Easter Time in Barcelona, Grand Hotel Central Recommends

Here you have the 10 must do things to experience Easter time as a local in Barcelona:

1. Gastronomy.

At the beginning of the lent the “Coca de Llardons”, when in there the “bunyols” and, at its end at Easter time, the “monas de Pasqua”. This is really the queen of these dates. Try them at Canal, Bubo, Oriol Balaguer y La Colmena. www.canal.es, www.bubo.es, www.oriolbalaguer.com y La Colmena, Plaça de l´Àngel, 12.

2. Processions.

Barcelona is not Seville but it also has its own traditional religious processions. The most well know is in the evening of the Holy Friday (the 29th of March), organize by the Hermandad Esperanza Macarena. It starts at the San Agustin church to the Cathedral and pasing by Las Ramblas.  http://barnacofrade.com

3. Dance.

The Spanish dancer Sara Baras pays tribute to the commemoration of 200 years since the 1812 Spanish Constitution, which was passed in Cádiz, her place of birth. The flamenco drama performance “La Pepa” transmits all the intensity of this period: war, the beauty of Andalucia, the political significance of the creation of the constitution, the desire to live and freedom. At Tivoli theatre from the 6th to the 31th March. www.festival-millenni.com

4. Music.

On March 25th, Easter Monday and March 28th, Holy Thursday, at the Palau de la Música, a classic of this time of the year, Mozart’s Requiem, will be performed on the first day by Orquestra de Cambra de l´Empordà and the Polofònica de Pug Reig and the second by the National Symphonic Orchestra of Ukraine with the choir of the National Philharmonic Orchestra of Belarus. www.palaumusica.org

5. Shopping.

Start the spring with a change in your look to say hello to the new season. For little indie boutiques go to the Barrio Xino, for trendy fashion enjoy El Borne and for high street fashion to luxury brands go to Paseo de Gracia. Santa Eulalia is a must go visit. www.santaeulalia.com

6. Beach.

Easter means also the arrival of the first sea swimming. Go to vibrant Barceloneta to enjoy the sun, walking with the sea breeze, post your photos at Instagram or simply enjoy a paella overlooking the Mediterranean (try the ones of El Xiringuito d´Escriba). www.escriba.es

7. Parks.

This is the best moment of the year to visit the parks of the city. From the Citadella to the Park Güell and even the ones in the Montjuic Mountain. Enjoy the explosion of flowers and colours.

8. Nightlife.

The clubs and bars are open to the sea with the arrival of the good weather. Have the first “al fresco” drinks of the season in the terraces located on the maritime promenade, the marina and the Port Vell. One of our favourites is Sotavento. http://sotaventobcn.com

9. Sports.

The 2013 Ruta de la Sal will take place from 28th to 31st March during Easter Week. This regatta attracts some 3,000 yachtsmen and women and a varied fleet of more than 300 boats that cross the Mediterranean to commemorate the original crossing that took place in the 19th century when sailors used to set off in search of white gold: the salt. www.larutadelasal.com

10. Nature.

Enjoy the city from the sea, a perfect plan to enjoy with friends and family which runs daily. From the Olympic Port you can enjoy sailing in ships of 12 meters and in the company of a professional patron (ask at reception). www.barcelonaturisme.com

Much more at: http://insiderbarcelona.com

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