Catalunya Local Customs

  • Les Quatre Barres in the streets.
    Les Quatre Barres in the streets.
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    Paulien is enjoying her stay at...
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  • "Les Quatre Barres."
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Catalunya Local Customs

  • Food / Drink

    Barcelona Local Customs

    The locals flock to get all they can of the ham and pasteries that abound around the city. We saw the real store that only sold the jamon, and yes; it is expensive no matter how you cut it, or how thin it is cut.

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  • Language

    Barcelona Local Customs

    Catalunya is a bilingual community. Everybody in Catalunya do speak Spanish (or Castellano as we prefer to call it here), but in fact NOT everybody do speak Catalan (about 60% in Barcelona, less in some industrial cities, and more inland Catalunya and smaller towns). Correction, not 100% of people in Catalunya do speak Spanish. I would better say...

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  • Sundays / La Sardana

    Barcelona Local Customs

    If you're in Barcelona on a Sunday, try to see the people dancing the Sardana, the Catalan national dance. Try near the Cathedral. When I saw people doing the Sardana it was in the afternoon in the park across from La Sagrada Familia.

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  • Tipping / Money Matters

    Barcelona Local Customs

    In some eating places, such as the popular Taller de Tapas, there is a 15% supplemental charge for sitting out on the terrassa. This doesn't seem to dissuade to many patrons as it seemed that the terrassa was always full and the inside there were always tables open. There are five Taller de Tapas places now in Barcelona. This was either the one in...

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  • People

    Barcelona Local Customs

    People from South Europe are always more relaxed than ones in North Europe. It seems in Catalonia as well – expression of emotions is higher, sometimes people simply don’t take too much stress about their lives – work, routine, time spending, time felling, and so on. It is, however, sometimes for North Europeans look like a not serious attitude of...

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  • Things Catalan

    Barcelona Local Customs

    In Catalunya, like in other parts of Spain, Italy and Southern France, the traditional Christmas decoration is a Nativity scene. It can be quite large, and a representation of the whole town of Bethlehem and surroundings. However, we Catalans added an extra character that is not found in the Nativity scenes of any other culture. This extra little...

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  • Street Entertainers

    Barcelona Local Customs

    At the harbor there was an unplanned dance going on to the tune of the music by a band. It brought many people to come over and look and some dance; old and new styles. Catalans like to dance and have flair

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  • City Highlights

    Barcelona Local Customs

    During the summer time from 15th to 21st of august, everybody are just waiting to celebrate the Gracia s Party called Fiesta major de Gracia. Gracia is a area in barcelona, this area seems to be quiet with small streets, but you can find a lot of young people how are dring and enjoying in bar, mostly at the Plaza del Sol and the beautiful Plaza de...

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  • Seasonal Events

    Barcelona Local Customs

    One of the most fun things you can ever take part in in Barcelona are the festes of one of the old municipalities. When I came to the city in 2005, I had the opportunity to take part in La Mercè, the old city's festes (late September). This time around, I was in Gràcia (the northern part of the city) for that area's Festa Major, and it was even...

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  • Sense of Time

    Barcelona Local Customs

    Many of the museums in Barcelona (such as the Contempary Art Museum) close early on Sunday. In general, the museums are closed all day Monday. If you want to go to the Picasso Museum on Sunday, get up REALLY early. The lines are a mile long. The department stores are closed. Food shops, if they do open, open much later than usual. The outdoor...

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  • Art / Architecture

    Barcelona Local Customs

    did travel some places,and now been in goulburn very old town,and very nice town. I am so happy because in this town i did won the second price for one of my painting,just learning for first time. we have also some very old and beautiful churches,and 2 gallery,a tafe,shops,and of cause the one my mum work in with me too somethimes is yots.

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  • History / Information

    Barcelona Local Customs

    Bullfight in Barcelona? No way, thanks God! Our autonomous Catalan Parliament voted for the ban of that barbaric activity. Since January this year bullfight has been banned in Barcelona and rest of Catalonia. Please take into account that Catalonia has an own culture, language and identity. If you think of Barcelona as a Spanish city, you will...

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  • Churches

    Barcelona Local Customs

    Christian churches - be they Protestant, Orthodox, or Catholic - are a vital part of Europe’s cultural, artistic, architectural, and religious heritage, and as such you are likely (and I really recommend doing this:)) ) to visit many of them. However, most of them are even today not only major tourist attractions, but also religious sites where...

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  • Day Trip

    Barcelona Local Customs

    After visiting monestery u can get on one of the hills by funicular or on foot.And from that spot there like 3 rutes.One - down to the monastery and two to some high spots in mountains.It's extremaly great trip.Great fillings when u step almostly infront of nowhere...u start to breathe more often, u get so much adrenalin!the highest spot what i...

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  • Buyers / Sellers

    Barcelona Local Customs

    I was surprised to see this sort of trade in a modern city I'm not keen on this sort of trade in animals or birds. There were traders selling ducklings - chickens - hens - pigeons as well as rabbits and other small animals for as little as 3 euros. The noise from the birds was deafening as they cried out from there little cages I do hope they don't...

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  • Sports

    Barcelona Local Customs

    What can I say? Football! We all know that this city has one of the biggest and richest football clubs in the world (and sport in general, Barcelona has also very successful basketball and handball clubs) The summer of 2010 Spain won for the first time the world cup and the party was on none stop.

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  • Jota

    In the south of Catalonia, although is also sardana as traditional dance, the tipycal dance is the jota. This is a dance that in diferents ways, they dance in all north of Spain. In this photo, when in Asc? is celebrating festivity of Sant Antoni, people dance this jota around a bonfire in the Church Square. Authentic tradition, who lead us to the...

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  • Diada de Sant Jordi (Saint George day)

    The Generalitat de Catalunya (Catalan Government) on 17th April of 1456 declared 23rd April as a Holiday, and 2 centuries later (1667) the Pope Climent IX approved it officially.Nowadays there is a nice custom consisting in: men give a rose to women and women give a book to men.On that day streets are plenty of stalls selling roses and books, what...

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  • The Catalan donkey

    This breed of donkey derives from the Equus asinus somaltensis or the Somalia donkey. This type later gave rise to the donkeys of the south west Asia and probably also the majority of European breeds, including the Catalan one. They are large animals, with an average height of 140cms and weight varying from 350kg to 450kg. The characteristic color...

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  • Sant Jordi's Day

    Saint Jordi’s Day, on 23rd April, is for me the most beautiful day in Catalunya. During this day we commemorate the legend of Saint George, the Saint patron of Catalunya. This is the story: there was a very very bad dragon that destroyed all the cultivations and houses of the village. An agreement was done between the king and this dragon: every...

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  • El porró!!!!

    The porró is a typical Catalan recipient made of glass used to drink wine but sometimes you can also see it filled with beer. The big hole is used to fill the porró with your favorite drink. The small one is used to drink. This is one of the few things sold in Les Rambles (and in other gift shops) that is really typical from Catalunya.Drinking...

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  • La Sardana

    La sardana és la dansa més bellade totes les danses que es fan i es desfan;és la mòbil magnífica anellaque amb pausa i amb mida va lenta oscil.lant. "The sardana is the most beautiful dance of all those dances that are done and undone ; it is the mobile and magnificent ring that with pause and measure slowly swings." These first words of Joan...

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  • La Barretina!

    La barretina is the traditional Catalan hat for men. Usually red (but sometimes also violet) and made of wool, it was very used specially in rural areas until the XIX th century. Nowadays you still can see it in local traditions like in sardanas. I have put here some pictures of some people still wearing the barretina ;-)

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  • Castells!

    Castells (or human towers) are typical constructions of the province of Tarragona but you can see them everywhere in Catalunya. The castells' world is very complex: there are different kinds of castles and every castle has its own name. The castles can reach 10 floors but the most usual castles have between 7 and 8 floors. The main parts of any...

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  • Guests Present For Hosts

    We see your from UK, well, Spaniards have sweet tooth, a box of chocolate will be welcomed and enjoyed! The guests soaps which go on super sale are well accepted and yet they are quite affordable! When it's intended for gifts, it's the easiest thing to pick up from the stores, unless your giving a royal family, that is when it can be a...

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  • More Besalu

    We parked our car in a car park to the south east of the town, there was no charge and from there you can see the bridge into Besalu. There is also a tourist information office there – You might also find that useful !!

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  • Besalu

    After leaving Ribes de Freser, we were heading south-east towards Gerona and we drove past the town of Besalu, it looked so magnificent that we simply Had to stop, The fortified bridge leading into the town is one of the most spectacular that I have ever seen !!Unfortunately we only had time for a whistle-stop look around the town, One day I would...

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  • Build up to a Festival in Ribes de...

    Unfortunately time was fast disappearing andthe roads were soon going to close so we had to say farewell to Ribes de Freser and this wonderful looking Fiesta :-(

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  • Build up to a Festival in Ribes de...

    As the morning wore on more and more Mannequins arrived, It looked as thought it was going to be an excellent Fiesta, Gemma from The Hotel Prats told me that The business’s in the town put out food and wine for all those taking part in the parade – it really sounded like a Great Day

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  • Build up to a Festival in Ribes de...

    When we were in Ribes de Freser there was a festival, People from all the surrounding towns and villages came along with Huge Models of People, theses were on a frame and someone walked with the “Mannequin” on top of them. Unfortunately we couldn’t stay for the parade proper as the road was going to be closed off and we had a long way to drive,...

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  • The town of Ribes de Freser

    Not exactly a local custom tip, but I wasn’t; exactly sure where to put this one !!The town of Ribes de Freser, I think that this is well worth a visit, It’s a delightful little town in the foothills of the Pyrenees, It has all the facilities you will need and makes a great base for either walking or skiing holidays depending on the season – Give...

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  • catalunyan breakfast.

    i went to have a very catalunyan breakfast after finishing the hot air balloon ride and that was very nice indeed.catalunyan breakfast mainly consists of various types of sussages and cheese.all topped up nicely with cold redwine.just what you need after a thrilling balloon ride.

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  • Jamon

    I have never in my life seen a simple food predominate the way ham seems to in Catalonia. Everywhere you go, almost every restaurant, in stores, in bars, and tapas places, you see hams hanging from the ceiling. Sometimes they have a small cup inserted and hung to catch any dripping grease, but oftentimes not. What they all seemto have in common is...

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  • Paella

    For those of you who don't know, paella is a rice dish cooked in a large, shallow pan. You can get different varieties, meat, seafood, vegetable, or some combination, but the seafood ones seem to be the most popular. Shown here is a seafood paella, which was delicious. the shrimp was some of the freshest I have ever tasted.A wise woman (Isabella...

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  • Torres Wines

    Torres is a brand of wine, though they also make brandy and probably a few other things. I put this tip here partly because Torres is a Catalan producer, and partly because it is very very common. You can find Torres wines in almost any restaurant, road stop or bar and it seems to be the most common tablewine out there. I like the tempranillo the...

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  • Xurreria

    I'm not sure if this is native Catalan or not, but these small, delightful churros stands are really great. Shown here is one in Barcelona, though it wasn't the best one we discovered. It has the distinction of being around when I had a chance to take a photo. Quite often they are outside in mobile vending stands.For those of you who don't know...

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  • Catalan vs Spanish II

    Here you have some figures about the use of Catalan language in Catalunya. (from Idescat, The Catalan goverment statitstics department)Statistics from 2003:First column is the so-called first language: Thelanguage learnt firstThe second column is the so-called “Llengua pròpia”, the language which the person considers its languageThe third column is...

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  • Catalan vs Spanish I

    I’ve seen more than one question in Barcelona and Catalunya forums related to Catalan language, or Catalan vs Spanish languages. Well, I’ll try to give some information about the Catalan language. Hope this helps.Maybe, the first question to say, is that everybody knows spanish in Catalunya, so don’t worry about it. You will be understood if you...

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  • Clotxa

    Very unknown food. You only will find it you go to Asc?, south of Catalonia, in 17th of Jannuary. In the festivity of Sant Antoni, people eat. It si "Pa de Pag?s" (peasant bred) with sardine, tomato, salt and oil.

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  • Talking with the locals

    Make sure that you understand a bit spain and also catalan. Some directions and names are only indicated in catalan, so better understand just a little bit. I was surprised that lots of people don't speak english or other languages. So I was forced to speak my little bit of spanish and some words in catalan (which I learnt here from vt). But people...

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  • El porró. Another way to drink wine.

    This is a quite old and curious object typical from Catalonia.It's a kind of big glass/botle/jar with to holes, one big to refill and the small one to drink.Always wine, of course!!Try it! it seems easier than it is... try to don't spill a single drop!! ;))

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  • Calçotada

    When the end of winter arrives, a lot of people in Catalonia goes to the field to eat a food named "calçot". I think has no translation in another language then catalan. Is a kind of tender onion that you must to eat like the foto shows. When you taste it, you'll repeat every year.

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  • 11 de Setembre. Our national day

    More than 4000 catalans were killed by the french-spanish Felipe V troops in 1714. All Catalan institutions were closed. September 11th of 1714: Unfortunately Catalonia lost its sovereignty. Nowadays we are still an ocuppied nation.September 11th is the Catalonia national day, we celebrate the resistance.

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  • Castellers (Human Towers)

    Castell means castle in Catalan. The aim of Castellers is to build human towers; there are a lot of different figures with different skill levels. This tradition is around two centuries old.This activity is unique around the world. Maybe it looks like simple but it requires a high technique and level of knowledge. It’s quite dangerous because not...

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  • Take care with the "nation" concept

    You should know about the "small problem" between Catalonia and Spain...Many years ago, Catalonia (together with other regions) had its own government. Because of historical reasons (out of our matter, here we are for travelling ;-)) Catalonia is now governed by Spain, and it dislikes many catalans (not all of them), while also some spaniards may...

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