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New Year’s Eve party in Barcelona 2016

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Our city might not be as big as London, New York or Paris, nor our fireworks as spectacular as Singapore, Beijing or Tokyo, nor will they break any Guinness records like Dubai's, nor are we the first one to celebrate ...

The pyromusical of La Mercè 2016

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[tentblogger-youtube akB-GJemO-s] La Mercè is Barcelona's biggest festival, celebrated to honour the city's patroness saint, Mercè: concerts, traditions and family activities that you won't want to miss. It's celeb...

Some say Catalans are cold and distant and far too serious…

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Catalans, who banned in disgust bullfighting in 2012 and whose sedate national dance, the sardana, is unruffled by passion, are serious, hardworking people. Some associate them with northern Europeans rather than with...

New Year’s Eve party in Barcelona 2013

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Our city might not be as big as London, New York or Paris, nor our fireworks as spectacular as Singapore, Beijing or Tokyo, nor will they break any Guinness records like Dubai's, nor are we the first one to celebrate ...

The pyromusical of La Mercè 2014

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La Mercè is Barcelona's biggest festival, celebrated to honour the city's patroness saint, Mercè: concerts, traditions and family activities that you won't want to miss. It's celebrated for five days nearly at the end...

La Mercè Festival 2014

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La Mercè is Barcelona’s biggest festival, celebrated to honour the city’s patron saint: concerts, traditions and family activities that you won’t want to miss. This year (2014) is celebrated between September 19th and...

Training to become a ‘casteller’

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We're in Barcelona to learn about the art of human castles. In this video, we meet the Castellers de Barcelona who explain the culture and tradition behind the sport and why it has become a passion for so many in the ...

Catifes de Flors (floral carpets) in Sitges

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The Corpus Christi Festival is one of the prettiest events in Sitges. The streets of the town covered in murals made from flower petals as part of a long standing tradition. On Saturday evening the preparations begin....

23th April: Sant Jordi’s Day

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Hard to understand for those who have never experienced it, Saint George's Day is a popular festive day when book and rose stalls, and, above all, floods of people, take over the streets of all Catalan towns and villa...

Holy Week in Girona

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WHEN: Western Easter Week More information: http://www.girona.cat/turisme/eng/activitats.php Video: © Ssantatarragona Source: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W3CMXZtu_G8

Easter Week in Tarragona

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Some glimpses of the processions can be seen from minute 3' onwards. Part 2 of the video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oxhGAn7HR2k WHEN: Western Easter Week More information: http://www.ssantatarragona.o...

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...

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...

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...

Barcelona town hall facade lit-up during La Merce Festival

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**WARNING** This video contains flash photography Barcelona town hall facade lit-up during a lights show at La Mercè Festival, the city's biggest festival, celebrated to honour the city’s patron saint: concerts, tr...

Verges’ Dance of the Death

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The town of Verges, near Girona, is famous for its Dansa de la Mort (Catalan for "Dance of the Death" or "Macabre Dance") celebrations every Holy Week, probably the last remaining Dance of Death in Europe, performed u...

Holy Week Verges’ Procession

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The town of Verges, near Girona, is famous for its Dansa de la Mort ("Dance of the Death" or "Macabre Dance") celebrations every Holy Week, probably the last remaining Dance of Death in Europe, performed uninterrupted...

Street decoration in the Gràcia area

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Barcelona has long been known as a hedonist's paradise but the refined neighbourhood of Gràcia can, to the casual observer, seem an unlikely place to find the city's biggest annual street party. By day, when the area ...

La Mercè TV spot

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La Mercè is Barcelona’s biggest festival, celebrated to honour the city’s patron saint: concerts, traditions and family activities that you won’t want to miss. It’s celebrated between September 20th and 24th. WHEN?...

The pyromusical of La Mercè 2013

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La Mercè is Barcelona's biggest festival, celebrated to honour the city's patroness saint, Mercè: concerts, traditions and family activities that you won't want to miss. It's celebrated between September 20th and 24th...

Catalonia

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Welcome to Catalonia! Catalonia (or Catalunya) is a nation that covers an area of 32,000 km² in the northeast of Spain. It has borders with France and Andorra to the north, Aragon to the west and Valencia to the so...