6 reasons to visit the neighbourhood of Gràcia

Gràcia is a neighbourhood that has become synonymous with Barcelona and it’s most likely that if this is your second or third trip to Barcelona, you’ve already fallen under its spell.

Located in the northern part of the city, a 20-minute walk from Plaça Catalunya along the city’s famous Passeig de Gràcia will take you into the heart of this charismatic district.

For those of you that are yet to discover its charm, we’ve put together this article explaining just why we love this area of Barcelona so much. From things to see and do, to its history and local traditions, this small guide will ensure that you won’t miss out on a thing.

Its village charm

Gràcia first emerged as a small rural community with three convents and a small population. It wasn’t until around the 19thcentury that Gràcia began to grow, becoming the most important village in the area thanks to its agricultural production.

In 1850 it was established as a municipality with 13,000 habitants, but it wasn’t until 1897, with almost 67,000 habitants, that it became part of Barcelona itself. Gràcia was flourishing yet it still lacked basic services and facilities. Over the years it has become the thriving hub it is today, boasting markets, cultural, sports and historical centres, medical services and schools.

Its cobbled streets and enchanting squares

Despite being located a stone’s throw away from the centre of Barcelona, the streets of Gràcia still conserve that charming allure often only found in small villages. 

Stroll along its streets lined with flowering trees, take a break in one of its many squares with a freshly brewed cup of coffee, or explore the Plaça de la Vila square with its 19th-century bell tower and Plaça de la Virreina with its beautiful stone church.

The Festes de Gràcia

Every August the streets of Gràcia come alive with locals and tourists alike. The Festa Major de Gràcia constitutes a weeklong celebration in which the streets of this charming area are decorated with recycled materials in every colour.

Each community of neighbours chooses a different theme for their street in a fun-filled family-friendly event that cannot be missed. Read more about this tradition in one of our past articles here.

Neighborhood of Gràcia

Alternative stores and independent boutiques

Gràcia is home to a plethora of shops that sell locally made products, ethical goods and gifts galore. With something for everyone, after exploring its streets, why not browse its second-hand book stores with faded armchairs, discover its designer boutiques with clothes designed in Barcelona or choose a custom-made piece of jewellery at one of its many workshops.

Casa Vicens

Opened to the public only a few years ago, many still don’t know that Gràcia boasts its very own piece of Gaudí. Constituting great architect’s first project, Gaudí was commissioned to build Casa Vicens as a summerhouse for the family of the same name. 

This wonderful building will surprise you with its range of influences from far and wide, its varied palette of colours and its spectacular design.

Neighborhood of Gràcia - Casa Vicens

The history beneath your feet at Plaça del Diamant

On first glance, Plaça del Diamant may appear to be just your normal square, however if you look a little closer you’ll discover the history it houses. 

Underneath the square is a bomb shelter that was built during the Spanish Civil War with a capacity for 200 people. Tickets are only €3 and must be booked in advance. 

Plaça del Diamant - Neighborhood of Gràcia

We hope you love the area as much as us! Let us know, what’s your favourite thing to do in Gràcia?

The Three Kings Day 2019 in Barcelona

The Three Kings Day 2019 is one of the highlights of the Barcelona Christmas Season.  Its name in Catalan is Dia dels Tres Reis d’Orient, and is also known as The Epiphany in religious terms, and happens on the sixth day of January.

It is a major event in the Catholic Church’s Nativity agenda. Three Kings Day marks the arrival of the Three Wise Men of the Orient to the birthplace of Jesus at his stable in Bethlehem.  They came bearing gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh for the newborn messiah, but in Barcelona, they arrive to give gifts to the city’s inhabitants.

For local kids here in Barcelona, Three Kings Day is even more special, as the focus of the day is on them and not really the grown-ups.  Rather like the traditional Father Christmas character in Northern Europe, children only receive gifts if they have been good all year long!  The city’s children also have to write a letter to the King’s Pages ahead of the Three Kings arrival to ensure they get the gifts they desire.

On the 5th of January, the Three Kings arrive in Barcelona with a spectacular street parade called La Cavalcada dels Reis d’Orient – which is a procession to symbolise the arrival of the Three Kings into Bethlehem mounted on their camels, each bearing their gifts for the baby Jesus.

Three Kings Day 2018

This year, they will arrive by boat at 4:00pm at the Moll de la Fusta.  After a welcome statement by city officials, the Three Kings begin a parade along the city streets.  This year, the Three Kings parade starts on avinguda Marquès de l’Argentera at 6pm, snaking its way through the city, finishing at the Magic Fountains of Montjuïc at around 9:00pm. Check here their route.

The Three Kings parade features the Three Kings in their carnival style float among a whole collection of other floats and musical attractions, where the performers are laden with candy and sweets to throw at the children who catch them, normally in umbrellas that are held upside down.


After the parade has finished and before the children go to bed, they have to prepare some food and water for the Three Kings and their camels to take refreshment.  Normally unable to sleep with excitement, contemplating the next morning, the children will eventually settle to sleep and wake early the following morning, when they can see and open their gifts on Three Kings Day.

After the morning’s activities are over, the whole family will settle down for a very special lunch.  It is normally a four course sitting and traditional menus will begin with a buffet of tapas followed by a special soup and then a third course of meat or freshly cooked fish.

Then the pièce de résistance is served – Tortell de Reis (King’s Cake) – a puffy, circular, marzipan sponge cake filled with cream, resembling a King’s crown.  In fact there will be a crown in the centre and the cake is topped off with dried fruits symbolizing a crown’s jewels.

But the King’s Day tradition doesn’t stop there, because inserted into the cake are two objects – a bean and a figurine of the baby Jesus.  Whoever recovers the figurine gets to wear the crown and is called King for the day (also signaling that that person will have a very lucky year) and whoever gets the bean unfortunately has to pay for the cake!

As you can see, Three King’s Day 2019 will be a very special day indeed for the city’s children. So why not make your stay in Barcelona just as special by renting a luxury apartment during your stay.  We have a wide selection of apartments to rent all over the city, so why not opt for one on the Three Kings parade route?  See here for our selection of beautiful places to rent during these unique celebrations.

New Year’s Eve Parties in Barcelona, 2019-2020

Are you planning on spending the New Year in Barcelona and looking for a special way to ring in 2020? Then look no further; we’ve compiled a list of the best parties for you to celebrate the night away with your partner, friends or family.

For locals, the celebration starts at home with a family meal and the traditional eating of 12 grapes at midnight, before hitting the town. However, we’ve selected a range of events starting before and after midnight at restaurants, bars and clubs so you can find the best event for you.

So what are you waiting for, start planning a New Year you’ll never forget in the centre Barcelona!

New Year’s Eve Parties in Barcelona

Fireworks: Plaça Espanya, Av. María Cristina

Unlike other cosmopolitan cities, it was only in 2013 that the tradition of an official outdoor New Year’s event began in Barcelona. Now locals and visitors alike can wrap up and get together to be awed by a fantastic performance of fireworks and music! This family-friendly celebration is free and starts at 9.30 pm. 

Sutton: C/ Tuset, 13

Looking to spend the New Year in style? Then we have the place for you! With tickets starting from €50 (including 3 drinks) and VIP tables starting from €1,000, this New Year’s Eve the exclusive nightclub venue plays host to DJs and artists such as Juanpa Claret, Gerard Roig and Xavi Ques. 

Bling Bling: C/ Tuset, 8–10

One of the city’s most exclusive nightclubs offers you an unforgettable evening starting at 1 am. With a selection of DJs, the option of VIP tables and the best music, ring in the bells with your loved ones at home then get the party started. We’re sure you’ll dance the night away.

Gatsby: C/ Tuset, 19

This themed restaurant come nightclub will take you back to the 1920s. Enjoy an exquisite menu of local and international dishes plus nightlong entertainment with singers, dancers and much more. After dinner, grab a cocktail and hit the dance floor. This luxury space won’t disappoint!

Sala Apolo: C/ Nou de la Rambla, 107

From 01:00 to 05:30 you’ll have access to two exclusive events held at one of Barcelona’s most renowned nightclubs, with over 75 years of clubbing tradition. In the main room, enjoy Nitsa live electronic beats from Shelby Grey, DJ Kosmos and more. In room 2 or “La 2” discover Astin, Nitsa’s house and disco alternative. Early Bird tickets are only €25 – what are you waiting for!

Razzmatazz: C/ dels Almogàvers, 122

With five different rooms, Razzmatazz really does have something for everyone. Choose from two ticket types, with entry either from 22:30 or after midnight, including two drinks and a special edition T-shirt – plus grapes, party favours and cava if you choose to see in the New Year there. Tickets cost €54.50 or €44.50 respectively.

Pacha: Passeig Marítim Barceloneta, 38

Head to the Barcelona seafront to party the night away at Pacha, with a selection of Europe’s most famous DJs. As well as being a nightclub, the Pacha restaurant also offers a dinner right by the sea and includes entry to the club to the exclusive New Year party.

Poble Espanyol
Av. Francesc Ferrer i Guàrdia, 13

Starting at 10.30 pm, discover a traditional Spanish street party in the centre of Barcelona at the Poble Espanyol. A standard ticket costing €40 (until December 26) will grant you access to three different outdoor spaces. Grab a VIP table with your friends and loved ones starting from €120. Tickets include four drinks, grapes and party favours.

Catwalk
Carrer de Ramon Trias Fargas, 2–4

Catwalk boasts the best of R&B and hip-hop music in an exclusive space located on the seafront. With a range of tickets starting from €30 right up to €3,500, enjoy three rooms, neon lights and an outdoor terrace.

Wherever you choose to celebrate the end of 2019 and the start of 2020, we hope you have a blast!

Festes Majors in Barcelona 2020

With another year coming to a close, we’re already thinking about 2020 and the celebrations it will bring with it. 

If you’ve not had the chance to experience a local festival in one of Barcelona’s many buzzing neighbourhoods, we’re sure that 2020 will be your year. With over 70 festivals set to be scheduled, you’ll be certainly spoilt for choice.

As 2020 is just around the corner, we’ve compiled a list of our favourite festes majorswith their preliminary dates so you can start planning your next trip!

Festa Major de Sant Antoni

Dates:17–26 January 2020

2019 was this festival’s debut year, so we’re sure its second year will be an event not to be missed. Enjoy a range of activities centred around the neighbourhood’s recently renovated market.

Festes de Santa Eulàlia

Dates:7–12 February 2020 (tbc)

Coinciding with the day of former patron saint of Barcelona (12 February), expect to see the centre of Barcelona come alive with castellers(human towers) and an array of parades in her honour.

Festa Major de la Sagrada Família

Dates: April–May 2020 (tbc)

Experience this renowned Gaudi masterpiece with over a week of various events and activities suitable for all ages. 

Festa Major del Casc Antic

Dates:June 2020 (tbc)

No one can deny that Barcelona’s old quarter has a unique charm – so why not discover its more traditional side. Head to Sant Pere and Santa Caterina i la Ribera to see castellers, parades of giant puppets and the modestsardanes dance.

Festa Major del Raval

Dates:June 2020 (tbc)

In honour of the neighbourhood’s patron saint, this bright and colourful festival in the centre of Barcelona stands out thanks to its castellers and artisans selling local craft products.

Festa Major del Poble-sec

Dates:July 2020 (tbc)

The festival of Poble-sec will take you on a journey through its most emblematic, local locations, from the Semblador square and the El Molino theatre. Be sure not to miss its blazing correfoc fire run.

Festa Major de Gràcia

Dates: 15–22August 2020

Perhaps the most eagerly awaited of all the festes majors of Barcelona, discover how the streets of Gràcia are transformed by the local residents with decorations of every colour.

Festa Major de Sants

Dates:August–September 2020 (tbc)

From concerts, decorations and correfocs, the Festa Major de Santstransforms this residential and professional district for a week of celebrations in honour of patron saint Bartholomew. 

Festa Major de Poblenou

Dates:11–20 September 2020

One of the largest of the festivals with around 500 activities, this event is not to be missed. Discover the magnificent cercavilaparade, sign up to run the 5 or 10 km race or take part in some of the artistic workshops that run alongside this celebration.

Festa Major de la Rambla

Dates:September 2020 (tbc)

This special celebration of one of Barcelona’s most renowned landmarks sees the façades of its buildings decorated with fresh flowers. What’s more, museums in the area are free during these celebratory dates.

Festes de la Mercè

Dates:18–24 September 2020

In honour of the patron saint of Barcelona, the entire city comes together to celebrate with popular culture, live music, castellers,correfocs and much more. There’s something for everyone at a range of locations throughout the city centre.

Festa Major de la Barceloneta

Dates:September 2020 (tbc)

In this beachside festival that celebrates the best of one of Barcelona’s most traditional neighbourhoods. We recommend catching a havaneresconcert (colonial songs sung by local groups) on the beach.

Is the festa majorof your favourite neighbourhood missing? Don’t worry; very soon the entire list of Barcelona’s local festivals will be published here, where you will also be able to check their exact locations on the map. 

We hope to see you there!

A Guide to Christmas Concerts in Barcelona

The nights are drawing in earlier, the mornings are chillier and soon lights of every colour will illuminate the streets of Barcelona. 

This can only mean one thing! Christmas is almost upon us.  And if you’re spending Christmas in Barcelona this year, we can recommend a different plan to ensure you make the most of time with your loved ones. Amidst the hustle and bustle of Christmas shopping and preparing for the many family gatherings and meals, take some time out to enjoy a unique musical experiences.

christmas concerts in barcelona

We’ve compiled this short guide to concerts during the festive season for you to sit back and be regaled by local choirs and orchestras. What better way to get in the festive mood!

Christmas on Broadway

Where: L’Auditori

When: Friday 20 and Saturday, 21 December 2019

Join the Symphonic Orchestra of Barcelona on a journey through the musicals of Broadway in a fantastic gala show to kick off the festive season in style. With music from works by Rodgers and Hammerstein (2015), Lloyd Webber (2017) and Bernstein (2018), there’s something for everyone.

A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

Where: Gran Teatre del Liceu

When: Saturday, 21 and Sunday, 22 December 2019

Enjoy this Christmas classic surrounded by loved ones. Music by Albert Guinovart together with Symphony Orchestra of the Gran Teatre del Liceu and the Amics de la Unió children’s choir.

Star Wars & OCM: Original Soundtracks by John Williams

Where: El Palau de la Música Catalana

When: Thursday, 19 and Saturday, 21 December 2019

Relive some of John William’s most emblematic soundtracks from the big screen including Star Wars, E.T., Harry Potter, Jurassic Park, Schindler’s List. We’re sure that you’ll laugh, cry and be entertained by the favourites of this renowned and prize-winning composer.

Cavalleria Rusticana/Pagliacci

Where: Gran Teatre del Liceu

When: Various dates from 5–22 December 2019

This December enjoy a unique double opera session of two acclaimed Royal Opera House productions. These two Italian classics set in the 1950s will be performed side by side in what is sure to be an epic evening of emblematic opera.

The Magic World of Hans Zimmer

Where: L’Auditori

When: Wednesday, 25 December 2019

What better way to spend the most magical day of the year than enjoying music from some of the most epic films of the century. From The Lion King, Gladiator, Pearl Harbour, Pirates of the Caribbean and many more, bring this special day to a close surrounded by your loved ones.

St. Stephen’s Choral Concert: Christmas at the Palau

Where: El Palau de la Música Catalana

When: Thursday, 26 December 2019

Take part in this festive tradition of Catalonia with this unique concert held every St. Stephen’s Day. The charming melodies of the Orfeó Català and a combination of choirs are sure to bring the whole family together in an enchanting venue.

If you’re spending Christmas season in Barcelona, we’re sure one of these magical concerts will make for an unforgettable experience with your loved ones.

Things you cant miss at La Mercè 2019

For another year running, the streets of Barcelona will be filled with music, activities and events galore during the city’s biggest celebration of the year. From 20 to 24 of September, La Mercè will take over the city together with this year’s special international guest, the city of Beirut.

With over 500 things to do for the whole family, we’ve compiled this small guideto ensure you don’t miss out on a thing!

Diades Castelleres (Human Towers)

In the biggest events of the year on the castellers calendar, Plaça Sant Jaume plays host to these spectacular Catalan human towers.

In this 50 th anniversary of the Castellers of Barcelona, don’t miss the best groups of the city battling it out from noon on Sunday 22 and Tuesday 24 to see who makes it to the top.

Correfocs

Head to Via Laietana on Saturday 21 from 6:30 pm onwards and you’ll be greeted by giants and devils. Although it may sound like a fairytale, these are two Catalan traditions that are not to be missed.

Watch how these enormous giant-like figures are paraded through the city centre and let yourself be amazed at the jaw-dropping fire run in this fabulous display of colourful sparks.

Live music concerts

La Mercè is synonymous with music and this year is no exception. With three musical programmes underway – BAM (Barcelona Acció Musical) Mercè Música, y BAM Cultura Viva – there is sure to be something for everyone. From the old Estrella Damm factory, Plaça Catalunya and MACBA to various beach locations, there will be almost 100 open-air concerts for all to enjoy completely for free.

Museum open days

In addition to all the festivities and celebrations, many of Barcelona’s museums open to the public completely free of charge on Tuesday 24, the official day of La Mercè.

From the National Museum of Catalunya and the Castle of Montjuic to the CCCB Cultural Center and the Museum of Modern Art, be sure to snap up this unique chance to discover the history and culture of Barcelona.

Town hall mapping

In celebration of “Any Brossa” (the Year of Brossa), the façade of Barcelona’s town hall will come alive with art. Discover the creative world of this renowned Catalan poet, playwright and visual artist in a 3D projection from 20–24 September.

Cursa de La Mercè

Unlike other years, this annual race will be held after La Mercè celebrations. Grab your trainers and set out on this emblematic 10-km run around the city that starts on Avinguda de Maria Cristina. Sign up here

Piromusical

This traditional Piromusical show concludes the celebrations in a grand mix of music and fireworks. This year tribute will be paid to the Beatles, the Liceu Theatre and Glenn Miller. The event will also welcome typical music from Beirut as the guest city of La Mercè 2019. Don’t miss this free feast for the eyes and ears on 24 September at 9 pm, Avinguda de Maria Cristina.

What’s more, on Sunday 22, the city will respect the global “Car-free Day” with Via Laietana and Gran de Gràcia giving priority to cyclists and public transport. Join everyone in raising awareness about reducing pollution in the city.

See Barcelona in all its splendour and take part in the celebrations with locals and tourists alike. Check out the official programme here where you will find listings for the four days of the festival. And so you don’t miss any of the action, book with bizflats.com to find the ideal apartment for your stay.

Barcelona in June: 8 events that you can’t miss

Barcelona in June is one off the best moments to spend in the city. Not only is the weather hot but not sweltering, but there is a full calendar of activities to enjoy in the city that has it all. Read on to find out what exciting events you can’t miss in June. 

1. Sant Joan

Sant Joan is a celebration of the longest day of the year, 24 June. The night before you will find celebrations throughout the city but especially on the beachfront where revellers will be picnicking on the beach, watching the fireworks that are set off and partying late into the night. Find out more about why this iconic day is celebrated here.

2. Outdoor cinemas

Every year Barcelona makes the most of the glorious summer weather by putting on outdoor screenings of popular blockbusters and classics. You can relax outside on a blanket or deckchair as you enjoy the balmy air and take in one of your favourite films. This year row of the best locations will be on the relaxing atmosphere of Bogatell beach or against the spectacular backdrop of Montjuïc castle.

Cinema a la fresca - June in Barcelona

3. Brunch in the Park

Another one of Barcelona’s legendary summer spectacular, Brunch in the Park happens most Sunday’s during June. Making use of spectacular outdoor spaces, Brunch brings the best dj’s and food trucks to attendees to make for an unforgettable all day party, and with stations for kids, it can be family friendly too.

4. Festival Jardins de Pedralbes

A few minutes from the centre you will find one of the most beautiful gardens in Barcelona, Jardins de Pedralbes. During this festival which is a celebration of all things green and musical, you can take as type of the gardens before enjoying a concert in the delightful surroundings. Musical and dance guests this year include Mariah Carey and Carla Bruni.

Festival Jardins de Pedralbes - Things to do in June in Barcelona

5. Sónar 2019

A celebration of music, arts and culture, Sonar has a little something for everyone. With Sonar day and night parties happening throughout the city, it’s easy to see why this festival is so popular with locals. Attend Sonar and you can expect world-renowned musicians , mind-blowing installations and unforgettable parties. Find out more about it here.

Sónar 2019 - Things to do in Barcelona in June

6. Festa Major de Sant Pere, Santa Caterina y Ribera

During the summer months each district of the city has its own special celebration and in the month of June you will find one of the most exciting ones, that of Sant Pere, Santa Caterina y Ribera. This is as district within the old town a nd celebrations include typical Catalan traditions, like the ‘castellers’ (human towers). 

Festa Major de Sant Pere - Things to do in Barcelona in June

7. Pride Barcelona

In a city that prides itself on acceptance and diversity, Pride is as big day in the calendar in Barcelona. Over the last weekend in June you can expect to see parades and parties going on in the streets and throughout the cities to celebrate love and diversity and the fight for freedom, dignity and respect for LGTBI people.

Pride Barcelona - Barcelona in June

8. Música als Parcs

Throughout the summer you will be able to enjoy exciting jazz and classical concerts throughout Barcelona’s greenest places. The combination of and sound will take you to the most relaxing place on your time in Barcelona. And the best part is that it’s completely free.

Música als Parcs - Barcelona in June

You will love Barcelona in June! If you’re looking for as nice place to stay so you can enjoy all the events Barcelona has tho offer in June, why not book with bizflats.com to find the ideal apartment for your stay.

Calendar of holidays in Barcelona in 2019

If you come to Barcelona on vacation or for a business trip it is important that you know if there is a public holiday happening in Barcelona and what it is celebrating. It may be that your stay in the city coincides with a special celebration and you will have the opportunity to see traditional dances, enjoy a gastronomic event or even see a performance by the famous “castellers” (Human towers).

Calendar of Holidays in Barcelona
  • January 1: New Year’s Day

New Year’s Day is the first day of the year and a holiday in the whole of Spain. If you’re looking for somewhere to eat on this day celebrating new beginnings, check out our guide here.

Working day? No

Will shops open? No

  • January 6: Three King’s Day

In Spain, the majority of presents being given and received on this day instead of Christmas Day.  The night before, you will find big parades where the three king’s hand out sweets for the children. Find out more about it here. 

Working day? No

Will shops open? No

  • January 17: Tres Tombs 

Celebrated around the feast of Sant Antoni Abat (January 17), the main activity is the passing of horses, rides or pulling carriages, which make a circuit through the centre of the city. The reason? The blessing of animals, formerly the economic and social engine of society. 

Working day? Yes 

Will shops open? Yes

  • February 12: Santa Eulàlia Festivity 

Santa Eulàlia Festivity is celebrated every year around February 12, not only in Barcelona, but in many nearby cities. Normally the party is celebrated on the weekend closest to February 12 and is a party where you can witness many different popular cultural activities: traditional dances, sardanes, correfocs and also castellers.

Working day? Yes 

Will shops open? Yes 

  • February 28: Carnival 

This year carnival is celebrated from February 28 to March 6, and as in the rest of the world, it is a week of joy and madness. In Barcelona you will be able to see the “Rei Carnestoltes” arriving with 7 ambassadors to inaugurate the carnaval and during this week you will see several parades with people in costume in different neighborhoods of the city.

Working day? Yes 

Will shops open? Yes

  • April 19: Good Friday

Good Friday is the first day in the long weekend celebrating the religious Christian festival of Easter. Around this time it is quite common to find religious parades happening throughout Barcelona. 

Working day? No

Will shops open? No

  • April 22: Easter Monday

Easter Monday is the final day in the long weekend celebrating the religious Christian festival of Easter. Around this time it is quite common to find religious parades happening throughout Barcelona. 

Also, it’s a tradition that the godfather or grandfather of the grandchildren or godchildren gives them “La Mona de Pasqua” on Easter Sunday or Easter Monday. “La Mona de Pasqua” is a sweet dessert that is usually eaten with chocolate and hard-boiled egg. It is a tradition that symbolizes that Lent and their abstinences are over. 

In addition, the most famous pastry shops compete to showcase the most spectacular chocolate figures in their windows.

Working day? No

Will shops open? No

  • April 23: Sant Jordi

A holiday around most of the world, labour day is the celebration of workers and as well a celebration of the beginning of spring.

Working day? No

Will shops open? No

The Day of Sant Jordi is celebrated on April 23 coinciding with international book day. In Catalonia it is a very important celebration and it is the equivalent of Saint Valentine’s Day. It is a day to celebrate culture and love and it is typical for couples to celebrate it in the following way: Boys buy roses for girls and girls buy a book for boys. (Nowadays boys also buy a book for girls on most occasions). It is also typical for girls to receive a rose from friends at work or their parents. So it’s possible you will see girls with more than one rose 😉  

This day is of Catalan origin. You will see how the centre of Barcelona (the Ramblas, Plaça Catalunya, etc.) is filled with book stands and rivers of people with roses in their hands.

Working day? Yes 

Will shops open? Yes 

  • May 1: Labour Day

A holiday around most of the world, labour day is the celebration of workers and as well a celebration of the beginning of spring.

Working day? No

Will shops open? No

  • June 10: Pentecost Monday / Whitmonday

A celebration that happens 50 days after Easter, Second Easter is a religious festival.

Working day? No

Will shops open? No

  • June 24: Sant Joan

An exciting festival that happens throughout Catalunya to celebrate the longest day in the year, you will see the sky lit up with fireworks and parties on the beach. Find out more here.

Working day? No

Will shops open? No  

  • August 15: The Assumption of Mary

A public holiday celebrating the Mary’s assumption into heaven.

Working day? No

Will shops open? No  

  • September 11: The National Day of Catalunya

The national day of Catalonia is the commemoration of when Barcelona fell during the Spanish War of Succession. On this day, you will see political parties and organizations laying flowers at different sites throughout the city, including monuments to those who defended the city. There are also demonstrations to pay homage to the defenders.

Working day? No

Will shops open? No 

  • September 24: La Mercè

One of the biggest days of celebration in Barcelona, the days up to and including La Mercè are a combination of cultural festivals throughout the whole of the city. Find out more here.

Working day? No

Will shops open? No

  • October 12: The National Day of Spain

This day is the National Day of Spain. Also commonly said “Día de la Hispanidad” commemorates when Christopher Columbus first set foot in the Americas in 1492.

Working day? No

Will shops open? Yes

  • November 1: All Saint’s Day

A celebration of those who have passed away, All Saint’s Day comes after the Catalan festivity La Castanyada, celebrating autumn. 

Working day? No

Will shops open? No  

  • December 6: Day of the Constitution

This day commemorates when the new constitution of Spain was signed in 1978. 

Working day? No

Will shops open? Yes 

  • December 25: Christmas Day

Celebrated around the world, Christmas Day is a day for meeting with family

and exchanging gifts. Here’s our handy guide on what to do in Barcelona around Christmas time

Working day? No

Will shops open? No

  • December 26: Saint Stephen’s Day 

A celebration of Saint Stephen, the day after Christmas.

During this day it is a tradition to eat “canelons.”  Find out what other dishes are typical during Christmas time in Catalunya.

Working day? No

Will shops open? No

If you’re looking for more to do in Barcelona or want the ideal itinerary laid out for your trip, why not check out our one, three and five day guides and check out the rest of our blog so you can make the most of this vibrant city

Additionally, if you want to check the calendar of commercial openings in Barcelona, check here.