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The blue flag, displayed at Calella de Palafrugell, at the Baix Empordà County (by O. Campuzano)

07 June 2012 12:49 AM

Catalan beaches awarded 87 blue flags for their water cleanliness, safety and environmental management

This summer, 87 beaches in Catalonia will display a blue flag recognising their overall quality, safety, environmental-friendliness, and cleanliness. It is one more flag than last year. The Costa Daurada and Ebro Delta got 37 flags and the Costa...
The Patum street party kicks off this Wednesday and will last until Sunday (by ACN)

06 June 2012 08:16 PM

La Patum street festival, ready for action

La Patum is a historical and immensely popular representation, born and derived from the ancient and medieval theatre performances held during the week of Corpus Christi. It is held in Berga, in Central Catalonia and it has been declared by UNESCO...
Etim bottles, produced by a cellar from the Montsant DO (by ACN)

05 June 2012 01:35 AM

Catalan Wine on show in New York

A selection of wines and cellars from Catalonia have travelled to New York to find new distributors. The event is being held on Tuesday June 5th at The Carriage House, from the Gabarrón Foundation. After New York, the Catalan red, white and cava...
Carme Ruscalleda sitting at her restaurant's back yard (by C. Ruscalleda)

31 May 2012 10:21 PM

Ruscalleda: “I was educated to follow my husband; however, I have been fortunate that my husband followed me”

Top Catalan chef Carme Ruscalleda and her husband Toni Balam run the Sant Pau restaurant in Sant Pol de Mar –near Barcelona- awarded with three Michelin stars. They also own the Sant Pau in Tokyo and the Moments in Barcelona each awarded with...
Dutch millonaire Ben Dronkers in the museum (by ACN)

26 May 2012 03:41 AM

A Dutch millionaire opens a cannabis museum in Barcelona and supports its legalization

Set in the Gothic district, the museum is designed to explain to its visitors the secrets of marihuana and in fact it clearly advocates for the legalization of this drug. In the inauguration day, Duch businessman Ben Dronkers was joined by Virgin...
Twitter's translation centre (by Twitter / ACN)

19 May 2012 01:45 AM

Twitter includes Catalan among its official languages

The world’s most popular short-message network has included Catalan as one of its 28 official languages. Twitter has opened a Catalan ‘translation centre’ to adapt its content. In the first 24h, more people had registered voluntarily than...
An image from the Priorat wine region near Gratallops (by A. Ferràs)

17 May 2012 06:35 PM

Blogging, an alternative way to promote Catalonia’s tourist attractions

A group of international bloggers with two million followers are traveling to different regions in Catalonia. These well-known tourist bloggers from the USA, Canada and United Kingdom are explaining their trip experiences through the internet,...
A restaurant participating at the Girona 10 initiative (by N. Guisasola)

17 May 2012 05:09 PM

We bring the product, you set the price

The crisis has hit the hospitality and tourism businesses hard. However, new ideas to attract more consumers appear every day. In Vall de Ribes, in central Catalonia, a marketing strategy called ‘Pay what you want’ has begun.
Two models dressed moments before going onto the catwalk (by G. Nieto)

16 May 2012 10:52 PM

Barcelona Bridal Week shows the strength of Catalonia's wedding industry

Four days on the Gaudí catwalk and over 230 national and international exhibitors in the Gran Via fairground reaffirmed the convention as the quintessential meeting of the bridal industry worldwide. The Catalan designer Rosa Clarà was chosen...
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