festivals and traditions in Barcelona and Catalonia

Updated Jan 17 2024

Your trip to Barcelona might be even more interesting if it happens to coincide with one of the city’s many significant celebrations and traditional festivals, so we thought it would be helpful to give you a little more information about Barcelona and Catalunya’s traditions.

Whilst it’s true that not all the popular festivities and traditions take place on public holidays, it’s very likely that they will influence the day-to-day activities in the city.

Participate in events and activities

Each festival or popular tradition is full of events and activities, some of them common to all and others not. Whatever the case, we encourage you to check the festivals programmes and participate in some of them; concerts, “diada castellera” (the human towers), cultural visits, etc., open to all and that in the vast majority of cases are free.

It’s rare, but occasionally the opening hours of certain museums and tourist attractions are affected slightly during festivals, so it’s worth being aware of them, and checking before you visit that the places you’d like to see haven’t been affected by these changes.

What’s most likely to happen during holidays and festivals is that a large number of activities are scheduled for you to enjoy, the vast majority of which are free of charge.

The most significant festivities in Barcelona and Catalonia in 2024

So that you get to know a bit more about the traditional festivals and celebrations in Barcelona and Catalonia, we have given you plenty of information about some of the most significant, that we hope will be of great interest to you.

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