Barcelona Local Customs

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  • 1. Sundays / La Sardana

    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...

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  • 2. Language

    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...

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  • 3. People

    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...

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  • 4. Tipping / Money Matters

    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...

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  • 5. Food / Drink

    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...

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  • 6. Street Entertainers

    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...

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  • 7. Sense of Time

    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...

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  • 8. Seasonal Events

    I knew before I arrived in Barcelona that my arrival date, 23rd April, was the festival Sant Jordi. St George is the Catalan patron saint and this festival seems to be their version of St Valentines...

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  • 9. Things Catalan

    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...

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  • 10. Art / Architecture

    Not far from our hotel near the Sant Andreu Arenal Station there was a statue located on a little grassy hill. The statue was of two horse drawn chariots with two riders - one male; one female. The...

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  • 11. City Highlights

    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...

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  • 12. History / Information

    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...

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  • 13. Day Trip

    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...

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  • 14. Sports

    Futbol Club Barcelona A Centenary Soccer club founded by a non-spaniards friends a century ago.. now its one of the best team in Europe and therefore in the world.. His stadium placed in...

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  • 15. Churches

    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...

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  • 16. Buyers / Sellers

    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...

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  • 17. Escriba - Chocolate shop

    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...

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  • 18. Red hot Chili Choco

    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...

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  • 19. Cervaseria Catalana

    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...

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  • 20. Spanish pop music

    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,...

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  • 21. Wild drums, music, and a celebration with dragons

    Wild drums, music, and a celebration with dragons at La Sagrada Familia in Barcelona Spain. My first night in Barcelona I was sitting a quiet little sidewalk...

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  • 22. Estrella Damm - Beer in Barcelona

    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...

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  • 23. The best patatas bravas ever in Barcelona!!

    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...

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  • 24. Talk to someone who knows!

    I guess we all agree on this on; there is nothing more exciting than going travelling - exploring another country, experiencing a different culture, travelling...

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  • 25. SANT JOAN

    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...

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