Guest post sent by Jessica from Barcelona
– 21/Oct/2006 02:05
If you happen to find yourself halfway across the world in mid-August, preferably with a sense of adventure and an affinity for insomnia, I’d advise heading to Barcelona and joining in on the annual revelries of the Gràcia Fest. Every August from the 15th to the 21st, Catalans return from their luxuriously long summer vacations and the small barrio of Gràcia plays host to one of the most vibrant neighborhood festivals in Europe.
The Gràcia Fest is basically a hyperbole of a block party- events and feasts are scheduled all throughout the day, live music persists every night until dawn, and outdoor bars and their patrons make it impossible to cross even the smallest square in under ten minutes. Every year, over a million people flood the narrow streets of Gràcia to gawk and to party until literally flooded out by street cleaners in the morning...
Guest post sent by Ree from Barcelona
– 07/Oct/2006 18:15
Somewhat inaccessibly located on the Costa Brava, this small fishing town is the perfect escape from the heat of Spain’s major cities, a place to dally for days on end. Some hippies have been dawdling here for decades, and their presence keeps the town from developing into a full-blown designer village, à la Martha’s Vineyard or the Hamptons. I can imagine this place becoming a more obscure “south of France” for celebrities, and get the sneaking suspicion that some of the hippies fishing off the rocks might in fact be celebrities incognito.
Cadaqués is famous for being Dalí’s home, but my husband and I came for the beaches and stayed for the food and the slightly off-kilter atmosphere...