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Easter in Barcelona 2020 Planned with Epic Local Help

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Planning an Easter in Barcelona? Welcome.

First off a bit of congratulations – with the winter cold long gone and the insufferable heat of summer yet to arrive you’ve found the city’s schedule sweet spot.

Whether you’re clinking glasses in the city’s picturesque squares or taking a sunset tour of Barcelona’s top attractions there’s hardly a better time to visit than Easter.

Let’s get into it with my Barcelona Easter guide.

Easter in Barcelona 2020

Easter weekend in Barcelona goes the 10th of April (Good Friday) to the 13th of April (Easter Monday).

With Spain being a Catholic country there are naturally a ton of festivities for the entire Setmana Santa (Holy Week) so there’s a lot to see even if you arrive a bit earlier.

Weather

In general Barcelona Easter weather is quite pleasant – average temperatures hit 17°C (62°F) with lows dropping down to a manageable 8°C (47°F). With an average of eight hours of daily sunshine and only five days of rain you likely won’t be getting wet.

Before You Arrive

Firstly it’s recommended you get yourself a transport discount card. They save you money and help you take full advantage of your holiday. Check out my article explaining the differences of these cards.

Secondly you’re going to want to avoid huge holiday lines by buying your attraction tickets in advance online. In many cases in addition to skipping the lines you can save up to 15%.

I also suggest reading my article on the best area to stay in Barcelona and selecting one of the best hostels, Airbnb discount homestays, or holiday apartments for your money.

Easter Events in Barcelona

It wouldn’t be Easter in Barcelona without the defining parades, religious events, and especially the top quality baked goods.

Here’s a list to get you started – if you need any particular advice hit me up in the comments below.

Mass at Sagrada Familia

Yes, any layman off the street can participate in both the Palm Sunday mass (April 5th) and Easter Mass (April 12th) at Sagrada Familia. It begins at 9:00 am and is on a first come, first served basis until all seats are full.

If you’re in a group of 25 or more you’ll have to fill out the form on Sagrada Familia’s website.

Also, for those interested in attending Easter Mass you can participate in the international version at the Santa Maria del Mar in the ritzy Born area starting at noon on Sunday.

Eating a Mona de Pascua

Of all the things to do in Barcelona Easter weekend eating cake is a great one.

This local tradition dates back to a time when godparents would buy their grandchildren simple sponge cakes with a painted hard boiled egg on top. It was traditionally given in Barcelona during Easter after Sunday mass.

Today the cakes have taken on a whole new form.

You’ll see them in bakery windows everywhere – towers of delicious cake layers mounted with chocolate figures, animals, famous characters, marzipan and more. You’ll at least have to get a photo, though the more cheeky of tourists can’t resist taking one back to the hotel 😉

A great place to get one is Escriba Gran Via found at 546 Gran Via de les Corts Catalanes.

The Palm Leaves

On Palm Sunday you’ll see children everywhere holding on to palm leaves – a gift from their godparents.

Today the tradition has expanded to include almost everyone, and buying a palm leaf bouquet that honours the crowds which lined Jesus’ path into Jerusalem is city tradition.

The market stands outside the Barcelona Cathedral or Sagrada Familia are your best bets.

Club Nights

  • Friday April 10th: Jan Blomqvist LIVE | Input Dance Club –> Tickets
  • Saturday April 11th: Len Faki @ The Loft & Razzclub w/ Fuego | Razzmatazz –> Tickets
  • Sunday April 12th: Matthias Tanzmann, Caal, and Carlo Gossa | Pacha –> Tickets

Barcelona Easter Processions

Here’s a quick list of Barcelona Easter parades – as a general rule you’ll see them more conveniently in the city’s famous Gothic Quarter.

April 5th (Palm Sunday – La Burreta)

The first Easter procession of the season takes place in the Ciutat Vella (‘Old City’).

La Burreta (‘little donkey’) commemorates the arrival of Jesus to Jerusalem. Here you’ll find a ton of stalls selling the traditional bleached palm leaves and an eye-catching procession of floats and dressed up devotees.

Things get going early starting at Plaça Sant Agustí (metro Liceu)

Time: 10:00 am.

Route: Plaça Sant Agustí (10:00), Hospital (10:15), Pla de la Boqueria (10:30), La Rambla (10:45), Santa Ana (11:15), Portal del Ángel (11:30), Cucurulla (11:45), Portaferrisa (12:00), La Rambla (12:15), Pla de la Boqueria (12:30), Hospital (12:45), and Plaça San Agustín (1:00).

There will be a blessing of the palms ceremony at the end in Plaça San Agustín.

April 10th

You’ll find this Barcelona Easter parade on Good Friday starting in the famous Gothic Quarter.

The Procesión de Viernes Santo de la Hermandad y Cofradía de Nuestra Señora de las Angustias involves wave after wave of tambourine bands playing through floats of all the important religious imagery associated with the holiday.

I’ve listed the times at some of the easiest/best viewing points below.

Time: 5:00 pm to 11:00 pm.

Route: Plaça San Agustí, La Rambla (5:45), Calle de Santa Ana, Portal del Ángel (18:30), Arcs, Plaza Nova, Avenida Catedral, Boters, Pi, Plaza del Pi (21:30), Cardenal Casañas, Boqueria, Hospital and Plaça de San Agustín.

April 12th (The Second Round)

This later-starting parade is good for (really) late risers.

It’s much the same as the other Barcelona Easter parade honouring its patron saint – the goal here I assume was simply to spread out crowds and create less chaos.

Time: 6:30 pm.

Route: Parroquia de San Jaime (Calle Ferran 28), Calle Ferrán, Plaza San Jaime, Calle del Bisbe, Avenida de la Catedral, Boters, Pi, Plaza del Pi, Cardenal Casañas, Boquería, Ramblas, and Ferrán.

Easter Opening Hours

At the best of times Spain’s opening hours are frustrating – imagine Barcelona during Easter!

Want to visit something and aren’t sure about the hours? Drop me a line in the comments below.

The Barcelona Tourism Office

First bit of good news, travellers! The hours here never change.

Over Easter in Barcelona you’ll be able to pick up your transport tickets as usual, whether it’s at either airport terminal (T1 or T2) or Plaça Catalunya.

Transport

On Thursday April 9th and Friday April 10th 2020 the metro closes at 2:00 am.

On Saturday April 11th it’s open all night while on Sunday April 12th it closes at 2:00 am. On the 13th  it closes at midnight.

City buses and night buses run regularly just like the rest of the year. Consult the schedules at any bus stop for times and frequency.

The famous hop on hop off Bus Turistic and the Aerobus run normally.

Sagrada Familia

At the moment there are no schedule changes at Sagrada Familia over Easter.

It’s possible though that on the two Sundays (Palm Sunday and Easter Sunday) that there could be some slight alterations in the hours but as of January 2020 it has not been confirmed.

As this is high season you must buy your tickets in advance online (at least 2-3 weeks in advance) or you simply won’t get in.

You can do so using the buttons below:

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Park Guell

The world’s most spectacular urban park also follows regular hours over Easter.

The shuttle bus included in the ticket also will run at regular intervals.

Again, you must book in advance online or risk being shut out of the attraction all together.

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Casa Mila (La Pedrera)

Gaudi’s wobbly mansion and its famous rooftop warriors also runs as usual. There’s also the added bonus this year of having a photography exposition by the talented William Klein.

To guarantee times and save €3.00 per ticket it’s advised to book online.

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Casa Batllo

This private entity doesn’t change hours and is open 365 days a year.

Over Easter you’ll even find this epic, marine-inspired mansion to be decorated with special lighting to commemorate the holiday.

To guarantee tickets and save €4.00 per ticket you must book in advance online.

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Casa Vicens

Gaudi’s original masterpiece which has only recently been made available to the public is open as usual over Easter 2020.

You’ll save 10% per ticket buying online using the buttons below:

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Camp Nou

One of Europe’s greatest football stadiums is open with regular hours over Easter 2020.

If possible, schedule your visit for another day.

You’ll guarantee your spot and save €3.50 a ticket booking online using the button below:

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Picasso Museum

The world’s biggest Picasso Museum also runs normal hours over Easter, though keep in mind that on Thursday the 8th it’s a free entrance day so if possible best to schedule the visit then.

Tickets for free days are only available 4 days in advance using the buttons below:

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Poble Espanyol

This spectacular open air architecture museum doesn’t change its hours and is open 365 days a year.

Typically over Easter there are some special events organized and I’ll be updating the 2020 events here as they become available.

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Magic Fountain

The Magic Fountain show goes Easter week on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday from 9:00-10:00 pm.

For Easter 2020 there will be no show on Sunday or Monday.

La Boqueria Market

The Rambla’s famous Boqueria Market is closed on April 10th, 12th, and 13th.

You’ll need to visit on Saturday the 11th.

Easter Shopping Hours

Bad news, shopping lovers!

Most major shopping destinations will be closed on the 10th, 12th, and 13th so if you’re looking to do some shopping you’ll have to do so on the days before or after the holiday.

There is one very convenient exception however: Maremagnum Shopping Centre.

You’ll find it at the bottom of Las Ramblas open as usual.

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Where to Eat during Easter in Barcelona

If you’re looking to stuff yourselves silly over Easter break in Barcelona you should consult my list of the best restaurants in Barcelona.

Most of them allow easy online reservation (if not, drop them a line on Facebook!).

Traditional Dishes

When you’re there know that traditionally Easter in Barcelona is a time of no meat. This means feasting on seafood and you can’t go wrong getting any of the following:

  • Bacalao con garbanzos (cod with chickpeas)
  • Bacalao con sanfaina (cod with a delicious tomato-based vegetable sauce)
  • Croquetas (fried potato croquettes with cheese or fish)
  • Buñuelos de cuaresma (fried dough balls filled with cream or chocolate)

Another thing to keep an eye out for during your Easter break is the ultimate of all Catalan dishescalçots. These massive spring onions are barbecued and served with a tangy red pepper and garlic based sauce called romesco.

Just make sure they bring you a bib: things tend to get messy.

Finally, if you’re traveling to Barcelona with kids during Easter keep in mind that Palm Sunday holds one of the region’s great traditions: giving kids the gift of a ring-shaped cake called tortell de rams.

This very colourful marzipan-stuffed cake decorated with candied fruit is given only after the masses have been attended – a type of traditional, culinary bribe!

Parties and Flamenco

  • For people visiting the Barcelona with kids it’d be wise to check out the “De Flor en Flor” event at the legendary Poble Espanyol from (2020 dates TBA). Here you’ll have some creative recycling activities, floral decorations, gardening, and much more. All accompanied by amazing music.
  • Those looking for a fiesta loca can’t miss the classic Elrow electro festival on (2020 dates TBA) – the outdoor dance fest goes from 11:00 am to 11:00 pm.
  • In the market for a spectacular Flamenco show in a setting straight out of a movie? Check out  Opera y Flamenco at the famous Palau de la Musica Catalana or check the Gran Galà Flamenco.

Get at Me in the Comments Below

Is there anything I missed or a question you’re just dying to ask?

Let me know in the comments below.

And don’t be afraid to join the Easter in Barcelona discussion by first giving me a like on Facebook and then joining my group I’m Off to Barcelona – here you can ask any questions, air out grievances, and chat with thousands of Barcelona travelers.

Anything goes!

47 comments
  • April 10, 2019 at 4:42 pm
    Raquel
    Hi! I was wondering if you knew the date of second Easter this year? Thanks! Raquel
    • April 11, 2019 at 8:50 am
      ashley
      Team Member
      Ash
      Hello Raquel, Apparently it falls on June 10th: https://www.elperiodico.com/es/economia/20180913/calendario-laboral-festivos-barcelona-2019-7032364 :)
  • April 10, 2019 at 12:05 pm
    Deborah
    I’m traveling to Barcelona on a budget over Easter and am wondering... what is your recommendation for cheap places to eat when everything is closed? Are there supermarkets open?
  • April 9, 2019 at 4:29 am
    Arlene
    Hello Ash, Thank you for this guide. I just have one question, is "EL PASO DE LA BORRIQUITA" on Easter Sunday, April 21st or on Good Friday, April 19th as I read that most processions are on Friday. - Arlene
    • April 9, 2019 at 9:50 am
      ashley
      Team Member
      Ash
      Hi Arlene, La Borriquita always goes on Palm Sunday so the 21st of April would be the date :) Ash
  • April 3, 2019 at 3:52 am
    Cathie Doyle
    Hi! I will be visiting Barcelona with my 16 year old daughter arriving early on 4/18 and leaving for a cruise on 4/20. Given it is Easter weekend, I was hoping you could suggest best options for us to do on the 18th and 19th? Also, have you ever been on. Hot air balloon ride in Barcelona? Thanks so much.
    • April 3, 2019 at 9:13 am
      ashley
      Team Member
      Ash
      Hi Cathie, I've got a full list of the Easter events to see in my dedicated article here: https://www.barcelonahacks.com/easter-in-barcelona/ If you're still in need of something a little more custom please let me know :) I have no been on the hot air balloon ride so can't really comment but maybe you should check out the reviews on Tripadvisor for example. Ash
  • March 14, 2019 at 12:21 pm
    J Smith
    Thanks for the guide! Do you know if bars/restaurants in the Gracia neighbourhood will be open on Easter Sunday? We wanted to wander around after Park Guell but maybe we should save it for another day if everywhere will be closed.
    • March 15, 2019 at 7:54 am
      ashley
      Team Member
      Ash
      Hi J, There are many restaurants open on Easter Sunday throughout the city but it's basically on a restaurant by restaurant basis... unfortunately I always leave the city for a holiday during this week so haven't been to any myself. What you can do is make a list of 5-6 and then contact them directly via their social media page... anybody who's anybody should give you a quick response. I'll keep an eye out and see if I come across any open in Gracia. Ash
  • March 27, 2018 at 8:14 pm
    Krista
    Does the aero bus back to the airport run on Easter Monday?
    • March 27, 2018 at 8:45 pm
      ashley
      Team Member
      Ash
      Hi Krista, The Aerobus runs a normal schedule on Easter Monday, so no worries :) Ash
  • March 23, 2018 at 1:29 am
    Leah
    Ash, I just found your wonderful info-filled website. I'm meeting my 24 year old son in Barcelona from 3/27-3/31. I'm putting together my schedule and might bother you to review it but in the meanwhile I noticed a typo in this edition on Easter 2018. Since it is the specific info I'm looking for this minute I'm hoping you will correct it. The Rambla’s famous Boqueria Market is closed on March 30th as well as April 1st and 2nd. You’ll need to visit on Saturday March 30th. What I'm looking for is the Boqueria Market's holiday schedule. I'm thinking you meant March 31 it's closed because your latter sentence confuses me. Thankyou Leah
    • March 23, 2018 at 12:45 pm
      ashley
      Team Member
      Ash
      Hi Leah, Thank you for pointing this out! This really makes for a confusing read doesn't it? What I meant to write was that it's open on Saturday March 31st. I have changed the article accordingly. Thank you so much for the spot! Anything else you need I am here :) Ash
  • March 23, 2018 at 1:12 am
    Payal perera
    Hi! Thank you for all the information! We are here from March 22-27. We are here currently with our children and they were wondering if there are any Easter egg hunts here during the Easter week? The parade sounds like fun too. Any other suggestions?
    • March 23, 2018 at 12:40 pm
      ashley
      Team Member
      Ash
      Hi Payal, Thanks for writing in and I'm glad I can help :) I've done a bunch of searching and didn't find anything as far as events. So I starting reading a bit and it appears the tradition of an Easter egg hunt has never been a part of Spanish culture (predominantly catholic) and was a byproduct of both Protestant reformers and English and American candy companies... so in Spain it's a no go... you learn something new every day I guess :) That said, if you haven't already I think you'll find plenty to do in my article on the best things to do in Barcelona with kids. Ash
  • March 19, 2018 at 1:46 am
    Alison
    Hello! I this article has such helpful information! Thank you so much for putting it together. I am traveling with children and we will be in the city for Palm Sunday(22nd-27th) do you have any reccomendations for going with kids?
    • March 19, 2018 at 12:15 pm
      ashley
      Team Member
      Ash
      Hi Alison, Glad I could be of help and thank you for the nice words :) Well, not having kids myself it's a bit of a hard one... on the off chance you haven't read my article on visiting Barcelona with kids I'll point you to the article here: https://www.barcelonahacks.com/barcelona-with-kids/ Were you referring to the Palm Sunday festivities themselves or just the 5 days in general? Other than the obvious zoo + aquarium stuff you should strongly consider the Bus Turistic tour... especially for kids 6 and above it's a great option because they love double decker buses and the opportunity to ride up top is a great experience. They also love the free wifi and should any boredom come over them you could pacify them with a tablet (though probably not necessary!)... just make sure you bring your own earphones as the ones provided are often too big. https://www.barcelonahacks.com/hop-on-hop-off-barcelona/ Riding bicycles along the seafront is also another great idea: https://www.barcelonahacks.com/barcelona-bike-rental/ The CosmoCaixa is also a cool science museum where kids can get their hands dirty and learn at the same time. Again, these are the basics but if you're looking for something really custom let me know their interests and I'll try dig up something else. Ash
  • March 13, 2018 at 11:19 pm
    Iris
    Hi Ash, what a wonderful article! I'm planning a holiday for my boyfriend and I around those dates (March 27 - Apr. 4) So I'll keep an eye out for updates! Its also my bday on the 31st and a flamenco show (plus night club) sounds just perfect! Are there any other events/ things to do you'd suggest for a couple? We are both young and looking for low key local experiences that won't break the bank! Love the website, by the way :) Best, Iris
    • March 14, 2018 at 12:24 pm
      ashley
      Team Member
      Ash
      Hello Iris, Thanks for the compliments on the blog, it means a lot :) And happy birthday in advance, btw. I don't think you could have picked a better city to celebrate. Let's see, if you haven't already I suggest you check out my article for couples in Barcelona: https://www.barcelonahacks.com/romantic-barcelona/ Especially the Bunkers del Carmel and the tapas idea in Gracia are great, free, or relatively inexpensive. Both can really fill up an afternoon and are pretty low key especially if done on the weekday part of your trip. Keep in mind you'll be in the city during the first Sunday of the month which also means a ton of free museums to explore. I would personally recommend the Picasso Museum (only bookable for free 4 days in advance) or the CCCB. I've got a full list of the free museums at the bottom of this article: https://www.barcelonahacks.com/barcelona-museums/ Don't forget that being in Barcelona for a week is quite a bit so you may want to break it up with a little day trip to some place a little more calm, a place to take a stroll along the beach without so much tourist chaos. A great option is Sitges: https://www.barcelonahacks.com/sitges/ OK, that should give you some more ideas! If you need any more advice I am certainly here :) Ash
      • March 14, 2018 at 1:51 pm
        Iris
        Hi Ash, Thank you for all the tips :) the day trip idea is great!! and will definitely add it to our plans since we have quite a few days... Iris
        • March 14, 2018 at 1:57 pm
          ashley
          Team Member
          Ash
          Great! No problem, enjoy your holiday :)
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