Traditions and curiosities

Panoramic view of the Plaça Reial of Barcelona
Spring marks the arrival of Sant Jordi’s Day, an excellent excuse to discover (or rediscover) different literary and poetic settings in Barcelona. Walk through our city and move around with public transport feeling like a character from a novel!
Their Majesties kicking off the Barcelona Carnival / Photo: Ajuntament de Barcelona
Once again, the craziest celebration is here. After an edition marked by the Covid-19 pandemic, this year, Their Majesties will be back on the streets with an Arribo created by the Comediants theatrical company. The festival starts on Maundy Thursday, 24 February, with around thirty activities, and ends on Ash Wednesday, 2 March, with the Burial of the Sardine.
pa amb tomàquet
Have you heard about Catalan gastronomy and are you travelling to Barcelona to experience it? The city has a great gastronomic offer for every budget, from Michelin-starred restaurants to small, popular establishments with very interesting offers.
Barcelona Christmas Tour / Photo: TMB
This year, Barcelona will experience the Christmas holidays with a certain degree of normality after last year’s restrictions due to the pandemic forced the city to modify the traditional acts that take place during this time.
The Castanyada is a typical Catalan celebration that takes place on the night of October 31st / Photo: Ekrulila - Pexels
Well into October, Catalonia takes on a very special smell when the chestnuts start being sold on the street. Their crackling while they’re being roasted and the orange colour of the sweet potatoes are part of the autumn landscape of towns and cities.
The Magic Fountain of Montjuïc during the pyromusical / Photo: Dbascones a la Wikimedia Commons
This year is special for the Festes de la Mercè: it’s the 150th anniversary of Barcelona’s main festival since the city council started organising it. It was in 1871 that a celebration for the people of the city with cultural activities was established. To celebrate this anniversary, popular culture plays an important role in this year's programme.
10 secrets of Barcelona you didn’t know
Barcelona still keeps some secrets reserved only for the most intrepid travellers. Some of them are found in the heart of Barcelona and others in little-known corners. Whatever their location, we recommend getting around with your Hola Barcelona Travel Card. Are you ready to discover them?
Montjuïc Cable Car
Hot weather, the beach, ice cream, holidays… It’s already summer in Barcelona! Let yourself be surprised and see the city from above by getting on the Montjuïc Cable Car. Soar and enjoy the unique views it offers.
La plaça Sant Jaume plena a vessar durant una jornada de castells
In addition to its rich heritage, Barcelona and Catalonia in general, have important cultural traditions that we invite you to discover. Centuries of history have shaped festivals, traditions and popular celebrations that are still deeply rooted in the territory and its people today. We want to share this with all those who visit us! Currently, the health crisis caused by the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus prevents us from celebrating our festivities in normal circumstances; however, we hope that very soon we will be able to celebrate again as we have always done.