Festa Major de Gracia

As you may or may not know, Barcelona is split up into a variety of “zones” or “barrios” (e.g. neighborhoods) that locals use to refer to different areas of the city. Some of the more “well-knowns” being Barrio Gotico (the old Gothic section of the city where you can easily lose yourself in-between dreary, dark streets), Barceloneta (where tourists flock to catch some rays on … Continue reading Festa Major de Gracia

Dia de Sant Jordi

Dia de Sant Jordi(the patron Saint of Catalunya since 1456), has been celebrated in Catalunya for many years. Just out of coincidence April 23rd also happens to be Dia Internacional del Libro (International Book Day), as two of history’s most legendary literary geniuses, Shakespeare and Spain’s very own Cervantes, passed away. Today, the center of Barcelona was packed with people as Spain’s two major shopping … Continue reading Dia de Sant Jordi

“Castells” – The Human Towers of Catalunya

Castells, or Human Towers, originated in Catalunya and became very popular after 1981 when the first 9 tier human tower was built. There are Castell teams in and around Catalunya that perform for festivals and celebrations. They stand proudly in color-coordinated team shirts that stand for their city or town (red is for Barcelona). One of the most important pieces of the the Casteller’s outfit … Continue reading “Castells” – The Human Towers of Catalunya