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  • Catalonia independence referendum vote
    Catalonia votes, but independence will not come any time soon
    Over 2 million Catalonians participated in Sunday’s vote to secede from Spain only to let the region’s voice to be heard. More than 80 percent of the votes supported an independent Catalonia despite a turnout of only a little more than...
  • President Artur Mas
    Non-binding secession vote to go forward in Catalonia
    Catalonia will move forward with a secession vote in November, despite the Spanish government’s rendering the vote nonbinding. Catalan President Artur Mas spoke Tuesday in a news conference, saying that the people deserve to have their...
  • Catalonia independence referendum
    Catalonia calls for independence referendum despite Madrid's objections
    Scotland’s independence referendum failed, but it has caused the idea to gain support in Catalonia. The easternmost region of Spain announced on Sunday they will call for a vote on independence despite the objections from parliament in...
  • Sculpture at Mas Blanch I Jove
    Mas Blanch I Jove and the Art of Wine
    The isolated DO of Costers del Segre is the most westerly of the Catalonian DOs. Here, a small handful of wineries cultivate a scant 300 hectares of vines where there are more olives grown than grapes. The area’s high elevation - higher than...
  • Energetic young winemaker in Roussillon
    Roussillon, France's Most Intriguing Wine Region
    Planning a wine-filled European vacation this year, but can’t decide whether to go to Spain or France? No problem – the answer is Roussillon, where Spain and France are joined at the hip. Officially part of the Languedoc-Roussillon...
  • Mounting Montserrat: A hiking profile
    Mounting Montserrat: A hiking profile
    There are few things that get the blood of a Mile High resident churning more than a cool microbrew and a mountain hike. While the Northeastern region of Spain is not known for its abundance of craft beers, it is however, a renowned spot for...
  • el Pi de les Tres Branques
    Catalunya no es Espanya? A struggle for independence and coexistence
    If you ever find yourself in the Barcelona area, be careful not to mention that you are 'in Spain' within earshot of a local. Should you happen to commit this vernacular faux pas, be prepared to be quickly and flamboyantly educated in the...
  •  HM King Juan Carlos and Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy attend the Royal Palace reception
    Spanish royals celebrate muted National Day
    The Spanish royal family presided over the country’s scaled back National Day celebrations on Friday. Spain’s economic turmoil and cutbacks resulted in a much smaller military parade than in previous years. It featured none of the...
  • Rajoy and King Juan Carlos of Spain
    Spain’s woes weigh heavy
    Numerous regions in Spain are calling for government aid, this news weighed heavily today as this deepens an unsightly European crisis that could potentially spiral out of control. American banks are very complacent thinking none of these issues...
  • Joan Lliberia
    Edetària: Benchmark Wines of Catalonia’s Terra Alta DO
    As a winegrower, Joan Lliberia is only interested in producing wines that reflect a place. His estate - Edetària - lies southwest of Barcelona and just inland from the coast of the Mediterranean Sea in Terra Alta, one of ten sub regions with...
  • Humane activists celebrate the end of bullfighting in Catalonia
    Humane activists celebrate the end of bullfighting in Catalonia
    Barcelona, Spain - What has been touted as an animal protection victory in Catalonia, a group of anti-bullfighting activists celebrated the last of the bullfights yesterday during the final event of the season. In July 2010, Catalonia's...
  • Gaudi apartment
    The Magnificent Sagrada Família Cathedral in Barcelona
    A country richly endowed by both nature and history, Spain is a sun-baked land of castles, dramatic coastlines, snow-capped mountains, lively festivals, and proud traditions. The Pyrenees form its mountainous backbone border with France. Portugal...
  • Human Tower Competition: Tarragona Castells
    Spanish human tower building: Tarragona Castells is community & trust (video)
    Human tower building again happened in Spain as the 23rd Tarragona Castells Competition took place today (Oct. 3) in the Catalonia region. In this celebration of community groups called "colles" compete to build the highest, most unique...
  • Human towers top off in Catalonia, Spain
    Human towers top off in Catalonia, Spain
    Yesterday, human towers topped off in Catalonia, Spain, and this very serious business.In fact, these form-follows-function formations were the gist of the formal Tarragona Castells Competition where gaggles of, well, humans, formed intricate...
  • Human tower competition Spanish tradition: Tarragona Castells (video & pix)
    Human tower competition Spanish tradition: Tarragona Castells (video & pix)
    The 23rd Tarragona Castells Competition took place today (Oct. 3) in the Catalonia region of Spain. This is a cultural phenomenon in which groups called "colles" compete to build the highest, most unique human towers. It is a true...