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Closely related to Carnival, the Tres Tombs feast is held –at least since 1826– in Sant Antoni neighbourhood, the heart of Eixample district.
In homage to muleteers, wagoners and peasant farmers, the horse parade is performed by ancient carriages animal drawn and several riders. It always appears the Unitat Muntada de la Guàrdia Urbana (Horse Guards of the local police) and riders who escort Sant Antoni and Santa Eulàlia flags, the co-patron saint of the city. But, overall, there are amazing carriages such as a firefighter truck driven by horses, the Imperial carriage of the funeral services, a delivery carriage for wineskins, one for the rice growers and some other historical ones from Barcelona and other Catalan cities.
Lots of citizens –and lots of kids- congregate together in front of the church to bless their domestic animals. The parade finishes in Plaça Sant Jaume, when the local authorities welcome the entourage.
Once again, Barcelona is on top of style with the 21st edition of 080 Barcelona Fashion, the key fashion event.
This year, a total of 32 brands and designers will fill the Sant Pau Modernist Site with fashion shows and glamor. An event where new talent combines with the most well-known international brands, to offer spectators the opportunity of attending a spectrum of styles, trends and concepts.
The origins of the Festes of Santa Eulàlia are rooted in the legend of Barcelona's second patron saint and are a focal point for the city's main winter celebrations. This year the festivities are split over two different weekends: the actual Festes of Santa Eulàlia run from 9 to 12 February while, between 16 and 18 February, Llum BCN is the city's festival of light that is now in its seventh edition.
The Festes of Santa Eulàlia represent the city's reconnection with its traditions rooted in popular culture, with marked childhood and feminine influences. It's the time to see the city's emblematic eagle figure enact the solemn Protocols de l'Àliga, to launch the castellera human tower-building season, to marvel at giants parading through the heart of the city or experience the intensity of the correfoc fire-cracker troupes. Another of the Catalan traditional emblems, the mulasses or mules, will also take center stage, with an exhibition to mark the 450th anniversary of the Mulassa de Barcelona. Among many activities, we would also highlight a performance of traditional mediaeval dances which encourages active audience participation.
This year the Llum BCN festival moves to a new home, the district of Poblenou, on the weekend following Santa Eulàlia. Over a dozen well-known Spanish and international artists will present their ideas for transforming spaces by using light. To demonstrate the city's emergent creativity and talent, students from fourteen Architecture, Art and Design schools have prepared special installations based on the creative use of illumination.
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.
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