Due to its proximity to the UK – about a two-hour flight from London – Barcelona remains a popular short break destination because it oozes style and sophistication, with great food and beautiful sights. The city also appeals to weekend partygoers for its beach and excellent nightlife – one of our favourite accommodations that benefits from both of these things is the stylish W Hotel, right on the beachfront and boasting panoramic views from its 26th-floor nightclub, Eclipse.
The majority of visitors spend two or three nights here and cram their days full of eating, drinking and sightseeing, traipsing around landmarks such as the Sagrada Família and admiring Gaudí’s artistic prowess. However, Barcelona has a jam-packed calendar of cultural events throughout the year and if you want to do something really special, here are a few ideas:
Spanish Grand Prix – Formula 1
Known locally as the Gran Premio de Espana de Formula One, this race continues to be one of the highlights of the racing season and one of the most important races of the year on the famed Circuit de Catalunya. Few can dispute the pure thrill of watching and hearing the world’s top 20 drivers speeding past at over 200mph and with giant screens documenting every twist and turn, you won’t miss a thing as one of the 104,000 spectators in the stands. This year’s event kicks off between 12- 14 May.
Sónar Music Festival of Advanced Music & New Media Art
Barcelona lights up once again this summer from Thursday 15th to Saturday 17th June in various locations around the city for its 23rd year of the Sónar Music Festival. The festival attracts over 80,000 music lovers, creative thinkers and technology enthusiasts from the world over, introducing the latest in new wave electronica, advanced music and dance. And even if music isn’t your true passion, you can also enjoy the brilliant SónarCinema attraction, showcasing breath-taking films and audio-visual concepts – a feast for all the senses.
Fiesta de La Mercè
Arguably the city’s largest event of the year, this five-day-long festival is held annually in honour of Mare de Deu de la Mercè, the Patron Saint of Barcelona. Welcoming in the more temperate months of autumn, this enormous festival takes over every street with parades, dancing, music and thousands of people and is truly a sight to behold. Don’t miss the Correfoc – fire run to you and me – where ‘Devils’ parade the streets with sparklers, hand-held fireworks and bangers, plus you may be lucky to come across one of the huge fire-breathing dragons in your path. Lots of fun but not for the faint-hearted!
Festival Internacional de Jazz
For a more ambient pace, perhaps a visit during Barcelona’s 48th international jazz music festival is a better option. Taking place at venues all over the city from the beautiful and majestic Palau de la Música Catalana to the smoky bars of the Harlem Jazz Club and Jamboree, this well-established festival hosts some of the biggest artists in the jazz world usually in October/November time.
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