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Rooftop bar parties anyone?

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During the Sònar Festival in Barcelona some hotels host parties in their rooftop bar terraces. Check the festival schedule for further information. But for a more relaxed time, many of the most famous and emblemati...

What exactly is a Festa Major -the town’s craziest block party- ?

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A Festa Major (roughly translated as The Major Festival) is a sort of annual street party celebrated in most cities, neighbourhoods, towns and villages throughout Catalonia. Each one of them has its own festa major an...

NatuPark, an adventure park for the whole family

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Natupark is situated in 3 hectares of pine forest in Cerdanyola del Vallès, 20 km. (12 mi.) from Barcelona and is reachable by train (plus a short walk!). It  also features 4 swimming pools and a restaurant. With wood...

Museu Marítim (Maritime Museum)

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Since 1929, the Museu Marítim de Barcelona has built up a major collection of exhibits which are illustrative of Catalan seafaring culture and make it easier to understand the factors that influenced the country’s mar...

Mataró

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More information: http://www.mataro.cat/portal/en/ http://www.costadebarcelonamaresme.cat/?idioma=5 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Matar%C3%B3 How to get there from Barcelona Other videos: Details of the t...

Escaping the city to the Vall d’Aran

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A nice video from a couple from Barcelona escaping a few days to the mountains of the Pyrenees, in the comarca (county) of Vall d'Aran, located at the top left corner of Catalonia (and also the wonderful area of Font ...

TV Documentary: Barcelona from the air

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The audio is in Catalan yet the video, despite its quality is not so good, is worth presenting as it gives a general view from the air of the different neighbourhoods of Barcelona. Video: © Edmundo Tavares Source:...

The Tarragona province

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Several popular destinations are located in the province, from its Roman capital Tarragona to the hotspots of Salou or Cambrils but also a world class amusement park at Port Aventura, near Salou, or medieval towns lik...

Tossa de Mar

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Tossa de Mar is a municipality located on the Costa Brava. In 966 Tossa was ceded by Count Miró of Barcelona to the Abbey of Ripoll. Some two centuries later, in 1187 Tossa was granted its charter by the Abbot of Ripo...

Roses

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More information: http://www.roses.cat/ -official town site. In Catalan only. http://visit.roses.cat/ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roses,_Girona How to get there from Barcelona Video: © spain-holiday.com S...

Port Aventura amusement park

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Port Aventura is a theme park and a resort located 100 km. (62 mi.) south of Barcelona, in Salou, on the Costa Daurada. It attracts around 4 million visitors per year making it the most visited theme park in Spain and...

Salou

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The name of this town, Salou in Catalan, is often mispronounced by tourists, it's "sah-loh-oo". Note that the famous amusement park of Port Aventura is located only a few kilometres from Salou. More information: ...

L’Estartit

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More information: http://www.visitestartit.com/ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/L'Estartit How to get there from Barcelona Video: © spain-holiday.com Source: http://spain-holiday.com  

L’Escala

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Also worth paying a visit to the nearby ruins of the old Greek settlement of Empúries located merely 3 km. (1.5 mi.) from the centre of L'Escala. More information: http://www.visitlescala.com/EN/47/Home.html ht...

La Torre del Remei in the Pyrenees

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In the Catalan Pyrenees, in the town of Bolvir de Cerdanya, next to the Cadí nature reserve, surrounded by three hectares of gardens with magnificent sequoias, a little palace of the modernist style is transformed tod...

Museu de Cera (Wax Museum)

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The Museu de Cera de Barcelona (Wax Museum) provides an opportunity to meet over 300 personalities, both real and fictitious, from all periods of history. Against a backdrop of authentic sets, audiovisuals and realist...

MIBA, museum of inventions

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The Miba (Museu d'Idees i Invents de Barcelona, the Barcelona Museum of Ideas and Inventions) is conveniently located at the heart of the city, in the centre of the Barri Gòtic, near Plaça Sant Jaume. Don't expect ...

Aeri del Port (cable car)

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The Aeri del Port (cable car) was designed to link the 1929 Universal Exhibition in Montjuïc with its seafaring section. However, works were not completed until 1931.During the Spanish Civil War (1936-39), it was shut...

Barcelona’s cultural and service information brought for free to your smartphone

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BCN Visual and BCN Cultural are two free smartphone apps to help you better understand the historical Barcelona and enjoy cultural events. The Barcelona City Council offers many more free apps to its citizens and visi...

Nit dels Museus (Museum Night)

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La Nit dels Museus (Museum Night) is an initiative promoted by the European Council in which more than 3000 museums from over 40 countries participate. Initially originated in France. It has been held in Barcelona ...

Sònar Electronic Music Festival

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Sònar is a three-day electronic and advanced music festival. It was founded in Barcelona in 1994 and is celebrating its 20th anniversary in 2013, with four festivals taking place in four different cities: Barcelona, T...

Guided literary and thematic walk tours

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Creating tours that are interesting and educational for visitors and locals alike is a challenge every city, historic site or landmark faces. In every city there are plenty of typical tours showing the neighbourhoods,...

Saló del Manga, an anime and manga convention

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The Saló del Manga de Barcelona is an international exhibition featuring, as always, the best and most representative pieces from the world of Anime, Manga, and Japanese culture in general. For the second year runn...

Cases de la Festa

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Sardana, gegants, castellers,  balls de bastons, dance troupes and hawks, among others, are the stars of the Catalan heritage, a show of regular performances of traditional and popular culture. Barcelona has an active...

Grec Arts and Music Festival

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The Grec Arts and Music Festival of Barcelona is an international theatre, dance, music and circus festival celebrated in July. Over the course of its history, the festival has become not only the major summer att...

Nits a la fresca in summer

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Nits a la fresca is a music program celebrated during summer months in two separate scenarios "Nits d’estiu a La Pedrera" (Summer nights at La Pedrera), a series of summer jazz concerts on roof of Casa Milà and "Nits ...

Piknic Electronic Barcelona Festival

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Piknic Electronic is about enjoying  a day at the park listening to great DJ music on Sunday afternoons and evenings in Barcelona. Piknic Electronic is an outdoor open air electronic music and picnic festival for the ...

Music at the parks

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During June, July and August every year many parks of the city of Barcelona are fill with music. Concerts and small format performances are hosted in some of the most emblematic parks and gardens of the city. These ar...

Monestir de Pedralbes

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Barcelona's Museu-Monestir de Pedralbes (Pedralbes Monastery) is considered to be one of the finest examples of Catalan Gothic architecture and allows us to see the artistic legacy preserved by the community of nuns f...

Areas: Sarrià

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Note that Sarrià is a neighbourhood located within the Sant Gervasi-Bonanova district. Hidden in the back of Barcelona city is Sarrià [pronounced "sah-ree-ah". A gorgeous old town not too many foreigners know about...

Catalans and food

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Sure, Barcelona has become a cauldron of culinary kookiness, with the foams and froths of master chef Ferran Adrià and his disciples. But you can still get a taste of yesteryear and traditional Catalan cooking. Tradit...

Recipes: Chicken with mushrooms

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Pollastre amb bolets (chicken with mushrooms) is a traditional recipe made in many countries and with many variations. The video presents the typical Catalan way of cooking this recipe at home. Pan-roasting is the ...

Recipes: fideuà

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Fideuà has become one of the most popular meals in Catalonia. It is based in fried thin noodles, boiled with fish broth and served with ‘allioli’. Its origin is supposed to be valencian –due to its wrong orthography, ...

Recipes: duck with pears

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Ànec amb peres (duck with pears) is a traditional Catalan recipe that mixes salty and sweet taste. It's typically cooked on 'Festa Major' day (town celebration day) basically in Girona counties, but spread to all Cata...

Recipes: homemade Catalan Easter cake

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The Mona de Pasqua (Easter cake) is a sweet pastry typical of Catalonia, generally decorated with hard-boiled eggs. This pastry is called "mona" - monkey in Catalan- because it's said the first ones had the shape of t...

A typical calçotada in Valls

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What are many of your Catalan friends doing next Sunday? From November to April, chances are they are meeting for a calçotada, a traditional party consisting mainly of eating calçots, that is, sweet onions typical fro...

Recipe: Romesco sauce, the secret ingredient to eat calçots

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As the legend goes, a 19th-century Catalan farmer was out experimenting in his fields when he came up with a new kind of longer, juicier green onion, the calçot (pronounced "kal-sot"). In creating the onion, the farme...

Recipes: canalons

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Canalons is the classic version originating from Italian immigrants during the nineteenth century, it is also worth noting that Sardinia was once part of the Catalan ‘empire’ (Catalan can still be heard in Alghero) al...

Recipes: crema catalana

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Traditionally, crema catalana ("Catalan cream") or crema cremada ("Burnt cream") was made only on St Joseph’s Day (the Catalan equivalent of Father’s Day), on 19 March, by grannies and maiden aunts. These days, there ...

Recipes: Escalivada

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Escalivada, a roasted vegetable dish is typical from the regions of Catalonia and Aragon. Its name comes from a verb in Catalan meaning "to roast in the embers." It is a simple dish, with rural origins, made from...