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On 16 December the Solidarity Christmas Walk will take to the streets of the districts of the Gothic Quarter, Sant Antoni and l'Eixample, 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 11 km.
Throughout 2018, 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.
The best in current electronic music and EDM (Electronic Dance Music) is showcased at this year's Barcelona Beach Festival 2018, which is marking its fifth anniversary and is held once more at the Platja del Fòrum and the Parc de la Pau in Barcelona.
Each year, this festival gains in reputation as the greatest contemporary dance music extravaganza, with line-ups that bring together the very best Spanish and international DJs.
Passing through the booth this year are some of the best-known names from the current scene such as David Guetta, Don Diablo, Axwell^Ingrosso, The Chainsmokers, Oliver Heldens and Spanish house star JP Candela. In an incomparable setting with the beach as a backdrop, and nearly 14 hours of uninterrupted music, the BBF has established itself as the best one-day electronic music festival in Spain.
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.
For the 30th consecutive year, the Poble Espanyol will host the biggest and best New Year’s Eve Party in Barcelona! We will bid farewell to 2018 and welcome in 2019 with the bells, grapes, goody bags, good music, and great fun until 6 in the morning.
Three areas and the best atmosphere for a memorable New Year’s Eve in Barcelona: the Greenhouse in the Plaza Mayor, the Tent, and the VIP area. Don’t miss out!
Join us at the Poble Espanyol New Year’s Eve Party to welcome in 2019 in style!
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 7:30 pm on non-working days.
Running since 2012, Llum BCN is a festival of light that aims to counter the darkness of winter with the splendour of light (llum means 'light' in Catalan) reflected on some of the city's most beautiful buildings and spaces. This year the Llum BCN festival has not only doubled in size, it's also moved to a new home: Poblenou, a district currently immersed in an intense process of transformation.
Over a dozen well-known Spanish and international artists have created installations that bring transformation by using light in six of the most emblematic locations in Poblenou; this year's guest artist is the Canadian Monique Saboya, who brings a selection of immersive art projects. At the same time, to demonstrate the city's emergent creativity and talent, students from 14 Architecture, Art and Design schools have prepared special artworks based on the creative use of illumination. Both series can be seen by following an easy-to-walk itinerary around the district.
Already declared the best theme park in Spain by TripAdvisor users, PortAventura World has now taken visitor experiences to a whole new level with the 2017 opening of Europe's first Ferrari Land. This adrenaline-filled place with thrills for all ages covers 60,000m2 and has numerous attractions, such as the Vertical Accelerator that offers a lifelike Formula 1 experience as you accelerate in your F1-style cars from 0 to 180km/h in just five seconds and climb to a height of 112m along a 1km-track!
What's more, this year sees the inauguration of a new kids's area in Ferrari Land with five attractions aimed at different age groups: Junior Red Force is a mini roller-coaster that gives children the chance to experience the speed of the vertical accelerator, while Kids' Tower is a ricochet and freefall tower of nine metres, Flying Race and pilot your own plane, Champions Race lets all the family feel like the drivers of a mythical Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa or get in the gondolas and get ready to spin with Crazy Pistons.
Bringing together three popular elements of Catalan culture, music, wine and gastronomy, this annual festival organises intimate concerts (many of them outdoors) in wineries around the Penedès, Bagès and Empordà areas of Catalonia. Vinya means 'vine' in Catalan, and sons translates as 'sounds', describing the fusion of these two art forms, and during the summer months numerous events around the region showcase their natural relationship. Combining beautiful Catalan landscapes, the warm evenings of the season, quality musical performances, and tastings of local wines, cavas and other specialities, it's the ideal marriage of food, drink and entertainment.
Among the artists taking part, you might hear a chamber orchestra, a barbershop quartet or a rising Catalan pop star. What's more, VinyaSons is an excellent opportunity to sample local wine and cava varieties you might not yet be familiar with, and discover why Catalan wines are increasingly popular with critics and the public alike.
In the Catalan towns of Bagà and Sant Julià de Cerdanyola, situated in the Natural Park of Cadí-Moixeró, December 24 doesn't mean the arrival of Father Christmas. Instead, to mark the longest night of the year, the two municipalities come together to celebrate the ancient festival of Fia-Faia. Declared by UNESCO as Intangible Cultural Heritage in 2015, this pre-Christian tradition starts with the lighting of a bonfire up in the mountains in a spot that's visible from below. Torches made from a plant thought to have cleansing properties are lit from the bonfire and carried down to the two towns, creating a beautiful river of flame. Later in the evening, all the torches are left to burn in the centre of each town, and a poetic line is recited: 'Fia-faia, que nostro Senyor ha nascut a la paia' – 'Fia-faia, our Lord has been born on straw'.
Created back in 1953 by the then Count Godó, Carlos Godó Valls, this tennis contest has become a popular event on the ATP World 500 (the third highest series of competitions for professional male players; other tournaments in this part of the World Tour include the Queen's Club Championships, the China Open and the Dubai Tennis Championships) and is as much a social event for fans of the sport as a key clay fixture. Taking place in the warmth of the Barcelona spring in one of Spain's leading clubs, the Reial Club de Tenis Barcelona 1899, which has 18 clay courts including a stadium one with capacity for almost 8,500 spectators, this is an excellent chance to discover another side to the city's sporty character.
This year's event sees ATP Top Ten players such as Grigor Dimitrov, Dominic Thiem, David Goffin and local favourite Rafa Nadal take part.
The feast day of Catalan patron saint Sant Jordi (Saint George in English) on April 23 is one of the most festive in Barcelona. Across the region, it's celebrated as a day of love and literature; according to tradition, men gift a rose to their lover while women buy a book for their partner. City streets are filled with book and flower stalls, and people stroll around enjoying the special atmosphere.
Many local organisations mark the day in their own way: this year Casa Batlló covers its façade with roses, while Casa de les Punxes holds activities that explore the legend of Saint George and the dragon. You can also try the innovative Sant Jordi bread, a soft loaf that's made with cheese, spicy ‘sobrassada' sausage and walnuts to create the colours of the Catalan flag.
Barcelona is noted as a literary city; not only is it an important centre of publishing in both the Spanish and Catalan languages, in December 2015, UNESCO named Barcelona among the latest intake for its City of Literature programme. You can appreciate this facet of the city by taking a literary tour, or going to one of the special Sant Jordi events: Món Llibre, held the weekend before Sant Jordi (Apr 14, 15), is a literary festival for children and young adults held at the CCCB and MACBA; Sant Jordi Dialogues (Apr 19-21) are dedicated to authors, both national and international, in conversation about their work; and the Night of the Dragon (Apr 22) pays tribute to Catalan authors whose birth or death anniversaries fall this year.
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