The Barcelona Calendar 2022 – Holidays and festivities to plan your year

The Barcelona Calendar 2022 is here and with it we’re bringing you all of 2022’s most important dates in one place.

The upcoming year includes a total of 14 public holidays. Make sure you bookmark this page so you can plan for next year keeping these special dates in mind.

From Christmas and Easter holidays to local festivities, this Barcelona Calendar 2022 has it all. Make it your go to calendar when booking holidays and weekends away.

Barcelona Calendar 2022
Barcelona Calendar 2022

Saturday, 1 January: New Year’s Day

A day generally spent recovering from the heavy night before or spent together with the family, celebrated with a large meal.

If you’re looking for a local restaurant to ring in the New Year, check out our festive favourites here.

Wishing you all the best for the New Year!

Working day? No

Will shops open? No

Thursday, 6 January: Three King’s Day

This day on the Barcelona Calendar 2022 marks the day the Three Kings or the Three Wise Men arrived in Bethlehem bearing gifts of frankincense, gold and myrrh for the newborn saviour. In Spain, it is tradition to exchange presents and go see the Three King’s Procession (Cabalgata de Reyes) on 5 January. Find all the information here.

Working day? No

Will shops open? No

Saturday, 12 February: Santa Eulàlia

Santa Eulàlia is the co-patron saint of Barcelona. Enjoy a myriad of cultural activities throughout the city celebrating her unique story!

Working day? Yes

Will shops open? Yes

Tuesday, 1 March: Carnival

Whatever you call it, Carnaval, Mardi Gras or Carnestotles is an exciting, colourful event. In Barcelona expect to see costumes galore in celebration of the first full moon after the winter solstice.

Working day? Yes

Will shops open? Yes

Sunday, 10 April – Saturday 16 April: Holy Week

Starting on Palm Sunday is one of the biggest religious events on the Barcelona Calendar 2022. Barcelona at Easter promises elaborate processions and delicious Easter treats.

Friday, 15 April: Good Friday

Good Friday is a national holiday in Spain and all shops will be closed.

Working day? No

Will shops open? No

Sunday 17 & Monday, 18 April: Easter Sunday & Easter Monday

Easter weekend celebrates the day on which Jesus was resurrected and rose again. Children often receive a mona de Pascua on Easter Monday. Be sure to browse local bakeries to spot this chocolate treat in the form of eggs, popular characters and animals, and even famous landmarks.

Working day? No

Will shops open? No

Saturday, 23 April: Sant Jordi (St George’s Day)

Known as Catalonia’s answer to Valentine’s Day, Sant Jordi celebrates the day of Catalonia’s patron saint, also known as St George.

It’s common to exchange roses and books on this day on the Barcelona Calendar 2022. Expect the city’s largest avenues to be lined with bookstalls and flower sellers in what promises to be a romantic day.

Working day? Yes

Will shops open? Yes

Monday, 6 June: Second Easter

Also known as Whitsun or the Pentecost, this event marks the day on which the Holy Spirit descended from heaven.

Working day? No

Will shops open? No

Friday, 24 June: Sant Joan (St John’s Eve)

Bonfires and fireworks commemorate this pagan-influenced festivity on the longest day of the year on the Barcelona Calendar 2022.

Working day? No

Will shops open? No

Monday, 15 August: Feast of the Assumption

This holy date marks the day on which Mary the mother of God ascended into heaven to join her son, Jesus Christ.

Working day? No

Will shops open? No

Saturday, 24 September & Monday, 26 September: La Mercè

Celebrated to commemorate the other patron saint of Barcelona, Our Lady of Mercy. This special date is marked by three to four days of live music and music-related events.

Working day? No

Will shops open? No

Wednesday, 12 October: The National Day of Spain

This day on the Barcelona Calendar 2022 marks 530 years since Christopher Columbus landed in the Americas.

Working day? No

Will shops open? No

Tuesday, 1 November: All Saints’ Day

Celebrated the day after Catalonia’s La Castanyada, an event that promises street vendors selling roasted chestnuts and sweet potatoes, and panellets in every bakery window. Find out how to make this sweet marzipan treat here.

Tuesday, 6 December: Day of the Constitution & Thursday, 8 December: Day of the Immaculate Conception

These two public holidays are observed nationally throughout Spain and are perfect dates on the Barcelona Calendar 2022 for a pre-Christmas getaway.

Planning a trip to Barcelona? Find out the best location to stay here.

Working day? No

Will shops open? Yes

Sunday 25 & Monday, 26 December: Christmas Day & St Stephen’s Day

It’s that time of year again! Ho, ho, ho, Santa is on his way and we can’t wait! Discover our guide to Christmas in Barcelona 2021 for a taster of what’s to come.

Working day? No

Will shops open? No

We hope you find this Barcelona Calendar 2022 useful!

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Ice Rinks in Barcelona for a Magical Christmas

Ice rinks in Barcelona make for a very magical Christmas. What could be more festive than donning a pair of ice skates and taking to the ice with your whole family?

Between 2011 and 2014 Barcelona’s Plaça Catalunya was home to an ice rink for tourists and locals alike. However, despite the city’s current mayor choosing not to reinstate this rink in the centre of the city, there are three other ice rinks in Barcelona that are simply perfect for a festive day out with the entire family.

So whether you’re a pro at pirouettes or are like us and need to cling on to the rail the whole way round, check out this this article so you can enjoy the most fairy tale-like Christmas in the city.

Ice rinks in Barcelona
Ice Rinks in Barcelona – L’Illa Diagonal

Ice Rinks in Barcelona: L’Illa Diagonal

Avinguda Diagonal, 557, 08029 Barcelona

In the heart of this shopping centre, find one of the most family-friendly ice rinks in Barcelona. It’s the perfect time of year for your little ones to break the ice and have a go at ice-skating. And here at L’Illa Diagonal there are penguin skating aids to help them learn.

The rink is open now until 9 January. Tickets are 5€ for unlimited skating time from Monday to Friday, 5pm to 9pm until 21 December. Opening times and ticket prices vary over the Christmas holidays and can be consulted here. Don’t forget your gloves!

L’Illa Diagonal shopping centre boasts a range of shops, boutiques and restaurants, and can be accessed by buses number 63, 67 or 7 from Plaça Catalunya.

Ice Rinks in Barcelona: FC Barcelona

Avinguda de Joan XXIII, s/n, 08028 Barcelona

How would you like to try your hand at skating on one of the most famous ice rinks in Barcelona? The FC Barcelona ice rink is now open every day of the week for all ages.

Tickets start from 13€ (or 7.50€ for FC Barcelona members) and include ice skate rental. You can book your tickets online in advance here, where you can also check the opening times, which vary over the Christmas holidays.

Located right outside the famous Camp Nou, this ice rink also offers free parking (limited times on match days). To get there by public transport, take the green line on the metro from Plaça Catalunya to Palau Reial.

Ice Rinks in Barcelona: Jardins de Can Xiringoi

Carrer Antoni Cebria Costa I Cui, 14, 08016 Barcelona

Located in the district of Nou Barris is one of the most magical ice rinks in Barcelona, opening on 10 December until 9 January at the Can Xiringoi gardens. With a view to bolster shopping in this residential district, this ice rinks hopes to bring visitors to the area and encourage people to shop at local businesses.

What’s more, this ice rink is actually made from synthetic and sustainable materials to reduce its environmental impact.

Tickets cost 6€ for 20 minutes and include ice skate rental, with the option of gloves for an extra €1. What’s more, 50% discounts are available if you shop at any of the surrounding local businesses that support the ice rink.

The quickest way to get to this magical ice rink in Barcelona is by metro via the yellow line to Maragall from Passeig de Gràcia, close to Plaça Catalunya.

Until 22 December, this ice rink in Barcelona will be open Monday-Sunday in the evening from 5pm to 8:30pm. Additionally on the weekends it will also open the mornings from 11am to 1:30pm, with special opening times over the Christmas holidays which you can check here: www.elcomerç

Ice Rinks in Barcelona: La Maquinista

C/ de Potosí, 2, 08030 Barcelona, Spain

If you’re anything like us, you’ve still got some last-minute gifts to buy. Now you can finish off your Christmas shopping and enjoy one of the most groovy ice rinks in Barcelona. Going for a skate on what is Catalonia’s largest sustainable ice rink has never been so much fun with this fun, disco-inspired arena in the Plaza del Reloj.

This ice rink in Barcelona is open Monday to Friday from 4:30pm to 8:30pm, and Saturday, Sunday and every day after 23 December (excluding 25, 26 December and 1 January) from 10:30am to 2:30pm and 4:30pm to 8:30pm.

Don’t miss disco nights every Friday (and 5 January) to skate to the sound of music through the decades. Book your time slot online here by filling out the form, and don’t forget that a minimum purchase of 10€ at any of the La Maquinista stores is necessary to access one of the most fun ice rinks in Barcelona.

We hope you have a blast! Happy skating!

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Best Wineries near Barcelona – Complete Guide for Wine Lovers

There is a wonderful range of wineries near Barcelona that serve and sell the best wine from the region from the local designations of origin, including Empordà, Alella, Penedès, Pla del Bages and many more. Many of these regions have wineries near Barcelona that are perfect for a day trip from the city.

Just a short train, bus ride, or car journey away, these wineries offer a range of activities, such as tours of their facilities, in addition to wine tasting and pairing with food from the region.

If this sounds like your perfect day, why not plan a short getaway to discover the land of Catalonia, home to great wines and cavas, with these wineries near Barcelona!

Bodega Torres

Finca el Maset, s/n – 08796 Pacs del Penedès (Barcelona)

The family-owned bodega Torres is one of the most historical wineries near Barcelona. What’s more, it is Spain’s largest winery and has been around for five generations. Located in the Penedès designation of origin, it can be reached by car via the AP7 motorway, exit 28 (South) or exit 30 (North).

If you’re travelling by public transport you can take the commuter train R4 (direction Manresa) to Vilafranca del Penedès. The train runs every half hour and takes a little over 1 hour. The winery is then a short taxi ride from the station.

Discover its Mas La Plana winery and visit the Waltraud Bodega. Tours start from €16 and last 1 hour 45 minutes for the standard tour (including 4 wines to sample) or 2 hours if you’d like to pair your wine with traditional tapas or a selection of cheeses.

Also, why not visit their Jardí Restaurant El Celleret where you can sample the wines of this bodega alongside some of the best food of the region.

Best winners near Barcelona - Bodega Torres
Best winners near Barcelona – Bodega Torres

Bouquet d’Alella

Av. Sant Josep de Calassanç, 8,

08328 Alella, Barcelona

Offering tours in Spanish, Catalan, English and French, Bouquet d’Alella is one of the most charming wineries near Barcelona. This small, family-run winery prides itself on producing the best quality wines in small numbers. Tickets cost €15 and include a tour of the vineyards overlooking the mountains and the sea, plus the bodega and 2 wine samples.

Or why not plan a surprise for that special occasion, and book a private tour and sunset meal among the vineyards? The charming village of Alella can be reached by bus E19 from Ronda de Sant Pere and the winery is a short walk from the bus station.

Best winneries near Barcelona - Bouquet d'Alella
Best winneries near Barcelona – Bouquet d’Alella

Bodegas Freixenet

Carrer de Joan Sala, 2,

08770 Sant Sadurní d’Anoia, Barcelona

Another of the wineries near Barcelona in the Penedès designation of origin is Freixenet. Discover the origins of this world-renowned cava with a tour of the old bodega, which dates back to 1922, and the newer part, which employs cutting-edge technology to ensure the quality of their bottles.

The tour includes a visit and samples of two sparkling wines. Getting there from Barcelona is simple thanks to the “Freixetren” combined ticket, which includes a return train fare and tour of the bodegas. Tours are conducted in Catalan, Spanish, English, French, Italian, and German.

Best winneries near Bacelona - Cavas Freixenet
Best winneries near Bacelona – Cavas Freixenet

La Vinyeta

Carretera de Mollet a Masarac

17752 Mollet de Peralada

Alt Empordà, Spain

In the Alt Empordà designation of origin is La Vinyeta, one of the most enchanting wineries near Barcelona, surrounded by vineyards and olive groves. In addition to guided tours of their winemaking facilities, discover their wine tasting courses, gourmet lunches and picnics in the grounds, cooking classes and over-night stays in the heart of nature.

It takes just over 1 hour and a half to get there by car from Barcelona. Alternatively, there is also the option to get the commuter train to Figueres. The bodega is a 20-minute taxi ride from the station.

Best winneries near Barcelona - La Vinyeta
Best winneries near Barcelona – La Vinyeta

Oller de Mas

Carretera d’Igualada C-37z km 91
08242 Manresa

Boasting over 400 hectares of land and views of Montserrat, Oller de Mas is one of the wineries near Barcelona you simply can’t miss. This medieval castle on the Pla del Bages estate is owned by the Margenta family and prides itself on the production of organic wine. Discover a range of grape varieties – all grown in their own vineyards – from Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah.

Tours of the winery and wine tasting starts from €15. Additionally, why not make it extra special by booking a meal at the newly opened BAGES 964 restaurant, taking a 4×4 tour of the vineyards, or discovering the grounds in a horse-drawn carriage. Get there by train to Manresa (R4 line) or 1-hour car drive.

Finca Viladellops

08734 Viladellops

(Olèrdola) Barcelona

Another of the wineries near Barcelona located in the Penedès designation of origin, in the Garraf Natural Park, is Finca Viladellops. With guided tours in a range of languages of its vineyards, olive groves and almond orchards, visitors get the chance to learn about the history of this winery dating back to 1877.

To make this the perfect day trip from Barcelona (only 50 minutes away by car), we recommend you also pay a visit to the medieval village of Viladellops and its historical castle, chapel and tower.

Best winneries near Barcelona - Finca Viladellops
Best winneries near Barcelona – Finca Viladellops

We hope you enjoyed this list of wineries near Barcelona! Cheers!

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Barcelona Christmas: Barcelona kicks off the Christmas season

This year we’re bringing you a fun-packed Barcelona Christmas agenda to welcome the holiday season and bring some much needed festive cheer to a rather difficult year.

Discover all the things you can do in the month of December in Barcelona, from live music concerts, light displays and festive outdoor markets. Are you ready to get in the mood for Christmas?

Els llums de Sant Pau

22 November – 9 January

This Barcelona Christmas, head to the Hospital de Sant Pau to experience the most magical Christmas experience. The Els llums de Sant Pau Christmas garden is here and open to the public. Check the opening times and book your tickets online here.

Barcelona Christmas - Els llums de Sant Pau
Barcelona Christmas – Els llums de Sant Pau

Casa Batlló Lights

24 November – 07 January

This Barcelona Christmas make sure you see Casa Batlló on Passeig de Gràcia decked out in a brand new light. From 24 November, this Gaudí emblem of the city will be lit up in a range of festive colours.

Barcelona Christmas Lights Tour

26 November – 02 January

The Barcelona Christmas Tour is here. Hop on board and get ready to be surprised on this hour and a half bus ride to discover city’s bright, colourful and inspiring Christmas lights.

Read more about this magical tour and discover where to see the Christmas lights in Barcelona in our article here.

Sagrada Família Christmas Market

27 November – 23 December

The Sagrada Família Christmas market is now open to all visitors. With stalls selling Christmas decorations, nativity scene figures, and handcrafted items, you’re sure to find that last-minute gift. And don’t miss the crepe stand!

Barcelona Christmas - Fira de Nadal de la Sagrada Família
Barcelona Christmas – Fira de Nadal de la Sagrada Família

Barcelona Christmas at Poble Espanyol

04 December – 05 January (various dates)

This year, discover Barcelona Christmas at Poble Espanyol where the Three Kings themselves will be there to receive your letters in person. There are 24 themed areas to discover, one for each day of advent.


4 to 8 December

11 and 12 December

18 to 30 December

2 to 5 January 2022

Jardins de Pedralbes – Natura Encesa

07 December – 09 January

This year every corner of the city will shine. At the Jardins de Pedralbes visit the Barcelona Christmas Garden Natura Encesa (Nature Shines).

This festive experience began in Santa Cruz de Tenerife before coming to Barcelona. This magical light show evokes the Earth’s four elements and celebrates the planet’s biodiversity.

The Star atop the Sagrada Família

8 December

This week the Sagrada Familia’s second tallest tower was topped with a star which, very soon, will be shining for the whole world to see. As of 1 December, visit to add your very own ray of light to the top of this Gaudí masterpiece. The star will be turned on on 8 December at 7:40 pm.

Bach’s Christmas Cantatas

13 December

Bach’s Christmas Cantatas will be performed at the Palau de la Música in a festive concert by Gabrieli Consort & Players, directed by Paul McCreesh.

Things to do in Barcelona in Decembre - Christmas Concerts in Palau de la Música

Barcelona Christmas Concert at the Sagrada Família

17 December

The Sagrada Família will welcome the Escolania de Montserrat choir in this Barcelona Christmas concert. This choral group dates back to the Middle Ages and is one of the most prestigious in Europe.

A Christmas Tale – Liceu

18 December

On 18 December, the Liceu Opera House will welcome the Amics de la Unió Children’s Choir and the Liceu Symphonic Orchestra to perform Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Tale. Perfect for all ages!

Christmas Carols at the Sagrada Família

21 December

What better way to get in the mood for Christmas than a Barcelona Christmas carol concert at the Sagrada Família? Afterwards, why not visit the Christmas market and browse its stalls brimming with charming gifts.

Boxing Day Concert – Palau de la Música

26 December

Don’t miss this much-awaited date on the Barcelona Christmas calendar. Yes, we’re talking about the Boxing Day (or St. Stephen’s Day, as it is commonly referred to in Catalonia) Concert at Palau de la Música, a long-standing tradition in the city.

Performing traditional songs, Christmas carols and more, are the Orfeó Català, the Escola Coral de l’Orfeó Català choirs and the Chamber Choir of the Palau itself.

We hope you enjoy this fun-packed list of things to do this Barcelona Christmas! Let us know, what have you got planned? From Bizflats, we wish you all a very merry holiday season.

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