Festa Major - Barcelona's Biggest Festival Of The Year

News   •   Sep 12, 2018 18:19 +08

First-ever Mediterranean-focused luxury tourism campaign comes to Southeast Asia

Press Releases   •   Jun 05, 2018 17:48 +08

Mediterranean Luxe - The Luxury Voyage of Europe

Port of Tarragona, a Cruise Tourism Destination

Press Releases   •   Sep 27, 2017 14:04 +08

Tarragona Port is positioning itself on the cruise map and in the main shipping programmes as an essential Mediterranean port of call.

Sydney locals are invited to test their skills at building Human Towers

News   •   Oct 12, 2018 15:46 +08

This past weekend(6-7 October, 2018) one of the most colorful and impressive events in the world took place in a town one hour south of Barcelona: the Human Towers Contest, ‘Concurs Casteller’.

This incredible event gathers hundreds of people from competing teams every two years to claim the title of the ‘Best Human Towers Team’. Although the majority of teams come from Catalan lands, tradition has extended to international ones such as Hangzhou (China), London, Paris and Copenhagen.

In light of this unique event, the Sydney Human Towers is opening their doors to all Sydneysiders to come and experience first hand this unique tradition, enlisted as Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity by Unesco since 2010.

The event will take place on Saturday 20th October at the Basque Club in Darlinghurst and will include photography exhibitions, performances, workshops and of course the screening of the best moments of the contest. We have attached the event’s program for your reference.

Entry to the event is free and activities are open to all ages.

For more information contact:
info@sydneyhumantowers.com

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About the ‘Concurs Casteller’ (Human Towers Contest):

● Almost 50 teams compete during two days to create the most complex and
challenging towers to claim their title.

● In its last edition, the event was followed by millions around the world through platforms such as:

Red Bull TV - https://www.redbull.com/int-en/tv/event/AP-1NZ7H2E1W1W11/concurs-de-castells-2016
Including the most viewed video that year on Red Bull TV

BBC - https://www.bbc.com/news/av/world-europe-37554023/child-climbs-to-top-of-winning-human-tower-in-competition

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-3754386

Euronews - https://www.euronews.com/2016/10/02/thousands-attend-human-tower-competition-in-spain

RT - https://www.rt.com/viral/361480-human-towers-castells-tarragona/

And even in Australia: Channel 7 - https://vimeo.com/188134862


About ‘Castellers de Sydney’ (Sydney Human Towers):

● Sydney Human Towers was created in 2016 by a group of expats and now includes people from many nationalities. Practice takes place once a week in central Hyde Park in Sydney, and all group ages are welcome. More on: http://www.sydneyhumantowers.com/

● Human Towers as part of the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural

Heritage of Humanity [links to Unesco website]: https://ich.unesco.org/en/RL/human-towers-00364
This year there will be live broadcasting of the event in (English, Catalan and Spanish): https://xala.cat/details/5bb4cfbc1de1c4001b92c3c6

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Barcelona ranked #9 out of the 20 best cities in the world

News   •   Oct 11, 2018 19:33 +08

The Chocolate Route in Lleida in North Eastern Spain, Catalonia

News   •   Oct 09, 2018 17:32 +08

​The Gastronomic Route of Turrón and Chocolate a la Piedra promise a delicious route centered around chocolate and nougat!

24Hrs Open House Barcelona

Press Releases   •   Oct 03, 2018 15:11 +08

 

48 H Open House Barcelona invites you to visit all of its architectural to observe, understand and question the value architecture and its relation to Catalan society and culture. The festival opens in the first week of October. 

This event is free for all and will include guided tours, information guides for visitors to explain each of the houses they're visiting. Some of the houses include famous landmarks like Casa Vicens, el Mercat de Sant Antoni, while there are also some lesser known sites in the ten other neighborhoods of Barcelona. 

This event is organized by the Cultural Association 48h Open House Barcelona for the dissemination of the architectural heritage of the city of Barcelona. It is a non-profit association that runs by its offerings of cultural products in relation to architecture. Its objective is to promote architecture, teaching to see it, to discover it; as an essential component of culture. 

Find out more about the buildings here: https://www.48hopenhousebarcelona.org

The Catalonia Tourism Board belongs to the regional government of Catalonia (North Eastern Spain) works to promote and consolidate the “Barcelona” and “Catalonia” brands around the world, as a top quality tourist destination with a diverse range of experiences for the regular and luxury traveller in the Asia Pacific region (South East Asia, Australia, New Zealand, India, Japan and South Korea) from Singapore. We work in tandem with The Spain Tourism Office and with our tourism support offices in Mumbai, Seoul, Tokyo and Sydney to promote Barcelona and beyond.

Catalonia is a Mediterranean destination with a millenary history, its own culture and language as well as a wealthy natural heritage. Covering 32,107 square kilometres, the region is divided into four provinces; Barcelona, Girona, Lleida and Tarragona. The territory offers visitors stunning UNESCO World Heritage sites, cultural experiences, tranquil scenery, wildlife and a dedicated Mediterranean cuisine from the towering heights of the Catalan Pyrenees to the spectacular 400KM of coastline from Costa Brava, Costa Barcelona, Costa Daurada and wetlands in Terres de l’Ebre.

Catalonia has great capacities and excellent facilities place it among Europe’s prime tourist areas, welcoming more than 20 million tourists per year. At the Catalonia Tourism Board, we are dedicated to showcasing our destination to the trade and media from all countries in the Asia Pacific region where Catalonia is beyond Barcelona and much more. 

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Films/shows set in Barcelona & Catalonia that will inspire you to travel there.

News   •   Aug 27, 2018 14:15 +08

Barcelona and its region, Catalonia is a perfect back drop for many directors - with its medieval castles , beautiful landscapes and perfect weather; watch and learn about Catalonia through these movies!

Do You Know These Catalan Drinks?

News   •   Aug 16, 2018 16:10 +08

1. Vermut 

We all need a little drink to go with savoury treats like slices of ham, sausages, crackers and cheese. In Catalonia, Vermut is the little aperitif drunk prior to a meal to "open up" one's taste buds.

In Catalonia, vermuts are served at all almost all bars; you can simply request for it in Catalan and impress the bartender by saying "fer un vermut"

2. Tino de Verano

Scoot over sangria, tinto de verano is the more common drink for summer - made of red wine, sweetened soda and lemon; it is certainly refreshing and the go to drink for your mid-day sugar boost.

3. Cava

Ready to have some bubbly? Catalans produce their very own version of sparkling wine very close to Barcelona.
This celebratory drink has is fizzy and a great party starter!

Tip: Visit Codorniu - one of Catalonia's oldest cava producer in their art nouveau inspired cellar, built by one of Catalonia's contemporary architects Josep Puig i Cadafalch. 

Website: http://www.visitascodorniu.com

4. Ratafia

This liqueur is made from tender walnuts mixed with various aromatic plants and the mixture has to be macerated for a minimum of two months. After this, it is decanted and dressed up with sugar, alcohol and water and kept in wooden barrels for three more months.

Ratafía is drunk as an aperitif and a digestif. It is usually drunk very chilled, directly from the freezer. It is ideal for accompanying all kinds of desserts, especially ice-cream. 

Tip: Not many people know of this drink, much less know that you can learn how to make it. Here's how you can try your hand at making this drink in the town of Lleida about 1h30 minutes from Barcelona. At the Licors Portet, join a workshop where they teach you about the botanicals and liquors combined to make this unique drink. 

Website: http://www.licorsportet.cat/ca/serveis 

5. Vichy Catalan

This one isn't an alcoholic drink, but it is no ordinary mineral water either. 

Vichy Catalan is from the natural waters of Caldes de Malavella which is also a spa facility. 

The water has very high mineral content, natural carbonation, and an almost neutral pH, it is a common request at the table among Catalans.  

Catalonia is known for some very special alcoholic beverages from different parts of the region. Skip the tourist trap of a Sangria and head over to bar and drink like locals do!

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In Catalonia: Five Back To Nature Activities You Can Do To Revitalize Your Soul

News   •   Aug 13, 2018 13:54 +08


1. YOGHURT MAKING

Discover the biggest dairy farm in Garrotxa! Surrounded by forests and volcanoes, you will enjoy a unique experience and learn

about a project that is drawing everyone’s attention. You will see the cows being bred, the pre-birthing room, the calves and

the milking room. In the factory, will be able to see how milk is transformed into yoghurt and desserts, as well as the various

production and fermentation processes. At the end of the tour, you can look forward to a dairy product tasting.

Where: http://www.fageda.com/


2. WINE MAKING

Be an oenologist for a few hours and produce your own wine! You will come up with the contents, name and design of the label of your very own wine. At the end of the day you will be able to bring the bottles back home too! An experience that will leave a lasting taste in your mouth!

Where: http://en.costabrava.org/what-to-do/wine-and-gastronomy/wine-route/wineries

3. WINE PAIRING AMONG FLOWERS

A wine pairing with Mediterranean wild flowers and wine led by the botanist of El Celler de Can Roca and a sommelier. A unique and original approach to bring natural landscape and its history to the palate through wine.

Who: Evarist March (botanist of El Celler de Can Roca) 

Website: http://naturalwalks.com 

4. FOREST BATHING

Forest bathing embraces one-ness with nature; start with checking into a calm stay accessible to everyone of all ages, in a forest with therapeutic benefits. You will be accompanied by a professional guidance in groups of maximum 15 people. Being in the forest and being surrounded with trees allows for clearer skin, better sleep and more vitalized blood cells! It is the perfect place for (re)connection through all our senses with a high quality natural surrounding.

Where: Sèlvans C. Maria Aurèlia Capmany i Farners 40 (Planta -1) 17003 Girona (El Gironès)

Website: www.selvans.ong

5. HONEY, I'M HOME 

You've got to make a temporary stop in the south of Catalonia, El Perelló. Here honey is produced for the whole Catalonia. They have a 8 different types of honey ranging from eucalyptus to mountain honey among other products made from natural, organic honey and beeswax. 

Their facilities are open for viewing all year round. However, if you're lucky to visit them in season, you will trace the beautiful smell of fresh honey that is taken out from honey combs in front of your own eyes!

Where: https://www.meldelperello.com/es/visitas/

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