With the clocks going forward this weekend, spring is just around the corner! With more hours of daylight, there’s plenty more time to enjoy the city while its still light. Barcelona has a multitude of exciting festivals and events special just for spring and of course its many beautiful parks and gardens that you can visit in the spring time.
START THE SPRING WITH THESE FESTIVALS AND EVENTS YOU CANNOT MISS
1. The International Dub Gathering Festival – April 14th-16th
Barcelona’s newest music festival is back this spring! The International Dub Gathering is a three-day music festival for lovers of reggae and dub music, taking place in Vilassar de Dalt just 20km north of Barcelona. This year’s stage will see the likes of top artists including General Levy, Channel One Soundsystem and Mad Professor.
The main accommodation is camping but there are other options too if you’re not a fan of tents. The festival is also offering shuttle buses between Barcelona and the festival so you can also stay in the comfort of our apartments from Fuster Apartments with no worries.
All the information you need on the festival can be found on the official website.
2. Ready, set, GO! – El Corte Ingles 11k run – April 2nd
Barcelona’s most popular run takes you round all the tourist highlights of the city, starting at Passeig de Gracia and onto Plaça Catalunya, Montjuïc and many more sites – it’s the perfect way to see the city if running is your thing.
You can register for free until March 30th on the official website.
3. Electronic music Sundays at “Brunch in the City” – 12 and 26 March, 9 and 23 April, 14 and 28 May & 11 June
Brunch in the City is the ideal event for electronic music lovers. Every other Sunday until 11th June, top international DJs across the electronic genre will take over the emblematic Poble Espanyol, a picturesque open-air architecture exhibition resembling a small village, with scale reproductions of buildings across Spain. The location makes for a scenic and very unique music festival venue, where the soul of Spain is concentrated into one single space.
See the line-up and buy your tickets on the official website.
4. La Diada de Sant Jordi – April 23rd
La Diada de Sant Jordi is Barcelona’s own version of Valentines Day, and has a very interesting history.
The celebration is a union of Barcelona’s traditional Rose Festival, celebrated since the Middle Ages in honour of romantic love and chivalry, and World Book Day – April 23rd marks the anniversary of death of two important figures in world literature, Miguel de Cervantes and William Shakespeare.
Nowadays, on April 23rd, it is typical that men will buy roses for their lovers and women will give theirs books in return. Catalans say “a rose for love and a book forever”.
On La Diada de Sant Jordi you’ll find La Rambla, Plaça de Catalunya and Passeig de Gracia lined with book stalls and people selling roses. It is one of the most romantic days in Barcelona and is often called “El Dia de los Amantes” which means Lovers Day.
5. PARKS AND GARDENS
Sitting on the edge of the El Born district, Ciutadella Park is a luscious, green open space with a beautiful mini-lake and waterfall to relax by. Enjoy the beginnings of spring in the serenity of Ciutadella’s peacefulness with a picnic and drinks with some friends under the beating sun.
In the evenings when it cools down it is the perfect place to go for a run whilst enjoying the bright orange and pink sunset.
Location: Passeig de Picasso, 21
How to get there: Metro orange line (L4), Ciutadella Vila Olimpica station
If you’re a fan of Gaudí or want to get to know his work, Park Güell is the ideal place. Located on a hill in one of the further away neighbourhoods of Gracia, Park Güell is a stunning collection of architecture and gardens all designed by Gaudí. Walking though the park you will feel like you are in Gaudí’s world of imagination. Here, you will also get an incredible view of Barcelona.
The site is very popular and so as the city gets busier, its best to book ahead to avoid queues and ensure your ticket. More information is available on their official website.
Location: Carmel Hill, 08024
How to get there: Metro, green line (L3), Vallcarca or Lesseps stations (it is a 15-minute walk from both stations)
Mid-season (spring) Opening hours: 08:30-20:30 (last entry time at 19:30)
Price: General ticket is €7
Now that you know Barcelona is perfect for your spring getaway… time to get planning! We offer our cosy apartments in the centre of Barcelona, making it as easy as possible to get out and see the city without having to worry about taking buses and metros everywhere! Discover our holiday apartments here.