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April in Barcelona

Things to do in April in Barcelona

There is something about April that is simply refreshing. The city’s energy becomes softer and people spent even more time outside. The anticipation of summer creates a certain level of excitement that is very apparent in the city. This is the perfect time to enjoy the city at an easy pace and enjoy the calm atmosphere of the spring before summer arrives.

Things to do: April in Barcelona

Bank holidays

Easter

Easter comes early this year, falling on Sunday, March 31st- although the Easter season officially ends a day later, on Easter Monday. Read our Easter blog to learn more about Easter in Barcelona festivities. From parades and processions to foods and concerts, you don’t want to miss out on all that the city has in store. 

Sant Jordi

Whether you are single or in a relationship, Sant Jordi, on the 23rd of April, is a beautiful day to celebrate love in whatever shape or form. Traditionally on this day, women receive a rose from their loved ones and men receive a book, however, nowadays people all have their own way of celebrating this day. It is beautiful to have a walk around the city, with buildings such as Casa Batlló covered in roses. Even if you do not feel like participating in this tradition, it is still very nice to have a walk around the city and get an idea of this part of Catalan culture.

Festivities

Feria de Abril

Feria de Abril (also “Fair of April”) is a fair that takes place every year. The idea of the fair is to start off the Spring season in a celebratory and exciting way, bringing together Catalan and Andalusian cultures. This year, the fair takes place from the 26th of April until the fifth of May at “el Fòrum.”

 

The first edition of the Feria de Abril took place in Spain in 1847. In 1971, migrants living in Castledefells started their own version of the fair. It started off with four stands but grew out into a fair where horse dressage demonstrations, bullfights, music and dance performances and human towers were taking place. Even though the fair originates from Seville, Catalan culture is very much so instilled in this festivity as well.

Events

International vintage car rally Barcelona - Sitges

Attend this longstanding event in Sitges, a small town renowned for its beaches and historical sites. It is the ideal place to escape city life for a bit. Every year an international vintage car rally is held, where cars built before 1928 and motorbikes built before 1938 drive along the main road between Barcelona and Sitges. The event is organised with the help of the city councils of Barcelona and Sitges. These magnificent cars bring together people from the whole region of Catalonia. 

 

The winning vehicle is not only determined by how fast it arrives in Sitges. It is also determined by its uniqueness and that the owners also dress the part. Not only those with a fascination for vintage cars will enjoy this rally, but it is also for those who like racing, history or for those who simply enjoy the sight of the beautiful parade of 70 vintage cars driving down the dreamy road alongside the shore of the Mediterranean sea. 

Palo Fest

If you’re looking for a place where fashion, food, culture and music all come together, then ‘Palo Fest’ is the perfect market to attend. The market takes place every month in Poblenou, a neighbourhood known for its creative character. April is one of the more relaxed months of the year, with the shift from winter to spring, so what better time to attend this lovely market than in April. It is the perfect way to enjoy springtime. Everyone is welcome at Palo Fest, from children to seniors. Children under the age of 12 can access the market for free. So what better place to meet up for some coffee or cocktails than this market.

The Hat Parade - Passejada amb barret

To celebrate the beginning of springtime, participants of passejada amb barret put on their best hats to join the parade through the streets of Barcelona. The parade is held on the 7th of April, and is an initiative of Nina Pawlowlsky and Cristina de Prada, who are both hatmakers in Barcelona. It’s becoming increasingly popular amongst the Catalan people. The parade starts at Rambla de Catalunya, so put on your most extravagant hat and join the parade!

Barcelona Tennis Open

This year the tournament will already be the 70th edition. From the 13th until the 21st of April, the best tennis players in the world will meet here in Barcelona to face each other on the field. Rafa Nadal, twelve times champion of the Barcelona Open, will also be present. Though he is currently the number three in the world, this tournament is not going to be an easy battle for him, with versatile and very skilled rivals and many young stars. Players include Stefano Tsitsipas, Andrey Rublev, and Carlos Alcaraz amongst many others. With players from 19 different nations, this edition of the competition will be the most international yet.

Brunch in the city

If you’re looking for a place to dance, brunch and enjoy the outdoors, the music festival Brunch in the City is the place to be. The festival starts in March and takes place until the beginning of June. This year the festival won’t only take place at Plaza Mayor, but also at Parc del Fòrum and TNC Come.

 

The festival’s purpose is to bring together those who have a big appreciation for electronic music. At the event you will find that there are both Catalan and International artists performing, creating an amazing atmosphere for locals and expats. This festival, unlike many others, is family-friendly. For the kids, there is a petit-brunch. This is a great way for children to make new friends. They will also be able to enjoy the outdoors through multiple entertaining activities and workshops. This festival is really beloved in Barcelona, so it is recommended to get your tickets on time.

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