Castellers

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A cultural phenomenon of human towers

It started at the 18th century in Tarragona, when rival groups of people calles “colles” , began to complete in constructing different kinds of human towers .
3 are the parts of a human castle: the trunk, the pom and the crown. The last person on the top is always a child, named “Anxaneta”
Either for a tourist or for a local, this is a unique experience to be seen and felt. The music tunes “toc de castell” sounds when the castle starts to raise up, and then everybody is expecting the human castle not to fall. Emotion is on everybody’s eyes.
Traditionally, castle performances have always taken place as one of the main features of the local holiday festivities. Nowadays castles can be seen on many days during the year, although the season kicks from June to November.

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From hotel Duquesa de Cardona, take metro line 3 in Drassanes, and stop in Plaça Espanya. 5 minutes walk from the metro station

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Markets Barcelona

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Market Santa Caterina

One of the great and unintended tourist attractions of Barcelona is the Boqueria food market on la Rambla. More than 35 years since Les Halles and Covent Garden markets were shunted out to the Paris and London suburbs, the Boqueria remains in the city centre, serving its populace and restaurants for miles around. But the Boqueria is only one of many traditional markets in the city and, in celebration of this fact, the council has devised a series of DIY tours, collectively known as the Ruta dels Mercats. Tourist offices have leaflets detailing the routes, or they can be printed out from www.mercatsbcn.com.

The most appealing and accessible is the Ruta dels Mercats Emblemàtics, which takes in six of the most famous starting with the Boqueria. From there it takes you across to Santa Caterina ( HOTEL DUQUESA DE CARDONA’S FAVOURITE!! ), the city’s oldest, rebuilt by the architect Enric Miralles 8 who was born next door ) and reopened in 2005. The city is running a rolling programme of refurbishing the historic markets
Barceloneta , next on the tour, was rebuilt from scratch, althoug with less architectural finesse than Santa Caterina. The building is entirely powered by solar panels, but somewhere in the process the place lost its neighbourhood ambience.
This is not the case, however, with the Mercat de Sant Antoni, which lies just outside the line of the old city walls, on the edge of the Raval. Sant Antoni has a truly proletarian feel, selling not just food but cheap clothes, towels and bedlinen. The market is undergoing restoration and the traders have been moved temporarily to a vast marquee in the street outside.
The smallest market on the route is Concepció in the Eixample, a charming steel-framed structure, with a 24-hour flower market on the upper side.
The last stop on the tour is Els Encants, the furniture and flea market in Plaça de les Glòries, a lovely sprawl of gems and junk.

Festes de Gracia

Les festes de Gracia born in a small village peasant in the 19th century as mutates extraordinary village of artisans , workers and small traders. It was more defined in a more civic than religious , under the impulse of many workers and recreational entities of Barcelona.
The party has a duration of a week with exhibitions, activities , sports, parades, workshops, dance, theather..  In the streets and squares you can attend concerts of jazz , rock, classic music meanwhile you try some of the specilities of the catalan street cuisine.

The most astonishing part of the celebration is indeed the decoration of some of the streets, always attending to a theme: lights from the balconies of the buildings, coloures figure papers imitating an aquarium, or Star wards, the sky, or whatever the imagination of the neighbours of that street has decided to dedicate their time during that year.

Worth it to pay a visit! If you are in Barcelona during that time, and you are staying with us at the Duquesa de Cardona hotel, we will forward the festivities program at reception to be able to enjoy your own Festes de Gracia

Quarter: Gracia
Metro line: Fontana
10 minutes walk from La Pedrera