Good weather, cherry blossoms, terraces, sun, festivals, allergies … This is Spring in Barcelona in a nutshell.

Spring in Barcelona involves first beach baths, music festivals, Sant Jordi and pleasant walks. Also cinema, architecture and terraces at Las Ramblas. This is what the most colorful moment of the year brings to the city.

Sant Jordi

On April 23rd Sant Jordi, patron of Catalonia, is celebrated. It coincides with the International Book Day and according to tradition,  lovers must exchange books and roses. For this reason, the streets of Barcelona are flooded in red roses and parades. It is, without a doubt, one of the most special and romantic event of the year.

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Sant Jordi at Las Ramblas in Barcelona.


Escape from the city

Visit Gaudí’s crypt at Colonia Güell, the church where Gaudí experimented with the techniques that he applied when designing Sagrada Familia. It is the heart of an industrial colony designed by the most cutting-edge architects of Catalan Modernism. In fact, Eurail and Interrail passengers have a 30% discount on audio guide tours.

You can also step by Cardona and explore one of the most impressive salt mines in Europe. If you have more time, we recommend you living Girona’s Flower Festival, from May 12th-20th. A full-fledged spring event that floods the main streets of the city with textures and smells.

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Gaudi’s crypt of the Colonia Guell.
Hidden gardens

Enjoy Spring in Barcelona by discovering its most charming gardens. Some of these are Universitat, Rubió i Lluch (next to fresh food market La Boqueria) or Baluard and t Portal de la Santa Madrona (close to the Columbus Monument). If you want to visit more, in this article we discover them.

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Jardins del Baluard | Source: Museu Marítim de Barcelona.


D’A Film Festival 2018

Festival Internacional de Cinema d’Autor (auteur cinema film festival) is held from April 26 to May 6. One hundred key works of contemporary cinema will be screened at Centre de Cultura Contemporània (CCCB). A good time to discover trends and emerging talents beyond Hollywood’s blockbusters.

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D’A Film Festival promo picture 2018.
World Press Photo Exhibition 2018

From April 28th to May 27th CCCB hosts the most important photojournalism exhibition in the world. The Catalan capital to be one of the first cities to show this sample composed by 134 images illustrating a 2017 highlighted by the Venezuela crisis, Syria war or London, Stockholm and Barcelona attacks. This year’s claim is #seeingisunderstanding. CCCB is also screening the winning documentaries of the Digital Narrative Contest.

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© Adam Ferguson, New York Times | Source: CCCB.


Museum’s Night

On May 19th Barcelona holds La Nit dels Museus (Museum’s  Night). It is a great opportunity to enjoy the city’s main museums in a different and original way. From 7:00 pm until dawn you can attend a wide range of conferences, guided tours, concerts and workshops. Not to mention those centers that open their doors and collections so you can enjoy them. A night that belongs to museums.

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Nit dels Museus at MACBA.


Architecture Week 2018

From May 10th- 20th you have an appointment with architecture.This event is focused in Barcelona’s urban landscape and how it affects citizens in their daily lifes. Barcelona and architecture are two concepts that go hand in hand, a relationship that this year coincides with the European Year of Cultural Heritage.

Museu Blau, an example of architect innovation in Barcelona



Primavera Sound and Sónar Barcelona

They are the most important music festivals in Barcelona. Primavera Sound is celebrated from May 30th to June 3rd at Parc Fòrum  but the CCCB is organizing Primavera al Raval. It is a series of free concerts for those who couldn’t attend the festival or unsatisfied indies and hipsters who can’t assume the end of their moment. There will be artists such as Rhye, Waxahatchee and Oblivians or The Suicide of Western Culture. As for Sónar Festival, the experimental electronic music event par excellence, is held from June 14th-18th at Fira de Barcelona. One more year, it will also include workshops, exhibitions and conferences linked to this event.

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Primavera al Raval | Source: Primavera Sound.