Diada Nacional de Catalunya

Cultural in Barcelona

Catalonia’s national day curiously commemorates Barcelona’s surrender on 11 September 1714 to the Bourbon monarchy of Spain, at the conclusion of the War of the Spanish Succession. Today it's a celebration of Catalan culture and many locals dress in national colours and carry Catalan flags around the streets. There may also be events such as parades of gegants (giants), mock battles with people dressed as soldiers and castellers (human towers).

The day has also become linked with politics and the Catalan independence movement, and in recent years there have been huge protests on this day, which can often disrupt transport and make it difficult to travel through certain parts of the city.