Do you want to seize the spring break and the good weather of Barcelona’s Easter? Here you will find all the information you need, whether you are looking for an escape of your routine, or if you really want to bring out your spiritual and religious side.
Below you will find which days are holidays in Barcelona this 2021’s Easter, the agenda of religious and cultural events, and some other interesting ideas to simply enjoy this long weekend in the city.
Calendar - 2021 Easter holidays in Barcelona
Public holidays in Catalonia are not the same as in the rest of the autonomous communities of Spain. Holy Thursday is not a holiday in Barcelona, while Easter Monday is.
- March 28th, Palm Sunday. Start of cultural and religious events.
- April 2nd, Good Friday. During this day we recommend you take precautions, as many stores will be closed due to being a holiday.
- April 3rd, Holy Saturday This day is not a holiday so more locals and markets open their doors.
- April 4th, Easter Sunday or Resurrection Sunday
Next Events this Easter in Barcelona
March 28, Palm Sunday
This day will start the first parade of the Easter festivities in Barcelona, the Borriquita procession, in the Ciutat Vella district, to commemorate the arrival of Jesus to Jerusalem.
Here you will find a parade of floats, costumes and people selling white palm leaves and olive branches to hang on the doors. These are the local traditional ways to protect us from evil spirits and witches.
April 2, Good Friday
From 4:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. you’ll see the traditional departure of Christ from the Cathedral of Barcelona and the Sermon of the 7 words in front of the temple, then the Stations of the Cross begin.
In addition to the Cathedral, several parishes in Barcelona organize their own Stations of the Cross.
April 4, Easter Sunday or Resurrection Sunday
This Easter 2021 in Barcelona, religious masses and processions are celebrated throughout the day. We encourage you to go to the Cathedral of Barcelona, which is the place where most of the activities take place.
It is a tradition in Spain that on this day the godparents give their godchildren some typical sweets called Monas de Pascua.
05 April, Easter Monday
Traditionally on Easter Monday, the families get together and go out to the fields to eat the monas, paella, lamb chops and wine.
More things to see and do in Barcelona at Easter
For some, Easter in Spain has less to do with religion and more to do with rest and entertainment. Because this is the time of year when the city has the best climate, is less crowded and looks even more beautiful.
If you do not know Barcelona and what you want is to do tourism, we have summarized a small guide for you with What to see and what to do in Barcelona in 2 days where you will find more than a dozen essential places that you must visit.
On the other hand, if you live in Barcelona and are looking for something different in the city without having to go far, we recommend our Skybar, the terrace with the best view in the whole city.
And finally, if you are looking for an option to disconnect without leaving the city, you can visit Único Spa to regain balance and well-being.
Whether you want to enjoy the local festivals, go sightseeing or relax, at the Grand Hotel Central an exceptional service and the best hotel accommodation for Easter in Barcelona. Book your room here.