Spain is now the 4th most visited country in the world and Barcelona the 15th most visited city in the world. Sites such as Las Ramblas, the Picasso Museum, FC Barcelona, Gaudi’s Sagrada Familia and the cities 3.7km of long sandy beaches have made the city a leading global destination.
Barcelona enjoys a glorious Mediterranean climate and this is a major factor in its popularity – Barcelona enjoys year long sunshine, very low rainfall and a very mild winter. In fact in some years winter never actually arrives here!
But the peak season for tourism is of course summer. But without doubt Barcelona is a city with year round appeal and visiting the city at any time of year is a rewarding experience when you will find the street, plazas and ramblas less crowded, queues to museums and galleries shorter, accommodation more readily available and cheaper, and that Spanish sun still shining!
Spring is a wonderful time of year to visit Barcelona. It is especially popular with visitors from Scandinavia and Northern Europe where the winters are long and dark. While the winter gloom hangs around in these countries well into the year, spring comes early in Barcelona and starts in late February usually, and is then fully underway from April onwards.
If you are not a beach person and want to make the most of Barcelona’s many cultural highlights then there is no need to come in summer. A spring trip to Barcelona is full of wonderful things to do.
Events in Barcelona in spring
The Barcelona Beer Festival
The festival for beer lovers offers a bar with 50 pumps offering a wide variety of superb craft beers
As well as drinking; tastings, lectures and roundtables are on offer.
Witness a traditional Catalan Easter. Highlights of the festival include Palm Sunday (diumenge de rams) when locals flock to the gothic cathedral (La Seu) holding palms, processions and biblical re-enactments next to the cathedral, and of course chocolate. Traditionally godparents give their godchildren chocolate eggs (Mones de Pascua) but these days mones can be found made to look like sports starts such as Lionel Messi or Pau Gasol.
Diada de Sant Jordi
Diada de Sant Jordi (Saint Georges Day) is a very important part of Catalan identity. It takes place on the 23rd of April in Barcelona. Traditionally men give women roses and women give men a book. It is a highly popular tradition, but unusually Saint Jordi’s Day is not a public holiday.
One for music lovers. Primavera Sound comes to Barcelona in late May or early June and is held at the Parc del Fòrum leisure site in the Diagonal Mar area. Last year more than 100,000 part-goers attended, making the Primavera Sound Festival one of the largest and most important alternative music festivals in the world.
The Formula One Grand Prix is one of the most important F1 races of the year and all the world’s best drivers take part.
The circuit comes to Barcelona every May and takes place in a little village named Montmeló about 20km (12 miles) north-east of Barcelona city, the site of the Circuit de Catalunya.
If you come to Barcelona in spring (0r any other season) you are going to find an amazing range of events and activities on offer. As well as these activities, do not forget to relax though. Barcelona is full of wonderful tapas bars, restaurants and pavement cafes so be sure to kick back and enjoy the sunshine.
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