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Politicians take holidays too?

Catalan politicians are taking a break from the country’s turbulence while they can


19 August 2019 11:19 AM


Oliver Little | Barcelona

Catalan politicians are trying to set aside the chaos of the last political season for the month of August. They are making the most of travel, family time and reading, in order to blow off some steam before next fall, when the verdict of the Catalan independence trial will be announced, for which 9 pro-independence leaders remain behind bars.

Here we look at what some political leaders are getting up to during their holiday.

Torra heads to the mountains

President of the Catalan Government, Quim Torra, has opted to stay in the country. He has headed up to the lofty heights of the Pyrenees, where he will spend his free time for hiking, reading, writing, cultural activities and seeing friends.This past weekend Torra was back on duty however, paying tribute to the victims of the 2017 attacks in Barcelona and Cambrils. 

Aragonès enjoys time with his newborn baby

Vice President of the Catalan Government Pere Aragonès has headed back to his home town, Pineda de Mar. He is using the holiday to spend some valuable time with his new baby girl Clàudia, who was born a few months ago.

Roldán goes back in time in Athens

The new leader of the Ciutadans party in Catalonia, Lorena Roldán, has jetted off to Athens.  There she will enjoy one of her greatest passions, Greek mythology, as well as the exquisite Greek cuisine. She will spend time with friends, family, and her two puppies. She will also make some inroads into her reading list, with novels such as ‘Reina Roja’ (Red Queen) by Juan Gomez-Jurado, and historical piece ‘Sapiens’ by Yuval Harari. 

Iceta brings his books to Menorca

Leader of the Catalan Socialist Party, Miquel Iceta has returned to his annual summer destination, Menorca, where he too will plunge into some reading that the political season has deprived him of. His last book was ‘Je dirai malgré tout que cette vie fut belle’ (In spite of everything, I will say that this life was beautiful), by journalist and French philosopher Jean d’Ormesson.

Albiach journeys to Thailand, Andalusia and the Costa Brava

The president of En Comú Podem, Jéssica Albiach, will have a notably hectic August, where she will enjoy several holiday destinations. After a few days with a group of friends at the Andalusian beaches, at the end of the month she will head to the coast, where she will be with her family at the Costa Brava. She also has plans to celebrate her belated 40th birthday by visiting Thailand with her mother.  

Fernández visits family in Asturias

The leader of the People’s Party, Alejandro Fernández, took the month of July off, where he went to visit his family back home in Asturias. However, last Thursday he and his family suffered a family bereavement, when Fernández’s father died from a stroke.

Natàlia Sànchez chooses family, the kayak and the Basque Country

Member of the far-left CUP Party Natàlia Sànchez will spend her summer at her house in Girona, where she will make the most of some family time and go kayaking.At the end of the month, she will head to the Basque Country for a few days.


  • President of the Catalan Government Quim Torra with his wife in the Pyrenees (ACN)

  • President of the Catalan Government Quim Torra with his wife in the Pyrenees (ACN)