ZER COMTE ARNAU - CATALONIA
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The flag of Catalonia, called La Senyera, is a vexillological symbol based on the heraldic emblem of Counts of Barcelona and the coat of arms of the Crown of Aragon, which consists of four red stripes on a golden background. It is an official symbol since the Statute of Catalonia of 1932.
Castells are one of the main manifestations of Catalan popular culture. The activity consists in constructing human towers by competing colles castelleres (teams). This practice originated in the southern part of Catalonia during the 18th century.The sardana is the most characteristic Catalan popular dance, other groups also practice Ball de bastons.
Musically, the Havaneres are also characteristic in some marine localities of the Costa Brava especially during the summer months when these songs are sung outdoors accompanied by a cremat of burned rum. Other music styles are Catalan rumba, Catalan rock and Nova Can.In the greater celebrations other elements of the Catalan popular culture are usually present: the parades of gegants (giants) and correfocs of devils and firecrackers. Another traditional celebration in Catalonia is La Patum de Berga.
Located in the Ribes Valley in the area of Ripolls, the village goes from North to South. It is divided in two parts, one in the shadow and the other lays in the sunshine,.It is well communicated as it is crossed by the National Road and a rail track, both joining the village to Barcelona and Puigcerd.The village has good examples of Romanesque art and its houses, made of stone and wood are good examples of rural architecture, in a surrounding of green countryside, except in winter when the snow covers the fields.People come to the village because it is very near to the ski resorts of La Molina, Masella and Nria.
The village of vallfogona is located in the slopes of Puig Estela and Milany, surrounded by oak forests. It has a medieval center well preserved, with stone covered streets and houses built around the XVIIth century.Going down the village we will come across a medieval bridge built by the Lord of Milany, which was used to cross the river and joined the villages of Vallfogona and Vidr, on the other side of the mountain range.