Top 9 Things to do in Barcelona in February

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Top 9 Things to do in Barcelona in February 2019

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. This month it's all about the top things to do in Barcelona in February..


February 2019

Santa Eulàlia Festival 2019 (pictured)

February 12th

Saint Eulàlia's Day is a celebration in Barcelona in honour of one of the city’s patron saints. The vibrant Catalan street festival takes place in the centre of the city on  Placa de Sant Jaume. You can expect all of the main Catalan traditions here so it’s a great place to visit if you’re looking for a real local festival experience. There will be a parade with giants and fantasy characters, folk dancers, correfoc and Barcelona’s famous human towers.

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Barcelona Carnival 2019

February 28th - March 6th

The Barcelona Carnival is a massive event in the city to celebrate the last week before Lent. This massive fiesta is all about indulging and having fun; it all starts in February with Fat Thursday where people eat hotdogs and meat, stuffing themselves before they have to fast. There will be colourful parades around the city with live bands and performers. Starting on 28th February and running until the 6th March, make the most of this entertaining and free event taking place in different parts of the city.

Chinese New Year

February 5th, Barcelona celebrations on 2nd February

On 2nd February, the streets of Barcelona will be taken over by Chinese New Year celebrations. At 11:30am, a parade of dragons, dancers and colour will begin in the Estacio del Nord park and from 12:30-2pm and 4-7pm the stage on Passeig Lluis Companys will hold Chinese performances for the public to enjoy. If you’re in the city for this special day, be sure to check it out and enjoy the Chinese food and festivities.

Half Marathon Barcelona

10th February

Whether you want to compete or watch, don’t miss the Barcelona Half Marathon on 10th February where 16,500 runners from all over the world will take to the Catalan streets to feel part of something big; such a great challenge and all for a good cause. The half marathon is always popular with beginner runners and experienced runners alike. You can register to take part up until 4th February and the best part is that you can choose the charity you want to raise money for.

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The Best Sights and Attractions in Barcelona

You’re in Barcelona! Don’t miss out on seeing the city’s incredible architecture, views and historical sites while you’re there. If you’re after some local food, La Boqueria market is feast for the eyes and stomach! Check out the best sights and attractions in Barcelona...

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Valentine’s Day

4th February

Flying to Barcelona to celebrate Valentine’s Day with your loved one? In Barcelona there are plenty of lovely restaurants and bars to wine and dine your boyfriend/girlfriend. What’s more romantic than tapas and sangria is a beautiful Spanish street-side restaurant? Watch the sun go down at Park Guell, explore the Sagrada Familia and discover all of the best wineries and bars…

Head to the city’s best vegan restaurants

Whilst Barcelona’s food scene bursts with unbelievable meat-based dishes, the city is actually a fantastic place for vegan foodies too. From vegan curries and bento to plant-based burgers, Barcelona actually has a great number of totally vegan restaurants to tickle anyone’s taste buds. Check out the best vegan places to eat in Barcelona.

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Take photos around the city

Barcelona is not short of incredible photo spots. In February, the crowds disappear and the streets are much quieter making it the perfect time to take amazing photos without photobombers ruining the shot. We’ve rounded up the most Instagrammable spots in the city so you can go on your own little photo tour around the Catalan capital...

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Where to watch the 6 Nations

Rugby fans, you’ll be pleased to know that you can still watch the live Six Nations coverage while you’re in Barcelona. Belushi’s Bar in the centre of the city is an epic sports bar that screens all of the best sports from overseas, including the Six Nations which kicks off in February. Make the most of long happy hours, great deals on beer and delicious bar snacks to keep you satisfied while you watch. All of the games will have an English commentary, too. If you want to reserve a table for the game, check out the website...

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January 2019

Three Kings Parade: Cavalcada dels Reis

January 5th

In Spain, the main Christmas tradition takes place on January 5th where instead of Santa Claus, Three Kings deliver the presents to families. Children get very excited for this day and on the night of the 5th they will leave hay out for the king’s camels in hope for presents under the tree. In Barcelona, there’s a whole parade to celebrate King’s Day called Cavalcada dels Reis when the Three Kings arrive in the city. Melchior, Gaspar and Balthasar arrive on a float at the bottom of La Rambla before beginning a massive parade around town. The route is published in the newspapers. The following day (Jan 6) is a holiday.

Festa dels Tres Tombs

January 17th

Another symbolic festival that takes place in Barcelona in January is Festa dels Tres Tombs. This also marks St Anthony’s Day, which is all about celebrating Anthony who is the patron saint of animals. Two neighbourhoods in Barcelona celebrate the festival with music, Catalan traditions such as correfoc and there will also be animals present such as donkeys, horses and even piggies. You can find the festival taking place around Sant Andreu and Sant Antoni.

Go ice skating

Head to FC Barcelona’s Palau de Gel ice skating rink where the Barcelona ice hockey team plays. Their rink opens up to the public in December so you can rent some skates and glide around the ice. Just don’t forget your gloves!

January Winter Sales

Start on 7th January

If you want to hit the post-Christmas shopping sales, they officially start on January 7th after King’s Day. The sales will last for about a month so make sure you head to Barcelona’s best shopping areas for some great discounts.

Australia Day

Aussies! Just cos you’re on the other side of the world for Australia Day 2019, doesn’t mean you have to miss out on an epic Australia Day party in Europe! Join us at Belushi’s Bars in Barcelona on Saturday 26th January for the time of your life surrounded by awesome people, unreal music and live sport straight from Straya. Belushi’s will have DJs at night plus plenty of Aussie Beers and Food on offer.

Free things to do

There are plenty of free things to do in Barcelona. If you’re going to be in the Spanish capital over January make sure to make the most of the activities that won’t even cost you a penny.

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Barcelona Football

Heading to Barcelona during football season? Get tickets to a Barcelona FC game and head to one of the most famous football stadiums in the world, Camp Nou or the Mini Estadi. Fingers crossed Barcelona will win so you can experience the most epic atmosphere around the whole city.

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VISIT THE MUSEUMS ON A SUNDAY

January is a great time to make the most of Barcelona’s free museum Sundays, as there are far less crowds to make it an even more enjoyable experience!

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December 2018

Christmas Market Fira de Santa Llúcia

Until 23rd December

Barcelona’s biggest and most-well known Christmas market is Fira de Santa Llúcia by Barcelona Cathedral. Celebrating it’s eighth year, you’ll find 287 stands offering Christmas trinkets, nativity figures, Christmas trees, and mouth watering chocolate-filled churros at this Christmas fair. Fira de Santa Llúcia is unique because of its more traditional side, where you’ll get to embrace all of the Catalan traditions: you can get a look at the Nativity scenes and the crib exhibitions.

New Year’s Eve

One unforgettable and cost-free thing to do is make a stop at the spectacular New Year Chimes firework show in Barcelona. Located at the Magic Fountain near Plaza Espanya, this event attracts locals and tourists from all over the world to join the New Year countdown. The show consists of a wildly colourful water and light display, fireworks and music that creates an electric atmosphere. Be prepared to encounter some Spanish New Year’s traditions while you’re there too - such as stuffing your mouth with 12 grapes on the 12 clock gongs leading up to midnight. Then head to Belushi’s for an epic New Year’s Eve party.

VISIT THE MUSEUMS ON A SUNDAY

November is a great time to make the most of Barcelona’s free museum Sundays, as there are far less crowds to make it an even more enjoyable experience!

Check out more of the best Free Things to do in Barcelona

Go ice skating

Head to FC Barcelona’s Palau de Gel ice skating rink where the Barcelona ice hockey team plays. Their rink opens up to the public in December so you can rent some skates and glide around the ice. Just don’t forget your gloves!

Enjoy the Christmas lights

Over 400 streets in Barcelona are decorated with huge, grand displays of lights over the festive season, with the most impressive to be found in 3 places in particular so take note: La Rambla, Portal de l'Angel and the Passeig de Gràcia. These are the streets to take to if you’re ready to experience a Christmas atmosphere in Barcelona.

WATCH THE PREMIER LEAGUE AT BELUSHI’S

In Barcelona for a Premier League game? Head to Belushi’s bar just off La Rambla so you don’t have to miss a thing! Cheap drinks, tasty burgers and the longest Happy Hour in the city, it’s the ideal footy set up.

Christmas Day & Boxing Day

In Britain where we have midnight mass, in Catalonia they have 'missa del gall' (cockerel’s mass), held at dawn where locals head to church.. Later, the whole family enjoys a traditional Christmas feast.

Fira de Nadal at Sagrada Família

Until 23rd December

When in Barcelona you can’t miss the Sagrada Familia, an architectural gem. In December you’re in luck because a Christmas market is set up right outside the iconic cathedral called Fira de Nadal, a traditional market that has been running since the 1960’s. This is an open-air market packed with a hundred stalls where you can really feel the festive cheer and warming atmosphere.

El Dia dels Sants Innocents

28th December

This is the equivalent of April Fools Day for the Catalonians. On December 28th, there are all quite of tricks and pranks taking place all over Barcelona (even fake news reports on TV). One particular tradition involves sticking cut-out newspaper figures to the backs of unsuspecting victims, so watch out.

Barcelona Games World

Until 2nd December

Barcelona Games World is an international video game convention that’s held every year at the Fira de Montjuic. Over 1000 gaming terminals will be set up ready for you to test out some of the world’s coolest new games including virtual reality and new tech. This is an event you gamers won’t be able to resist if you’re in Barcelona at the end of the month.


November 2018

Fiesta Mayor of Sant Martí

5th - 18th November

The Sant Marti neighbourhood’s annual party is huge not just amongst the Sant Marti locals, but throughout Barcelona too. Check out the Catalan traditions, the giants parade, paella tasting and the Castellers as they create mind blowing human towers (a tradition included on the UNESCO list of intangible cultural heritage of humanity). It’s a super fun event that gives you a true insight into traditional Barcelona.

Visit the Sagrada Familia

If there’s ever a time to visit Barcelona’s number one sight and attraction, it’s in November! Visitor numbers are at their lowest during this month so make the most of the smaller crowds while you can.

All Saints Day

1st November

All Saints Day is a public holiday throughout Spain, so be warned that shops and most restaurants and bars will be closed for the day or run on different opening hours.

Barcelona Games World

29th November - 2nd December

Barcelona Games World is an international video game convention that’s held every year at the Fira de Montjuic. Over 1000 gaming terminals will be set up ready for you to test out some of the world’s coolest new games including virtual reality and new tech. This is an event you gamers won’t be able to resist if you’re in Barcelona at the end of the month.

Santa Llúcia Christmas Fair

24th November - 23rd December

This is the oldest Christmas market in Barcelona, with quaint festive stalls and unique Catalan traditions that you have to experience when in Barcelona at Christmas time.

Try traditional autumn food

When in Barcelona during autumn you have to sample some traditional fall snacks. Castanyes (roasted chestnuts) and moniatos (sweet potatoes) are sold from local street vendors all over the city - they’re cheap, delicious and a real local favourite!

Go foraging for mushrooms!

Autumn is mushroom season in Catalonia, and foraging for them in the city’s surrounding forests and hills is a traditional activity amongst locals every year. After the first rainfall, usually in November, the little wild mushrooms, known as bolets in Catalan, pop up ready to be harvested for the autumn! Why not try it yourself?

Visit the museums on a Sunday

November is a great time to make the most of Barcelona’s free museum Sundays, as there are far less crowds to make it an even more enjoyable experience!

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Stroll the markets

Again, with November being so much less busy, the markets will also be easier to walk through plus more free tasters for us! La Boqueria is Barcelona’s most famous indoor market, bursting with countless rows of colourful fruit and tons of the freshest fish in the city. Or visit Mercat de la Concepció from Monday to Saturday for a wander through it’s stunning flower market and enormous selection of fresh produce.

Watch the Premier League at Belushi’s

In Barcelona for a Premier League game? Head to Belushi’s bar just off La Rambla so you don’t have to miss a thing! Cheap drinks, tasty burgers and the longest Happy Hour in the city, it’s the ideal footy set up.

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October 2018

Mercat de Mercats

19th - 21st October

Barcelona is home to a very impressive 39 markets, so this is one festival you foodies don’t want to skip. ‘Market of markets’ is all about showing off the very best of Barcelona’s food market scene. From 19th to 21st October, stalls will be set up in front of the Cathedral, enticing passers by with loads of colourful and delicious food from fresh meat, fruit and veg to tapas and alcohol tasting.

48h Open House BCN

27th - 28th October

Make the most of 48 hours of free entry to some of Barcelona’s most incredible and iconic monuments and buildings during this month’s 48h Open House. Step in and discover modernist architecture such as Sant Pau and Fundacio Joan Miro. During some visits you may even get to join in with a free guided tour.

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La Castanyada

31st October - 1st November

This is the Catalan equivalent of Halloween - although they aren’t actually similar. La Castanyada is an autumn festival celebrated on the 31st of October in Catalonia where families and friends gather together to eat chestnuts, marzipan sweets called 'panellets’, candied fruits and sweet wine. La Castanyada goes all the way back to the late 18th century and derives from funeral meals. Traditionally, a Rosary prayer will take place while chestnuts are being roasted in memory of members of the family who had passed away.

Halloween parties

While, La Castanyada is what the locals celebrate, the Halloween we’re used to is also gaining popularity in Barcelona. There will be several Halloween parties taking place around Barcelona. The hottest party of the night will be at Belushi’s bars so keep an eye out on its website when information comes out about the Halloween event so you can plan your night.

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Oktoberfest Barcelona

4th - 14th October

Can’t travel to Munich for the actual Oktoberfest? Not to worry, because Barcelona will be hosting its own version right in the heart of the city. Bavaria comes to the Spanish capital for 11 days of drinking and fun. There will be litres upon litres of German beer, authentic Bavarian food, a hell load of people and thousands of tables. Reserve your spot because it will be packed out...

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See Barcelona play Football

Heading to Barcelona during football season? Get tickets to a Barcelona FC game and head to one of the most famous football stadiums in the world, Camp Nou. Fingers crossed Barcelona will win so you can experience the most epic atmosphere around the whole city.

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Where to watch the Premiere League and NFL

With the football season back in full swing, you’ll want an awesome venue to watch your team play in the Premier League. Head to Belushi’s sports bar in the heart of Barcelona for the best atmosphere, cheap drink deals and full live coverage of every single game in the tournament. They’ll be showing the top NFL and NCAA College Football.

Belushi’s serves up the best pre-game grub from wings, nachos, badass burgers and other tasty bar snacks.

Festa de la Verema (Wine Harvest Festival) 2018

6th and 7th October

Head down to Sitges this October for festival any wine-drinker will love… Festa de la Verema is all about celebrating the grape harvest season in the Penedes region, with plenty of wine samples on offer from some of the best vineyards in the region. See grape treading and barrel carrying contests as well as a wine tasting and a food fair for those not wanting to take part.

Barcelona Tattoo Expo 2018

5th - 7th October

Barcelona’s Tattoo Expo isn’t just one of the oldest tattoo festivals in Europe, but it’s one of the most renowned and respected tattoo festivals worldwide. This year celebrates the expo’s 20th anniversary, so it’s set to be even more jam packed than ever. Setting up for 3 days at Recinto de Montjuic, expect live music, fashion shows and photography plus tattoo workshops and live demonstrations. Some of the world’s most famous tattooists will be there so if you’re thinking of getting inked, you’ve come to the right place!

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Sitges Film Festival 2018

4th - 14th October

During a normal month, Sitges is a lovely, relaxing day trip away from Barcelona. But it seems October is a pretty ideal time to get to know even more than just its beaches. The Sitges Film Festival is one of the best-known festivals in the world, with huge names attending every year. Head down to Sitges between the 4th and 14th to check out a film or do some celeb spotting.


September 2018

Festes de la Mercè (pictured)

21st - 24th September

Fiesta de la Mercè is a celebration of the city's patron saint and protector of Barcelona - and highlight of September in the city. Think street parties, elaborate decorations, free music concerts, breath taking fire shows, and wondrous processions of giants, and human castles all over Barcelona, particular in the Gothic Quarter. One of the highlights of the La Merce festival is the Correfoc (fire-runs). This is when a special community in Barcelona dress up as devils and run the streets with handheld fireworks and bangers. They set them off in the air accompanied by fire breathing dragons.

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Festa Major de la Barceloneta

Barcelona loves to throw parties in each neighbourhood. Festa Major de la Barcelona is essentially a neighbourhood party filled with local traditions. Expect fireworks on the beach, a 24 hour football tournament and plenty of dancing. The districts La Ribera and Poblenou hold Festa Major de la Barceloneta so head here to enjoy the celebrations.

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Festival L’Hora del Jazz

Sundays during September

Jazz fans, September in Barcelona is for you. This is the 23rd edition of L'Hora del Jazz, a superb jazz festival in Barcelona. This is your chance to see free monthly concerts at various locations in Barcelona such as parks and open air venues.

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The BAM Festival

21st - 24th September

Make the most of the BAM Festival’s free concerts and performances. The 2018 selection features local independent artists catering to all tastes including electronic music, classical, folk, jazz, pop, and more. You can find the BAM concerts dotted all around stages in Barcelona. Plus, it’s all free.

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Diada Nacional de Catalunya

11th September

Also known as Catalan Day, the Diada Nacional de Catalunya represents all things Catalan. The festival goes on all day where in true Catalan style. As you walk through the streets amidst thousands of people you’ll learn a thing or two about why they want independence and listen to people’s opinions first-hand.  It commemorates the fall of Barcelona during the War of the Spanish Succession.

Relax on Barcelona’s best beaches

The weather in Barcelona hits highs of 27 degrees in September. During peak season, Barcelona’s main beach will be packed so we’ve rounded up the 8 best beaches in and around Barcelona that are well worth heading to because they’re beautiful, quieter and it’s always interesting to explore other stretches of Catalonian coastline. All of these beaches are just a short walk from Barcelona’s city centre, or an easy day trip away…

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Barcelona Football Matches

With the football season back in full swing, you have to see a match if you’re a footie fan heading to Barcelona in September. Get tickets to a game at the amazing Camp Nou stadium during La Liga!

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Brunch in the Park

Brunch in the Park is a popular event in Barcelona where you can chill out under the sun, enjoy some live music and tuck into a picnic. Crack some beers open and enjoy an afternoon in the sun on Barcelona’s historic Montjuic hill while chilling out to the best of techno. This outdoor electronic party hosts international DJ’s, great gastronomy, and a large picnic area.

Tickets from €20

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Where to watch the Premiere League

With the football season back in full swing, you’ll want an awesome venue to watch your team play in the Premier League. Head to Belushi’s sports bar in the heart of Amsterdam for the best atmosphere, cheap drink deals and full live coverage of every single game in the tournament. Belushi’s also serves up the best pre-game grub from wings, nachos, badass burgers and other tasty bar snacks.

Festa Major del Poble Nou

Festa Major del Poble Nou is another neighbourhood festival. They’ll have lots of music, dancing, and art on display around the zone. You’ll also find community meals, sports competitions and more fun events.


August 2018

1 DGTL Festival

10th - 11th August

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The DGTL festival is back for another year bringing you the best of underground electronic music and incredible art installations at the Parc Del Forum. Over Friday and Saturday, the line-up includes fresh talent such as Black Coffee, Ben Klock, Abu Sou, Dax J, DJ Fra, Hitch and many more talented artists. You still have time to buy the 2nd release tickets.

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2 La Fiesta Mayor de Gracia

15th - 21st August

A colourful street festival in Barcelona. La Fiesta de Gràcia is an eagerly anticipated event in the Catalan capital, and it’s so much fun. If you are in Barcelona in August make sure that you head to the uptown district of Gràcia to see what this unique festival is all about. Expect street food, colourful presentations and sky art, amusement rides and locals and tourists coming to together for a fun day out.

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3 Nits d’Estiu CaixaForum

Every Wednesday in August

Many museums hold a Summer Nights event in August but our favourite has to be CaixaForum because it’s one of the best. All its exhibitions are open until midnight on the Summer Nights Wednesdays. The CaixaForum museum hosts a permanent contemporary art collection,  as well as three impressive spaces for temporary exhibitions – often among the most interesting shows to be found in the city are held here.

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4 Musica als Parcs

Throughout August

Enjoy the free, al fresco music concerts running throughout the summer months in some of Barcelona’s loveliest parks. There’s jazz from June to August on Wednesdays and Fridays at 10pm in Ciutadella park in front of the fountain and, in July, young musicians perform a varied classical concert programme from Thursday to Saturday in various parks.

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5 Sala Montjuic Outdoor Film Festival

Throughout August

Catch a film at the Sala Montjuic Outdoor Film Festival. The perfect way to spend a summer evening in an outdoor cinema relaxing with friends. Taking place on the grounds of the castle of Sala Montjuic, you can see the full programme of movies here. The festival will be showing the classics, as well as recent independent cinema three times a week throughout August. You can even bring a picnic and enjoy the jazz band if you arrive a bit earlier!

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6 San Miguel Mas i Mas Festival

Throughout August

If you’re a fan of jazz, swing, soul, blues and flamenco and you’re in Barcelona this August, this is the festival for you. The Teatre Coliseum, the Jamboree Hall, Moog Techno Club and the Tarantos Flamenco Hall will all be hosting some of Spain’s biggest swingin’ musicians as well as more up and coming young talents that’ll blow your mind! Don’t miss it.

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7 Circuit Festival

9th -19th August

Not to be outdone by Barcelona's Gay Pride earlier in the year, this international Gay and Lesbian festival explodes into venues across Barcelona and in nearby Sitges during the month of August. Circuit Festival is held over a week and celebrates the championing of equality, music, arts and sports with pre-parties, parties, and post parties.! The Circuit Festival is the biggest European gay and lesbian event ever, attracting more than 50,000 visitors from all over the world.

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8 Festes de Sant Roc

(dates TBA)

The Festa de Sant Roc has been celebrated every year since 1589, one of our favourite Catalan traditions that you simply can’t miss if you’re in Barcelona in August. This is the Barri Gòtic’s street party, with spectacular parades, 'sardana' dancing and 19th-century street games. The festivities, which centre around the Plaça Nova in front of the Cathedral, finish off with 'correfoc' (a traditional Catalan fire run) and fireworks.

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9 Relax on Barcelona’s best beaches

The weather in Barcelona hits highs of 28 degrees in July. During peak season, Barcelona’s main beach will be packed so we’ve rounded up the 8 best beaches in and around Barcelona that are well worth heading to because they’re beautiful, quieter and it’s always interesting to explore other stretches of Catalonian coastline. All of these beaches are just a short walk from Barcelona’s city centre, or an easy day trip away…

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10 Festa Major de Sants

27th - 31st August

The Festa Major de Sants is one of the less-known festivals in Barcelona with a much more traditional, local vibe. Taking place all over Sants, major events, such as the 'correfoc' on closing night, can be found in the Parc de l’Espanya Industrial; more are held at Plaça de la Farga, C/Finlàndia, C/Vallespir de Baix, C/Galileu and all around the neighbourhood.


July 2018

Festival Cruïlla Barcelona

13th July - 14th July

The ninth edition of Barcelona’s Cruilla Festival is the perfect way to make July one to remember. Comprising of almost 40 live shows across several stages at the Parc del Fòrum de Barcelona, this festival showcases pretty amazing (and big) artists representing different music genres. This year the headliners are soooo good (see below). There are also chill zones and food markets to enjoy in between the music if you get peckish or need to put your feet up for 30 minutes. If you need a bed for the festival, our St Christopher’s Inns hostel is just a 20 minute cycle (or 40 minute train) from Parc Del Forum.

Festival del Grec

Throughout July

Music, dance, theatre and circus, the Festival del Grec is massive cultural attraction in Barcelona during the summer. You can get tickets to all kinds of shows throughout July whether it’s cinema screenings, dance performances, theatre and music. The events will be taking place in 30 different venues across the city so you'll never be too far away from the action!

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Música als Parcs

June - August

Enjoy the free, al fresco music concerts running throughout the summer months in some of Barcelona’s loveliest parks. There’s jazz from June to August on Wednesdays and Fridays at 10pm in Ciutadella park in front of the fountain and, in July, young musicians perform a varied classical concert programme from Thursday to Saturday in various parks.

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Relax on Barcelona’s best beaches

The weather in Barcelona hits highs of 28 degrees in July. During peak season, Barcelona’s main beach will be packed so we’ve rounded up the 8 best beaches in and around Barcelona that are well worth heading to because they’re beautiful, quieter and it’s always interesting to explore other stretches of Catalonian coastline. All of these beaches are just a short walk from Barcelona’s city centre, or an easy day trip away…

Check them out

Festa major del Casc Antic

22nd June - 3rd July

Barcelona loves a good fiesta. Also known as the Festival of the Old Town, this party unites the neighbourhoods of Sant Pere, Santa Caterina and La Ribera to celebrate the district Saint, Sant Pere. The festival involves 2 weeks of feasting, traditional dancing, parades, theatrical performances, correfocs and fireworks!

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Where to watch the Football World Cup

With the footy World Cup kicking off at the start of June, locals in Barcelona are getting pumped up ready to support their hometown legends like Lionel Messi and Gerard Pique as they play for Spain. Head to Belushi’s Sports Bar right in the city centre and join the locals as they cheer on Spain and boo the opposition. The atmosphere is gonna be wild! Spain is lined up to play on the 15th, 20th and 25th June, but for all the matches that’ll be showing on the Belushi’s screens, you are in for a crazy time.

Sala Montjuïc outdoor film festival

Watch movies under the stars on a cool summer evening in Barcelona at the Sala Montjuïc film festival. This open air cinema in the Castle of Monttjuïc will be showing movies new and old. Slumdog Millionaire, Westside Story, Psycho and Snatch are just a few of the stellar movies part of the programme.

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Check out Barcelona’s most photo worthy spots

Barcelona’s most Insta worthy spots are well worth exploring any time of the year. With sunsets, longer days and a buzzing atmosphere in July, there’s no better time to get your camera out. Check out the 21 Most Instagrammable Spots in Barcelona...

Festival Pedralbes

Until 14th July

Festival Pedralbes is a music festival in Barcelona at the The Pedralbes Royal Palace, gardens and Auditorium. The programme throughout July will be bringing the best music talent to stage including The Jacksons, Leon Bridges, Nina Pastori and more. You can buy tickets from the website.

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Els Vespres

3 -19th July

Enjoy amazing music on the beautiful grounds of Barcelona University. Enjoy a drink and a bite to eat on the terrace and enjoy the very best of emerging Spanish artists is one of the coolest spaces in the city. The Els Vespres terrace is open on the concert days from 6:00 p.m. to 11:30 p.m.

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June 2018

Tast a la Rambla (pictured)

7-10th June

Food lovers don’t want to miss Tast a la Rambla on, you guessed it, the famous Las Ramblas strip. Food stalls line Las Ramblas for an enjoyable day of food, wine and Spanish delicacies. Barcelona’s best chefs will also be holding free workshops as well as tasting experiences for just €4. Delicious.

Plus, this event is right on the hostel's doorstep.

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Barcelona Gay Pride

29th and 30th June

Heading to Barcelona during Pride? Then you’re in for a treat! Barcelona will be celebrating the LGBT community and everyone’s welcome. The vibrant streets become filled with colour, light and love and it’s a seriously fun time to be in Barcelona. This year’s programme will include DJ’s, Spanish artists, food stalls, a drag exhibition, activities, competition and parties.

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Primavera Sound Festival 2018

30th May - 3rd June

Get tickets to Barcelona’s biggest festival of music, Primavera Sound, where a mix of up-and-coming stars to musical legends will be making an appearance on the stages of Parc del Forum. Whether you’re a rock, pop or indie fan, this is the weekend for you as the lineup is HUGE. Just to name drop a few biggies, you can expect to see and hear the likes of Arctic Monkeys, The National, Bjork, HAIM and Lorde. Free that weekend? There are still some tickets left, so get onto the website and buy them ASAP Rocky (cos he’ll be there too) before they sell out.

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Relax on Barcelona’s best beaches

The weather in Barcelona hits averages of 25 degrees in June. During peak season, Barcelona’s main beach will be packed so we’ve rounded up the 8 best beaches in and around Barcelona that are well worth heading to because they’re beautiful, quieter and it’s always interesting to explore other stretches of Catalonian coastline. All of these beaches are just a short walk from Barcelona’s city centre, or an easy day trip away…

Check them out 

Sonar Festival

14th - 16th June

This three day electronic festival in Barcelona runs all day and night. It’s one of the world's biggest celebrations of electronic music with stellar acts (up-and coming and well-known talent) from the industry performing. It’s going to be lit (literally) with pyrotechnics, lights bringing together a fusion of music, art and technology to bring you guys the very best festival experience. Tickets from €58 - €195.

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Brunch in the Park

10th June

Brunch in the Park is a popular event that locals and tourists love. Crack some beers open and enjoy an afternoon in the sun on Barcelona’s historic Montjuic hill while chilling out to the best of techno. This outdoor electronic party hosts international DJ’s, great gastronomy, and a large picnic area.

Tickets from €20

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Festival of San Juan

23rd June

Bonfires, music and fireworks will go off in Spain’s major cities. June marks Barcelona’s biggest outdoor party the Festival of San Juan. This Spanish fiesta celebrates Saint John, continuing a tradition that goes back to pagan times when fires were lit to defend against evil spirits believed to roam freely as the sun turned southward again. Today these bonfires are commonly lit on the beach and come with a whole evening of partying. The event revolves around fire so expect bonfires all over the city, fireworks, parties that go late into the night and floods upon floods of Cava to be drunk.

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Festa major del Casc Antic

22nd June - 3rd July

Barcelona loves a good fiesta. Also known as the Festival of the Old Town, this party unites the neighbourhoods of Sant Pere, Santa Caterina and La Ribera to celebrate the district Saint, Sant Pere.  It begins on Thursday, 22 June after a parade through the streets of the neighbourhood. Then it’s 2 weeks of feasting, traditional dancing, parades, theatrical performances, correfocs and fireworks!

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VIDA festival

28th June - 1st July

Vida is an intimate alternative and indie music festival held in the Spanish city of Barcelona over 4 days. It’s more than just a festival - it’s more like a party in the forest with epic music to match. This year, the festival is celebrating its 5th anniversary and it’s going to be big. With over 11 different areas to enjoy during the festival including the main open-air stage, music in the forest, a market area, club stages, a picnic spot, a beach club and musicians dotted around the historic (and very beautiful) La Masia D’en Cabanyes venue, you’re in for a treat.

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Where to watch the Football World Cup

With the footy World Cup kicking off at the start of June, locals in Barcelona are getting pumped up ready to support their hometown legends like Lionel Messi and Gerard Pique as they play for Spain. Head to Belushi’s Sports Bar right in the city centre and join the locals as they cheer on Spain and boo the opposition. The atmosphere is gonna be wild! Spain is lined up to play on the 15th, 20th and 25th June, but for all the matches that’ll be showing on the Belushi’s screens, you are in for a crazy time.


May 2018

1 Primavera Sound Festival

30th May - 3rd June

Get tickets to Barcelona’s biggest festival of music, Primavera Sound, where a mix of up-and-coming stars to musical legends will be making an appearance on the stages of Parc del Forum. Whether you’re a rock, pop or indie fan, this is the weekend for you as the lineup is HUGE. Just to name drop a few biggies, you can expect to see and hear the likes of Arctic Monkeys, The National, Bjork, HAIM and Lorde. Free that weekend? There are still some tickets left, so get onto the website and buy them ASAP Rocky (cos he’ll be there too) before they sell out.

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2 Night of the Museums

18th May

Night of the Museums is just what it says on the tin - visit as many museums as you’d like in Barcelona on 18th May, but just at night time! From 7pm to 1am, most of the city’s most popular museums will be opening their doors late into the night and you can visit as many as you want for no fee at all.

3 International New Rose Competition

11th - 13th May

Appropriately coinciding with the annual bloom of Barcelona’s roses, the International New Rose Competition is a special time of year. Head to the Parc de Cervantes to see new species of the flower in all their glory, grown by competing rose producers, while enjoying the demonstrations, food and a music concert by the Banda Municipal de Barcelona.

4 The Dancing Egg

31st May

This old Catalonian tradition takes places during the feast of Corpus Christi. If you find yourself in Barca for 31st May, you might be witness to something a little strange - an egg floating (or ‘dancing’) atop a stream of water. No one quite knows why this is such a tradition, but you can see it happening in most of the fountains in courtyards around the city. A couple of the more prominent places are The Cathedral of Barcelona and Frederic Marès Museum in Sant Iu square.

5 Spanish Grand Prix

11th - 13th May

F1 fans, the Spanish Grand Prix is taking place in Barca so if you’ve planned a trip for this time, get to the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya. This event doesn’t come cheap if you’re after some tickets to watch it live, but if you get a group of 4 of you together, the Sunday ‘Friends ticket’ could be your answer. This is set to be a pretty epic circuit so worth the splurge!

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6 Handmade Festival Barcelona

11th - 13th May

Showcasing the world of DIY, handmade goods and talented craftsmanship, Barcelona’s 3 day Handmade Festival will have 250 stalls set up at the Montjuïc Campus. Head there to buy a few gifts, marvel at some amazing crafts and enjoy the atmosphere.

7 ‘Brassaï: from Paris to Barcelona’

Until 19th May

It’s the last chance for photography lovers to check out this awesome exhibition at the Fundacio Mapfre Exhibition. Brassai is a world-renowned Hungarian photographer who has focussed much of his time on Paris. Discover some of the best photography from the City of Lights by one of the 20th century’s best photographers.

8 ‘William Morris, first time in Spain’

Until 20th May

Founder of the British Arts and Crafts movement William Morris can be described as a designer, poet, craftsman and an entrepreneur, and this exhibition shows off all of his talents. Up until 20th May, you can visit the Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya to see over 300 pieces from Morris’ collection, from furniture and textiles to jewelry and ceramics plus loads more.

9 Watch the Haye v Bellew Fight

5th May

Looking for a place to watch all the biggest fights of 2018 live in Barcelona? Belushi's is the place you NEED to be. After their first epic fight in early 2017 that left people wanting more, it's finally time for the heavyweight rematch between Tony Bellew and David Haye.

Belushi's will be showing the fight LIVE with commentary on HD screens and massive projector in our bar. The kitchen will be serving up badass burgers and bangin' bar snacks till late, and we'll have our usual happy hours running from 5pm-9pm.

10 Public holiday

1st May

Watch out for Labour Day in Barcelona, as some museums and monuments are quite likely to close for the holiday. Make sure to check the websites of the places on your to do list for that Monday to avoid disappointment.


April 2018

1 Diada de Sant Jordi

23rd April

On 23rd April in Barcelona it’s traditional for men to buy a rose for the woman they love, like a Spanish Valentine’s Day. There’s no way you’ll be able to miss the thousands of roses blooming down every little street just waiting to be sold and giving off the most beautiful scent. There’s always a festive atmosphere on this day of the year, even though it isn’t actually an official holiday for the locals. For us visitors, however, that’s no problem during the day, just bare in mind that the evenings will be extremely busy! And don’t forget to spend a few euro on a pretty rose for your special someone...

2 Feria de Abril

27th April (ends 6th May)

The April Fair, one of the annual highlights of spring, is making its way to Barcelona for the end of April and if you happen to be around for this time of year, you’re in for a treat. At the Parc del Forum festival area in the Diagonal Mar district, you’ll find music, food and hours of Spanish dancing and performances. All the locals love this fair, from small children up to grandparents, everyone will be there and loving it. Head to the fun fair on the seafront and hop on the ferris wheel - you’ll get views for days!

3 La Cursa de El Corte Inglés

8th April

This annual 10.76k urban circuit is one of the most popular running races in the world. Beginning at either the Plaça de Catalunya for amateur runners or the Passeig de Gràcia-Gran Via for the competitive athletes, anyone can sign up for free (until 5th April) and take part. The circuit is so popular that it won a Guinness World Record back in 1994 for the busiest athletic race! This year is its 40th edition so the buzz surrounding it is expected to be bigger than ever. Take part or cheer from the sidelines, it’ll be a great day out.

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4 Cursa de Bombers

22nd April

Lucky for you runners, if you’re only in Barca for the end of April and not the start, here’s another opportunity to don your running shoes! Join Barcelona’s firefighters in this 10km route around the city’s beautiful streets - walk or run, it’s up to you. It all started 19 years ago as a one off, when the firefighters organised the run as a way of protesting for the council to improve their working conditions. It turned out to be so popular that this will be the 20th year of the Fireman’s Race!

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5 Barcelona Open

21st - 29th April

Catch a world-class tennis game at the Real Club de Tenis stadium just a quick metro ride from the main sites of Barcelona. Buy a ticket online and you’ll get to watch as many games as you’d like throughout the day, whether it’s on centre court or court one, just get there fast if you want a seat!

6 Barcelona v Roma Champions League

4th April

The Champions League Quarter Final will soon be kicking off with two of Europe’s top teams battling it out to get through to the next round, Barca v Roma at Camp Nou. In 2015, Barcelona took the win over Roma with 6-1 goals so hopes will be high for Barca fans. Try and get yourself some tickets or head to Belushi’s to watch the game on a big screen with fun, rowdy locals and cheap booze.

7 Loads of live music

You concert fiends will be happy to hear that the April line-up for Barcelona’s live music scene is looking pretty tempting. With the likes of Imagine Dragons, Lana Del Rey, 30 Seconds to Mars, Arcade Fire and Harry Styles taking to the city’s best venues, there’s a night out to suit anyone’s music taste.

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8 Comic Convention

12th - 15th April

Calling all comic fans. The Barcelona International Comic Fair will be hosted by the Montjuic Fira de Barcelona, where a huge list of top international authors will be making special appearances. The biggest publishing houses in the industry and specialised bookshops will have stalls set up for you to mooch around, and there will even be an award for the best fancy dress.

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9 Ping pong in the park

Who doesn’t love a game of ping pong? And on a lovely sunny day in Barcelona you won’t be short of an opportunity. Ping pong tables are dotted about all over the place. Even in the smallest green areas in the middle of the city you’ll more than likely be able to challenge your friends to a game. If you don’t happen to have your own bats and balls handy, you can pop into a local corner shop and pick them up for mega cheap.

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10 Go on a bar crawl

Barcelona’s beer scene is buzzing. With pubs and bars around every corner, you’re spoilt for choice on where to head to for a pint under the Catalonian sun. Check out our guide on where to get the best beer in the city, but why not turn it into a bar crawl? Barcelona’s weather is just calling for it...

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March 2018

1 Barcelona Beer Festival 2018

16th - 18th March

Beer lovers! There’s a Beer Festival taking place in Barcelona this March. Over 450 national and international beers will be served up at La Farga de L’Hospitalet, and for just €7, you could be part of the action. You’ll be given a glass, a festival guide and 2 festival coins on entry. Each beer will cost between 2 to 4 coins (each coin being worth €1) and you’ll be seriously spoilt for choice! We are talking wheat beer, fruit beer, smoked beer, IPA or even the infamous Russian Imperial Stout (16% alcohol!). Beer lovers, this is the event of the year so don’t miss out!

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2 Sant Medir Festival

3rd March

Otherwise known as the “sweetest festival” in Barcelona, the Sant Medir Festival means candy galore! Over 6 tons of sweets are thrown into the crowds during the annual musical procession of horse-drawn carts, floats and lorries that take over the streets and squares of the Gràcia district as a tribute to the Sant Medir. People show up with bags, buckets and umbrellas to catch the sugary showers - make sure you bring your sweet tooth!

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3 St Patrick’s Day

17th March

Wherever you are in Europe, you will almost always be able to find an Irish party and sea of green on St Patrick’s Day, and Barcelona is no exception. As always, an Irish parade, hoards of leprechaun hats and plenty of Guinness and whisky is the plan for this year, so Irish or not, get your River Dancing shoes on and get down to one of Barcelona’s Irish pubs to celebrate! We recommend Kitty’s pub, Flaherty’s Irish Bar or Molly’s Fair City.

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4 Barcelona Marathon 2018

11th March

Running along the beach, around Camp Nou and right past La Sagrada Familia beneath Barcelona’s springtime sunshine sounds like the perfect way to run a marathon to us. The Barcelona marathon will start and end in Avinguda María Cristina and the route will pass right by the beach so you can get a great spot with a sea breeze to cheer on the runners.

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5 Festival of St Josep Oriol

March 23rd to 25th

Witness some true Catalan traditions during the Festival of St Josep Oriol for 3 days at the end of March. Some of Catalonia’s oldest ‘giants’, a few dating all the way back to 1601, will parade the streets surrounding the local church, Santa Maria del Pi, in honour of the Sant Josep Oriol and his devotion to the sick and the poor. Traditional folk music, parades and  reenactments of old legends will take over the Pi neighbourhood, brought to a close by a big final dance by the giants.

6 Sitges Vintage Car Rally

3rd - 4th March

Vintage car enthusiasts will be in awe at the Sitges Rally. This special, annual event only features privately owned vehicles manufactured before 1924. They might be old, but they are all absolutely pristine to be in with a chance of winning a prize! Entry to the event is totally free so car devotees come from all over to marvel at the cars up for judging and to witness the big race. 70 seriously old-school, polished cars race 40km through the city from the Plaza Sant Jaume and along the coast with period-dressed drivers in the front seat - it really is a spectacle!

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7 Watch a Barcelona FC game

Go check out the home of Barcelona FC on a trip to their Camp Nou stadium, and while you’re at it, why not watch a game? Barca has a few big games lined up for March so there are plenty of opportunities for you footy fans to grab a ticket. They’ll be playing against Chelsea on the 14th and Atletico Madrid on the 4th.

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8 Treat your mum for Mother’s Day

11th March

Put a big smile on your mum’s face and whisk her away to sunny Barcelona for a weekend getaway. With loads of exciting sights, quaint, local restaurants and a gorgeous sandy beach to stroll along, there’s no doubt your mum will be impressed with your choice of destination, and it doesn’t even have to be expensive!

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9 Game of Thrones Exhibition

Ends 11th March

Step into the centre of the Seven Kingdoms where original Game of Thrones props, costumes and sets will be waiting for you marvel at for just a few more weeks. Full of interactive spaces and multimedia exhibits, you’ll feel as though you really could be part of the land of Essos or Westeros. Set foot in the snowy hills of the North, the castle at the King’s Landing or brave the lands Beyond the Wall… Game of Throne fans, make sure you don’t miss this!

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10 Easter in Barcelona: Semana Santa

25th March - 2nd April

Expect plenty of parades and processions during the Catalan Easter festivities, especially on Palm Sunday (25th March) and Good Friday (30th March). Easter is a great time of year to be in Barcelona - everyone is in a better mood having a long weekend off work, and the spring sun will (hopefully) be shining. Be warned, most shops and many restaurants will be closed during this period.

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February 2018

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...

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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.

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3 Valentines Day

14th February

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.

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5 Watch the Groves V Eubank Jr Fight at Belushi’s

17th February

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.

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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.

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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

11th February

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!

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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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