500 BC. Both the Mayans and the Aztecs had consumed cocoa mixed with water and other plants during ceremonies held by the high classes. The Aztecs even used it as a currency unit, and associated it with the goddess of fertility. It was… Read More


La Pedrera - Urban Sketchers

The Urban Sketchers is a non profit organization of artists that get together to draw scenes of their city. This is their manifesto: 1. We draw on location, indoors or out, capturing what we see from direct observation. 2. Our drawings tell the story of our surroundings, the places we live and where we travel. 3.… Read More


The oldest fair devoted to Nativity scenes and Christmas traditions will celebrate this month its 225th edition (1786-2012). As every year, the Fira de Santa Llúcia will take place in front of and around the Gothic Cathedral in Barcelona and will be opened from November 25 till December 23. The programme this year includes a… Read More


Christmas lights in Barcelona

Christmas will come a little bit earlier this year to Barcelona. The traditional illumination of Christmas, known as “Les llums de Nadal” has been planned one week in advance to make it coincide with The Shopping Night of Barcelona. The Christmas lights will be switched on by the Mayor of Barcelona, some big Christmas trees… 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