More Catalan tradition and culture in the fiestas of the neighborhood of Sants in Barcelona

August 23rd, 2016

Photo by Pere Prlpz

Sants, another one of the neighborhoods with the best atmosphere among the neighbors in Barcelona, replaces the fiestas of the la Vila de Gràcia and adorns its streets from the 20th to the 28th of August.

If your holidays haven’t coincided with the fiestas of Gràcia that we announced last week, there’s no reason to worry. In August Barcelona keeps active and this week it’s the turn of the neighborhood of Sants.

Sants, within the district of Sants-Montjuïc, has been acknowledged during its entire history for its solidarity and the organization capacity of the people who live in it. This element is definitely not forgotten during these days of fiesta.

Activities for Young and elderly people, for families and friends, concerts, alternative fiestas, etc. The possibilities to enjoy these celebrations are practically infinite. You’ll surely find the ones that best fit your taste in order to enjoy the local people.

The neighborhood of Sants can be easily reached by bicycle from different parts of the city. For this reason, as always, and in order to avoid traffic jams, we advise you to get there by pedaling.

Enjoy your stay in Barcelona at one of its fiestas full of popular culture!

Experience the ‘Castanyada’ festivity in Barcelona

Although during these dates the celebration of Halloween is well known, in Barcelona and in part of Spain, we have our own tradition to celebrate the millenary festivity of All Saints’ Day: the Castanyada.

Within our local tourism, you cannot miss the opportunity of celebrating such emblematic festivity, which, as well as popular culture and history, includes a very important element: gastronomy.

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‘Castanyera’ stand in front of the Pla de la Boqueria fountain, at Rambla de Barcelona. Photography by Enric ‘Enfo’.

In addition to the Castanyera stands which we can find in some streets, and where we can buy chestnuts (in Catalan castanyes) wrapped with a newspaper sheet, recently taken from the fire and still steaming, we can also find, in most of the store windows, the so called panellets (a very little cake with different tastes made of sugar, egg, hazelnut and potato or sweet potato). Both treats can be accompanied by candied fruit, roasted sweet potato and only for the adults, always with moderation and if we don’t need to get around, a little glass of muscatel.

The history of this tradition is a bit unsure, but the popularity of these delicious types of food assures its future.

With all the energy that this food will provide you, the best you can do is take your bicycle and visit some of the activities which will be celebrated around the city during this week. Activities intended, especially, for the children and the family.