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What to Do in Barcelona in February

Updated: May 3, 2024

This post covers the top 10 things to do in Barcelona in February.

We include evening, free, as well as family-friendly activities.


TOP 10 EVENTS AND THINGS TO DO IN BARCELONA IN FEBRUARY

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. Experience LlumBCN

This 3-day light art festival celebrated in the Poblenou neighborhood of the Sant Marti district, is one of Barcelona's most popular annual events.

Hundreds of thousands of people gather in the streets to see the light creations on display.

In 2024, the festival runs from February 2nd-4th.

Visit the Llum BCN website for a map of installations and for information on other activities.


2. Go to a Sporting Event

European Football (soccer) is quite popular in Spain, and the Barcelona team is aptly named FC Barcelona.

Taking a tour of Camp Nou, FC Barcelona's football stadium, would be a fun thing to do for any football fan.

Another football team you might try to get tickets for is RCD Espanyol.

If your interest is in basketball, there's FC Barcelona Basquet, a team that's seen player Pau Gasol go on to become a six-time NBA All-Star.

For more fun ideas, check out our family-friendly post


3. Barcelona Wine Week

If you’re interested in wine tasting and getting to know regional wines, head to Barcelona Wine Week from February 5th - 7th.

Barcelona Wine Week will host local and regional wineries for tastings and talks.

You'll also be able to find food pairings, vineyard and winery exhibitions, and cocktail art.

For more information, visit the Barcelona Wine Week website.


4. Take a Sightseeing Tour

The weather will be a bit chilly in February, so taking a bus tour of Barcelona is one of the best ways to see the city. 

City Sightseeing Barcelona is one of the bigger bus tour companies to operate in the city. It is a great way to hear commentary about Barcelona from the shelter of a bus.

Looking for impressive views? Take a cable car ride up Montjuic to enjoy nature and this popular lookout point. 

On a sunny day, you could also take a hike to Bunker del Carmel. These former anti-aircraft bunkers from the Spanish Civil War now offer a high vantage point.

Of course, we recommend pay-what-you-like walking tours through the city centre to really help you get to know Barcelona.


5. Celebrate Festa Santa Eulàlia

The winter festival known as Santa Eulàlia, or La Laia, is named after the co-patron Saint of Barcelona who was martyred at age 13.

All sorts of family-friendly activities take place across the city including parades, human towers, fireworks, music, and dancing.

There will also be activities just for children, including puppets, story-telling, and concerts that include children. Also, keep an eye out for giants, demons, and dragons.

Don't forget to try L’aspa de Santa Eulalia, a dessert made of sweetened bread and cherries.

The festival runs from February 10th-12th. Note that several museums offer free entry on February 12th .


4. Take a Paella Cooking Class

Paella was traditionally the food of farmers, made with rice and whatever else could be pulled together.

Over time, the paella recipe has developed, becoming one of the most popular dishes in the country (and the world, actually).

If you'd like to learn how to cook a traditional seafood version, classes can be found in Barcelona.

In fact, you will go along to buy ingredients at La Boqueria with the chef, tasting tapas along the way, before your paella-making workshop. It's truly a tasty activity!

Of course, you can always find Paella and other delicious foods in restaurants throughout Barcelona.


7. Experience Traditional Flamenco Dancing

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:


8. See the Major Attractions

Even in the slow season, lines tend to get very long to enter La Sagrada Familia at peak times, so we recommend a skip-the-line tour.

The Picasso Museum is one of the most popular museums in Barcelona. Going in February, however, will mean you’ll have more space to enjoy the exhibits!

If you’re planning to visit multiple museums, the Barcelona Card is a great option.


9. Barcelona Carnival

The Barcelona Carnival takes place before Ash Wednesday and Lent begins.

Traditionally, locals dress in disguises and attend colorful parades and other public events. 

This year, the carnival runs from February 8th–14th. You'll be able to find various festivities, especially in the Gothic Quarter. 

To find more free events in Barcelona, check out our full post


10. Tourist Attraction Concession Pass

Explore as much of Barcelona as possible for less when you purchase a concession pass.

These passes bundle admission tickets to give you savings of up to 50% on regular retail pricing.

Attractions on Various Passes Include:

  • Hop-On-Hop-Off Bus Tours
  • L’Aquarium Barcelona
  • Picasso Museum
  • Park Guell’s Monumental Zone
  • Montserrat Morning Tour

See our Barcelona Tourist Pass comparison here.


Honorable Mention: Barcelona Half-Marathon

Also known as the Mitja Marato de Barcelona, this half-marathon will be held on February 11th, 2024.

The run starts at the Arc de Triomf and ends next to the beach in the Arc de Triomf park. The route is accessible and open to wheelchair users.

It costs nothing to cheer on the participants and enjoy the race-day atmosphere. Of course, if you're a race enthusiast, you can enter yourself!


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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: May 3rd, 2024
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