10 reasons to escape to Barcelona this spring
The days are getting longer, the sun is shining brighter and brighter and even the air is filled with a different scent. Spring is here and we feel like leaving our winter nest and enjoying the outdoors. In Barcelona, spring is synonymous with the Mediterranean climate, vitamin D, the murmur of the sea, and unique experiences. Discover 10 reasons why you'll want to enjoy spring here. What are you waiting for? Start packing your bags!
1. THE PLEASURE OF EATING OUTDOORS
Vermouth on a terrace of an emblematic square, a dinner overlooking the sea, a brunch on the sophisticated terrace of a hotel... In nice weather, enjoying restaurant terraces becomes one of the favorite pastimes of its inhabitants. Discover local cuisine and fresh produce in unique restaurants such as Casa Amàlia 1950, Can Ramonet, and El Nou Ramonet. Not sure what to order? It is the season for asparagus, peas, strawberries, and cherries. You can even learn where the city's freshest fish comes from by visiting the fishermen of Barceloneta.
2. SPRING FESTIVALS: MUSIC AND DANCE FOR EVERYONE:
Music festivals emerge in spring, just like flowers, and there are festivals for all tastes. Lovers of avant-garde music have an unmissable date with the new edition of Sónar... and that's already 29! If classical music is your thing, you can't miss the Barcelona Obertura Spring Festival & Obertura City, which takes place in the city's most impressive auditoriums. Did we mention "primavera" means spring? The festival of spring, Primavera Sound, is warming up with headliners that no fan will want to miss. Held in a bucolic setting, the Jardins de Pedralbes Festival has an eclectic program. And if you're more into dance, don't miss the Quinzena Metropolitana Festival.
3. A NEW VIEWPOINT TO DISCOVER THE CITY WITH NEW EYES
The iconic Torre Glòries building, one of the latest additions to the Barcelona skyline, opens its observation deck this spring. Climb to a height of 140 m and contemplate and admire the city with a 360º panoramic view. In addition, inside Torre Glòries you will discover an exhibition space featuring art, music, technology, and large-format cinematic films, as well as the first sculpture by Tomás Saraceno in Spain, which is suspended at the top of the tower. The immersive sensation when walking through its interior is indescribable. Don't miss it!
4. SPRING TRADITIONS YOU WILL FALL IN LOVE WITH
With spring comes Sant Jordi, the festival of lovers, roses, books, light, color, love, friendship... It will leave you speechless! Experience it firsthand with a literary tour, visit the impressive rose garden in Parc de Cervantes or simply let yourself be seduced by the atmosphere that permeates the whole city, declared a UNESCO City of Literature, on that special day. At Easter, tradition is everywhere, from the processions to the Easter cakes that flood the pastry shops with real works of art made of chocolate. In May, aromatic herbs are the protagonists of the traditional Fira de Sant Ponç. And in June, on the feast of Corpus Christi, you can relive 700 years of history with l'Ou com Balla.
5. EXCITING ART EXHIBITIONS
You can't even imagine how much art there is in Barcelona, which hosts great exhibitions this spring. Contemporary art is the main protagonist at MOCO, with works by artists such as Warhol, Basquiat, Dalí, Haring and Banksy. Picasso's blue period awaits you in his museum, with an exhibition that delves into that stage of the brilliant painter's work. The Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya (MNAC) pays tribute to Wiliam Turner and the MACBA to Teresa Lanceta. And there's a great deal more: Miró and his most intimate legacy, the discovery of Tutankhamun and Lee Friedlander's social landscapes. Discover all the exhibitions in the city and soak up the culture!
6. SPRING IS THE SEASON FOR OUTDOOR SPORTS
Energize your body in fine weather and take advantage of the trails in the city's parks and green areas to practice sports and do some walking or running. If cycling is your thing, discover all the healthy options the city has to offer, such as the Montjuïc Bike Tour that runs through the green lung of the city.
Are you one to get excited about a good sports show? Don't miss the best FC Barcelona soccer and basketball matches, the Zurich Barcelona Marathon, or the Formula 1 Pirelli Spanish Grand Prix. This spring is packed with sports events: cycling, Moto GP, sailing, tennis... The choice is yours!
7. GO SAILING THIS SPRING
In Barcelona, the sea is not only about the beach. Come aboard a sailboat or a catamaran and feel the spring breeze, the sun beams, the smell of the sea... Enjoy the view of the coast with sandy beaches, the harbor, and the city skyline. An experience that will awaken your senses! Enjoy a glass of cava while watching the sunset or, if you prefer, have breakfast at sunrise or drink vermouth at noon. The Mediterranean Sea awaits you!
8. SHOPPING MADE IN BARCELONA: SHOPPING WITH PERSONALITY
New wardrobe, new trends, and an ideal climate to contemplate spectacular shop windows. In spring, shopping in Barcelona is a delight. You will discover colorful stores and window displays all over the city, and marvel at the architectural heritage that you will find in your path. Take to the streets with stylish sunglasses. Don't have any? Then get yourself a pair of handmade designer sunglasses in stores like Bornisimo, or Cottet if you need prescription glasses, or discover the colorful models by Etnia, designed in Barcelona.
9. A VERY SPRING-LIKE CULTURAL OFFER
You won't get bored this spring: it's loaded with culture. On May 14, we celebrate the Night of the Museums, a unique opportunity to experience the city's museums in a very special way and with additional activities. In March and April, Cirque du Soleil lands in Barcelona with its new show Luzia, and the long-awaited Comic Barcelona arrives in May. The city is flooded with film festivals such as D'A Film, DOCS, and Mecal. But there is so much more. Here you will discover all the music, art, family activities and events that are waiting for you. What will you choose?
10. VIBRANT TOURS, VISITS AND EXPERIENCES
Spring is synonymous with good vibes.... That's why the city offers exciting activities, experiences, and tours. Find the one that best suits you! You can enjoy nature with outdoor activities, discover hidden modernist jewels, or enjoy gastronomic experiences such as a wine and cheese pairing at the Familia Torres winery, in the heart of the Penedès region, and much more, either with your partner or your family. And remember, if you are going to spend 48 hours in Barcelona, get the Barcelona Card Express: you will get free transportation and discounts in culture and leisure. You won't want to experience spring anywhere else!
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