Will you be in Barcelona this April, studying Spanish with us ? Are you still wondering what you will be doing in your free time? Here are some cool suggestions…
- Celebrate Sant Jordi on April the 23rd: It’s one of the most original and popular celebrations in Catalonia, because it mixes culture and romanticism, combining the celebration of the International Book Day and Valentine’s Day. On that day, the tradition consists of couples exchanging gifts: men receive a book and women a rose. However, it is becoming more widespread that both men and women give each other books and roses. During this day, Barcelona becomes a huge open-air bookstore and flower shop. The streets are filled with people strolling among stalls with books and roses, looking for their gift not only for their loved one, but also for a family member or a friend. It’s a day to walk around the city and definitely enjoy the festive atmosphere. Streets such as Las Ramblas, Passeig de Gràcia, Passeig de Sant Joan and Rambla de Catalunya are essential, where you will find stalls selling books, established authors signing copies and, of course, you will smell the aroma of roses. In addition, during the day it’s easy to enjoy the sardanas (traditional Catalan dances), literary activities such as workshops and recitals and the popular “castells” (human towers) in places such as Plaça Sant Jaume.
- Attend a tennis match of the ATP: The “Trofeo Conde de Godó” tournament (this year from April the 15th until the 23rd) is an official tennis competition held annually at the facilities of the Real Club de Tenis Barcelona, played in the men’s singles and men’s doubles categories. It and part of the ATP World Tour 500. Get your tickets here and don’t miss the opportunity to watch play the best tennis players of the world!
- Dance a “sevillana” at La Feria de Abril: This fair is a popular festival of Andalusian tradition that takes place every year in Barcelona and lasts 9 days in the Parc del Forum. Around 500,000 visitors attend the event, this year from April the 21st until May the 1st. 2019. There are attractions, a whole area of bars and restaurants for you to typical Andalusian dishes and wine, and of course, the floors for dancing “sevillanas”. It is indeed the most colorful and joyful festival of the year!
- Are you a fan of “The Lord of the rings”? For three days in a row (April the 14th – 16th), the screen and stage of the Palau Sant Jordi in Barcelona will be filled with fantasy and adventure reliving the Tolkien universe. In addition to the giant screen projection, the Oscar-winning music of Howard Shore will come to life. The soundtrack will be performed live by the Orquesta Sinfónica de Vallés, one of the most emblematic in the country with almost 40 years of history, while the film is projected on the big screen. Get your tickets here.
- Celebrate the Earth Day: It’s celebrated internationally on April the 22nd, to create awareness among the population about environmental problems that affect the planet. Take a break, find out about volunteering, encourage responsible behavior in your family, grow spices in small pots, create home compost, reuse and recycle in the office… and share it with your friends!
- Eat the “Mona de Pascua”: This cake is a typical Spanish pastry dessert that symbolizes the end of the rigorous abstinence typical of Lent. The godparents of Catalonia, Valencia and the Balearic Islands give their godchildren this sweet on Easter Sunday (this year April the 9th), which has been evolved to chocolate figures that range from the traditional to the most original and funny creations that come from the imagination of the pastry chef. Every Easter families or groups of friends gather somewhere to eat the “mona” together, and the most famous pastry shops compete to show off the most spectacular chocolate figures in their windows. Buy one in any bakery or try to prepare your own!
- Attend the Salón Internacional del Cómic de Barcelona: The 41st edition (March the 31st – April the 2nd) of this fair is one of the most important events in the city. It offers a wide space with firsts, great guests, editorial presentations, contests, science fiction and fantasy comics, and also sections related to the world of cinema, television and video games. For four days, fans cannot miss this great event that always offers a great atmosphere for the visitor. You have to visit the Salón del Comic at least once in your life!
- Learn a new skill at Handmade Festival Barcelona: the new edition of the reference festival for lovers of Do it yourself takes place again at Fira Barcelona from March the 31st to April the 2nd, where you can enjoy exhibitors, workshops, markets… and more surprises!