The Easter holidays will be between April 9th and 17th 2017. It is ideal to escape from the routine life and take a short break with the whole family. If you want to visit Barcelona, take advantage of these mini-vacation and lose yourself in the rhythm of the city.
The most traditional Easter
Barcelona is in a traditionally Christian country, so during these dates it takes place some religious acts. For example, there is a parade around the Cathedral of Barcelona on Palm Sunday (April 9th), where children come with their palms to be blessed. You can purchase a palm in one of the stands in Las Ramblas or any florist.
Although the Holy Thursday (April 13rd) is not a public holiday in Catalonia (as the Good Friday and Easter Monday are, be careful with the timetables of the transport and services!), this day is not exempt from activities. The most important one is the Procession of Silence of Badalona: it has been celebrated from the seventeenth century and the participants keep absolute silence while they’re carrying a lighted candle.
Good Friday (April 14th) is celebrated by the different churches of Barcelona with their own Stations of the Cross, the liturgy of the passion and death of Christ. It is a good opportunity to visit the Cathedral of Barcelona, the Santa Maria del Mar church or the Sagrada Familia. Another option is to move to L’Hospitalet de Llobregat, where you will find the street processions, typically from the southern of Spain.
While Easter Sunday (April 16th) is very common to go out for lunch with the family, Easter Monday (April 17th) is known in Catalonia as “Dia de la Mona”. The tradition marks that godparents give to their godchildren “Monas de Pascua”: an Easter cake with chocolate sculptures and all kinds of figures around. We recommend you to visit some cake shops days before to taste some.
Other activities in Barcelona
If you want to enjoy a day of shopping in the city, it is better to do it in a weekday or the Saturday, because most shops are closed on Good Friday, Easter Sunday and Easter Monday. However, most museums will be open, so, to organize cultural visits during these days can be a great option.
This year, Easter holidays coincides with the beginning of spring, a great opportunity to go through the center of the city, walk along the Ciutadella or the Park Guell, discover masterpieces such as La Pedrera and Casa Batllo, and admire the Montjuïc Fountain music show.
You will find several MH Apartments located throughout the city, so you can choose the closest one of your favorite tourist attractions.
However, if you are more classic and want your holiday to Europe is full of luxurious details provided, then the best option for you is to book a room in Prague or a room in Barcelona that will become your haven of peace.
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