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Spring festive days and festivals in Barcelona

Semana Santa

Date: from the 25th of March

Location: the Cathedral and Santa Maria del Mar, also any church of the city

During the Holy Week, you will see parades and processions In Barcelona. The celebration starts with “Domingo de Ramos” or “Palm Sunday” which symbolises the arrival of Jesus in Jerusalem.  The parades go through the Las Ramblas and the Gothic Quarter. You also should try the traditional Easter dessert,  Las Monas de Pascua. The small cakes, traditionally decorated with eggs and figurines, but nowadays mostly with chocolate and marzipan,  are given to children by their godparents.

On these days usually most of the shops are closed but the museums and attractions are open for visitors!


La Feria de Abril 

Date: from the 14th of April

Location: Parc del Forum

This is a week long flamenco festival (the Barcelona version of the Andalusian one), which follows the Easter celebrations. During the week the Parc is divided in to areas for the different activities, like the “calle del infierno” as for the attractions with an amusement park, or the restaurant area with more than 100 “casetas”, offering different delicious treats.


Sant Jordi’s Day

Date: 23rd of April

Location: La rambla and Passeig de Gracia

This is the Catalan version of Valentine’s day. According to the more than 500 year old tradition, on this day couples exchange red roses and books. This date also marks the “Day of the Book”, as it is the day of the death of William Shakespeare and Miguel Cervantes. If you are in Barcelona in late April, profit of this nice celebration, enjoy the view of the city’s buildings decorated with Catalan flags and red roses, take a walk in the centre and browse the stalls of books and flowers all over the city.