• A bouquet of 'Freedom' red roses and white flowers on the foreground (by ACN)

    Florists forecast strong sales of roses during Sant Jordi weekend

    Catalonia’s patron saint, Sant Jordi, celebrates love and literature and joins together books and roses in one of Catalans' most beloved traditions. This year, the 23rd of April is on a Sunday and therefore wholesalers expect rose sales to flourish the whole weekend, starting on Friday and lasting until Monday. This will allow them to maintain the same sales levels as last year's and reach the figure of 6 million roses. ‘Freedom’ is expected to be the best-selling variety of rose, distributed in more ecological and original wrappings, reducing the use of cellophane. Although some customers may go away for the weekend, florists expect sales to be compensated by the number of visitors to the city, which will exceptionally open its shops on Sunday.

Life & Style

Two visitors at the Manga Fair in Barcelona (by ACN)

29.10.15 - 18:49

Super Mario Bros, guest star at the Manga Fair’s 21st edition

The Manga Fair opened its doors this Thursday in Barcelona and will be the meeting point for comic and Japanese culture lovers until Sunday. This year the event has increased both the number of visitors and that of...

One of the boats exhibited in Barcelona International Boat Show (by ACN)

14.10.15 - 18:48

Barcelona International Boat Show expects 50,000 visitors

From the 14th to the 18th of October, Barcelona will host a new edition of the International Boat...

Olive oil is one of the basis of the Mediterranean Diet

15.09.15 - 10:54

Mediterranean diet may protect women against blindness and breast cancer

The health benefits of the Mediterranean diet have been endorsed by two new research projects as part of the study group PREDIMED (Prevention with Mediterranean Diet). One of the projects concluded that a...

Construction work in the 22@ business and technological district, in Poblenou (by ACN)

07.08.15 - 17:31

Poblenou, from Barcelona's old industrial centre to new business, innovation and tourist district

In the last few years, tourism has boomed in Barcelona. In 2014, the Catalan capital was the 4th most visited city in Europe and 16th in the world, with almost 8 million foreign visitors that year. Especially during high...

Tourists in Sant Pere de Rodes, in the north of Catalonia (by ACN)

22.10.15 - 19:02

1.8 million international tourists visited Catalonia in September

Catalonia is still the leading Autonomous Community in Spain in terms of tourism, even before the Balearic Islands, and accounts for 25.1% of the overall total of visits by foreigners. 1,797,966 tourists from all over the world visited...

Catalan exhibitors in last's Anuga Food and Agriculture Fair (by Catalan Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, Fishery and Food)

07.10.15 - 16:12

29 Catalan companies to take part in Anuga, the world’s most important Food and Agriculture Fair

From the 10th to the 14th of October, the German city of Cologne will host Anuga, the world’s most important Food and Agriculture Fair which gathered together, in its last edition, nearly 7,000 exhibitors from 100...

Vijazz Penedès is an initiative to promote wine and jazz music (by ACN)

24.08.15 - 17:28

Uruguay to learn from Catalan wine expertise

The Museum of Wine Culture of Catalonia (VINSEUM) is exporting the enotourism model of its Penedès region to the Uruguayan towns of Montevideo and Canelones. The museum is coordinating a collaboration project with these Latin American cities in...
An image from last year's Circuit Festival (by Circuit Festival / ACN)

05.08.15 - 21:20

World's largest LGBT party festival kicks off in Barcelona, with 72,000 expected to attend

Between the 5th and 16th of August, Barcelona will once again become the world's LGBT capital. For the 8th consecutive year, the Catalan capital and its metropolitan area will play host to the Circuit Festival,...

Two passengers of the Catalan railway service (FGC) attending an English lesson (by ACN)

19.10.15 - 16:37

Pilot experiment to learn English on the train

The Catalan railway service (FGC) has launched a pilot experiment to learn English during train journeys. The trial started this Monday and two passengers received a one-hour long lesson during their journey from Manresa to Barcelona. The...

La Mercè's 'Piromusical', a show in which music and fireworks are synchronised (by ACN)

19.09.15 - 11:21

Barcelona local festival La Mercè kicks off with more than 500 activities programmed

From the 18th to the 24th of September, Barcelona celebrates ‘Mercè’, its...

The Japan-themed decorations in Barcelona's Verdi Street (by A. Zamorano)

18.08.15 - 16:58

Barcelona’s charming Gràcia neighbourhood hosts its traditional street festival

By 21 August thousands of people are expected to have attended Gràcia’s local street festival, organised around its Patron Saint’s day. The programme of 'Festes de Gràcia' includes Catalan traditional human towers...

Joan de Borbó Boulevard in Barceloneta (by ACN)

05.08.15 - 20:52

Barcelona City Council to forgive fines on illegal tourist apartments if owners put them up for social rent

The City Council of the Catalan capital has announced it will remit 80% of the fine on tourist apartments with no licence located in Barcelona's Ciutat Vella district if the owners put the property up for social housing rent for a minimum of 3...

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