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Mercè, het leukste feest van Barcelona

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Ruim een week na de Diada is het weer  feest in Barcelona. Een écht feest dit keer, en het belangrijkste van de stad, het Fiesta Mayor. De Barcelonezen vieren de verjaardag van Mercè (Maria zouden…

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Sant Jordi and God Johan

And another year the Catalans celebrate ‘the day of the book and the rose’, the Diada de Sant Jordi. In Catalonia this has been happening since the year 1200 on 23 April. More than two and a half centuries later,…

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The black witch of El Raval

This big black cat is a creation of the Colombian artist Fernando Botero. After a long ramble through Barcelona ‘El Gato’ feels since 1994 at home on the Rambla del Raval, standing at the place where, according to popular belief,…

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The false patron saint of Barcelona

This is Mercè – or Mare de Deu de la Mercè, as she is called in full , the main patron saint of Barcelona, whose ‘fiesta’ every year at the end of September is the biggest party of  the city….

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Texas in Barcelona

Not it the soil sustaining his tower of living vigour, about the stubborn boulders his massy roots entwine: he greets the dews and showers, chill wind and torrid rigour; and, like the ancient prophet, the smiles of heaven transfigure his…

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Images of regret – the bombing of Barcelona

Words for Julia You can’t go back because life is pushing you ahead like an unending howl. You’ll feel caged, you’ll feel lost and alone, perhaps wishing you’d never been born. But always remember what I wrote one day thinking…

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Barcelona’s patron saint Eulàlia does what she wants

Being rolled down a hill, naked, in a barrel full of nails and broken glass; breasts cut off; crucifixion. And ten other horrible tortures. Some become holy for less, even though Eulalia’s canonization may have to do with her standing…

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The beautiful bones of the Santa Maria del Mar

The stones of the Santa Maria del Mar, Barcelona’s most beloved church, have their secrets. Sometimes you have to look very carefully, only then they tell their story.  On  the church wall in the Carrer del Sombreres, near the Plaça de…

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Barcelona’s patron saint lost a toe

“This is Placa del Blat”, Bernard had told him. “It’s the centre of Barcelona. Do you see the stone in the middle?” Arnau looked in the direction his father was pointing. “That stone divides the city into quarters: La Mar,…

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Jump for joy – 20 % discount!

Yes, it’s true! If you book your tour 30 or more days in advance, you will get 20 % discount on the regular price. Go to our booking page and be you will jump for joy too!

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