Semana Santa – Easter Holidays in Barcelona
Finally spring arrives!
Spring has finally arrived in Spain and easter is coming closer and closer. The weather is great (sun and up to 18 degrees around midday), the trees are showing proudly their shining oranges and the terraces in front of bars and cafés fill up with locals and travellers from all over the world.
During the Easter week, which is from 24th of March until 1st of April many celebrations and processions will take place all over the city, since Spain is a catholic country and the "Semana Santa" is very important for them. The "Holy Week" begins next Sunday, the 24th, which is called "Palm Sunday" and a procession will be held in the area of the Cathedral of Barcelona in the city center, with a parade and people holding palm fronds. Right now you can get the bleached palm fronds everywhere throughout the city center, so get equipped :)
If you want to go shopping in Barcelona, you shouldn't choose the "Good Friday", 29th of March, since it's a public holiday and many shops and even restaurants will be closed - the same for "Easter Monday", 1st of April. The city runs quite normal on "Easter Saturday" and this is also the last possibility to get the "Mona"
You might ask yourself "Who or what is the "Mona?"
Well, the "Mona" is a cake and actually called "Mona de Pascua". It is traditionally given by the godfather and godmother to their godchildren at Easter. The cake is like a huge donut and contains boiled eggs. One for each year of the child's age. The cake will be eaten on "Easter Monday", the last day of the Easter celebrations.
The day before, "Easter Sunday" is traditionally reserved for family holiday meals, which will be held privately or in the many restaurants all over the city.
If you want to visit a mass these days, we can recommend Barcelona's Cathedral, which is easily to access, since it's located in the middle of the Gothic quarter. Free entrance from 08:00 - 13:45 and 17:15 - 20:00.
Santa Eglesia Catedral Basilica de Barcelona
Plaza de la Seu
08002 Barcelona, España
So, enjoy your Easter Holidays in Barcelona and don't forget to try a piece of the "Mona" :) By the way... if you are looking for a nice place to stay take a look of Apartments in Barcelona and for further information about the city go to Next Stop on Facebook
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