Will you be in Barcelona this December, studying Spanish with us ? Are you still wondering what you will be doing in your free time? Here are some cool suggestions…
- Skate in different ice rinks: There’s no better activity to do outdoors in Barcelona, with such a cold weather, than going ice skating on some of the rinks that are spread out through the city during these dates! Here you have a list of where to go to.
- Take a walk in the magic garden “Els llums de Sant Pau”: The Recinto Modernista de Sant Pau opens its doors every night from the 21st of November until the 14th of January for a very special walk. This place is transformed into a luminous fairy tale landscape with Christmas lights, impressive illuminated vegetation and creative light figures. Families, friends and couples can enjoy a pleasant and romantic evening on a circular route of about 1.5 kilometers long. It offers a slow break from the hustle and bustle of Christmas and draws the eye to the contemplative world at the most beautiful time of the year.
- Attend the Barcelona’s famous New Year’s concert at Palau de la Música Catalana, by the Strauss Festival Orchestra. Check here the prices and available dates.
- Enjoy the 3 Kings parade: Their Majesties will arrive at Marquès de l’Argentera Avenue and, together with their entourage, they will walk the streets of the city with their magnificent floats in a parade full of music, parties, shows … and many gifts to bring to all our houses! All this will be possible thanks to people and companies, from many scenic and artistic disciplines, who will put all their talent to make the afternoon and evening of January 5th a true welcome party for the Kings of the East.
- Celebrate the Epiphany: This holiday, known as “El día de Reyes” in Spain, is a Christian festivity celebrated on January the 6th. It’s when the gifts brought to us by the Three Kings at night are opened. It is a magical day especially for the children, who spend it playing with the toys. During this holiday the family eats and shares the “roscón de Reyes” (you can buy one in any bakery), a typical cake that includes two surprises: a dry broad bean and a king figurine. Whoever finds the bean will have to pay for the roscón, while whoever finds the figure will be crowned king.
- Learn more about the History of Barcelona: Barcelona experienced almost 200 bombings by Franco’s army during the Civil War. With those attacks, the civilian population became the involuntary protagonist of the war. To deal with this situation a board was created, in charge of safeguarding the lives of the neighbors. The first places that were enabled as defense were the subways of houses and the subway network. But when the bombings intensified, the construction of shelters began with popular collaboration. One of them, among the more than a thousand built in those years, was the so-called Refugi 307, which today has become one of the historical interpretation centers presented by the “Museu d’Historia de Barcelona”. Throughout the tour of the refuge, you can learn about the living conditions that occurred within its walls and observe the different rooms that formed it, such as the toilets, a fountain and an infirmary, among others. Check it out here.
- Attend the famous party of “Els 3 tombs”: Els Tres Tombs is an event on the occasion of the festivity in honor of San Antonio Abad, saint of domestic animals. Its main activity is a parade of animals (horses, donkeys), horseback riding and carriages, through the center of the city, celebrating the festivity of Sant Antoni Abat. If you want to take a look, just walk to the Sant Antoni neighborhood on January the 21st and you’ll easily find the crowd.
- Visit the Miró-Picasso exhibition: This exhibition is a unique project of the Picasso Museum of Barcelona and the Fundació Joan Miró that takes place simultaneously in the two institutions. Joan Miró and Pablo Picasso, who maintained a close friendship for more than fifty years, chose Barcelona to donate their work in the shape of monographic art centers. The exhibition brings together a set of more than 250 works from public and private collections around the world with the aim of showing two artists who transformed with its own voice the art of the 20th century.