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  • Zurich Marató de Barcelona

    Zurich Marató de Barcelona

    As running becomes increasingly popular with millions of people around the world, the numbers coming to take part in Barcelona's marathon grows each year. In 2016, it had over 20,000 registered runners and almost 17,000 finishers; it's now the fourth largest marathon in Europe after Berlin, London and Paris. Doubtless part of the appeal is the idea of running a 42.2km route around one of the continent's most aesthetically pleasing cities. The number of globally recognised landmarks passed by participants, such as the Sagrada Família and Camp Nou, as well as noteworthy vistas including the seafront, historic port and Ciutadella Park, make this a one-of-a-kind sporting event.
    But that's not all. The Barcelona marathon is much more, with entertainment for the crowds, a Breakfast Run the day before the race, which takes in the final 4km from the marathon route when the Catalan capital hosted the 1992 Olympic Games, and Expo Sports, with numerous stands related to distance running.

    "You can't beat a 42 km run past some of Barcelona's iconic landmarks. The day before you can also enjoy the Breakfast Run and complete the last 4 km of the route of the 1992 Olympic Games."

  • Festival of La Mercè

    Festival of La Mercè

    Barcelona celebrates the end of summer with a city festival to honour one of its patron saints, La Mercè, whose feast day is September 24. It's a huge party with many free activities for all ages that take place across the city.
    Among the most popular are the procession of 'giants' and 'big heads', elaborate papier-mâché constructions that represent both historical characters and fantastical beasts, the display of castellers ('human towers') in front of City Hall, and the correfoc, which literally means 'fire run' and sees demons with firecrackers dancing with well-protected members of the public under their showers of sparks.
    There are also concerts, audiovisual shows and contributions from a guest city, this year Reykjavík.
    Featuring at BAM this year are performances by the bands Reykjavíkurdætur, Grísalappalísa and Samarios. There is also the piano music of Kiasmos, the young singer Glowie and several other artists including Emmsjé Gauti, JFDR and Ólöf Arnalds.
    Ciutadella Park hosts numerous events including theatre and dance shows.
    At night, fireworks fill the sky with fabulous pyrotechnic displays befitting such an important fixture on the Barcelona calendar.

    "The city pulls out all the stops to celebrate the festival dedicated to one of its patron saints. Hundreds of free activities all over the city blending tradition and the latest trends. You'll be able to see gegants and capgrossos as well as concerts by the latest big names."

  • Solidarity Christmas Walk

    Solidarity Christmas Walk

    On 17 December the Solidarity Christmas Walk will take to the streets of the districts of Ciutat Vella, Eixample Dret and Sant Martí, thereby concluding the annual program of walks in Barcelona. The departure point will be the Passeig dels Til·lers in the Parc de la Ciutadella and it will end up at the same spot after completing a route of some 10 km.
    Throughout 2017, thousands of people have taken part in the walks, an initiative to promote a healthy lifestyle and at the same time discover some of Barcelona's lesser known spots.

    At the starting point for the Solidarity Christmas Walk, Càritas will be collecting non-perishable food items.

  • Barcelona Beach Festival

    Barcelona Beach Festival

    The best in current electronic music and EDM (Electronic Dance Music) is being showcased at the Barcelona Beach Festival 2018, being held once again at the Platja del Fòrum and the Parc de la Pau in Barcelona. This festival is becoming consolidated as the greatest ever contemporary dance music extravaganza. Year after year they succeed in congregating the very best Spanish and international DJs. Passing through the booth last year were well-known names from the current scene such as Kygo, Armin Van Buuren, Axwell Ingrosso, Martin Garrix and Hardwell.

    In an incomparable setting and, with the beach as a backdrop, the festival has cemented its name as the best one-day electronic music festival in Spain. There are nearly 14 hours of uninterrupted music.

  • Visit to the Mansana de la Discòrdia

    Visit to the Mansana de la Discòrdia

    The professional rivalry between Domènech i Montaner, Puig i Cadafalch and Antoni Gaudí led to one of the most curious and iconic sections of the Passeig de Gràcia and the City of Barcelona

    Cases Singulars (Unique Houses) gives a guided tour to discover the legend of Mansana de la Discòrdia, a Bourgeois residential center dating back to the beginning of the 20th century, formed basically by the Casa Amatller, the Casa Lleó i Morera and the Casa Batlló.

    And to make your visit even sweeter, a cup of melted chocolate will be served at the Casa Amatller.

  • Christmas at Poble Espanyol

    Christmas at Poble Espanyol

    Hope, good wishes and gifts will invade Poble Espanyol on Christmas. The premises will be turned into an impressive themed space unlike any other in the city, where you can also come to witness and experience some of the most deeply rooted Catalan traditions, such as the live nativity scenes or participate in the typical Catalan tradition of making the Tió wood log "poo-out" the presents. Streets full of Christmas decorations and music, a market where you can buy gifts and food, performances, children's workshops and two very special trees: the wish tree and the pacifier tree.
    However, the most highly anticipated moment will be the visit of Santa Claus and Their Majesties the Three Kings of the East, where children will be able to give them their letter and try to convince those characters that they have been good during the year and that Santa and the Kings should bring them what they've asked for.

  • Fira de Santa Llúcia

    Fira de Santa Llúcia

    Christmas market has been going since at least 1786. It sets up its stalls in front of the Cathedral in the weeks leading up to Christmas and sells fir trees, decorations, garlands, mistletoe… But it's all the different objects you can buy to create the nativity scene that are the market's biggest draw You'll find figures, moss, cribs, fountains and the curious caganer, who appears in surprising new guises every year.
    Young children can enjoy the Tió Gegant giant pooping log in Pla de la Catedral from 10:30 am to 1:30 pm on working days, and from 10:30 am to 1:30 pm and 4:30 pm to 7 pm on non-working days.

  • Nativity in the plaça Sant Jaume

    Nativity in the plaça Sant Jaume

    25 perspex figures designed by the architect Jordi Darder, will welcome Christmas at Plaça Sant Jaume. During the day, the figures will stand out against the facades of the square, with color and reflections. At night, they will be highlighted with light coming from inside. Different directions, which when combined with the height of the supports, will give different ways of viewing it, both from inside and from the opposite sides of the square. A manger that is displayed with different sides.

    The manger, a wood The movement of the figures follows the wind. A set of almost weightless, resistant, support structures A wood of bulrushes, a landscape.
    The manger, a place. Positioning a manger to show a place on the central place of the city. An urban place is crossed. It is a stopping place, traffic and a point of reference. A place in the city where there is participation, which needs people.
    The manger, a game. To hide, to count, to imagine characters. Becoming and delving into the characters of the manger: following the Three Kings, listening to the shepherds, witnessing the start of a universal story, in a stable.
    The manger, an action. The manger moves with the wind, it makes reflections with the sun and lights up in the dark. Each moment is a spectacle: it deserves admiration, from where it stands or from the furthest corners of the square.

  • Christmas activities at Plaça Catalunya

    Christmas activities at Plaça Catalunya

    The Plaça de Catalunya is once again an area of celebration and participation during the Christmas festivals.
    From 22 December to 4 January, the square will be filled with performances, fairs, sports activities for all ages, art and urban activities for young people, plus children's activities.

    3rd Responsible Consumption, Social Economy and Solidarity Fair
    The annual event with initiatives to promote responsible consumption and local produce. Over 60 entities and companies offering a wide range of food, clothing, culture and health.
    From 22/12 to 4/1, from 11 am to 9 pm. (Closed on 25 and 26/12 and 1/1).

    On step of a sparrow, a performance by the Ingravidolles
    7 spheres, 7 characters, who everyday explain how they feel and experience Christmas. The Christmas spirit, the fog machine, Domeny, La Fava, La Lua, the man with endless reasoning and Els Altres, are the Ingravidolles. They are at the Plaça Catalunya every day to make you feel the sensation of being inside a bubble because Christmas is coming.

    Entertainment and sports activities
    A set of theme activities for all the family, including games, street art and sport.
    22, 23, 24 and 27/12: shows on the street stage and games in the center of the Plaça Catalunya.
    28 and 29/12: sports workshops and exhibitions in the center of the square, from 11 am to 6 pm.
    30 and 31/12: workshops and performances for children. Breakdance, Hip Hop and Sketchbooking with young artists from civic centers and youth associations of the city.

    The page Estel and the page Omar
    The pages of their Majesties the Three Kings of the Orient, will be welcoming all the children who want to deliver their letters in person.
    Del 2 al 4 de gener, d'11 a 14 (Estel) i de 16 a 20:30 (Omar).

  • Protected natural areas

    Protected natural areas

    Nature in its purest state just a couple of hours away from Barcelona.

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