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Things to Do in Barcelona in April

Updated: January 5, 2024

In this post, we’ll cover some of the best things to do in Barcelona in April, including a variety of family-friendly, nighttime, as well as free activities, updated for 2024.

For even more great ideas, make sure to read some of the following posts:

In preparation for packing, you might want to read our post about the weather in Barcelona in April.


TOP 10 EVENTS AND THINGS TO DO IN APRIL

This top 10 list has concerts, football games, tours, and other fun things to do this month in Barcelona.

If you’re looking for even more fun things to do, make sure to check out our other popular Barcelona posts:


1. Go to a Concert

There will be several notable musicians performing in Barcelona throughout April, making this an excellent time to attend a concert.

Here are a few of the best concerts taking place this month:

Concerts

Music Festivals

  • Telecogresa | April 6 | for 45+ years this annual music festival has taken place at Universitari de Catalunya.
  • Brunch Electronik | February-June | an outdoor music festival that attracts folks of all ages.

2. Attend a Sporting Event

When it comes to sports, the people of Barcelona can’t get enough football, and there will be a few different opportunities to see their team performing this month.

Football

Tennis

Check out even more sporting events in Barcelona in April.


3. Enjoy a Flamenco Show

While visiting one of the biggest cities in Spain, you should also experience one of the most popular traditional Spanish dances – the Flamenco!

No matter when you visit Barcelona, there are almost always at least a few venues where professional Flamenco dancers perform every night of the week.

Whether you're looking for a good date night idea for Valentine's Day or you just want a fun activity to keep warm or avoid any potential rainy days in February, this is a great activity full of local flavor.

Here are a few of the best options available this month:


4. Take a Walking Tour

With spring arriving, this is an excellent time to take a free walking tour and learn more about the city of Barcelona from an experienced tour guide.

Barcelona city tours typically include the Old Town, historic port, Gothic District, and the Barcelona Cathedral - not to be confused with Sagrada Familia - among other landmarks.

For more details, please read our post covering Barcelona walking tours.

There are also a variety of different paid walks covering topics including the civil war, Barcelona nightlife, Gaudi, the supernatural, and more.


5. Save Money With a Tourist Pass

If you’re planning to visit multiple popular attractions while in Barcelona, you could save 50% or more off admission prices by using a tourist attraction pass.

There are three different types of passes to choose from, each one serving a different purpose.

While the all-inclusive pass is excellent for anyone planning at least 4-5 activities per day, a preset package might be better for visitors with limited time.

There is also a flex pass you can use which lets you pick just the attractions you want, and this service is best for expensive activities.

Here are a few of the more notable attractions included with Amsterdam tourist passes:

  • Hop on Hop off Bus Tour
  • Barcelona Bike Tour
  • Las Golondrinas Cruise
  • L’Aquarium Barcelona
  • Camp Nou Tour
  • Sagrada Familia
  • Port Aventura
  • Picasso Museum
  • Dali Museum
  • Barcelona Zoo
  • And more!

For additional information about these services, please read our post covering Barcelona tourist passes.


6. Learn How to Make Paella

If you’ve ever wanted to learn how to authentic Spanish cuisine, now you can!

After seeing La Boqueria with the chef to learn about and purchase the ingredients, you’ll get expert instruction on this traditional seafood dish.

This paella cooking experience will lead you through the steps.

You’ll start by mixing your own Sangria and having a taste of some tapas before the chef starts the interactive cooking workshop.

This cooking class includes all the food required, as well as your choice of drinks.

After the meal and drink, you’ll get all the recipes emailed to you to recreate!

Of course, if you’re more excited about eating than cooking, you can take a great tapas tour or sample all sorts of Spanish cuisine on a Secret Food Tour of the city


7. Celebrate Sant Jordi

Sand Jordi's Day celebrates the legend of Saint George and the dragon.

While it isn't a public holiday, it is celebrated as the region's version of Valentine's Day.

You'll find flowers, red decorations, and the red and gold Catalan flag everywhere throughout the city on April 23rd.

If you go to the pedestrian street of Las Ramblas, you'll find it transformed into one large flower and book market.

Visitors with a sweet tooth should taste Sant Jordi bread from local bakeries, which is made with red sobrassada sausage.


8. Visit a Historic Landmark

With the tourism season about to kick into full swing, April will be one of the last chances to visit popular historic sites and landmarks without fighting through a lot of crowds. 

Here are a few locations you may want to consider during the spring:

Each of these sites is included with at least one tourist pass, so if you plan to visit more than one, you can most likely save some money by using these services.


9. Visit the April Fair

The 10-day-long Feria de Abril takes place each spring in celebration of Andalusian traditions.

The fair started in Seville in the mid-1800s, and with migration, a second fair was started in Barcelona in the 1970s.

There's a fairground and also an area with over 100 Casetas (booths or stages) where people can take part in the celebration with music, dancing, and food.

The fair tends to take place around 15 days after Easter, which would put the start day around mid-month, in the Park del Forum area of Barcelona.


10. Enjoy Other Events

There are plenty of other activities and events taking place in Barcelona in April.

Below are just a few of them.


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About The Author

Stephen Pickhardt

Stephen is the CEO of Free Tours by Foot and has overseen the transformation of a local walking tour company into a global tour community and traveler’s advice platform. He has personally led thousands of group tours in the US and Europe, and is an expert in trip planning and sightseeing, with a focus on budget travelers. Stephen has been published and featured in dozens of publications including The Wall Street Journal, BBC, Yahoo, Washington.org, and more.
Updated: January 5th, 2024
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