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Visca Barcelona

Vis­it­ing Barcelona is about more than walk­ing from one hotspot to the next. To ex­plore the live­li­ness and plea­sures that make the city unique, you must cel­e­brate with its lo­cals. Luck­ily, there are op­por­tu­ni­ties galore to do that. Mark these days in your

- Celebrations · Spain · Barcelona · Sitges · Catalonia

CAVALCADA DE REIS

6 Jan­uary

The Epiphany is a huge deal in Spain. In the grand fi­nale of the fes­tive sea­son, kids re­ceive the big­gest presents of all, and fam­i­lies gather for the last, snowy cel­e­bra­tion of the hol­i­days. In Barcelona, a grand pa­rade with the three kings and their mag­i­cal en­tourage roams the streets and warms up the hearts of all ages the night be­fore.

LLUM BCN POBLE­NOU

Mid-Fe­bru­ary

For one week­end in Fe­bru­ary, Poble­nou, Barcelona’s busiest busi­ness dis­trict, gets lit up by the work of over 20 lo­cal and in­ter­na­tional light artists. Fol­low the lasers from one in­stal­la­tion to the next while you stroll through the chilly Eix­am­ple.

CARNESTOLT­ES

19 - 25 Fe­bru­ary (2020)

The car­ni­val of Barcelona is a rather in­ti­mate gath­er­ing. Many neigh­bour­hoods or­gan­ise small pa­rades and par­ties and in the city cen­tre, a siz­able cav­al­cade marches through the streets. Yet, to ex­pe­ri­ence the real Cata­lan car­ni­val, you’d bet­ter take a train to Sit­ges, a pic­turesque coastal town 40 min­utes west. Here, mad­ness char­ac­terises the colour­ful car­ni­val week with big cos­tumes, tons of con­fetti and tens of thou­sands of party peo­ple.

SANT JORDI

23 April

For­get Valen­tine’s day. In Cat­alo­nia, Sant Jordi is the day of un­al­tered love. Tra­di­tion­ally, girls re­ceive a rose from their loved ones and boys a book. There­fore, the streets are filled with book and rose mar­kets where hope­less ro­man­tics take their pick.

LA NIT DELS MUSEUS

16 May (2020)

Dur­ing the mu­seum night, you can visit your favourite mu­se­ums long after the usual clos­ing time. Un­til 1am, the col­lec­tions of most mu­se­ums re­main on dis­play, of­ten with at­mo­spheric events and ac­tiv­i­ties on the side.

PRI­MAV­ERA SOUND

4 - 6 June (2020)

Barcelona kicks off the spring with a vi­brant, al­ter­na­tive fes­ti­val with ocean views. The line-up keeps a safe dis­tance from all that’s com­mer­cial, yet the fes­ti­val wel­comes ev­ery­one to its amaz­ing bub­ble of beats.

PRIDE! BCN

20 - 27 June (in 2020)

Tra­di­tion­ally, June is Pride month – a month dur­ing which the global LGBT+ com­mu­nity hits the streets to de­mand equal­ity and re­spect. Dur­ing the last week­end of June, Barcelona turns pink, as well, with a big pa­rade, plenty of par­ties and a fair share of un­con­di­tional love tak­ing over the city.

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