April is a great time to visit Barcelona, the city boasts average temperatures of 65 degrees fahrenheit (18 degrees celsius) and is typically not too crowded yet.
With approximately 118,000 visitors and 180 exhibitors, this convention is a great place to be if you are interested in the world of comics and creativity. At this convention, you can take master classes, consult with famous illustrators from around the world, and lose yourself in the world of comics for 3 days. For more information on ticket prices, location and the program, check out the website for the event here.
Barcelona streets are filled with thousands of roses on this day, as the city of Barcelona turns out to celebrate and honor the patron saint of Catalonia, Sant Jordi. This celebration may remind one of Valentines day, except roses are not just for romantic interests – they are given to wives, sisters, girlfriends and grandmothers as well. Essentially, the goal of this day is that every woman receives a rose. Roses are sold all over the city – so head to an area like La Rambla, buy a rose, and enjoy this day of celebration.
Additionally, the Palau de la Generalitat de Catalunya – the government building in which this tradition began – is open for free today. Take advantage of this opportunity and view the medieval architecture of this house of the Catalonian president.
“World Book and Copyright Day” also falls on Sant Jordi’s Day, as April 23 is the anniversary of Miguel de Cervantes’ death. Oftentimes, couples will exchange roses for books as tokens of affection.
Also known as the Christian Holy Week, this is the last week of Lent, and the week leading up to Easter. During the week, Barcelona is the host of a few processions such as the procession of the Burreta on Palm Sunday, which symbolizes Jesus’ entrance into Jerusalem, as well as processions that take place on Good Friday. If you are interested in attending any of the processions during La Semana Santa, talk to the reception staff, they will help you find information on when and where they are taking place.
Remember: Good Friday and Easter Monday are public holidays in Barcelona, so most shops are closed, but restuarants are open.
Additionally, April is a great time to sit outside and enjoy some tapas and a few drinks. Check out my article on the different terraces in Barcelona here.
Another thing you can do is pack a picnic, head to a park and enjoy the sunshine. A great place for that is Parc de la Ciutadella, where you can enjoy beautiful fountains, green lawns, the Catalan Parliament Building and even a zoo.
With love + Spring Fever,