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Spain 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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  • Culture

    Madrid Local Customs

    In Spain, there's no need for a special reason to go out and celebrate, it's seems like the city is always prepare to go out and have good time. In Madrid, the official fiestas , by calender , are all through the year. It is different from city to city, but basically , you can find everything almost everywhere.

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  • Semana Santa

    Sevilla Local Customs

    In Seville, they take Holy Week very seriously. Every day, at different times during the day, there are parades, and here is what usually happens for each parade: Groups of nazarenos in robes with pointed hoods (if you see them, don't freak out, they're not the KKK!) holding candles exit the church the parade comes from. Some of them walk barefoot...

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  • FREE TAPAS

    Granada Local Customs

    We'd read about this, but didn't expect it to be as good as it sounds ... but it is ! We went into 5 bars, and in each one we had different tapas with each beer. Now granted they were not all to our taste, but it would be extremely churlish to object to free nosh. Highlights were tortilla, dressed mussells, serrano ham & crisps and bread and...

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  • A matter of Lingo

    Palma de Mallorca Local Customs

    In Mallorca, anything goes. You will see old men at cafes drinking beer at ten in the morning, and young people going home from clubbing at four. There is supposedly a drinking age, but no one seems to abide by it. They are, for the most part, very nice to foreigners, and many of the people living in Mallorca are British or German expatriats....

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  • Food & Drinks

    Majorca Island Local Customs

    We just returned from Cala Millor resort and had been surprised to discover that practically noone was eating in the diners even as late as 9pm. Tourists and locals were mainly sipping on their drinks for the whole evening. But the meals are still available at any time of the day, so no shame in eating at the time convenient for you. Just don't be...

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  • Carnival

    Cadiz Local Customs

    All week long there is always something different to do and see. On the First Saturday there is a Cabalgata (parade) and a kiddie pageant. the Goddess of Carnival is also elected. On Sunday there is the Choirs mentioned before in Plaza Topete. On the Monday or Tuesday you can see the burning of the God of Carnival (Momo) in Plaza San Antonio in...

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  • The Feria del Caballos

    Jerez de la Frontera Local Customs

    The Feria del Caballo - (Horse Fair) which is held annually in early May in Jerez was a highlight of our holiday. If you want to see a real Andalucian festival with flamenco dress, equestrian pride and passion, and the sheer, almost hedonistic, enjoyment of life of southern Spain, come to the Feria. We were joined by Carmen and Stace and Hansi and...

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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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  • Gastronomy

    Madrid Local Customs

    In our eyes, Madrid has more dogs walking on the streets and more places to eat and drink per capita than most other cities. Most of the shops are open in the morning, close for siesta from about 2:00 to 5:00 in the afternoon, and are open again from 5:00 to 9:00. Restaurants follow the morning schedule but don’t open for evening meals until 9:00...

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  • Alcoholic Beverages

    Sevilla Local Customs

    Sangria is lovely, because it has lots of fruit in it and I am a big fan of fruit. It is however, rather hard to get hold of Sevilla, if you don`t know where to go. On Calle Mateus Gago, the bar after Las Columnas, they have one of the best Sangrias I found in Sevilla, but they do also run out of it towards the end of the night! As a super...

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  • FESTIVALS

    Granada Local Customs

    Having been to Andalusia and haven't seen flamenco? Impossible! I advise you to visit Albayzin flamenco theatre and enjoy yourself with great concert. The Tablao Flamenco Albayzin is located at the top of the Albaicín quarter of Granada close to the Mirador de San Cristobal, a plaza overlooking the Alhambra and the city center. You can watch my 3...

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  • Luxury produce

    Palma de Mallorca Local Customs

    This street, storekeeper, is the equivalent of the Rue de Rivoli in Paris. Under the arcades one recovers all stores of luxury and the big dressmakers who settled in Palma. It is therefore there that it is necessary for you to go if you wish to acquire dresses, coats or clothes of couture. It is also there that you will find jewelries and big...

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  • Language

    Cadiz Local Customs

    Angango: People that usually wear lots of gold and shout and fight about everything and anything. Aro- Shortened from the Castillano word claro which means 'of course'. Bastinazo- An extremely large amount something, perhaps too much! Cambembo- Wobbly or out of shape Carajote- A born idiot Cosqui- A hit on the head using knuckles. Chochito-...

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  • Language and Local Customs

    Jerez de la Frontera Local Customs

    In the Cadiz province no one pronounces the any S in any word. So for example Despues becomes Depue and Estoy becomes Etoy or even toy. This is very useful when you are trying to understand what people are saying. The other thing you should watch out for is the way they 'eat' certain words and past participle endings. For example. Estado become...

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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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  • Local Festivities

    Madrid Local Customs

    the 3 Wise Kings, or Los 3 Reyes Magos or simply the Reyes Magos. From my Spanish Catholic tradition it is the day where we give our gifts to our children, as the Wise Kings gave it in honor of the new born child Jesus. Over the years my travels my nationalities I have mix all tradition where we do follow up with all . In my other country of...

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  • April Fair

    Sevilla Local Customs

    Next to the Feria you find a huge lunapark, called "Calle del Infierno" - Hell's street. When you walk around there you understand why it got this name. You can find merry go rounds but also some spectacular and impressive machinery that only seems to have the objective to get your head spinning, by going round and round and upside down.

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  • SIESTA

    Granada Local Customs

    Shops usually open fom about 9 in the morning and close at 2pm (in Spain the morning (mañana) is considered to be up to 2pm not 12pm). They then open again in the afternoon at about 5:30-6 until 9-9:30.In Spain there is no evening time they call it afternoon (tarde) right up to nightime (noche). Many shops may close Saturay afternoons and all day...

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  • Relics

    Cadiz Local Customs

    the business of the relics at the Medieval times was very important. A good church or cathedral with a relic had a promising future and many incomes. Here the one in Cadiz had two, this one is from San Servando, and no, I have no idea who was him lol

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  • Fiestas de Otono

    Jerez de la Frontera Local Customs

    During the autumn festival in September, the bars in Jerez participate in a competition called Tapa Centro. Over 50 bars take part, and a booklet is published giving the list of bars, their locations and their specialities. There is a voting form in the booklet for which bar you think has the best tapas. The booklet is available from the tourist...

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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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  • Entertainement

    Madrid Local Customs

    During my weekend in Madrid, I enjoyed listening to, and watching the various musicians, playing on the streets of Madrid. Three of my favourites were the trio in my 1st picture, who played near El Corte Ingles off Sol - it was bitterly cold, but they soon warmed up the gathered crowd, with some recognisable tunes, I recorded some of their music,...

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  • Flamenco

    Sevilla Local Customs

    I am by no means an expert on Flamenco, so I would ask you to research a little yourself - you might want to start with the link I gave you below! Flamenco is not the happy, outgoing way of dancing, but it is rather a very expressive form of dance. You usually have a singer, a guitarist and maybe a percussionist and the dancer. As I understood...

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  • THE ALHAMBRA

    Granada Local Customs

    It's a pity I couldn't rememeber the text from a lovely song about Granada which I heard in the Alixaris restaurant, which is close to Carmen de los Martires Gardens, Alhambra, and Palacio de Generalife. The singers were very good! You can watch my 4 min 43 sec about Video Granada Alhambra Alixares restaurant out of my Youtube channel or here on...

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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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  • Siesta

    Sevilla Local Customs

    One of the customs I love about Spain is that they "take time out to smell the roses". SIESTA TIME is a time-honoured tradition that most Spanish cities adhere to. Make sure you get everything you need as at 2 o'clock most shops close, so the employees can go home to their families for a few hours. It's such a wonderful idea. Maybe we should adopt...

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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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  • Tapas and other food

    Sevilla Local Customs

    Jamon Iberico is a cured ham which is produced in Portugal and Spain. You will find it hanging in restaurants and tapas bars. The ham comes from free-range accord fed pigs and is sliced very thinly. It has been described as ‘the best ham in the world’.

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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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  • Shopping

    Sevilla Local Customs

    Even if your interest about animals is only collateral, visiting the colorful pet market of Alfalfa Square is a powerful and intense experience that I strongly recommend. The combination of the bustling activity of the market, along with the soft spot I have for animals, made it one of my fondest memories from Sevilla. The market takes place every...

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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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  • Bullfighting

    Sevilla Local Customs

    Whatever your views on Bullfighting I still think I would like to see a Bull fight for myself. Not for any macho reason, just to try and understand the Spainish culture some more. Right or wrong I like to respect other people's culture's and only when I've seen a Bull fight can I really makeup my mind. Seville's famous bullring is arguably the...

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • The National crop - Olives

    Olives are not only Spain's main agricultural product but also the basis for most of its cuisine. Most dishes are prepared with Olive Oil and a standard appetizer is a plate of olives.

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  • vosotros

    You have been studying your Spanish and you are confident that you have mastered at least a few Spanish words and phrases. Suddenly, you're in Spain and you are hearing them use the word "vosotros"-you can't make heads or tails of it.Vosotros is the second person plural in Spanish. Generally, only Spaniards still use this actively. In Latin America...

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  • Police in Spain

    It is a bit confusing to the visitor. There are three main law enforcement bodies in Spain, aside from the tourist police.Guarda Civil- they wear green uniforms and are a national body. They are mainly responsible for national security, crowd control at large events, customs. One Spaniard I talked to more or less compared them to the FBI here in...

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  • A little language thing- police

    This tip is something I ran across in Spain. I find it interesting that the way that I heard Spaniards say that they would have to call the police. In Spanish they say "le voy a denunciar a la policia" which means "I'm going to denounce you to the police." I found it interesting that they way of referring to it still exists. A Latin American would...

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