Top 10 Things Happening in Barcelona this Month
Barcelona is constantly buzzing with exciting events and colourful street parties all throughout the year. From crazy carnivals to mesmerising exhibitions, there’s no denying that this city has something for every kind of traveller. We will be keeping this blog up-to-date monthly so that you won’t ever miss out on the best things happening during your visit to the sunny capital...
1 Barcelona Carnival 2018 (pictured)
8th - 14th February
Barcelona Carnival is coming to town for another February, and if you’re lucky enough to be in the city at this time of year you’re in for a real treat. Other parts of the world spend the day before Lent begins by clearing out their cupboards and making tasty pancakes, but in Barcelona they have one big blowout street party that lasts for days. Dancers, over-the-top parades and countless crazy and fun traditions (omelette competitions, for example) are just a taster of what you’ll find this month in Barcelona...
2 Festes de Santa Eulalia 2018
10th - 12th February
Barcelona’s Carnival is also an opportunity to celebrate Santa Eulalia, the patron saint of Barcelona. A huge parade with fire-breathing dragons, constant music, folk dancing and fire-runs are all part of the festivities which begin once the flag has been raised on the City Hall balcony on Plaça de Sant Jaume.
3 Valentines Day
Although Valentine’s Day itself isn’t quite as celebrated here as it is in other parts of the world, Barcelona can make for a perfect romantic getaway for you and your partner. With some of the best sunsets in Europe and incredible scenic spots for an al fresco champagne picnic, we can’t think of many better cities to spend a few days with your Valentine.
4 Art Exhibitions: Final Chances
‘Brossa Poetry’ until 25th February
The ‘Brossa Poetry’ exhibition in Barcelona’s Museum of Contemporary Art (MACBA) consists of cinematic, theatrical, musical and artistic visualisations of the poet’s late works. Brossa frequently collaborated with other artistic forms which is what this exhibition highlights the most.
5 Watch the Groves V Eubank Jr Fight at Belushi’s
Head down to Belushi’s, the party bar underneath our Barcelona hostel, to watch George Groves defend his WBA super-middleweight title against Chris Eubank Junior. The atmosphere will be buzzing and 25% off food and drink when you stay at St Christopher’s makes it even better.
6 Barcelona Football game at Camp Nou Premier League
Is there anywhere better to see a Premier League game than at the home of Barcelona FC and the largest stadium in Europe? Our Barca hostel is only a 15 minute cycle from Camp Nou so football fans would be crazy not to head to a game whilst there.
7 Park Guell minus the crowds
Aside from all the great events on this month in Barcelona, February is the perfect time of year to take a trip to the usually packed out Park Guell. Gaudi’s world-famous park is a classic tourist spot, and for good reason because it is stunning, however with this comes enormous crowds. February is low season for Barcelona, leaving Park Guell even more picture-perfect than usual.
8 Llum Festival 2018
16th - 18th February
See the city glow when the sun goes down during Barcelona’s Llum Festival. The mesmerising light installations come as part of the Santa Eulalia festivities and are totally free to go and see around the city. Artists’ light creations will transform the look of buildings, patios and spaces around Barcelona by projecting displays of colour over their facades.
9 Half Marathon 2018
It may be too late now to actually take part, however it’s not too late to join in with the crowds in cheering on the runners from the sideline. The 20km run goes right along the beachfront so grab a nice spot and get involved!
10 Visiting on a budget? We’ve got you covered...
If you’ve planned a trip to Barcelona in February but would rather splurge more on tapas and save more on ‘doing stuff’, check out our 13 free things to do in Barcelona. You’ll be surprised at just how many of the must-dos you can tick off that actually won’t cost you anything to do!
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Article by Darcy King
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