All over the world, the 31stof October and the 1stand 2ndof November hold special significance for many different people and cultures. From Halloween to All Saints Day, it’s a holiday celebrating by many. And although Halloween is getting more and more popular in Catalonia, the region’s local traditions still hold strong.
This holiday represents a time for intimate family gatherings, for paying respect to those who are no longer with us and for enjoying age-old traditions and recipes. Known as the holiday of la Castanyada (literally ‘The Festival of Chestnuts”), the first days of November are a special time for all Catalans. If you’d like to read more about the origins of this custom, read our articleto discover how this festival came to be what it is today.
At this time of year, the flavours of autumn take on a new meaning in Catalonia and become the protagonist of this holiday. You’ll see how the old and young alike come together to enjoy a range of autumnal treats that we’ll share with you today. Discover them here!
As the cold sets in and the nights become longer, the smell of roasted castanyes (chestnuts) and moniatos(sweet potatoes) fills the streets of Barcelona.
There are around 30 stalls located around the city that sell these roasted delights. Many belong to local chestnut roasters whose task and dedication has been passed down to them over generations.
What’s more, during this season you will also find typical panellets. These sweet, sugary delicacies boast flavours of almond, marzipan and pine nuts, and are one of the most popular treats to be savoured during this holiday season. Discover our recipe with step-by-step instructions for how to make them here.
Where to buy castanyes and moniatos in Barcelona
We’ve put together this small guide to the chestnut-roasters of Barcelona. Visit these renowned street stalls where you can try roasted moniatos and castanyes until your heart’s content.
Wherever you choose to spend your time in Barcelona, make sure to indulge in the flavours of this holiday and join the locals in celebrating this special festival.
Where to buy castanyes in Example
- Passeig de Sant Joan, 2
- Rambla de Catalunya, 2
- Carrer d’Aribau, 2
Where to buy castanyes in Les Corts
- Carrer de Déu i Mata, 49
- Avinguda Diagonal, 589
- Avinguda Diagonal, 668
Where to buy castanyes in Ciutat Vella
- Ronda de Sant Pau, 76
- Passeig Joan de Borbó, 1
- Avinguda de Francesc Cambó, 16
Where to buy castanyes in Sants – Montjuïc
- Carrer de Vilà i Vilà, 101
- Carrer de Creu Coberta, 24
- Plaça de Sants, 1
Where to buy castanyes in Sant Martí
- Carrer de Pallars, 63
- Rambla del Poblenou, 57
- Rambla del Poblenou, 124
- Avinguda Diagonal, 26
Where to buy castanyes in Sarrià – Sant Gervasi
- Carrer Major de Sarrià, 1
- Plaça d’Adrià, 1
- Plaça de Joaquim Folguera, 3
Where to buy castanyes in Horta – Guinardó
- Carrer del Tajo, 39
Discover the taste of autumn in Barcelona! However you decide to celebrate this upcoming holiday, don’t forget to delight your taste buds while exploring the city.
And if you’re looking a place to stay during your trip, we have a range of exclusive holiday apartments to make sure you don’t miss a thing.