Traditionally, when we think about visiting Barcelona, we envision the summer beach scene. However, the Catalan capital has much to offer in any season of the year. Do you have a few days free to visit Barcelona in February? We’ll tell you how to make the most of them in this post.
Santa Eulalia Festivities
Between the 10th and 12th of February, the festivities of the co-patron saint, along with the Virgin of Mercè, take place in Barcelona: Santa Eulalia. During these days, you can enjoy the Gothic Quarter like never before, thanks to the parade of giants accompanying the saint’s image, the castellers or human towers, and the correfoc, spectacular parades of devils amidst fireworks that will delight both young and old. Don’t miss the Sardana Dance (a traditional Catalan folk dance) in the Sant Jaume square. You’ll love it!
Romantic Valentine’s Day
In mid-February, just after Santa Eulalia, the celebration of lovers takes place. If Valentine’s Day catches you in Barcelona, you’ll have an easier time than ever surprising your partner: dreamy hotels, incredible restaurants, and the most romantic routes for strolling in love – Barceloneta Beach, Passeig de Gràcia, or Las Ramblas will witness the depth of your affection.
Carnival in Barcelona
The Carnival celebration doesn’t have a fixed date but is observed seven weeks before Easter or one week before the beginning of Lent. In 2023, it will start on February 16th and extend until February 22nd, Ash Wednesday.
Although it follows the same spirit as in the rest of Spain, the Carnival celebration in Barcelona has its own traditions, such as the arrival of the Carnival King on Fat Thursday and the Queen’s celebration, in honor of whom the Molinet Dance takes place.
After a week of pagan celebrations, Carnival bids farewell on Ash Wednesday with the so-called Burial of the Sardine, where this figure is burned as a metaphor for the end of the festivities and the beginning of the reflection leading to Easter.
Barcelona Noir Novel Festival
If you enjoy crime and mystery novels, don’t miss the Barcelona Noir Novel Festival (BCNegra), which since 2005 has turned the Catalan capital into the global center of noir literature. The festival offers a variety of workshops, conferences, exhibitions, readings, concerts, and many other cultural activities around this literary genre. In 2023, BCNegra will be held from February 6th to 12th.
In Museu Barcelona
The In Museu initiative is a unique opportunity to explore Barcelona’s museums through guided tours and special passes, providing access to areas of the museums usually closed to the public. Among others, participating institutions typically include Montjuïc Castle, the Barcelona Design Museum, MACBA, the Maritime Museum, or the Royal Monastery of Santa Maria de Pedralbes. Need more incentive? All institutions participating in In Museu offer free admission during the festival, but you must reserve in advance.
Els Vespres de la UB
The University of Barcelona celebrates this festival twice a year: in summer and winter. This time, unlike the summer season, the Els Vespres de la UB (Evenings at the UB) concerts take place inside the university’s assembly hall. You can enjoy this musical event every Friday in February, and admission is free, but you’ll need to reserve your invitation in advance.
Barcelona Half Marathon
Are you up for a half marathon? Every year, Barcelona transforms into a running hub in February to host the traditional 21-kilometer race with more than 15,000 runners from around the world. If you’re not up for the race, you can still come as a spectator and visit the fair set up in the vicinity.
Although the festival itself takes place on the last Sunday of January, the entire month of February is calçot season, and you can enjoy them at numerous festivals and restaurants. If you prefer, you can visit the town of Valls, the world capital of calçots and the birthplace of this sweet onion that is grilled and eaten with romesco sauce.
Declared of national interest in 2022, the Candlemas Fair in Molins del Rei, Barcelona, is celebrated on the first weekend of February and is a unique opportunity to enjoy all kinds of typical delicacies, from authentic gourmet recipes to traditional dishes. It also offers workshops, live preparations, and tastings. Have you tried Coradella? We won’t spoil it for you! Come to the fair and discover it for yourself.
The Best Flamenco Show in Spain
Of course, a getaway to Barcelona wouldn’t be complete without attending an authentic flamenco show, regardless of the month. Don’t miss the shows that Gran Gala Flamenco offers at the Teatro Poliorama and the Palau de la Música Catalana, where you can also enjoy the complete experience: a guided tour of the Palau, followed by a show as spectacular and passionate as only authentic flamenco can be. Reserve your tickets now!