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The Santa Eulàlia Festival, the winter festival of Barcelona, is for all the family. During these magical days, tribute is paid to the brave Laia, the girl who rebelled to defend her aims. For the city of Barcelona, this girl was a symbol of solidarity, in defence of justice and commitment to young people. Santa Eulàlia and la Mare de Déu de la Mercè are co-patron saints of Barcelona. To celebrate this festival, different activities are organized for all the family. You can’t miss the giants, the processions or the firework street run, human towers, sardanas dancing and musical bands throughout different routes of the city, apart from other activities for both young and old.
On 12th February, the Santa Eulàlia feast day, several events are held, such as raising the Penó de Santa Eulàlia (reproduction of an old banner of the city) on the balcony of City Hall, sardanas dancing, giants...
During the weekend of 11th and 12th February, there is an extensive programme for both young and old to commemorate this festival with human towers, firework street run, processions, musical parades...
The festival Llum BCN, is made up of a series of illuminated installations that combine art, tradition and technology. The installations have been created by students and teachers from graphic design, interior design, lighting and architecture schools in Barcelona and other groups and celebrated artists.
There are two official languages in Catalonia: Catalan and Spanish, and there are more and more people in the region who understand and speak English. You’re sure to get by.
Prices and long hours to shop and eat… and to work! Get an insight into the routine and the way people live in Barcelona.
There are many different sides to Barcelona: the Barcelona with its traditional neighbourhoods, the Gothic, modernista and contemporary city… but there is also a green Barcelona, the Barcelona of parks and gardens. You’ll find them dotted around the city. These green spaces are always interesting, whether it be for their plants, urban design or sculptures.
Barcelona never sleeps. The city has set the benchmark for the international electronic music scene and dances to the sounds of the world's top DJs. It's also the perfect place for lovers of jazz, rock, Latin rhythms and pop.
The city’s longest avenue, the Diagonal, cuts through the two neighbourhoods. To the south, Les Corts, which is a blend of modernity and the rural origins of the area. To the north, the smart residential district of Pedralbes, with its parks, quiet streets and outstanding Gothic monastery..
The rivers Llobregat and Besós mark the geographical boundaries of the Collserola massif with Mount Tibidabo as its tallest point and the omnipresent symbol of the city. Tibidabo is also a metropolitan park with lush green areas, streams and viewing points overlooking the city, such as the amusement park, the church of the Sagrat Cor and the Collserola Tower.
Enjoying Barcelona is like enjoying a good meal. Catalan gastronomy is one of the highlights of the culture of the region, which has a varied range of cuisine that is famed the world over. Bon appétit!
Mediterranean shellfish and delectable rice dishes to enjoy right by the beach. Quality and tradition in the Barceloneta district in a simple, pleasant ambience. Make sure you try the rice and fish dishes – especially the cod – and the fried fish platter.
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