Spring, the good weather and festival time begins again in Barcelona. Why not head over to the Sagrada Familia neighbourhood, in the Eixample district to enjoy one of the first fiestas de barrio of the year!
The Sagrada Familia’s Annual Festival is held this year from April 13th to April 22nd. For two weeks at the Sagrada Familia, there is a wide range of activities to promote the neighborhood and the people that live there. Gaudí’s famous Basílica de la Sagrada Família will of course play an important role, alongside traditional cultural festivities such as correfocs (“fire-runs”) which are among the most striking features present in Catalan festivals, gegants i capgrossos (a giant parade), castellers (human towers) and much more…
The current neighborhood of the Sagrada Família was formerly known as Poblet, and was formed by a small nucleus of houses in the middle of the countryside. At the end of the 19th century, as a result of the industrial revolution, the area began to grow with housing for factory workers. At that time, a key and distinctive element of the neighborhood was also built: the Temple of the Holy Family.
Precisely, the Sagrada Familia serves as a backdrop for most of the events of the festival, which is celebrated by Sant Jordi – patron saint of Catalonia. That’s why the Festival of the Sagrada Família is celebrated around April 23rd, Sant Jordi Day.
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