Don’t let the routine stops you, start pedaling also during October

October 1st, 2018

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October is right here, and with it the last remains of summer are gone. But don’t be sad, you can ride your bicycle also during the autumn, specially in a city like Barcelona.

For us, the return to the routine is an opportunity. The opportunity of carry out with all the good challenges that we have formulated when we were inspired by the calm and the good vibes of the summer holidays. And, a good challenge that could be nice for everyone? Using more the bicycle.

During your daily, the bicycle could be a key element for improving yours and everybody’s mobility, improving, at the same time, your physical and mental health.

But, using a bicycle during your daily for going to work, to shopping or for other errands is not the only interesting use of your bike. It could be also interesting to use it during weekends. The vacation time don’t need to finish yet, you could do excursions with the family, friends or alone through close places. Because, a lot of times, we leave getting to know these close places for late, when they could be so incredible as a lot of exotic destinies, which make us save money during all year.

So, now you know, this autumn, note to practice a little bit more of local tourism by bicycle down your challenge list. For sure you will be able to discover a lot of treasures in Barcelona!

A Popular Catalan Culture Show at this Santa Eulàlia Celebration of Barcelona

Photo by José Luiz Bernardes Ribeiro

Photo by José Luiz Bernardes Ribeiro

In order to meet a community in a close and local way, there is nothing better than participating in their festivities. This week, from the 11th to the 14th of February, Barcelona celebrates its Santa Eulàlia Festival, in the district of Ciutat Vella, a celebration full of performances which are characterized by the Catalan culture in a scene which has been the testimony of the city’s history.

Castellers, giants and cabezudos, dancers, correfocs, light performances, grallers, bastoners, fairs and more activities concentrated in these four days of fiesta in the heart of the Condal City. This results in a master class about the history of these streets through the popular culture of the territory.

Not only the most emblematic characters, such as the Eagle, go out to the streets, all the residents also participate in this fiesta. Being able to enter and camouflage yourself among people is, without any doubt, the best way to enjoy the city like a local person, leaving a positive mark of your visit and taking with you the best experience. After all, why do we travel, if this is not the reason?

If you are near Barcelona these days, this has to be an obligatory stop.

Come pedaling!

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.