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Temps de Flors, Girona
Photo: Sara Cabarrocas

Girona says it with flowers

Spring has arrived and if there is one thing we associate with the season of renewal it is flowers. And if spring is the time of flowers, then look no further than Girona’s annual spring festival, Temps...

Circuit de Catalunya, 2016
Photo: Valenti Fradera

A celebration of horse power

If you like the aroma of petrol and the screech of high-powered engines, you could do a lot worse than take a trip to the Circuit de Catalunya this month. For the second consecutive year, the motor venue...

Valls, February 2018

A bumper year for calçots

‘Calçot’ season is now well underway. The spring onion-like vegetable is one of Catalonia’s most traditional winter delicacies, especially in the south, around the city of Valls. Calçots resemble...

Barcelona, September 2017
Photo: ACN

Sep 11, 2017: the definitive Diada?

October 1, 2017 could well turn out to be the most important date of the year in Catalonia, if the independence referendum promised by the Catalan government goes ahead. Yet, before that, another –equally...

Barcelona, July 2017
Photo: Fund. Catalunya-La Pedrera

Art transforms life

In your haste to get out in the open air this summer, don’t forget there is plenty going on indoors. An example are the many exhibitions around the country. If there is one thing Catalonia does well,...

Girona, June 2016
Photo: quim puig

The night of bonfires and coca

Every year, the Nit de Sant Joan (Saint John’s Eve) brings together ritual and festivities in a midsummer celebration of the solstice and the birth of one of the most important saints in the Christian...

Girona, March 2016

Holy Week

On the whole, we may not be so religious these days but many of us still love to witness the elaborate trappings of the Church. Easter is approaching, and with it the most important date in the Christian...

catalonia, october

Mad about mushrooms

At this time of year the days become shorter, the temperatures begin to fall and it's usually a good idea to keep an umbrella to hand. Yet, autumn also opens up new possibilities for getting out and about,...

Ville d'Angers, 2014 Thierry Bonnet
Ville d'Angers, 2014
Photo: Thierry Bonnet

An explosion of colour

Despite having no shortage of homegrown festivals, Catalonia is always willing to import foreign celebrations if they promise their participants a good time. The likes of Halloween or Saint Valentine's...

Girona, May, 2016
Photo: quim puig

A city in bloom

The Darling Buds of May is the name of a novel from the 1950s, but it has since passed into the language as a common expression. And with good reason. If there is ever a time associated with flowers, naturally,...