Carnival in Barcelona, come and discover the masked city!  

Like every year during Carnival the city of Barcelona transforms itself to offer the inhabitants a show of colors, lights, disguises, imagination and creativity.  

Carnival is one of the longest celebrations of the year.   

This festival is present all over the world but includes important particularities in some countries or cities, which makes it unique. Carnival called Carnestoltes in Catalan is originally a pagan or even Egyptian festival.   

Carnestoltes: It is a Latin word that means Carne levar and Carnes tolendas which means period of youth and abstinence from meat. However, during Carnival, some rules are lifted, leaving room for caloric and abundant food, such as the Coca de Llardons or the Butifarra de huevo.   

On this occasion, the food is the center of the party, it allows to gather to party.   

The dates of this festival vary each year because Carnival is a lunar festival. In fact, it is anchored in the cycle before the Karem and begins 7 weeks after the first moon of the winter solstice !   

During this festival many activities are present in the city.   

THE PROGRAM OF THE CARNIVAL 2022 IN BARCELONA   

 DIJOUS GRAS aka Shrove Thursday   

Carnival begins with the “Dijous Llarder” or “Dijous gras” (Catalan).  During this day there is first of all the arrival (Arribo in Catalan) which is the opening event. Thus, during this event there is the presentation of the King: “El Rei Carnestoltes”, the main character of this festival who is responsible for firing the gun that opens the Carnival in Barcelona.  

This event is present in the following districts of Barcelona: Gracia, Horta, Les Corts, San Andreu, Sant Martí, Sarrià.   

WHEN : February 24, 2022 at 18:00  

WHERE : From Plaça Reial to Boqueria and Palau de la Virreina through the main avenue of La Rambla.   

TARONJADA :

This event present at Carnival is actually an old tradition including dances, the presence of King Carnestoltes, a camp battle with oranges and also the Sarau de la Taronjada which is a traditional mask dance.  

WHEN: Mardi Gras – February 24, 2022 at 18:45 

WHERE: Palau de la Virreina (La Rambla) 

CARNIVAL PROCESSIONS AND PARADES: 

At the initiative of the inhabitants, colorful and festive parades are organized in the different districts of Barcelona. In each parade 7 ambassadors are present in addition to the king.  

Indeed, Saturday is the day when the atmosphere is at its maximum, activities are present throughout the city so that everyone can enjoy the party.  

WHEN: Saturday, February 26, 2022 

WHERE: Different areas of Barcelona  

BURIAL :  

Known as the burial of the sardine, it is the imposition of ashes which symbolizes penitence and repentance for the crazy days of Carnival (apologizing for their excesses during Carnival). 

This burial is a religious devotion that serves as preparation for the celebration of Easter. In addition, in some neighborhoods of Barcelona, associations or organizations organize a common meal to meet.  

WHEN: March 12, 2022  

WHERE: Different areas of Barcelona 

NIGHTLIFE DURING THE CARNIVAL:  

During this festival much of the atmosphere is present at night. In fact, Barcelona’s discotheques set up themes every night for Carnival. 

For more information : ▷ BARCELONA CARNAVAL 2022 – Dates – Programme événements | irBarcelon

Colors, debauchery and happiness during de 2019’s Carnival in Barcelona

February 27th, 2019

From Thursday, the 28th, with the ‘Dijous Gras’, one of the fiestas which looks better on Barcelona will be started, are you going to miss that?

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One of the favorite celebrations of the city of Barcelona is Carnival or, at least, we love the colorful of this fiesta.

On Thursday, the 28th of February, all the activities, that will continue during Friday, Saturday and Sunday, are going to start in Barcelona with the famous Catalan celebration ‘Dijous Gras’. During this Thursday is practically obligatory to taste the Catalan egg sausage sandwich and a walk through the Ramblas at the sunset, the perfect scenario for the arrival of the Carnival’s Emperors.

During Friday, Saturday and Sunday, the city and all its districts are going to be full of activities. So, take your bicycle and don’t miss anyone of them. You can check them on the official program (you can access clicking here).

And among all this mess, don’t forget your costume, because thanks to the magic of this weekend you can be who you most desire.

In Barcelona and do not you know what to do? Come to Santa Eulàlia’s festivity and to the activities of Carnival by bike

6th February, 2018

This week from 9th to 12th of February in Barcelona, we are going to celebrate the Great Fiesta of winter, Santa Eulàlia, coinciding with Carnival!

Photo by Ylanite

The streets of the Gòtic neighborhood, in the center of Barcelona, are a monument by themselves that you shouldn’t miss. But, in addition, during the 9th, 10th, 11th and 12th of February the popular festivity of Santa Eulàlia is going to be celebrated, an opportunity which is only repeated once a year. This festivity mixes all the years of history of these streets with a show of popular Catalan culture.

Giants, cabezudos, colles de castellers, sardanes, correfoc… Are the ingredients of this festivity. If you are closer, you don’t have any excuse. This is your chance for blending yourself into the people of Barcelona and share their traditions.

But that’s not all! The 8th of February, also in the center of Barcelona, the Carnival’s king will proclaim the start of his festivity. During a week Barcelona will be full of Catalan egg sausage, parades and sardine’s burial.

The best you can do is forgetting the car or the motorbike for arriving at the activities, this only will cause you a headache, specially if you want to park closer. The best is to bet for the best means of transport: the bicycle.

The best week to take advantage of every one of its days in Barcelona.

Barcelona is going to be dressed up by the Carnival this week

February 21st, 2017

From the 23rd of February to the 1st of March, this fiesta of the popular culture is going to be present in the city, with a great number of performances and activities for all ages.

Carnival is a great date for going to visit other cities, because it is a fiesta which is enjoyed and, at the same time organized, by a lot of entities of the local society. A fact that turns that into a unique piece of popular culture.

From costumes, your Most Gracious Highness the King of the Carnival, to the Catalan sausage -made with egg, which is typical of the “fatty Thursday”, because gastronomy also enjoys this fiesta. All in all, it’s a combination that you will not be able to resist.

Take your bike and take a ride through the different activities of the neighborhoods. Go into the markets and taste the diverse varieties of the Catalan sausages. And, specially, go to one of the two great events of this Thursday: at 6 p.m. at the Palau de la Virreina, the Seven Ambassadors. At the same time, at the Plaça Sant Jaume, the arrival of the King of the Carnival with animation will take place.

Take your bike and pedal through the dressed-up streets of Barcelona!

The Carnival arrives in Barcelona

carnival festivitieIf you are thinking about taking advantage of some days and coming to visit Barcelona, you cannot miss the opportunity of meeting the Reina Belluga (Belluga Queen).

From the 4th to the 10th of February, Barcelona dresses up its streets with activities and popular parties, starting with L’Arribo, a tour through different streets of the city, which will start at the Sant Cugat Square at 6 p.m. on the 4th day, in order to receive the Reina Belluga with music, giants and fireworks. With this welcoming, the Queen of this Carnival will initiate all the events which will take place in a lot of centres, associations and institutions of the city.

Three other important activities which you cannot miss (and which will be held very close to our BornBike premises are El Ball del Molinet (The Little Mill Dance) on the 5th at 7 p.m. at the Born Cultural Centre; the Taronjada on the 7th at 4.30 p.m., which will start at the Comercial Square, it will be perfect for all the family members; and the carnival streets, there will be 30 of them distributed through the different districts of the city. You will need to pedal strongly if you want to see more than one.

Start looking now for the best costume in your wardrobe for this festivity, because the level will be very high.