Barcelona Carnival ('Carnestoltes')

TBC Feb 2018 - Mar 2018
Various venues, Barcelona

The fascists banned it in Catalonia, which just made the people of Barcelona party harder to make up for the lost years of Carnestoltes carnival...

  • When? TBC February - March 2018
  • Where? Barcelona
  • Price: varies between events.

Every February from the Thursday before Lent right up to Mardi Gras, Barcelona is flooded with revelers, floats and parades. The city is ripe with fiestas during Carnival and there are numerous parties, parades and concerts across the metropolis.

A good part of the relish with which Barcelona embraces the carnival comes from the fact that such celebrations were banned in Catalonia until Franco's dictatorship ended in 1975. It seems that each years the locals feel duty bound to make up for lost time.

It comes at a great time as there aren't so many tourists in the city during February so put on your best costume and enjoy the party. Events and parades take place in neighbourhoods throughout the city, but the biggest parties centre around the Gothic Quarter.

If you want an extra helping of outrageousness and excess, take the train over to the beach area of Sitges, about 15km out of town. This famously gay and lesbian stronghold goes the extra mile when it comes to partying and some of the some of the costumes are beyond sensible comment.

  • Get there: Fly into Barcelona–El Prat Airport then take the aerobus to the city centre.
  • Stay: Find a hotel in Barri Gòtic to be close to the biggest parties.

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