Caga tió – this Catalan Christmas tradition is the shit!

Christmas time is full of traditions, that are often quiet and festive reflecting strong family values such as harmony and love. The Catalan habit of Caga tió is a tiny bit different. Sure, it brings family together and ends with presents and even more certainly it creates a lot of joy especially for children. As … Continue reading

Day trips in Catalonia: Sant Joan de les Abadesses

Sant Joan de les Abadesses is one of many wonderful, small and less known places to visit in Catalonia. It is situated about 120km north of Barcelona, near the French border in the Ripollès county. Although the town is located in the valley the river Ter, it lies 775m above sea level. This very river … Continue reading

The reapers – Catalonia´s national anthem

Though Catalonia is not a sovereign state, it does have its own national anthem. Even more than one, one could argue. “The reapers” was already regarded as national anthem of Catalonia long before the Catalan government made that official in 1931. However, during Franco’s dictatorship, after the Spanish civil war, the song was forbidden and … Continue reading

What is Catalonia?

“But let me say one thing. I am a Catalan. Today a province of Spain. But what has been Catalonia? Catalonia has been the greatest nation in the world. I tell you, I will tell you why. Catalonia has had the first parliament, much before England. Catalonia had the beginning of the United Nations. All … Continue reading