Local traditions and culture in Barcelona

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    by sue_stone Written Feb 26, 2007

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    One of my sister Alison's favourite things about her first trip to Barcelona (and Spain for that matter) was churros! Churros are a fried dough snack that originated in Spain, and are popular for breakfast or a snack throughout the day.

    A churro is a high fat treat. The dough is squeezed out through a machine called a 'churrera', and this creates long, ridged bits of dough. They are then fried in oil until they are crunchy on the outside and a little doughy still in the middle.

    The best way to eat them is to dip them in hot chocolate - how evil is that!!

    We came across a fabulous old churrerias - a shop specialising in them - and couldn't resist an afternoon snack : )

    Churros A churrerias Hot chocolate and churros
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    Here kitty kitty!

    by seamandrew Updated Nov 24, 2003

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    I was a bit shocked to see this in such a large city, but there were countless stray cats roaming the city. Especially near Montju?c and Palau Nacional. They're all so cute, but you can't help feel bad for these little creatures. I'm not sure if this large stray population can be attributed to negligence on behalf of the city's government or just an uncontrollable problem.

    This little kitty was minding its own business, answering a call to mother nature, when all of a sudden it realized it was also posing for VT'ers all around the world!

    Say meow!

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    Weather Forecast

    by DPando Written Jul 21, 2005

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    take a look these pages...the first show a rain radar for Catalunya update every 12 minutes
    The second one is just the forecast for next days



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    Fira de Sant Ponc - May 11 every year

    by Misha_abq Written Jun 3, 2007

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    Sant Ponc is the saint for beekeepers and herbalists. As an outdoor market aficionado--I live for this bit of local custom. On May 11, you walk through the Carerrer de L'Hospital and the narrow cobblestone street is filled with dozens of different booths selling honeys, candied fruit booths, and herbs. The herbalists display stuff for all you aches and pains and several beekeepers brought closed frames with the bees inside. It was intoxicating and delightful with ambiance.

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    The best patatas bravas ever in Barcelona!!

    by Elisabcn Updated Aug 20, 2009

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    As most of the VTers may know, patatas bravas is a typical dish in the Spanish diet, especially during summer when people like to eat them with a fresh beer.
    The question has always been on the streets without a general agreement: where in Barcelona can we eat the bests patatas bravas??
    Now the scientific study has arrived! Some months ago a journalist "sacrificed himself" elevating his tryglicerids level and did a kind of ranking about bravas. He judged separately the patata and the sauce (score in red). Here I show you the top five:

    5. Resolis: in the heart of Raval with peel and basil
    PRICE 4,80 €. Riera Baixa, 22 (Ciutat Vella) Telf.: 93 441 29 48
    PATATA 9,5 / SAUCE 9,25

    4. La Esquinita: one hour line to taste them!
    PRICE 3,25 €. Fabra i Puig, 296 (Turó de la Peira) Telf.: 93 358 25 19
    PATATA 9,5 / SAUCE 9,5

    3. Tomás: long and very famous patates braves
    PRICE 2,20 €. Major de Sarrià, 49 (Sarrià) Telf.: 93 203 10 77
    PATATA 9,75 /SAUCE 9,75

    2. Mandri: Terrasse ‘high class’
    PRICE 2,40 €. Mandri, 60 (Sant Gervasi-La Bonanova) Telf.: 93 417 11 29
    PATATA 9,75 /SAUCE 9,75

    THE VERY BEST!: La Taverna del Clínic
    Cylindrical patatas covered with a kind of pink sauce, soft, and black sesame and salt of Meldon. No words to define these patatas bravas: just taste them!!
    PRICE 4,50 €. Rosselló, 155 (Esquerra de l’Eixample) Telf.: 93 410 42 21
    PATATA 10 /SAUCE 10

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    Escriba - Chocolate shop

    by Danalia Written Jan 22, 2011

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    If you wear size S or Petit, and want to keep it, then just keep going and don't get in, but if you got some sence and good taste then you must get into thas Cocolate shop from the Antonio Escriba chain stores of Chocolate.
    Some amazing chocolate they create over there, and its makes you feel like buying every little thing they have.

    Add: Calle Gran Via de les Corts Catalanes Eixample 546
    open Monday-Friday from 08:00-15:00 and 17:00-21:00
    Saturday and Sunday: 08:00-21:00

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    Talk to someone who knows!

    by Jerelis Written Mar 18, 2009

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    I guess we all agree on this on; there is nothing more exciting than going travelling - exploring another country, experiencing a different culture, travelling around in new ways, sampling the local cuisine and chatting to the local people for a different perspective on life.

    However during our travels we learned that there is one certain thing that you should be aware of and prepared for to make sure that the trip is as easy and enjoyable as possible. We always try to see everything once we're there, but this is not always an act of responsible travelling. We always talk to the locals and we know that they have the information about just the right spots to visit and how to undertake them. It will not only enhance your experiences but also avoid any unnecessary hassles.

    For us the travel tips we have written in this section made the most of our travel experience and we came home in the same happy, healthy state that we left.

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    Cervaseria Catalana

    by Danalia Updated Jan 22, 2011

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    Cerveseria Catalana is a bar where you can find a big range of beer from all over the world .
    The place also serve Tapas that defiantly worth trying it.
    The bar is open from Monday till friday between 08:00AM - 01:30AM
    and from Saturday - Sunday from 09:00AM - 01:30AM

    Add: Calle Mallorca 236

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    Red hot Chili Choco

    by Danalia Updated Jan 22, 2011

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    Red pepper in a cup of hot Choco drink, Fantastic Moka-Espresso , in the "La Granja" , which is kind of milky bar with the expertise of making chocolate drinks .

    Add: Calle Banys Nous 4
    open from 09:30-14:30, and after a typical siesta break they re-open from 16:00-21:00

    On saturday open from 09:30-02:00AM
    On Sunday open from 17:00-22:00

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    "Els Mercats" - Typical catalan markets

    by EmilianoCV Written Nov 17, 2006

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    In every neighborhood of Barcelona and Catalunya you will have these popular markets where you will find the most fresh food, vegetables and meat, and all over household products.

    The most famous one is "La Boqueria" in the Ramblas, but it is not necessary my favourite.

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    The local Football Club Barcelona, "El Barça"

    by EmilianoCV Written Nov 16, 2006

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    FC Barcelona is one of the leading football clubs in the world. The last 4 years have been fantastics the FC Barcelona. With Ronaldinho, Eto´o and Messi doing goals and more goals, FCB won every championship they played. Barça is very popular down here, although you have also the Reial Club Espanyol in the city.

    Enjoy visiting their stadium, "Camp Nou" and buying some presents from the many "Barça Botigas" you will find.

    My son is a FC Barcelona fun. But first of all he is a fun of the Argentina football team (see the picture) and of course, Boca Juniors from Buenos Aires.

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    Cava tasting and tour in Catalunya

    by gwened Written Jan 23, 2013

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    you have 7 days so depends how you schedule your time. HOwever, I never take tours. Some CAva ask for appoinntments and other dont. You need to choose the ones you like and call ahead to be sure or see their website for details


    they are the most popular there

    Restaurants are many and many cuisines and budgets, best to look at destinations above right for Barcelona restaurants see the tips by posters like us and choose the ones you like, then can come back for update details here; also my Spain page.

    Hope it helps

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    by xinoxano Written Jun 6, 2008

    The night of 23 June is a major festivity in Barcelona (also in the rest of Catalonia and other regions on the Mediterranean Coast).

    In the past children used to gather all sorts of old and useless furniture and wood and set bonfires on the street at that night. Now it is more restricted because of security measures and those bonfires must be allowed by the City Council.

    Many locals organize a lot of privat parties at home and many other people do beach parties, as you wrote.

    There are fireworks everywhere on that night. Here there are no fireworks on New Year's Eve, as in the rest of the world, but on 24th June.

    Sant Joan in fact is a pagan festivity disguised with a Christian celebration (just like Xmas o Easter), as it represents the summer solscite, so it is celebrated in a lot of places, not only on the Mediterranean cost but also in Portugal.

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  • Spanish pop music

    by euskaldun Updated Jan 8, 2010

    I know you guys will not agree with me, but I believe the only "hot" thing in the Spanish music scene at the moment is Tata Golosa (outside electronic music, that is). I suspect we do not share the same taste, but anyway, I will give it a try. In terms of sales, I think the most popular artist at the moment is Mónica Naranjo, a great diva popular in the gay scene.

    For pop music, I rate bands like Dover or Amaral above the average. La Oreja de Van Gogh have just made a comeback with a new vocalist and their same drippy style. They will no doubt be a great success. These have all female vocalists, so they can't be your guy either.

    To my disbelief, geriatric singers like Sabina, Manolo García, Serrat are still doing well in the charts (but they are definitely not the "young" fella you are looking for). And so do blue-collar rumba-pop bands like Estopa or Fito & los Fitipaldis. Not that I personally like to listen to that stuff, even in the worst of my nightmares, though.

    Possibly, by Spanish style you are referring to flamenco fusion groups and artists like Pitingo, Chambao, El Arrebato, etc. They are quite popular now and foreigners usually like them.

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    Estrella Damm - Beer in Barcelona

    by littlesam1 Written Sep 17, 2009

    Mark and I are beer drinkers. When we travel we love to discover local beers and give them a taste. One of the beers we found in Barcelona was Estrella Damm. I really like it and found it sitting on my table many times when I would pause for a rest from walking the streets of Barcelona.

    Estrella Damm

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