Barcelona Traditions & Festivals

Cabalgata Reyes Magos – the parade of the three kings in Barcelona

Cabalgata Reyes Magos – the parade of the three kings in Barcelona

In Catalonia and throughout Spain, the festival of El Día de los Reyes on 6 January is a massive event. It celebrates the arrival of the three kings in Bethlehem with their gifts for the infant Christ, and is the traditional Spanish day for exchanging gifts. A huge parade takes place throughout Barcelona, with fireworks and street parties, as children clamour to receive their presents.

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Christmas in Barcelona

Christmas in Barcelona

Christmas in Barcelona is a magical time. With so many seasonal traditions, markets, lights, nativity scenes and food, a visit to the city is bound to get you in the festive spirit. Read on for your guide to the Christmas period in the Catalan capital.

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Festa Major de Gràcia 2014 – Barcelona’s August carnival

Festa Major de Gràcia 2014 – Barcelona’s August carnival

The Fiesta Mayor de Gracia returns to Barcelona this August, so why not join the thousands of locals and tourists that flock to enjoy this week-long celebration? With decorated streets, traditional food, wine tasting and a carnival atmosphere all around the barrio, we’re sure you’ll love this taste of the real Barcelona.

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Sant Jordi: Barcelona’s fiesta of love and literature

Sant Jordi: Barcelona’s fiesta of love and literature

We look at the most interesting Barcelona festival, La Diada de Sant Jordi, which celebrates the city’s patron saint and takes place on 23 April. Today it’s a massive event based around Catalan culture, romance and reading. There’s nothing quite like the Ramblas decked out in roses!

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The Feria de Abril 2014 – celebrating Andalusian culture in a corner of Barcelona – olé!

The Feria de Abril 2014 – celebrating Andalusian culture in a corner of Barcelona – olé!

Of all the different regions in Spain, no-one knows how to throw a party better than Andalusians, – and in April, they bring the party to Barcelona. Head down to the Feria de Abril at Diagonal Mar and take full advantage of the carnival atmosphere – think flamenco, sherry and foot-stamping fun by the sea.

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La Mona de Pascua – Spanish Easter cake

La Mona de Pascua – Spanish Easter cake

Easter week is a popular time to visit Barcelona and the perfect opportunity to try the traditional Mona de Pascua cake. This delicious cake, which is covered in colourful decorations, is also very simple to make – take a look at our recipe!

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