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Barcelona In March: A Refreshing Springtime Visit

by Christian Petzold - updated 2020-10-03

The month of March heralds the coming of spring. And like the blooming flowers on the field, welcoming springtime should be very refreshing. 

Thus, a trip to Barcelona in March is one that you should take. Barcelona has many festivals, events, and attractions in March that will rejuvenate you. Read further as we talk about the energizing events, festivals, and attractions during your March stay in Barcelona.

March & Barcelona: A Time For Relaxation and Renewal

Visiting Barcelona in March will surely be a relaxing trip for you since March is not yet the peak season. Since March is not peak season or tourist season, you’ll enjoy lower rates for hotels, food, souvenirs, and other goodies. You’ll see fewer tourists, and that would mean that you’ll be able to enjoy the city of Barcelona fully.

La Rambla Pedestrian Street In Barcelona
Take an enjoyable walk along the streets of Barcelona

The Barcelona festivals and events for March will renew and energize your spirit. The list includes Saint Patrick’s Festival, The Barcelona Marathon, Festival of St. Josep Oriol, and many more. So get ready to be imbibed with energy during your visit to Barcelona in March.

You’ll also be able to reflect while walking along the streets of Barcelona. Barcelona’s scenic landscapes will help you meditate and look back on the experiences that have happened in your life. Bring your camera as well because you’ll be able to take great photographs in Barcelona city.

For the beachgoers, the March weather is where the temperatures are ok for swimming. So make sure to bring your swimsuits and other beach accessories. 

Barcelona In March: Energizing Festivals To Join In

Sant Medir Festival: The Saint Farmer of Sant Cugat

Marching Band Procession During Sant Medir Festival
Come and celebrate with the people of Barcelona

The Festival for Sant Medir is held every year on the 3rd of March. The annual festival is also known as the “sweet festival” due to the large number of candies given away during the festival. The festival is done to honor Saint Medir.

From the stories, Medir is a farmer that lived in Sant Cugat during the 4th century. While working on his fields, Medir came across the persecuted bishop named Sever. The bishop told Medir that if any Roman came by looking for Bishop Sever, he should say to them the truth.

Following the instructions of the bishop, Medir told the Roman soldiers that he saw the Bishop. But when Medir told the Romans the truth, the crops on his field grew. Due to this, Medir was captured and was killed with the bishop. A chapel was built to honor Medir in Sant Cugat.

But the tradition probably came from the story of an ill baker who got cured after praying and promising that he would make an annual pilgrimage to the chapel of Sant Medir. The baker was then miraculously healed from his sickness and, as promised, made his annual pilgrimage. During his pilgrimage, the baker would play music and give sweets to people he meets along the streets.

People Giving Out Caramels During Sant Medir festival
Ready your bags because it will rain caramels on Sant Medir Festival

During the celebration, there will be music, colorful parades, and giving away candies to the people on the streets. You’ll be able to see dazzling floats from different clubs and a long procession of horses and carriages adorned with vibrant accessories.

International Beer Festival: An Indulgence for Beer Lovers 

The Barcelona Beer Festival is one of the most awaited festivals taking place in Barcelona. It is held annually in March and started in 2011 by beer lovers Rubén Río and Joan Fiol. Then the duo was later joined by other members. Although the March 2020 beer festival was canceled, there is already a beer festival plan for 2021.

People Lining Up For Beer During Barcelona Beer Festival
Try out more than 300 types of beer during the Barcelona Beer Festival

For the beer lovers out there, this is your chance to try different types of beer from different breweries. During the last Barcelona Beer Festival, the event had more than 300 different beer drinks from different breweries. You can also check the gastronomic stands if you want something to go along with your beer.

Of course, your beer-drinking sessions will not be complete with music. That is why the Barcelona Beer Festival has bands and artists lined up to perform live. For those who want to know more about beer making, there are workshops, seminars, and talks about the process involved. 

The festival has many events, like the Barcelona Beer Challenge. The Barcelona Beer Challenge is a contest where the breweries compete in four different areas: the beer style, the best rookie, the best innovations, and the best brewery.

The Barcelona Beer Festival is a paid festival, so make sure that you’ve bought your ticket before attending. 

Saint Patricks Festivals: A Mix of Ireland and Christianity

People Dressed In Green During St Patricks Day
Wear green clothes and clovers to get lucky on St. Patrick’s Day

St. Patrick’s Festival is celebrated every March 17th. Aside from celebrating St. Patrick, the festival also memorializes the beginning of Christianity in Ireland. 

According to the stories, St Patrick, who was sixteen at that time, was kidnapped by Irish men. During his captivity, Patrick worked as a shepherd in Ireland for 6 six years. While working, the story told that Patrick received a divine message from God. The divine message told him that a boat was waiting for him on the coast that would take him back to his family.

Upon his return, he dedicated himself to God and became a priest. After a while, St. Patrick returned to Ireland to spread Christianity. After his death, St. Patrick was anointed as a saint. The date of his death, March 17, became St. Patrick’s Day.

Irish Bagpipe Band Playing On The Streets
You’ll certainly have fun watching the bagpipers play

On the day of the celebration, there will be musical shows, drinking events, and rugby showdowns taking place—people dressed in green gather in Irish pubs to drink and celebrate. There will also be Irish performers that will dance and play the bagpipe.So, make sure to wear green to blend with the crowd and to get lucky as well.

Festival of St. Josep Oriol: Remembering The Ascetic Healer

The festival of St. Josep Oriol is celebrated on March 23 to 25. It commemorates Sant Oriol’s devotion and acts of devotion.

A Statue Of St Joseph Oriol In Barcelona
Be inspired by the life of St. Joseph Oriol

St. Oriol was a devoted priest that wanted to live a life of martyrdom. So he committed himself to help the poor and healing the sick. In the stories, St. Oriol did a number of miracles to heal every sickness, including people who are blind, deaf, mute, and paralytic. His ascetic way of life earned him the title “Mr. Bread and Water.”

The three-day festivities will be re-enactments of the miraculous stories of the saint. Expect parades made up of Catalan giants, dragons, and human castles (Castellers). Make sure not to miss the biggest parade that will be on March 25, the last day of the festival. It will start at 12 noon at Santa Maria del Pi Church.

Barcelona In March: Exciting Events To Participate In

Rally Barcelona Sitges: The Vintage Car Showcase

Alcyon Type C Vintage Car During Rally Barcelona Sitges
Travel back in time as vintage cars roll along the roads of Barcelona

The first Rally Barcelona Sitges took place in 1959. The purpose of the showcase was to promote tourism in Barcelona during the non-peak seasons.

During the rally, you’ll see different types of vintage cars by famous carmakers like Rolls-Royce, Buick, Renault, Le Zebre, and Ford. The showcased vintage cars and vehicles are those that were produced before 1928. And these vintage cars will roll along eight different scenic routes in Barcelona. 

This event is a fancy treat for the lovers of cars and engines. You can also try your luck in volunteering for the event. They accept volunteers that would want to work to make the event successful. 

The Barcelona Marathon: A Run Around The City

Runners Competing In The Barcelona Marathon
Run with more than 10,000 athletes in the Barcelona Marathon

Previously known as the Catalunya Marathon, The Barcelona Marathon is organized by four reputable organizations in Barcelona. The marathon is also one of the recognized races by World Athletics (The international governing body for athletics). The racers will follow a route that spans up to 42 kilometers that go around the city of Barcelona. 

The marathon accepts participants from all nations. To take part in the race, you need to be 18 years old and register to reserve a spot. If you’re planning to take your kids along on your trip, the event also has a race for children. There are also other mini-events during the marathon, as the pasta race and exhibitions. 

Due to the global crisis, the March 2020 Barcelona Marathon was moved this October. If conditions are right, then the marathon will continue as planned.

Barcelona In March: Attractions For Self-Reflection

La Sagrada Familia: Gaudi’s Masterpiece

La Sagrada Familia The Cathedral Designed By Gaudi
Experience for yourself the grandeur of La Sagrada Familia

La Sagrada Familia is a masterpiece church by architect Antoni Gaudi and the most famous attraction of Barcelona. The cathedral is impressive both on the outside and the inside. The cathedral’s grandeur will surely amaze any tourist.

The exterior is made up of 3 facades with towering bell towers that symbolize the life of Christ. Once you step inside the cathedral, the cathedral’s interior design will overwhelm you. The design mimics nature as praise to the Creator. And when the sunlight strikes the colored mosaics, the cathedral will entertain you with a breathtaking light show.

The Interior Of La Sagrada Familia
Entering La Sagrada Familia will leave you speechless

Park Güell: Gaudi’s Mosaic Park

Park Guell In Barcelona
Ready your cameras and best poses for the Instagrammable Park Güell

Designed by Gaudi, Park Güell is one of the famous attractions of Barcelona. Due to its cultural significance, UNESCO named it a World Heritage Site in 1984.

You can find the mosaic park in the northern part of Carmel hill. Once you enter the park, El Drac Salamander (the mosaic dragon fountain) will welcome you with its striking colors.

Casa Vicens: First Work of Gaudi

Casa Vicens One Of The First Work Of Gaudi
Discover how Gaudi integrated nature into his first big project, Casa Vicens

Casa Vicens was the first big project of Gaudi. This project was initially built as a residential house of Manuel Vicens. Due to its architectural and cultural value, UNESCO declared it a World Heritage Site in 2005.

Like all the works of Gaudi, Casa Vicens take great inspiration from nature. The interiors are intricately designed with flowers, leaves, and plants. As you move from room to room, you’ll feel a natural design flow.

Casa Batlló: The House of Bones

Casa Battlo In Barcelona
Take a guess as to why Casa Batlló is named the “house of bones”

Located at Passeig de Gracia, Casa Batlló is one of Antoni Gaudi’s works. Take a gander at its facade to know why it’s called the “house of bones.” Take a peek at why its interior design was praised for being an innovation during its time.

Barri Gotic: The Old City Center

Barri Gotic Of Barcelona
Re-live the moments of the past as you walk the isles of Barri Gotic

Barri Gothic, or the Gothic Quarter, is the old city center of Barcelona. While sightseeing along the old quarters, you will discover old Roman structures and buildings. Some of the most famous landmarks are Carrer del Bisbe and Sant Felip Neri’s Square. 

Parc de la Ciutadella: A Citadel Turned Public Park

Cascada Fountain In Parc De La Ciutadella
Spend a relaxing time at Parc de la Ciutadella

From its name, Parc de la Ciutadella was once a citadel that controlled Catalonia. After the citadel’s destruction, a large space became available and was turned into a public park.

Today, Parc de la Ciutadella is a favorite place to visit by locals and tourists alike. The park has many attractions like the Cascada Fountain, Geological Museum, Castell dels Tres Dragons, and Zoological Museum. The park also holds concerts and shows in the park.

Barceloneta Beach: The Beach By The City

Barceloneta Beach During Spring
Catch the sun on the Barceloneta Beach

Barceloneta Beach is the most famous beach in Barcelona for plenty of reasons. The beach is easy to access from the city. It will only take you fifteen to twenty minutes to walk from the city center to the beach.

The beach is very clean. It undergoes a regular checkup through water sampling and daily cleanup of the beach. There are also lifeguards present to keep you safe. For foodies, the neighborhood around Barceloneta beach sells tapas and other local cuisines that you can check out.

Frequently Asked Questions

Not visiting Barcelona in March? Take a look at our guides for January and February.

Closing

With its off-season timing, good weather, and an incredible line-up of events, March is a great time to visit Barcelona. 

So book with us now to get the best prices for your Barcelona trip.

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