In Viladrau's town center, where 14 women out of a town of 100 were accused of witchcraft and executed.

Catalonia pardons women accused of witchcraft 400 years ago


Witch hunts relied heavily on accusations from neighbors who were desperate for scapegoats whenever bad luck struck the town — such as crop failures, sudden diseases or natural disasters.

During the month of December, the Tió de Nadal is placed under a blanket and fed every night. On Christmas Eve, he "poops" out presents.

Barcelona celebrates a very merry ‘scatological’ Christmas

Pep González, a longtime mushroom forager, on a hunt for mushrooms in the forest.

Foragers in Catalonia embrace a new mushroom-hunting season after last year’s strict lockdown

Misoprostol drug, the most common abortion pill

Catalonia’s temporary tele-abortion services are a game-changer for women with limited access

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Marly Estrella is pictured with activists Luis Enrique Rumaldo (left) and Manuel Rico in L'Hospitalet de Llobregat near Barcelona.

Housing struggles rise in Catalonia amid the pandemic

A few people walk or bike in shadows near a large building.

A coronavirus outbreak threatens Catalonia’s vital tourism industry


In previous years, throngs of tourists flocked to Antoni Gaudí’s masterpiece Sagrada Família basilica in Barcelona. But with hundreds of new outbreaks of the coronavirus in the northeast region of Catalonia, Spain’s tourism industry is taking a serious hit.

a human tower in Catalonia, Spain

In Catalonia, bullfights are out, human towers are in


Bullfighting has been banned in Catalonia since 2011. But another dangerous activity — castells, or human towers — is gaining popularity.

People wait a line as long as three business fronts to vote in Catalonia's regional elections.

Moment of truth for independence drive as divided Catalonia votes

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Catalans are voting Thursday to try and solve a crisis triggered by an independence drive in one of the most strategic regions of Spain, the eurozone’s fourth-largest economy.

Members of the Catalonian band, Txarango

Identity politics and music from a band in Catalonia


As identity politics continues to play out in Catalonia — between Catalans who want independence from Spain and a government that wants to keep it part of Spain — we hear from the band Txarango.


Why some Catalans say independence is a ‘feminist struggle’


Catalonia’s President Carles Puigdemont declared independence from Spain. The news, though hardly perceptible in the streets, was shouted loud and clear across social media channels with tweets reading, “Welcome to the Catalan Republic” and “Good morning Republic,” seemingly blind to the fact that hours after the proclamation, Spain revoked the region’s autonomy and imposed direct rule via a never-before-used constitutional provision known as Article 155.