If you are planning a spring break in Barcelona, 2018, make sure you are there when the Primavera Sound Festival takes place from 30 May to 3 June.
One of Spain’s most revered festivals, Primavera Sound attracts music fans from all over Europe. The 2017 event hosted Frank Ocean, Aphex Twin, Arcade Fire, Slayer and Grace Jones among others at the Parc del Forum, just north of Barcelona city centre.
All musical avenues are explored with exciting new acts sharing the stages with music legends from all styles and genres.
A large programme of workshops, lectures, film screenings and after-hours parties will be held throughout Barcelona city centre. If you are arriving at El Prat Airport, festival-goers should take the underground train to Passeig de Gracia, then on to El Maresme.
The 17th edition of the festival took place from May 31 to June 4, 2017 in Barcelona’s Parc del Fòrum with great success. Breaking records with more than 200,000 attendees in 2016, in 2017 they repeated the figure.
The festival’s organisers are already preparing Primavera Sound 2018 edition, selling the full festival tickets with a line-up still to unveil. In previous years referential bands such as Radiohead, LCD Soundsystem, Pulp, The Black Keys, Pet Shop Boys, Florence and The Machine, Belle and Sebastian and PJ Harvey among others, have all featured.
Unusual things to do in Barcelona
If you are lucky enough to have tickets for Primavera Sound, explore Barcelona either side of the festival.
Some of the coolest and unusual places to visit in Barcelona include:
Casa Batllo, one of Antoni Gaudi’s most classic buildings – well known for its ‘dragon back’ design. Calder Mercury Fountain is a beautiful but toxic fountain. Labryrinth Park of Horta s a historical garden in the Horta-Guinardó district in Barcelona and the oldest of its kind in the city.
Barcelona’s Chocolate Museum attracts sweet-toothed visitors from all over Europe to indulge their wildest ‘choccy’ fantasies – an amazing sculpture collection. The Bunkers of Carmel are abandoned anti-aircraft defences which have become one of the most scenic viewpoints in the city.
Park Guell showcases Gaudi’s flamboyant architectural style which is on display in this picturesque park. Get hot under the collar at the Barcelona Erotic Museum or take a trip up Tibidabo Mountain which is where Jesus was said to be first tempted by the Devil.
Not for the faint-hearted, take a trip around the Sewers of Barcelona. The historic 19th century sewers are open to the public for exploring. The Jardins de Ca n’Altimira date back to the 19th century and were once owned by an eccentric millionaire.
The Hash, Marijuana and Hemp Museum is a ‘high’ point of any Barcelona trip. This stately palace has been converted into the world’s largest cannabis museum.
Visit the Barcelona Supercomputing Centre, where one of Europe’s largest supercomputers is housed – inside a disused chapel.
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