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The capital city of the fiercely independent Catalan region of northern Spain, Barcelona is a city that wears its heart on its sleeve. A whistle-stop tour of the city is all it takes to leave a lifelong impression of the vitality, energy and vibrancy of the region and its people, and springtime is the perfect time to make that trip.
Architectural treasures line the streets of the city, old and new. From the staggering scale of the Camp Nou football stadium, to the unfinished glory of the Sagrada Familia, Antoni Gaudi’s modernist testament to his Catholic faith and not scheduled for completion until 2026 (the centenary of the death of its architect), you name the event, Barcelona has the perfect venue in which to host it. Here are just a few of the hundreds of festivals, celebrations and fiestas coming to Barcelona over the next few months.
The Easter celebration is the ‘big one’ – a week of carnivals, processions and Catholic services flood Barcelona with colour, food and excitement once Lent has ceased. It may mean opening times for shops, museums and galleries can be a little unreliable, but there is plenty more that can only be seen at this time of year.
The Catalonian equivalent of Valentine’s Day coincides with the feast of St George towards the end of April, and is known as La Diada de Sant Jordi. Also marking the anniversaries of the deaths of Shakespeare and his Spanish counterpart Cervantes, it is traditional for women to receive rich bouquets of flowers from their lovers, and for men to receive gifts of books in memory of these literary giants. As summer returns to the city, the trees and flowers blossom and love is in the air – the perfect place for a travelling couple to while away a day or two.
Come May, the Primavera Sound festival returns once again to the Parc Del Forum for one of the most consistently successful music festivals across Europe. This year’s line-up already includes world class acts such as Blur, Tame Impala and Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, but with the full roster only partially unveiled, Primavera is sure to get better and better.
Best of all, when your city has the Barcelona Card on offer to visitors, you know that it’s a pro. With free public transport and heavily discounted or even free access to galleries, museums and attractions across the city, without a doubt your first purchase when you touch down at Barcelona El-Prat should be a Barcelona Card. Keep it handy and your trip will be as easy as pie. Save it for your next trip too – as long as you haven’t worn it out!