Best time to visit Barcelona

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Castellers or Human Towers

February–July | September–November • activity

An amazing tradition of constructing human towers

Beach Season

mid-May–mid-October • activity

Barcelona's best beaches are just a few kilometers away from the city centre

Rebajas or Sales

early January–February, July–August • event

Look for a bargain at one of Europe's best fashion destinations

Sala Montjuic

July–August • activity

A romantic night with jazz and movies under the stars

Grec Festival

mid-June – early August (TBA) • activity

Some of the world's best theatrical performances in an ancient Greek amphitheatre under the night sky

El Bot Salvavides

June–September • activity

A coastal town of Calafell not far from Barcelona is home to an interesting phenomenon – unsinkable lifeboat

Anchovies in Vinegar (Boquerones en Vinagre)

June–August • food

It is especially pleasant to go to the bar on a hot summer day, drink a glass of ice-cold beer and eat Boquerones en Vinagre!

Yachting Season​

May–October • activity

Barcelona is one of Europe's top sailing destinations

Spanish Ham with Melon

May–September • food

A simple but beautiful and healthy summer snack


May–August • food

It's impossible to imagine a holiday without grilled sardines


Tarragona Human Towers Competition

October 07–08, 2017 (TBC) • event

A spectacular competition of building human towers - something to be seen only in Catalonia

Carnaval de Barcelona

February 08–14, 2018 • event

Catalan answer to the carnival season is more than fun. It's spectacular!


December–April • food

Fried onions turned into a culinary masterpiece

Sonar Festival

June 14–16, 2018 • event

Legendary electronic music festival, one of the best in the world

Primavera Sound

May 30–June 03, 2018 • event

Barcelona's edition of Primavera Sound attracts more and more people from every corner of the world

El Caganer

December • activity

An unusual Catalan tradition - a defecating man in a nativity scene

L'ou сom Balla or Dancing Egg

May 31, 2018 • event

A peculiar tradition dating back to the 16th century

Fiesta de Santa Eulalia

Around February 12 • event

A traditional Catalan street party with giants, dragons​, lions and eagles taking part

Formula 1 Gran Premio De España

May 11–13, 2018 • event

A spectacular Formula One race, one of the oldest in the world

La Merce

late September (TBA) • event

A signature Barcelona street festival not to be missed

Diada Nacional de Catalunya

September 11 • event

A very important day for the Catalans

The Magic Fountain of Montjuïc

October–April • activity

Incredible mix of water, light and music making a great performance​

Montjuic de Nit

 • event

A great offbeat cultural festival in a beautiful location

Tió de Nadal

December 08–25 • activity

An interesting Catalan Christmas tradition - to take care of a log

La Dansa de la Mort de Verges

March 24, 2016 • event

An ancient and unique Dance of the Death

San Juan Bonfire Festival (Noche de San Juan)

June 23–June 24 • event

Bonfires and songs highlight the celebration of St. John's Eve and summer solstice

Festa Major de Gràcia

August 15–August 21 • event

Catalan style street party is an unsurpassable fun experience


September 11–September 24 • activity

A traditional Catalan group dance that could be performed by all people of all ages

"Gossos d'Atura" (Sheep Dog) Competitions

late August–early October • event

An unusual show of traditional shepperd dogs from all over Spain

FC Barcelona and Camp Nou

August–May • activity

The most exciting matches of the Champions League in the biggest football stadium in Europe

Barcelona Marathon

March 11, 2018 • event

A challenging race through the streets of the most beautiful parts of Barcelona

Castanyes i Moniatos

October–November • food

Sweet potato and chestnuts are perfect autumn comfort foods

Sopa de Galets

December • food

A wonderful winter comfort food


March 05, 2019 • food

Grilled sausages are an important food in Catalonia

Roscón de Reyes or Kings Cake

January 05–January 06 • food

A traditional round Epiphany cake


October 31–November 01 • food

Delicious sweet pastry served on All Saints Day

Dia de Sant Jordi

April 23 • event

A colorful holiday during the flower bloom season

Mona de Pascua

March 31, 2018 • food

Delicious Easter cakes that are given by godparents to their godchildren

Sant Joan's Coca

late June • food

A delicious sweet treat available only during the holiday

Three Kings Day

January 05–January 06 • event

Epiphany is a great holiday in Barcelona celebrated by La Cabalgata de Reyes Magos

Ball de Bastons

June 22 | September 24 | April 23 | September 11 • event

An ancient Catalan tradition – stick dancing


November 01 • event

A family-oriented holiday in commemoration of dead relatives and to celebrate the harvest


January 17 • food

An interesting regional farmers' food