WISW: Correfocs in Barcelona
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WISW: Correfocs in Barcelona

Today is the last day of Barcelona’s Festa Major de Gràcia! To celebrate, here’s a picture of one of the highlights of the festival – the correfocs (literally “fire runs”).  The name pretty much tells you all you need to know; a correfoc involves both running and fire. Teams dress up in demon costumes and march … Continue reading

Where in Spain Wednesday – Barcelona’s Festa Major de Gràcia
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Where in Spain Wednesday – Barcelona’s Festa Major de Gràcia

We’ve officially hit mid-August (how scary is that??), so that means one of my favorite Barcelona events is here – the Festa Major de Gràcia!  The Festa Major is a huge street party that takes place during the third week of August every year in the Gràcia district (my new neighborhood!). And it’s not just … Continue reading

Where in Spain Wednesday – Sevilla’s Feria de Abril
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Where in Spain Wednesday – Sevilla’s Feria de Abril

In honor of Sevilla’s famous Feria de Abril, which is happening this week, here’s one of my favorite photos from last year’s Feria – a bunch of girls in their flamenco dresses enjoying the carnival.  This part of the fair takes places in the Calle del Infierno – Hell Street. It’s bursting with bright attractions … Continue reading

Las Fallas: The Loudest Party I’ve Ever Been To
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Las Fallas: The Loudest Party I’ve Ever Been To

“Diez minutos.”  More people than will physically fit in the streets are trying to jam their way into the packed crowd. Like it or not, you can feel everybody’s breath around you on your shoulders, hair. The combination of the midday sun and the sheer amount of people is creating a suffocating heat. A helicopter is thudding above … Continue reading

Catalan Festivals: Festa Major de Gràcia
Catalan Festivals / Festa Major de Gràcia / fiesta / Grácia / local activities

Catalan Festivals: Festa Major de Gràcia

During my first summer in Barcelona, I heard people talking excitedly about the Gràcia festival. I had no idea what they were so happy about. So I asked around a bit, and found out that the people of the neighborhood decorated the streets, put on local events, and had concerts for a week in August. … Continue reading