Easter in Barcelona is quite different from the rest of the Spanish celebrations. If you wanna know what we mean, check out these interesting plans and enjoy our traditions and activities.

Easter in Barcelona is different. Apart from the traditional celebrationsreligious processions, gastronomy or Catalan Easter cake called La Mona, you can also enjoy cultural events of all kinds. Here some plans.

A quick trip

If you know Barcelona or want to go beyond Gaudi,  take the opportunity to discover some of the most important towns or monuments of Catalonia. Take the train to Colonia Güell, an industrial colony designed by representative architects of Catalan Modernism . Discover the Crypt designed by Gaudi that was described as a monumental model of  Sagrada Familia and was declared World Heritage Site by the UNESCO.

Enough for Gaudi? Drive to Cardona and experience with your own eyes the medieval past of Catalonia. A living example of this era of knights and battles. Don’t forget exploring the Salt Mountain, one of the most impressive of its kind.

Other beautiful towns near Barcelona are Monells (where Eight Catalan surnames was filmed), Sitges, Vic or, for the more adventurous ones, Aigüestortes park and Sant Maurici.

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Gaudi’s crypt at Colonia Güell, Barcelona.

 

Taste our gastronomy

Easter typical dishes in Barcelona include cod with samfaina (a Catalan mix made by diced eggplant, zucchini, tomato and garlic) delicious torrijas(fried bread soaked in milk and eggs), pestiños (fried sweets) or garlic soup. In these restaurants specialized in Catalan cuisine you can try them.

However, the sweet geme par excellence is Mona de Pascua, an Easter cake that, normally, is filled with chocolate eggs. The tradition states that godfathers or grandfathers or godmother should give this cake to their godsonsons. Today, there is a wide range of Monas de Pascua coming from typical ones to Star Wars themed.

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Traditional Catalan Mona de Pascua (Easter cake).

 

Mecal 2018

Until April 2nd, Arts Santa Monica cultural center in La Rambla celebrates the International Short Film and Animation Festival of Barcelona. A great opportunity to discover the emerging Catalan names and unknown directors beyond Hollywood blockbusters.

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Mecal Pro at Arts Santa Mónica 2018.

 

Parties

If you’re politically incorrect and love the eighties, pay attention to this.Easter in Barcelona can also be quite queer. On Holy Thursday Razzmatazz organizes a DJ session directed by famous Spanish influencers and DJs. On Sunday, April 1st, the Andalusian spirit of  Feria de Abril visits the Apolo club with a chocolate con churros party. As for the clubs of La Rambla, electronic musics rules Sidecar or the BLV clubs. By the way, if you’ve run out of tickets to see (great) Bob Dylan at the Liceu theater, on Saturday the 31st Marula Café organizes a special concert dedicated to the author of Blowin’ in the Wind.

Party at Apolo club in Barcelona.

 

Exhibitions

Take advantage of the fact that you stay in Barcelona during Easter to catch up with the artistic panorama of the city. You cannot miss  Disney: the art of telling stories at Caixa Forum. Until April 29th, the CCCB hosts Després de la fi del món (after the end of the world), a series of works that make us reflect on the future of humanity and climate change.

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Image of ‘Disney: the art of telling stories’ | Source: Caixaforum

 

Free museums day

Every first Sunday of the month there is free entrance for almost all museums of Barcelona. Some are the Palau Güell, the Picasso Museum or the MNAC. In this article you’ll find all the information.

Museu Picasso in Barcelona.

 

Religious processions

The religious aspect is not the most outstanding point of Easter in Barcelona. However, several processions take place in the Ciutat Vella throughout the week . One of the most outstanding is the one that passes through La Rambla. Believer or not, it’s curious to see.

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Religious procession at La Rambla.