Holy Week is going to be more special in 2019 in Barcelona. This year, it takes place from the 14 th until the 21 st of April, which means that the Easter festivities are really close to another great Catalan tradition: Sant Jordi. These two ephemerides will set a festive month in the ciudad condal. Stay at our 4 stars hotel in Barcelona’s centre during Easter, to enjoy some wonderful days of celebrations.
Barcelona is an excellent destination if you are looking for a Holy Week full of tradition, blessed with a privileged climate and an unsurpassable environment. Whether you want to attend processions and the various scheduled liturgical acts or simply want to take a break, you are in the right place.
Easter traditions in Barcelona
Although the Catalan capital is not a city that stands out for being very religious, the truth is that its Holy Week is full of traditions. In these days, the main arteries of the city will be decorated to receive emblematic processions such as La Borriquita. This will take place on Palm Sunday in Ciutat Vella, a district full of tourist attractions, as it includes, among others, the Gothic Quarter and the Raval. It is tradition to follow this procession carrying palm leaves, so that the streets of the centre of Barcelona will become a formidable visual spectacle.
Another indispensable procession is the one of the Virgin of the Macarena, the Good Friday, also of marked liturgical character. This starts in the Raval and ends its journey in the Cathedral.
One of the most peculiar tradition happens on Easter Monday, a date on which godparents give their godchildren the iconic Easter monkeys. They are bakery’s piece of art, that do not lack detail and flood the shop windows of the bakeries the previous days. Although, other variants of the monkeys exist in other parts of Spain, the reality is that it is a genuine tradition of Catalonia.
But it is not the only sweet that you can try in Barcelona during Holy Week, because they are dates in which the pastry takes on special relevance. To the Easter monas are added succulent torrijas, buñuelos, pestiños, roscas, etc. They are sweets that are made only for these dates, so do not miss the opportunity to taste them!
Holy Week is just around the corner. We are waiting for you in our boutique hotel in central Barcelona!