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Barcelona during Holy Week offers a wide range of activities that combine religious tradition with culture, gastronomy, and entertainment. Whether you live here or are visiting, during these days the city offers you a great variety of options to make the most of this holiday. Discover what to do during Holy Week in Barcelona for an unforgettable experience.

Palm Sunday Palm Blessing

Palm Sunday marks the beginning of Holy Week and in Barcelona it is celebrated with the traditional blessing of palms. Head to the Barcelona Cathedral or one of the numerous churches in the city to participate in this emotional religious ceremony. Seeing the faithful waving their palms while remembering Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem is a truly exciting spectacle.



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One of the most popular activities during Holy Week in Barcelona is the calçotada. This typical Catalan meal consists of grilling tender onions, known as calçots, over a barbecue. They are immediately peeled after being taken off the fire and dipped in delicious romesco sauce to enjoy with family or friends. Many restaurants offer special calçotada menus during this time of year, so don’t miss the chance to try this gastronomic delight.

Calçotada in Barcelona

Easter Egg Workshop at the Chocolate Museum

The Chocolate Museum of Barcelona organizes special workshops every year during Holy Week where you can learn to decorate chocolate Easter eggs. It’s a fun and creative activity, ideal for families or friends. In addition to learning about the history of chocolate, you can take home your own chocolate creations as a souvenir of your visit to Barcelona.

Guided Tour of the Sagrada Familia

The Sagrada Familia, Antoni Gaudí’s masterpiece, is one of Barcelona’s main tourist attractions and during Holy Week it becomes an even more special place. Take a guided tour to discover the secrets of this impressive unfinished basilica and marvel at its unique architecture. Don’t forget to book your tickets in advance to avoid long queues.

Getaway to the Costa Brava

If you’re looking for some tranquility away from the city hustle and bustle, take advantage of Holy Week to escape to the Costa Brava. This stretch of coastline in northeastern Catalonia boasts beautiful beaches, picturesque fishing villages, and spectacular natural landscapes. Spend the day exploring hidden coves, practicing water sports, or simply relaxing under the Mediterranean sun.

Getaway to the Costa Brava

Visit the Cathedral

The Barcelona Cathedral, also known as the Cathedral of the Holy Cross and Saint Eulalia, is another must-visit during Holy Week. Admire its impressive Gothic architecture and explore its interior, where you’ll find chapels, cloisters, and a beautiful courtyard full of pigeons. Don’t miss the chance to climb to the terraces for panoramic views of the city.

Enjoy the Processions

Religious processions are a fundamental part of Holy Week in Barcelona. From Maundy Thursday to Easter Sunday, you can witness various processions parading through the city streets, accompanied by sacred music and religious fervor. It’s a unique experience that will immerse you in the tradition and devotion of this festival.

Buy Your Easter Mona

The Easter Mona is a typical Catalan sweet consumed during Holy Week. It’s a kind of cake decorated with chocolate figures, eggs, and sugar animals. In Barcelona, you’ll find numerous bakeries offering a wide variety of Easter monas, from the most traditional to the most creative and elaborate. Don’t miss the chance to buy one to share with your loved ones.

Attend an Authentic Flamenco Show

Gran Gala Flamenco during Holy Week

Make the most of your Easter break in Barcelona by attending a high-quality flamenco show: buy your tickets for one of the performances that Gran Gala Flamenco offers at Teatro Poliorama or at the Palau de la Música Catalana to enjoy an artistic and passionate show that you will love.


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