Easter is the best time to visit Barcelona and relax for a few days. Although this year Easter holidays are early, at the beginning of April we will begin to notice the effect of the spring, and even enjoying a peaceful time to approach the city beaches. Moreover, as in the rest of the Spanish geography, Barcelona’s streets are taken over by religious processions through the city. Enjoy this Easter in Barcelona!
WHAT TO DO IN EASTER IN BARCELONA
Live Barcelona’s Processions
Barcelona is not as crowded as other cities, but its agenda is replete with processions. The first big day is on Palm Sunday (Domingo de ramos), April 9th, with the procession of La Burreta and the traditional branches of olive trees and palms.
On Friday (Viernes santo), April 14th, walk through the Gothic Quarter and La Rambla most brotherhoods. The most prominent are the processions of the Virgen de la Esperanza Macarena and the brotherhood of Our Lady of Sorrows. In addition, at 3 pm the Christ of Lepanto is taken out the Cathedral to celebrate the sermon of the 7 words. Whether you are religious or not, processions are a tradition worth discovering.
Everybody to the beach!
We are now enjoying spring, the heat begins and you feel like walking along the beach or, if you’re really daring, give the first dip of the year. There is no better place than the beaches of Barceloneta, in the heart of Barcelona. A meeting point of locals and tourists who want to enjoy the good weather and Easter holidays in Barcelona.
Enjoy Catalan Cuisine
On the occasion of abstinence from meat during Lent, Catalan cuisine is known for dishes with presence of sweet and fish. Is typical on friday to eat cod with ratatouille, cod with chickpeas or salted. Desserts are also a vital part of the holidays, and it is very common to find typical Easter sweets as fritters, donuts (bunyols) or rice pudding.
Easter Monday, Mona de Pascua
Tradition says that on Easter Monday, April 17th, the godfather gives the Mona de Pascua to his godson, and it is eaten with the family to celebrate the end of the holidays. In Catalonia, the Mona de Pascua which are traditionally cream or chocolate biscuits, have evolved to become chocolate figures. And the confectioners compete to make the most impressive. Yummy!
Make a short trip…
Although Easter in Barcelona is very complete, a good choice for the holidays is to make a trip to towns in Catalonia in which enjoy traditions like processions of L’Hospitalet de Llobregat or the Dance of Death in Verges.
Visiting Barcelona during Easter is a great opportunity to learn about its traditions and fall in love with its climate, its cuisine and its beaches. If you come to Barcelona, the Pere Tarres Youth Hostel is the best hostel in Barcelona… and not expensive. We will wait for you!
Autor Foto Portada: Hermandad Jesús del Gran Poder y Esperanza Macarena de Barcelona