It is “chestnut time” with Castañada in Barcelona

One of the best things about travelling is the opportunity to get to know somewhere new for holidays and experiencing on first-hand how they are celebrated differently. If you are in Barcelona in October, get yourself ready to see your blood sugar sky-rocket as a habit. (Not suitable for diabetics). We celebrate castanyada. This Catalan…

The Oktoberfest Barcelona 2016

¡Prost ihr Säcke! (With love: Cheers, you pricks!) Weather is unpredictable but events must go on in rain or shine. A couple of days ago, amid the pouring rain, the Barcelona Oktoberfest 2016 ground-breaking ceremony was initiated by the tapping of the first Oktoberfest-beer-barrel. As in many other cities around the world, at the cry…

Barcelona’s Festival “La Mercè” 2016

La Mercè is the local festival of Barcelona. These days you may certainly hear about it. La Mare de Déu de la Mercè (The Virgin of Grace) is the patron saint of the archdiocese of Barcelona, and co-patroness—along with Saint Eulàlia—of the city. Normally religious in nature, La Mercè is more like a compendium of…

Catalonia National Day 2016

Every 11th September since 1980, in Catalonia it is marked the fall of Barcelona into the hands of the Bourbon forces on September 11, 1714. It occurred after a 14-month siege of the city, in the War of the Spanish Succession. In the aftermath, the Catalan institutions were abolished. What do we do during our…

The Best Day of the Week: Brunch in The Park

Our guests in Continental Barcelona and Continental Palacete Hotels often wonder what to do in Barcelona on Sunday. There is not that much to do, we say, but still a lot! This time we would like to tell you a story about a Brunch in The Park and when the Sundays in summer became the favorite…