Calçotada an onion party or curios Catalan traditions

You probably think “ooh, those Catalans are crazy people” celebrating onion party. But you can’t imagine how good is this meal with a combination of special sauce “romesco” and some barbeque. Let’s see how it works and where can you try this delicious dish.

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The importance of this tradition is so big that the most of restaurants over Tarragona area would not survive without the spring onion parties. Almost 300,000 people annually pilgrimage to the region. Imagine if only one restaurant may only get to cook in a season more than 200,000 chives.

The basis of Calçotada is a tender, sweet and white onion roasted and served with romesco sauce. The season of Calçots is from February to March and you can try it in the most of restaurants.  Usually it’s a special menu including onions, sausages, grilled meats, wine and desserts.

This tradition has a little over 100 years, Xat Benaiges, a farmer from Valls village (Tarragona), was first who roasted spring onions on a flaming fire instead of doing it over the coals. Nobody knows if it was as the result of a brilliant idea or a mistake in feeding the fire. Whatever it was, Xat peeled onions charred end and unwittingly invented calçot and a gastronomic festival that now attracts thousands of tourists and equally fascinates tourists and locals.

Don’t miss it; you still have one month and a half to try it. In Barcelona you can find some restaurants, but we strongly recommend you find a place somewhere in a small village like la Ermita de Brugués Restaurant situated in Gava (Barcelona). Or if you want to go straight to the place where it was born so book restaurant Masia  Bou in Valls.

Make the best surprise to your couple on St. Valentine’s Day in Barcelona

Do you already know where to pass the most romantic day in the year? Well, probably you think in Paris but we have a good and very interesting alternative. It’s quite warmer than in Paris, there’s almost always sunny weather, good food, charming places and a beautiful beach. Surely you know we’re talking about…Barcelona city!

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To be close to the most popular beach in Europe which is Barceloneta we can offer you a special romantic package. Supreme Je T’aime will be unbelievable experience in our hotel’s exclusive 48m2 Junior Suite, style avantgarde and balcony overlooking Passeig Colom. If you want to impress your couple you can do it taking your breakfast at our terrace with views over the sea port.

C-. Petons 11.13Walk on the beach could be the perfect start of the day. Walking along the promenade in Barcelona could be a perfect way to pass the time before the romantic dinner. The Passeig de Colom that surrounds the Port Vell is especially nice; also it’s a great opportunity to enjoy some of the famous architecture works in the city.

After the beach we would like to recommend you one very special place. It could be a great surprise for your couple. There is one street in Born (La Ribera) neighborhood with very cute and romantic name – Carrer dels Petons. This name in Catalan means The Street of Kisses. It’s so cute, isn’t it? Of course, the name has a magic history behind it. The legend said that in this street those who were sentenced to death for ever met their friends and family to say good bye, just before to start the irreversible way towards the esplanade of the Citadel. Even though the legend has an unhappy end, this street is fool of love. Prove it!

 

Half Marathon of Barcelona 2014

Do you like sport or maybe you practice it as well? We proudly declare that Barcelona is one of the European cities where you can practice all kind of sports on open air (thanks to the Mediterranean climate).  And it’s a place where you can find a lot of sport events like that we’re going to talk about. Just in two weeks, here in Barcelona will take place a Half Marathon. Have you ever seen it? It’s a top of energy seeing people, thousands of persons who try to achieve the goal and run all 21km.Fantastic, isn’t it?

The Marathon starts at 08:45 close to the Ciutadella Park (pg. de Picasso) and takes 2:45 hours. The finish is at the same place, but the itinerary is very interesting. So you can combine the “performance” and to see the most of highlights of Barcelona.

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Usually February makes us a little bit happier, the early spring comes to Barcelona and it’s time to go out. And yes, to see the Marathon of Barcelona is a nice idea. As we said earlier the Marathon has a very good tourist itinerary. It’s without any doubt the opportunity to appreciate the charms of Modernist architecture and beauty of several neighborhoods of Barcelona like  ​​Eixample, Ciutad Vella and Olympic Port. Talking about Olympic port, the race will pass by our hotel in Passeig de Colom, so what could be better than seeing the last part of race dirking a cocktail up on our terrace. Think about it!

 

Barcelona that you will never find in the city guide

Hi dear friends and guests of our hotel! Today we would like to offer you to go for a walk by Barcelona and discover some corners you’ll never find on the pages of city guides. Following these routes you’ll find a lot of interesting places with marvelous landscapes.

Passing by Sants

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When it was still an independent agricultural village of Barcelona, there were settled in Santa Maria de Sants the first major textile industries in the area, which determine the structure and appearance of the neighborhood. The working tradition of Sants you could see in the names of streets (Farga Square, de la Vidriera …), the old factories recovered for other uses and even for housing, or in a community life that is one of the most active in Barcelona. Start you walk in the street of Gran Vía de Les Corts Catalanes (close you have a Magòria station), then go up to the plaza de Sants, passing by Parc de l’Espanya Industrial going straight to the Carrer del Joan Güel finishing in the Rambla del Brasil.

Discovering Sant Antoni

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The market Sant Antoni is the oldest one you could meet in Barcelona. You can find on its façade the date 1882 the year of its inauguration together with a new Barcelona that had just overthrown its ramparts. Antoni Rovira y Trias designed it as a large iron structure with “four arms”, which in recent years was run down and hidden behind a wall. Now days  undergoes a major refurbishment while the neighborhood that has its name is becoming an area where they’re recovering wineries and places where you could eat a traditional food at the same time inspire new culinary experiences with places as fashionable as the Calders bar or famous Tickets restaurant. What about a gastronomic tour by Sant Antoni along the whole day?