Few moments in the year hold more promise than Spring in Barcelona

As the weather warms up, the city emerges from its winter hibernation, and so do all the activities that come along with it. One of the best parts about Spring is obviously the rising temperature, and really there’s no better way to take advantage of seaside Catalan culture than ‘al fresco’.

Enjoy the warming weather by taking a stroll down La Rambla, or through famous parks like Parc de la Ciutadella or Park Güell. Even better, simply sip on a cold glass of beer at one of many reappearing open-air terrazas, which crop up like flowers after a fresh spring rain.

Here is a list of our favourite things to do in Barcelona this Spring.

 

LIVE ‘AL FRESCO’

La Rambla

Private tour at Las Ramblas

Private tour at Las Ramblas

With warm beach weather, budding trees lining, La Rambla is the place to go. La Rambla is the most famous boulevard in Barcelona. The Canaletas Fountain (where FC Barcelona followers gather for celebrations), flower sellers, human statues, it has been the place of gathering in Barcelona since the XVIII century.

 

 

Hotel Terraces

Hotel 1898 – La Isabela Terrace

Hotel 1898 – La Isabela Terrace

When the good weather arrives, the unofficial terrace season starts. Around 40 hotels of the city are open not only for hotel guests but also to anyone that wants to enjoy a lovely evening while enjoying some of the most beautiful views of the city.

 

 

 

 

KEEP TRADITIONS

Setmana Santa – Holy Week

Palmas of Semana Santa

Palmas of Semana Santa

Even though Barcelona is not a city where you will find the breathtaking processions and ceremonies you can see in the South of Spain, you can’t miss Palm Sunday (Diumenge de rams).

  • WHERE: Any church on the city but specially the Cathedral and Santa Maria del Mar
  • WHEN: Sunday before Holy Friday

 

 

 

Sant Jordi

Sant Jordi in Las Ramblas

Sant Jordi in Las Ramblas

Barcelona’s own version of Valentine’s Day is Sant Jordi (Saint George). This romantic event takes place on April 23rd when Sant Jordi, the patron saint of Catalonia, is honored. If you find yourself in Barcelona during late April, you are in for a treat as the streets are adorned with Catalan flags, as well as a whole host of rose and bookstalls ready for loved ones to exchange these commemorative gifts.

 

Temps de Flors in Girona

Cathedral of Girona

Cathedral of Girona

If you are in search of colorful day trip from Barcelona then be sure to head to Girona, just outside Barcelona, for the annual Flower Festival. This beautiful city is brought to life with colorful flowers of all shapes and sizes decorations.

 

 

 

 

 

Enjoy Food

Buñuelos

Buñuelos

Let’s put it simple. Buñuelos are the Spanish version of doughnuts. You can eat them all year long but especially during Easter you will find them every Wednesday and Friday in all bakeries.

  • WHERE: All bakeries will have some
  • WHEN: During Easter

 

 

 

Do a Vermut

Vermut

Vermut

It’s one o-clock and you have nothing to do until 3 pm?  Don’t worry, become a local for a couple of hours and do what every average Catalan does on a Sunday: go for a vermut!

“Doing a vermouth” or ‘Fer el vermut’ as we say it in Catalan is really popular – actually a real trend right now.  It means to have a drink and an appetizer (anchovies, olives, chips) before lunch.

  • WHERE: There are plenty of places but our recommendation would be ‘El Xampanyet’ at the Born Area or Quimet – Quimet at Poble Sec or Casa Mariol near Sagrada Familia.
  • WHEN: Just before lunch

 

 

 

La Mona

Monas of Easter

Monas of Easter

The Mona (literally “the Monkey) is a cake eaten on Easter Monday. Although traditionally the “Mona” is a sponge cake topped with butter cream and roasted almonds, over the years chocolate cakes have been popularized.

  • WHERE: You will have the opportunity to see ‘monas’ in all bakery shops in Barcelona but you can’t miss the ones displayed at Escriba (La Rambla), Bubó (Gothic Quarter) or Oriol Balaguer
  • WHEN: During Easter
  • FIND OUT MORE: Art Made of Chocolate: the ‘Easter Mona’

 

 

KEEP FIT

Zurich Marathon

Runners in Barcelona

Runners in Barcelona

With more than 20.000 participants this 42 km race is one of the most race of Spain and the fifth of Europe after the one of Paris, Berlin, London and Stockholm.

This marathon is an attractive and fast circuit passing through the most emblematic sites of the city. The tourist potential of Barcelona, the warmth of its people and services of high quality has made this Marathon in one of the favorite for all kind of runners.

Looking for some places to train? Check out 5 Recommendations for Running in Barcelona

  • WHERE: 42 Km throughout Barcelona
  • WHEN: March 13
  • FIND OUT MORE: On the website

 

La cursa del Corte Inglés

El Corte Inglés race at Barcelona

El Corte Inglés race at Barcelona

This event is the most popular race in Barcelona. It is a great way for you sporty types out there so see the city in a somewhat unconventional way. With highlights including Plaça Catalunya and Montjuïc this is one race not to be missed.

  • WHERE: 10 Km throughout Barcelona
  • WHEN: April 10
  • FIND OUT MORE: On the website

 

 

Barcelona Open – Trofeo Conde de Godó

Rafa Nadal at Torneo Conde Godó

Rafa Nadal at Torneo Conde Godó

Barcelona’s Open is an annual tennis tournament. The event has been held in Barcelona every year since 1953.  The tournament is part of the 500 series on the ATP World Tour. As a curiosity you should know that Rafa Nadal has won the singles title a record of eight times.

  • WHERE: Real Club de Tenis Barcelona
  • WHEN: April 16 – April 24
  • FIND OUT MORE: On the Website

 

 

Spanish Formula One Grand Prix

Spanish Formula One Grand Prix

Spanish Formula One Grand Prix

Formula One race comes every year to Barcelona, and is sure to get your blood pumping! Catch these speed junkies as they fly around the track at the Circuit de Catalunya, Montmeló.

  • WHERE: Circuit de Catalunya, Montmeló
  • WHEN: May 13 to May 15

 

 

JOIN THE GREEN SIDE

Parc de la Ciutadella

Parc de la Ciudatella

Parc de la Ciudatella

One of Barcelona’s most beautiful parks holds a boating lake, playgrounds, a waterfall (one of Gaudi’s first Works) and the city zoo.  You will always find things to do and it’s a wonderfully relaxed place to walk around and breathe fresh air.

 

Park Güell

Park Güell

Park Güell

Gaudí designed this surreal park originally intended to be the garden where the workers could enjoy. It’s an extraordinary place with buildings that seem straight out of Hansel and Gretel and the famous sinuous tiled bench that winds around an esplanade with the most beautiful views across the entire city. Do you want to know more?

Montjuïc Hill

Views from Montjuic

Views from Montjuïc

There are several themed gardens spread over the hillside of Montjuïc, the hulking castle, some striking architecture around the Olympic stadium complex, and an outdoor public swimming pool with views across the city and the cable cars, which glide above it all.

If you love to enjoy some views, I recommend the post Where are the best Views in Barcelona?

 

CULTURE SING AND DANCE

La Nit dels Museus

Nit dels Museus in MACBA

Nit dels Museus in MACBA

More than 3,000 participating museums across the country open their doors after dark, and free of charge, during this annual event.

  • WHERE: My favorites are MNAC or MACBA
  • WHEN: May 20
  • FIND OUT MORE: On the website

 

 

 

Festival Ciutat Flamenco

Festival Ciutat Flamenco

Festival Ciutat Flamenco

This annual flamenco festival is a four-day festival featuring the voices, dance and guitar of flamenco’s new and established stars in Barcelona. This will be its 21st edition.

  • WHERE: Mercat de les Flors
  • WHEN: May 2016 – dates not announced yet
  • FIND OUT MORE: On the website

 

 

Primavera Sound Festival

Primavera Sound Festival

Primavera Sound Festival

The first edition of the Primavera Sound Festival took place in 2001 in Poble Espanyol and since then it has become one of the most important indie and pop music festivals of the country. In 2005 it moved to the Parc del Fòrum, a much larger site on the seafront. Radiohead and Suede are some of the groups performing in this 2016 edition

  • WHERE: Barcelona Forum
  • WHEN: 1 – 5 June
  • FIND OUT MORE: On the website

 

So, what are you going to do in Barcelona this Spring? Tell us about your experience in the comments below!

 

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