The Best Brunch Places in Barcelona – Top 10

Looking for the best brunch places in Barcelona? Brunch in Barcelona has become the new thing to do every weekend. Sunday morning is here, and whether the sun is shining or not, you’ve got some place to be – it’s time for brunch in Barcelona!

Initially an American term for breakfast and lunch, brunch has spread like wildfire throughout Europe and is now one of the trendiest plans in Barcelona. Whether you’re a bruncher with a sweet tooth who goes to sleep dreaming of pancakes drizzled in maple syrup, or a dish of egg’s Benedict washed down with a mug of strong coffee is more your thing, Barcelona has something for everyone.

From sunny terraces to quaint coffee shops, vegan and vegetarian options, and the best specialty coffee, we’ve got you covered when it comes to finding the best brunch in Barcelona.

1. Granja Petit Bo


Passeig de Sant Joan, 82 / Mallorca, 194

This vintage brunch eatery takes its name from the owners’ dream to create a farm (granja) inspired by all the places they’ve visited. Order anything on the menu and you’re sure to be delighted, from Mexican inspired wraps to crispy granola and yoghurt. Don’t miss their delectable range of freshly squeezed juices.

Granja Petit Bo – Best brunch places in Barcelona

2. La Desayunería


Carrer del Comte Borrell, 75

If when you do brunch in Barcelona you like to do it big, then La Desayunería is your place. The menu at this small eatery takes inspiration from classic American diners; order French toast topped with whatever you fancy, stacked fluffy pancakes or a famous breakfast platters.

Best brunch places in Barcelona - La Desayunería
La Desayunería

3. Little Fern

C. de Pere IV, 168

New Zealand owners have brought their secrets from down under to this minimalist vegetarian brunch eatery in Poble Nou. You’re sure to love their house specialties including Harissa scramble, Turkish eggs and crispy oven-baked baby potatoes, in addition to many vegan options. Serving specialty coffee and homemade chai tea what more could you ask for?

Little Fern

4. Brunch & Cake


Enric Granados, 19 / Passeig Joan de Borbó, 5 / Roselló, 189

We couldn’t do a list of the best places for brunch in Barcelona without mentioning one of the most popular instagrammable brunch restaurants. With 3 beautifully decorated establishments in Barcelona, there’s one right by your holiday rental where you can wake up in style. Get there early to beat the (very long) queues – but we promise the exquisitely presented dishes will be worth it!

Brunch and Cake - Brunch in Barcelona
Brunch & Cake

5. Picnic

Carrer del Comerç, 1

One of the first cafés serving brunch in Barcelona was Picnic – next to Parc de la Ciutadella – and it is still going strong years later. Its menu features a range of American-Chilean fusion dishes and a diverse cocktail menu. We recommend the Pink Lemonade and the Salmon Gravlax toast served on fresh sourdough. Delicious!

Picnic - Brunch places in barcelona
Picnic – Bes brunch placecs in barcelona

6. Caravelle

Carrer del Pintor Fortuny, 31

A stone’s throw away from La Boqueria Market is Caravelle open every day of the week for brunch in Barcelona. Choose from classic dishes or try exciting options that include poached eggs and pumpkin or shakshuka with tahini yoghurt and flatbread. The drinks menu includes specialty Nomad Coffee roasted in Barcelona and a range of craft beers brewed on site.

Caravelle
Caravelle

7. Billy Brunch

Carrer de Bailèn, 115 and Carrer de Muntaner, 64o

This charming restaurant serving brunch in Barcelona, Eixample prides itself on being open all day every day, so you no longer have to wait until the weekend to satisfy those brunch cravings. Head to Billy Brunch whenever they strike and you won’t be disappointed. Find more traditional brunch dishes, healthy options including the colourful acai bowl, and a range of cocktails.

Billy Brunch

8. Cohen

Carrer del Parlament, 17,

In the heart of Sant Antoni is the quaint Cohen with outdoor seating serving great bagels and good coffee. Not strictly a brunch restaurant, Cohen is open every day from 9:30am to 12:30am and features a range of delicious meals perfect for any time of day.

Cohen

9. Ugot Bruncherie

Carrer de Viladomat, 138

This gorgeous vintage eatery is the perfect place for brunch in Barcelona on a Sunday morning with friends. Choose from delicious homemade cakes, Mediterranean style brunch dishes and five different takes on the classic Eggs Benedict ­– which one is your favourite?

Ugot Bruncherie

10. Federal Café

Carrer del Parlament, 39 / Passatge de la Pau, 11 / Carrer del Taulat, 109

Still serving great coffee and brunch is Federal Café, one of the brunch pioneers in Barcelona, now with three establishments throughout the city. Our favourites on the menu include chia pudding, the classic avocado toast and the butter croissant topped with a fried egg.

Federal cafe barcelona - best brunch palces barcelona
Federal cafe Barcelona – Best brunch palces Barcelona

So there you have it, 10 of the best places for brunch in Barcelona. Which ones have you tried?

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10 Barcelona museums that are free on Sundays 2022

Which are the Barcelona museums that are free? It’s that time of year again. Now known as blue week, the middle of January is a rather dismal time: winter is most definitely here, all the excitement of Christmas is over and our bank accounts are still recovering from the festivities of the previous month.

Yet fear not! We’re here to brighten up the bluest time of the year with this list of 10 museums in Barcelona that are free on the first Sunday of every month or, in some cases, every Sunday!

So beat the January blues by delving into all the culture, art and history Barcelona can offer you. And the best thing is, you don’t need to spend a penny! As these are (still) strange times, we recommend checking the websites before visiting and booking your spot online, if necessary.

Museums that are free in Barcelona
Barcelona museums that are free on Sundays

Barcelona museums that are free on Sundays

The National Art Museum of Catalonia (MNAC)

Palau Nacional, Parc de Montjuïc, s/n, 08038 Barcelona

Capturing a century of art in the region, the stunning MNAC stands proudly at the foot of the city’s Montjuic mountain. It has a fantastic permanent art exhibition dating back to the Middle Ages and also features temporary exhibitions on artists like Gaudí. Don’t miss the rooftop view point!

Entry is free on every Saturday of the month after 3 pm, the first Sunday of the month and on the museum’s open days. You can book your spot here.

Museum of Music

Carrer de Lepant, 150, 08013 Barcelona

Boasting a collection of both ancient and contemporary instruments, the Museum of Music in Barcelona is an unmissable stop for music lovers. The museum is free on the first Sunday of the month (all day), every Sunday after 3 pm, and every Thursday after 6 pm.

Barcelona History Museum (MUHBA)

Plaça del Rei, s/n, 08002 Barcelona

Delve into the history of Barcelona – once known as Barcino ­– at this museum located in the heart of the Gothic Quarter. The MUHBA forms part of a group of essential museums that put Barcelona in historical context, including Bunker 307, Park Güell, and the Temple of August.

The museum is free on Sundays between 3 pm and 8 pm and all day on the first Sunday of the month.

Barcelona Museum of Contemporary Art (CCCB)

Carrer de Montalegre, 5, 08001 Barcelona

The CCCB has something for everyone: from art installations, round table discussions, activities and workshops especially for kids, cinema, interactive exhibitions, and more.

Admission is free every Sunday after 3 pm but tickets must be reserved in advance. Free tickets become available every Wednesday for the upcoming Sunday and go fast, so be sure to book yours here.

Picasso Museum

Carrer de Montcada, 15-23, 08003 Barcelona

This light-filled museum is home to one of the biggest collections of works by Malaga-born artist Pablo Picasso, and can be found in Barcelona’s Gothic Quarter. Visit for free on Thursdays after 5 pm and the first Sunday of the month. We recommend reserving your free ticket before visiting here.

Museu Frederic Marès

Plaça Sant Iu, 5, 08002 Barcelona

The sculptor, artist and collector Frederic Marès donated his entire collection to the city, resulting in this beautiful museum tucked away in a section of the city’s Royal Palace. Entrance is free on the first Sunday of the month from 11 am to 8 pm and every Sunday from 3 pm onwards.

Design Museum of Barcelona

Plaça de les Glòries Catalanes, 37, 08018 Barcelona

This modern museum in Barcelona’s tech district explores different areas of the world of design and offers a journey into the aesthetics of every day life, from fashion, furniture, advertising and graphic art, textiles, and more.

Admission is free on the first Sunday of the month from 10 am to 8 pm and every Sunday from 3 pm onwards.

Maritime Museum (MMB)

Av. de les Drassanes, s/n, 08001 Barcelona

Learn about the important role the sea has played in making Barcelona the city it is today. Don’t miss the full-scale replica ships in this museum that was once the city’s royal shipyard. Admission is free every Sunday after 3 pm.

Museum of Natural Sciences

Plaza Leonardo Da Vinci, 4-5, 08019 Barcelona

This sprawling museum in Parc Forum makes for a great day out for the whole family. The building itself is a work of art and its contemporary exhibitions are often based on fun and exciting themes from the natural world. Free on Sunday afternoons after 3 pm and the first Sunday of the month.

Montjuïc Castle

Ctra. de Montjuïc, 66, 08038 Barcelona

This modest yet majestic castle dates back to 1640 and boasts spectacular panoramic views of the city. Discover more about this military fortress with free admission on Sunday afternoons after 3 pm and the first Sunday of the month.

So there you have it, a list of 10 Barcelona museums that are free on Sundays. We know what we’re doing this weekend – do you?

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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.elcomerçdenoubarrisesmou.com

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.

Dates:

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 estel.sagradafamilia.org 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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The Best Guide to Christmas Lights in Barcelona

The Christmas lights in Barcelona are here! The evenings are now brightly lit by a plethora of shining lights that adorn the streets of the city.

Barcelona is a city with wide avenues, tree-lined boulevards, winding streets and charming squares – 100 km of which are brimming with festive cheer. We’ve put together this guide to the Christmas Lights in Barcelona so you can revel in the start of the festive season and do some last-minute Christmas shopping under the bright lights of the city.

The City Council claim this year’s Christmas lights in Barcelona are bigger and better than ever before. Let’s see if it’s true!

Christmas lights in Barcelona
Christms lights in Barcelona – Pic by Mònica Moreno

When can I see the Christmas lights in Barcelona?

The Christmas lights in Barcelona were switched on last Wednesday 24th with an event in Plaça Catalunya. Despite the heavy rainfall that day, the act finally took place at 8pm with live performances.

These shining decorations will adorn the city until 6 January. The lights will be turned on between 5:30pm and 11pm from Thursday to Sunday. What’s more, on Friday and Saturday the lights will stay on until midnight, and on New Year’s Eve and the eve before the day of the Three Kings (6 January) they will stay on until 2am.

Where can I see the Christmas lights in Barcelona?

With over 100 kilometres of Barcelona’s street adorned in shining Christmas lights, you really can’t miss these beautiful displays of festive cheer. But, just in case, we’ve made this complete guide to the Christmas lights in Barcelona to make sure you don’t miss a single one!

Plaça Catalunya:

Draped in what could be rays of sunlight, this year’s Christmas lights in Barcelona’s central Plaça Catalunya are an explosion of celebration and aim to boost local commerce in the surrounding areas.

This new design by the studio Estudi Antoni Arola – which uses sustainable LED tubing – will flicker on and off, mimicking the beating heart of the city. Don’t miss the hypnotising lights that will also adorn the square’s beautiful fountains. What better place to take a stroll before doing some Christmas shopping!

Gran Vía de les Corts Catalanes

This year’s Christmas lights in Barcelona on Gran Vía hang above pedestrians and passing traffic in the form of large cylindrical lamps of varying sizes.

Feel at home on one of the city’s main avenues with these comforting and familiar lights that replace the typical “chin-chin” and “muac muac” Christmas lights in Barcelona.

Plaça Urquinaona

The Christmas lights in Barcelona that adorn Plaça Urquinaona are a soothing shade of blue. Hundreds of small circles of light hang above one of the main squares in the centre of the city’s shopping area.

Via Laietana

The Christmas Lights in Barcelona will also light up Via Laietana in a festive display of sparkling baubles and adornments.

Passeig de Gràcia

Passeig de Gràcia, with the neighbourhoods of Dreta de l’Eixample on its right and Esquerra de L’Eixample on its left, is one of the city’s most famous shopping streets.

This is an unmissable stop on your tour of Christmas lights in Barcelona. This sprawling avenue, just like last year, is turned into a fairytale with twinkling lights that look like stars and delicate butterflies.

And after you’ve marvelled at the lights, why not discover some of the streets luxury brands from Gucci, Guess, Chanel and Massimo Dutti, and high street favourites including Mango, Zara and H&M. Or do a bit of sightseeing at the popular Gaudí houses of La Pedrera and Casa Batlló.

Carrer Aragó

This year’s Christmas lights in Barcelona on Carrer Aragó sparkle in the form of large-scale LED stars or snowflakes. This minimalistic design replaces the street’s famous ceiling of lights.

Also, for the first time the city’s name will be on full display. Don’t miss the large red letters spelling out “Barcelona” on Gran Vía (Bailén/Muntaner) and Carrer Aragó (Bailén/Aribau). Perfect for snapping an instagrammable festive photo!

Hospital Sant Pau de Barcelona

After being welcomed by city’s including Madrid, Berlin and London, this winter wonderland makes its way to Barcelona. From 22 November to 9 January, visit this fairytale-like Christmas Garden named “Els Llums de Sant Pau” (The Lights of Sant Pau) for a truly festive experience.

The garden is open from 6:30pm to 10:30pm. We recommend buying your ticket in advance here.

Finally, another place you can also catch the Christmas lights in Barcelona is Ronda Sant Pere. For the first time this avenue will be decked out between Passeig de Sant Joan and Urquinaona. There will also be shining Christmas lights on Avinguda del Paral·lel and Travessera de Gràcia.

And why not discover the Christmas lights in Barcelona from the comfort of the city’s Christmas Bus tour? Discover the most magical time of the year on a 90-minute nocturnal tour brimming with light, joy and festive cheer. Find out more here.

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Public Transport in Barcelona (How to Get Around Barcelona)

Guessing how to use public transport in Barcelona?

Public transport in any city can be an odyssey, but with this complete guide to getting around Barcelona we’ve got you covered.

Moving around Barcelona is easy and also fun thanks to its public network of commuter trains, buses, metros, trams, and even a cable car.

You’ve booked your apartment with bizFlats, but now you probably have any questions like, how much is public transport in Barcelona? And, what is the bus timetable?

Read on to find the answers these questions and more!

Public transport in Barcelona: Metro

There are a total of eight metro lines throughout the city to take you from one side to the other. The metro is often the transport of choice for locals and tourists alike thanks to its 161 stations dotted around the city and reduced waiting times. It is truly a quick and easy way to get around.

Metro tickets

When getting your ticket, it’s important to know that the city’s public transport system is integrated, meaning its tickets are valid for all modes of public transport (metro, bus, commuter train and tram), for a duration of 1 hour and 15 minutes. What’s more, if you’re staying within the city a Zone 1 ticket will suffice.

Tickets can be bought from the ticket offices or machines located in the stations themselves. Don’t forget to insert your ticket into the ticket turnstile to access the platforms. In every station you’ll find a map and list of stops for the line you’re travelling on.

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Public Transport in Barcelona – Metro Map

Types of public transport ticket

Choose your tickets depending on how long you’re staying in the city and how many trips you need to make. As mentioned, these tickets are valid for the city’s tram, bus and metro services:

  • Single trip: €2.40
  • T-Casual: €11.35 (10 trips)
  • T-Usual: from €40 (unlimited, 30 days)
  • T-Familiar: €10 (8 trips, interchangeable)

There is also the exclusive Hola Barcelona ticket starting at €14.67, and valid for 48, 72, 96 or 120 hours, which gives unlimited travel throughout the city and includes the airport train and Montjuic cable car.

Metro timetable

The Barcelona metro runs from 5 am to midnight on Monday to Thursday, Sundays and bank holidays (you can check a list of local holidays for 2021 here). On Fridays and the eve before bank holidays it runs from 5 am to 2 am.

Public transport in Barcelona: Buses

With more than 1,000 buses, getting around Barcelona couldn’t be easier. What’s more, these hybrid vehicles are better for the environment and are one of the cleanest bus services in Europe. We recommend checking the official bus map here so you can plan your trip.

The buses in Barcelona have a number and either the letter V (vertical), H (horizontal) and D (diagonal) depending on the direction they travel in the city or N (night) for the nocturnal buses, which run every half hour after 10.40 pm.

To know which bus you should take from one place to another you can use this website: Vull Anar

Bus tickets

The tickets for the bus are the same as those mentioned above for the metro and can be bought at metro stations, ticket machines at bus stops and stations, and online and on the TMB app. Don’t forget to validate your ticket once on board.

Bus timetable

The timetable depends on the particular bus line you wish to take. The majority start between 5 am and 8 am and run until 10–11 pm.

Barcelona Tourist Bus

The Barcelona City Tour is the city’s official hop-on hop-off service for tourists. Tickets start at €27 for adults and €14.40 for children and can be bought online here.

These red double-decker buses run from 9 am to 7 pm and offer a West route (including La Rambla, Montjuic and Camp Nou) and an East route (including the Sagrada Família, Tibidabo and Park Güell).

Airport Public transport in Barcelona

There are several ways to get to and from the airport in Barcelona.

– The metro line (L) runs to both T1 and T2 and a one-way ticket is €5.15.

– The aerobus service, which starts and ends at Plaça Cataluña (and has several stops in the city) also goes to T1 and T2. A one-way ticket costs €5.90 and a round trip is €10.20.

– The train service (R2 Nord) runs from Passeig de Gràcia and Sants Estació and takes around 20–25 minutes. You can check the timetable here and a single ticket costs €4.60.

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Electric motorbikes: getting around Barcelona

Barcelona also has many electric motorbikes that can be rented by the minute. Beat the traffic and get from A to Z easily and quickly with this sustainable form of transport. Check out the following apps that operate in Barcelona to compare availability and prices.

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  • Ecooltra
  • Yego
  • SCOOT
  • Muving
  • Acciona
  • Reby

For more information about the costs of public transport you can check out our article on the cost of living in Barcelona here and getting a taxi in Barcelona here. We hope this article makes getting around Barcelona a lot easier!

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