Holy Week in Barcelona

Spain is a Catholic country, so Holy Week is a time of celebration in Barcelona.

Holy Week celebrates the end of Lent and commemorates the death and resurrection of Jesus. It begins on Palm Sunday, which is the most important day of the week.


Attend the religious processions:

– La Borriquita: Palm Sunday (April 10, 2022) from 11:00 to 11:30, starting and finishing at the Parish of Sant Agustí, Plaza de Sant Agustí, 2.

– The Procession of the Good Death: Palm Sunday (10 April 2022) from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm, departure and arrival will be at the Major Parish of Santa Anna, calle Santa Anna, 29.

– The Way of the Cross of the Blood: On Holy Thursday (14 April 2022), the start and finish will be at the Basilica of Santa Maria del Pi, Plaza del Pi, 7.

– Procession of the Virgen de las Angustias: Good Friday (15 April 2022) from 7pm to 11pm, starting and finishing at the Parish Church of Sant Jaume, Carrer Ferran, 28.

Attend the Castellers demonstrations:

The Castellers troops are groups that perform acrobatic figures, there will be two demonstrations on Palm Sunday (10 April 2022):

– First will take place at 11:30 am in the gardens of the Rambla de Sants with the Castellers de Sants.

– The next one will be at 12:00 in Plaça de la Revolució with the Castellers of Vila de Gràcia, Sant Cugat and Berga.

Eating a Mona de Pascua:

Originally, the Mona de Pascua is a crown-shaped bun. In Catalonia, it is a typical dessert and, according to tradition, it is the godparents who must offer one to their godchild.

Discover the palm markets:

The palm markets or “Fires de Rams” are located on the Rambla de Catalunya, in front of Barcelona Cathedral and also in the Sagrada Familia park on the side of the Passion façade. They are usually present from the Wednesday before Palm Sunday and are blessed during the blessing mass that marks the beginning of Holy Week.

Although Holy Week is a quieter time in Barcelona than in other Spanish cities, Barcelona’s tourist sector still estimates that it accounts for 70% of hotel occupancy. However, during this period the opening hours of shops and museums may be modified.

Summary of Holy Week (10 to 18 April 2022) :

Palm Sunday: 10 April

Holy Monday: 11 April

Holy Tuesday: 12 April

Holy Wednesday: 13 April

Holy Thursday: 14 April

Holy Friday : 15 April

Holy Saturday : 16 April

Easter Sunday : 17 April

Easter Monday : 18 April

The best great fiesta of summer is comming, the great fiesta of Gràcia

August 8th, 2017

If you like getting to know the popular culture of the places where you travel, you shouldn’t miss the opportunity of enjoying the great fiesta of the district of Gràcia, which will be celebrated from the 15th to the 21st of August.

Every year we dedicate a mail about this very special fiesta and this year we cannot fail because it is going to celebrate its 200 anniversary and nobody looks better at this age. Although, the fiesta starts some days away, you can see some neighbors preparing the details which will dress the streets of different themes for the annual competition. You can feel the festivity in the ambient.

If you are in Barcelona from the 15th to the 21st you shouldn’t miss the activities which will be celebrated during the day nor the concerts of the night. You will enjoy the popular culture very near: sardanes, castellers, giants…

For sure, you will find all the streets closed to the traffic, so the best you can do is get there by bike, you will arrive more away and you will not find problems to park 😉.

If you are not here during these dates, don’t worry, you will have another opportunity the next week with the great fiesta of Sants.

Bike tours through the popular fiestas in Barcelona

March 14th, 2017

From the 16th to the 26th of March, the fiesta of Sant Josep Oriol will be celebrated in the center of Barcelona. Catalan tradition and culture.

Photo by Chris Lawton

This week, the streets around the Basílica de Santa Maria del Pi are preparing themselves to celebrate the famous Father’s Day, a fiesta which is going to be concentrated between the 18th and the 23rd of March.

Giants, grallers, cercavida, popular music and a lot of activities offer the opportunity of enjoying this great fiesta of the Barri del Pi in Barcelona as an authentic local. Couples, young and elderly people, families… everybody can find the most suitable activity and enjoy them with everybody.

Again, remember that the streets of the center, in addition to be closed to the motor vehicles, are narrow streets due to their historic structure. So, the best means of transport for these days is the bicycle, with which you will be able to move around with complete freedom, going to places very fast and avoiding yourselves the parking problems.

Enjoy the fiestas of Sant Josep Oriol with the people from Barcelona!

Why you should visit Barcelona by bike this weekend? Because it is going to celebrate Santa Eulàlia’s fiesta

February 7th, 2017

Photo by José Luiz Bernardes Ribeiro (CC BY-SA 3.0)

This Friday, the narrow streets of the city center are going to be full of life with the co-patron of Barcelona, Santa Eulàlia. This is the second great fiesta of Barcelona and it will light up its streets in the middle of the winter.

If you are thinking about visiting Barcelona, again, it brings you a great opportunity during this weekend. With Santa Eulalia’s fiesta, from kids to the most elderly will find activities which are adapted to them and which are spread out in the city center.

Giants, cabezudos, colles de castellers, sardanes, correfoc… a little of everything to taste Catalan culture in its entirety.

All the information and the map of the activities are in the event web page. You can visit that clicking here.

Now, of course, although it is not emphasized in the web, we advise you to go to the fiesta with the best means of transport: the bicycle. The streets in the center of Barcelona are very beautiful and full of history, but, they are also very narrow. Forget the car or the motorbike for going to the activities, they will only cause you a headache, especially if you want to park close by.

As we always say, fiestas are the best way to get to know the popular culture of a city; so, you shouldn’t miss that!