It seems that the moods of nature inspire people’s creativity. How else would you explain how Catalonia has raised creative minds like Antoni Gaudí, Salvador Dalí and Joan Miró.
Catalonia - lives of contrasts. The Catalans are patriotic and disciplined, traditional yet modern. Contrasts also determine the relationship of Catalonia towards the rest of Spain, in particular towards Castile, whose dominance is sometimes regarded as oppression, even until today. The Catalans do not consider themselves Spanish and they are somewhat attracted by the French and German lifestyles. Bull fighting is not wanted here. Here, people prefer non-violent activities and would rather build human towers or dance with completely unknown fellow citizens to the sounds of the “Sardana”, the traditional Catalonian round dance. By the shining power of their culture the Catalans create the image of being a nation of their own.
The beginning of the Catalan language dates back to around the 9th century, but in the course of its thousand-year history, for instance during the Franco dictatorship, it underwent numerous controls and was forbidden. The Spanish interpret it more or less lovingly as “shouting”. However, “Catalá” forms part of the important Roman cultural idioms.