What calendar dates do I need to consider when visiting Barcelona in 2017?

What calendar dates do I need to consider when visiting Barcelona in 2017?
January 26 14:43 2017 Print This Article


If you have decided to visit Barcelona this year: excellent decision, because it’s one of the most fun, dynamic and monumental cities in Europe. You must have even planned to stay at one of the holiday apartments for rent in Barcelona that allows you to comfortably move around the city as if you were one of its citizens, but you still have one aspect to decide: when it’s the best time to visit Barcelona.

The answer to this question is “anytime” as Barcelona looks great in any season of the year and it’s always a great option. However, if you want to visit it during some event, you can make the most of your visit this year.Take note,these are the must-see for 2017.

Carnival: the dilemma of choosing between the capital or Sitges

The first date marked in red in the calendar is at the end of February, when the Carnival dresses the city in bright colors.

During these days you can enjoy events in Barcelona such as the King Carnestoltes parade, the “Taronjada” (a battle where orange balloons and confetti are thrown) or the typical “funeral of the sardine” that gives closure to the carnival. Although another highly recommended option is to get to the nearby village of Sitges to enjoy the charm of this beautiful place that increases even more these days with one of its best celebrations.

When? From23rdFebruary to 1st March

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Sant Jordi: the day of books and roses

One of the most endearing and beautiful festivals in Barcelona is an ode to culture and love. It’s Sant Jordi, when the International Book Day is celebrated. The whole city is full of stalls selling roses and books.

Thus, it’s a tradition on this day to give a book to your loved ones and a rose with a spike of wheat to the person you love, symbol of eternal love and abundance. It’s also a day in when famous authorssign their works on the street. There are also concerts and the whole city is immersed inthe celebration of this day.

When?On the 23rdApril

U2 Concert at the Olympic Stadium

It is not a traditional festival or an especial day in the calendar, but Barcelona is almost a compulsory stop ofmost international tours, so it usually hosts great artists who display all their talent and pyrotechnics on stage creating authentic& unforgettable shows.

This year is the turn of U2 and it’s expected to be the musical event of the year in Barcelona. The Irish will land on the Olympic Stadium to bring back 30 years later their most iconic album: The Joshua Tree.

And if you don’t manage to get tickets or they’re not your cup of tea, there are other musical events like the Primavera Sound (May 31st to June 4th), Sónar (June1517th) or Cruïlla (July 7th& 8th).

When? On the 17th ofJuly


La Mercé: the festivity par excellence in Barcelona

Every great city has its week of celebrations, and the one of Barcelona carries the name of a woman. Every September, this Mediterranean city is filled with cultural activities (more than 600), concerts, exhibitions, street shows and other celebrations of the Catalonian and global character that make Barcelona the perfect setting for multicultural activities. Everything is free and you can visit places that are not always within reach of all pockets, i.e. the Sagrada Familia is totally free.

La Mercé has an extensiveschedule of events, but year after year some must-do’s are consolidated, such as the International Circus Festival of Montjuïc Castle, the macro-concert of the old Damm Factory (that has a replica in the beach of Bogatell), the street shows of the Ciudadela Park and the great closure party with the firecracker shows of the “correfoc” and the “Piromusical”.

When? On the week of September24th.

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