By Megan Millisky
In February, Barcelona offers lots to do without the usual crowds! For travellers seeking out music and culture, Beethoven's music will be celebrated with several festivals throughout the month. For families who are travelling, there is a children's carnival. And of course, there are so many historic locations to explore! Here's your guide to the best of Barcelona this February.
1. Beethoven Festival
February 21-23, celebrate Ludwig van Beethoven’s contributions to music! Over one weekend, you can listen to performances of five of Beethoven’s most popular compositions. Barcelona Symphony and National Orchestra of Catalonia will perform the shows.
2. Barcelona Escape Experience
February 1-2, join a 2 day escape game! There will be two escape games, with drinks before and after, and a fun after-party at Barcelona Nightclub. The escape games take players through Barcelona using geolocation - it’s a truly unique way to get to know the city!
3. Sitges Carnival
Head to Sitges, located next to Barcelona, for Spain’s most popular gay festival! February 18-26, let your hair down and dance through the streets. Each year there are over 50 floats and thousands of participants who gather for this non-stop party.
Address: Sitges 08870 Barcelona Spain
4. Santa Eulalia Festival
If you’re traveling with kids, this free festival is a must! On February 12, Barcelona celebrates Santa Eulalia Day. It begins with the traditional raising of Barcelona’s flag, followed by a day of amazing festivities! Watch a concert or a parade, check out a puppet show or even see a human-tower building!
Address: Ciutat Vella Barcelona Spain
5. Barcelona Half Marathon
Take on a half-marathon challenge during your visit to Spain! On February 16, Barcelona’s second-biggest running event begins at the Arc de Triomf. The race winds through Parc de la Ciutadella, then through Fòrum, then back to Arc de Triomf for the race’s finish.
Address: Arc de Triomf 08018 Barcelona Spain
6. Basilica of the Sagrada Familia
Visit the Basilica of Sagrada Familia through February. The basilica is one of Barcelona’s finest churches, with thousands of visitors each year. Basilica of the Sagrada Familia is great to visit during the February off-season, when there are less tourists.
7. Festival Milleni
This popular music festival brings international musicians to Barcelona on select dates in February. Since 1999, the festival has been drawing unique musical acts to various venues around Barcelona.
8. Barcelona Carnival
February 28-March 6, stop by Barcelona’s carnival! There is so much to see - parades, dancers, live music, and street food. The festival encourages eating lots of meat, since the festival happens the week before Lent. There are often hilarious hotdog eating contests!
Address: Barcelona Spain
9. Beethoven Palau de la Musica
On February 10, immerse yourself in Beethoven’s music! Beginning at 8 PM, watch this stellar performance by the Revolutionary and Romantic Orchestra. Head to the Palace of Catalan Music for the show.