Category Archives: Festivals & Traditions



Rock Fest Barcelona: Everything You Need To Know!

Since its first edition in 2014, Rock Fest Barcelona has quickly established itself as one of Europe’s top rock and metal music festivals. The line-up gets better each year and has included big name acts like Aerosmith, Deep Purple, Iron Maiden, Scorpions, Whitesnake and Alice Cooper. In addition to an extensive lineup of acts covering MORE»



The Tres Tombs Horse Parade

Every January, in towns and cities across Spain, animals take to the streets to celebrate the feast of St Anthony Abbot. Saint Anthony was a Roman Catholic monk born in Egypt in the 3rd century and is the patron saint of (among others) domestic animals, basket weavers, farmers, grave diggers and the sick. Several towns MORE»



A Storybook Christmas in La Plaça de Sant Jaume

Each December Christmas takes to the streets and plazas of Barcelona in the form of markets, lights, trees and pessebres (nativity scenes). The word pessebre means crib in Catalan and most of the nativity scenes which can be seen in Barcelona follow the traditional format of stable, manger, 3 kings, cows, shepherds etc… One notable MORE»



Girona Flower Festival – Girona Temps de Flors

Each spring, during the 2nd week of May, the streets of Girona fill with colour as the city hosts it’s annual flower festival Girona Temps de Flors. The festival takes place in the historic city centre and medieval Jewish quarter El Call Jueu. The most impressive floral displays include the Cathedral steps, the Arab baths, MORE»



Where to See Christmas Nativity Scenes in Barcelona

Plaça de Sant Jaume If you’re in Barcelona at Christmas time you shouldn’t miss the large nativity scene in Plaça de Sant Jaume. The nativity occupies about a quarter of the plaza and the design changes every year. The nativity scene  shown below is from 2014 and was a recreation of the Roman city of Barcino. MORE»



Christmas Lights 2013

Barcelona’s Christmas lights were officially switched on by the mayor on November 22nd 2013 . This year there are a total of 85kms of illuminations and most of Barcelona’s main shopping streets have displays. The best known are in the centre of the city on Passeig de Gracia, Portal de l’Àngel, Las Ramblas, Carrer Aragó MORE»



The Nativity Scene at Plaça Sant Jaume

Every December a giant Nativity scene or “Pesebre” is installed in Plaça Sant Jaume. The design changes each year and never fails to surprise. This years Pesebre depicts life on Barcelona’s rooftops and is one of the most original and interesting that I’ve seen. The traditional characters are all represented but with a modern twist. For MORE»



Curling One Out For Christmas !

If you thought that Southpark’s “Mr. Hankey” was the only toilet related Christmas character – Think again ! The Catalan Christmas tradition includes 2 poo-related characters: The Caganer or “Shitter”- A cheeky figure that first appeared in Catalan nativity scenes during the 18th Century. Caga Tió – The Catalan equivalent of Father Christmas ! The MORE»



Christmas Markets in Barcelona 2016

Barcelona is a great place for Christmas shopping with a wide range of shops and department stores catering to all budgets and tastes. There are also several traditional Christmas markets that take place every year. La Fira de Santa Llucia The Market of Saint Lucia is Barcelona’s oldest Christmas market and dates back to the MORE»



Catalonia’s National Day – La Diada de Catalunya

Every year on the 11th of September, thousands of Barcelona residents take to the streets to celebrate a public holiday called La Diada de Catalunya or National Day of Catalonia. Often refered to as simply La Diada, the day comemorates the fall of Barcelona to the French and Castilian troops of Phillip V of Spain during the war MORE»