cross cultural trainingBarcelona Culture

History and traditions

One of the surprises to live in Barcelona is due its varied entertainment and non-stop of events happening all year round. Arriving to Barcelona you will notice a great variety of galleries, festivals, fairs and exhibitions. All these events are strongly presented with the Catalan culture and will help you get closer to the local culture and it’s a great hub to meet new locals and international friends.
As Barcelonans are very proud of their traditions and a way to promote their history is through Celebrations such as the Festa de la Mercè, the “Festival of Our Lady of Mercy”, the city’s patroness, a fiesta which lasts for a whole month in September each year – Not to miss!
It is also important to mention there is a the local folk festival in each of the city’s neighbourhoods, with special notice to Sants and Gràcia districts, where every year thousands of people follow the same traditions, with giant figures, human towers, folk music, drinks and great food.

Because Barcelona faces the sea, it became a large gateway through which local people learned about foreign traditions, experimented different products and exchanged knowledge with visitors not only from Europe but from all over the world. Nonetheless, Barcelonans keep firm with their traditions which are strongly integrated in their day-to-day lives. For that reason Barcelona’s culture and traditions is the so called “a mix of bright colours of different nationalities and their traditions”.

Cultural and Social Life

Social life in Spain is very important and family and friends can be the most important factors in their lives. Usually Spanish people speak very friendly with greetings, kisses and hugs that at first sight might be a bit of a surprise for you. Also you should get used to spontaneous talks and not be too stressed if someone interrupts you – usually it is not considered bad manners.

In Barcelona, people generally lunch between 1.30pm and 3.30pm and the dinner time is between 9pm and 11pm. It is quite common to go out for dinner with friends, especially on weekends, but do not expect a typical restaurant to open before 8.30pm, as most of them aren’t.

Spanish nightlife is widely known all over the world and it is considered as one of the greatest attractions we have to offer. Bars and discos stay open throughout the night as the hospitality sector is one of the strongest sectors in the Spanish economy.

Shopping in Barcelona is another very popular attraction. The shops are open usually from 10 am until 9 pm and on special occasions until 10pm.

BarnaRelocation believes that the understanding of the local culture is a very important factor to embrace from the first days of your arrival to Barcelona. Having said that, we have developed a special “crash course” for all our clients where we share all our knowledge about Barcelona, its lifestyle and daily habits. We are ready to answer all of your questions and will try our best for a successful cultural integration.


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