The night of October 31st is celebrated in Barcelona with a traditional holidays in Catalonia: the Castanyada. With the arrival of colder weather, it is a pleasure to sit by the fire and enjoy the "panellets", which are authentic delicacies in the shape of small cakes that can be found in any bakery in the Catalan city.
In addition, throughout the city you can find a "castanyera" lady who roasts and sells chestnuts.
Chestnuts and sweets for all
In the days preceding the Day of All Saints (Día de Todos los Santos), roasted chestnuts are a traditional food sold in Barcelona in a variety of stalls throughout the city.
The "panellets" are sweets made from almond and sugar paste and shaped like a small ball. These sweets can be coated with pine nuts, coconut, lemon peel, chocolate, and other ingredients. You must try these samples of Catalan culture the next time you visit the city during October.
Another typical type of sweet food is the roasted sweet potato, which is a natural alternative to the sweets made in pastry shops and bakeries.
Which drinks accompany these delicacies? With a delicious sweet wine, made from Muscat grapes. It is customary to drink directly from the jug, without glasses or cups.
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Along with castañas, Halloween is also celebrated in Barcelona. This year there are different activities:
• Halloween kids. Different ideas for the little ones to enjoy a scary but fun party.
• After the success of the previous years with Piknid Electronik, this year, electronic music fans can once again enjoy Barcelona with Pumpkin Electronid.
• Basketball lovers will find "Basketween", the best basketball of FC Barcelona, but with the stadium covered with Halloween decoration. Sports and holidays are guaranteed.
• In the civic center of the Sagrada Familia, different activities are scheduled for anyone who wishes to enjoy a tour of how Halloween night is celebrated in other countries.
Other ideas to enjoy Halloween in Catalonia
Poblenou Cemetery is the first cemetery in the modern era of the city of Barcelona. It contains historic statues of great sculptural value.
For the more daring, it is possible to find scary adventures in Port Aventura on the night of October 31st. Some of the examples include, "Forest of Terror", "Temple of Fire" and many other ideas.
Close to the Sagrada Familia, a special Halloween show called "Phenomena Experience" is planned. One of the main experiences: The Pet Sematary by Stephen King.
La Posada Maldita is one of the most popular theme bars in Barcelona, ideal for enjoying a terrifying night. But there are many more themed local bars, such as Razzmatazz, Nitsa, etc.