Portland. This eclectic city boasts lush greenery, a thriving arts scene, and a culinary landscape that will tantalize your taste buds, all set against a backdrop of breathtaking natural beauty, from towering forests to rugged coastlines.
Portland's craft beer scene is a hoppy haven, with its numerous microbreweries and passionate brewers offering an endless array of flavorful brews for beer connoisseurs to explore.
Portland's culinary scene is a dynamic tapestry of farm-to-table restaurants, creative chefs, and food artisans, offering a mouthwatering exploration of the city's gastronomic diversity.
Portland's outdoor recreation opportunities, from hiking in Forest Park to kayaking on the Willamette River, beckon nature lovers to explore the city's stunning natural surroundings.
Portland's "Keep Portland Weird" mentality is a cherished ethos that celebrates individuality, creativity, and eccentricity, shaping the city's unique and vibrant cultural landscape.
The three kings day is part of the celebration of Christmas culminating 12 days after Christmas on January 6th. On the eve of the 6th parades take place throughout the city, the largest is called Cabalgata de Reyes where 500,000 people lineup each year to watch. Celebrations peak on the 6th where presents are opened and traditionally a sweet bread called Tortell de Reis is enjoyed.
Carnaval is celebrated in many Catholic countries in February to have some fun before heading into lent. In Barcelona you can find kid and adult friendly celebrations including floats, costumes, music, and fireworks.
Saint George’s day, also called Día de la Rosa (the day of the Rose) is the Catalonian Valentine’s day celebrated on April 23rd. Rose and book stands can be found all over the city. In tradition women receive a red rose and men receive a book as a gift. On this day you will find Casa Batlló decorated in roses.
Formula 1 is widely enjoyed in Barcelona. Each year the city is host to the Spanish Grand Prix in May where over 150,000 people enjoy this high octane event.
Celebrated on the night of June 23rd and June 24th, the beaches become a party with fires and fireworks. Locals refer to this night as 'Nit del Foc' meaning night of fire. This is a celebration of the longest day and shortest night of the year.
One weekend each year in June Barcelona hosts one of the best known music festivals in Europe. The events are attended by over 100,000 people and are split between sonar by day and sonar by night.
In mid-August, every Barrio (neighborhood) compete to be the best decorated street. Gracia is one of the most well-known neighborhoods to explore the amazing setups. The celebration continues both day and night and includes live concerts and drinks.
On September 24th hundreds of performance take place in the streets. Many involve mythical beasts or giants and include dancing, drums and fireworks. During the celebration you can also find Castellers building human towers.
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