Spring is probably the best season to visit Spain and Barcelona in particular. A pleasant climate, away from the really hot summer, in Spring during the day the temperature can reach the 25 degrees celsius, allows you to enjoy long days outdoors. In addition, in Spring there are some of the most fun and interesting events in Barcelona, more over that the Easter celebrations.
Each year, the calçot, a sweet onion variety similar in appearance to the leek, is harvested all over Catalunya just before Spring and served by the dozens in restaurants and on dining room tables across the region. Translated, the tradition known locally as la calçotada would be something like, “the eating of the spring onion”. That doesn’t quite capture it, though. It ‘s a real ritual, in which the onions are cooked on the grill and you have to eat it, accompanied by a delicious and mysterious sauce.
April 23 is the Saint George or Sant Jordi day, the patron saint of the six million inhabitants of Catalonia. Known as “The Day of Lovers,” La Diada de Sant Jordi is often compared to Valentine’s Day, but with some uniquely Latin twists. The main event is the exchange of gifts between sweethearts — men give their novias roses, and women give their novios a book to celebrate the occasion. Due to popular legends about Barcelona, roses have always been associated with this day since medieval times. However, the giving of books as a gift is a more recent marketing twist prominent of our times.
Even though La Diada de Sant Jordi is not an official non-working holiday, most romantics ditch the office to take a stroll through the beautiful Mediterranean streets and enjoy the sultry springtime weather. The whole city is celebrating, full of stalls selling roses and books and many famous writers meet readers to sign their books.
In the same Spring days, from Friday 26th Abril to Sunday 5th May 2013 , Barcelona celebrates the Fira de Abril de Catalunya at Parc del Forum, in the Diagonal Mar district of Barcelona. The Feria de Abril in Barcelona is a feast of colour, music, food, dancing and fun fair attractions. That is the Barcelona version of the renowned Andalusian ferias, the most famous of which, is in Sevilla every year in April. It’ s not the same, but it is undeniably a very colourful and festive event. The Feria de Abril in Barcelona has an fairground with a big ferris wheel and plenty of the usual fairground attractions, directly on the seafront of Barcelona. At the Feria de Abril, you can find endless traditional opportunities, where you can taste delicacies from all over Spain. But most of all, you can dance. Each big tent it houses a restaurant and a dance floor for the sevillana, a typical dance from Andalusia. There will also be a lady in traditional dress wishing to teach you to dance…
Finally, 22 to 26 May, at the Primavera Sound Festival, you will find all the best bands of independent international music scene.
Choose the Spring season to visit Barcelona and you will not regret. Our beautiful apartments in the city center or on the seafront, near the Forum, will be the ideal start point to explore Barcelona.