Barcelona wakes up from his winter sleep. In February the city comes to life again, and the sun brings the first spring feeling. Here are our favorite Barcelona things to do in February.
Almost everybody has heard of the Sagrada Familia and La Pedrera. But did you know that Barcelona houses plenty of other masterpieces of Catalan Modernism that are equally spectacular, but not permanently surrounded by crowds of tourists?
1. VISIT LESSER KNOWN ART NOUVEAU MASTERPIECES
In a side street of the Ramblas for example you can visit the proud Palau Güell, the palace built by Antoni Gaudí for his discoverer and benefactor Eusebi Güell, or visit the inside of Casa Lleo Morerá, one of the masterpieces of the architect Domenech i Montaner, to immerse yourself in the style and luxury of the rich Barcelona bourgeoisie of the 1900s. The latter architect also designed the beautiful Hospital de Sant Pau, an amazing Modernist hospital that’s open to visitors since recently.
- Palau Güell, Carrer Nou de la Rambla 3-5, metro L3 (stop Liceu or Drassanes), Palauguell.cat
- Casa LLeo i Morera, Passeig de Gràcia 35, metro L3 (stop Passeig de Gracia), Casalleomorera.com
- Sant Pau, Carrer de Sant Quintí 89, metro L5 (stop Sant Pau/Dos de Maig), Santpaubarcelona.org
Interior of Casa LLeo i Morera (Image by Kent Wang)
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2. JOGGING ALONG THE SEA FRONT OR IN THE MOUNTAINS
But also for the hobby jogger Barcelona offers plenty of possibilities. At the seaside and starting at the Hotel W in Barceloneta, it’s nice running on the beach or the dike to Nova Marbella beach; a pleasant jog of about 10 kilometers (6 miles) back and forth, with the cool sea breeze in your hair and the sound of the sea and the breaking waves in the background.
And while the city park ‘Parc de la Ciutadella’ is also a great spot, for a once-in-a-lifetime running experience you should head to the Carretera de les Aigues; a beautiful path in the woods with breathtaking views over the city and the sea. You can run for 7 kilometers back and forth (4 miles) and it’s by far the most beautiful running trail in Barcelona. If you get there early you can see the sun rising over the sea.
- Hotel W, Plaça de la Rosa dels Vents 1, metro L4 (stop Barceloneta)
- Carretera de les Aigues, bus 196 (stop Plaça del Doctor Andreu)
Visiting a city means lots of hours of walking, standing straight, waiting in line… and that’s tiring for your legs and back!
3. TREAT YOURSELF TO A SPA
The best thing to do then is to take some time off and head to one the many luxurious spas. The spa in the Mandarin Oriental Hotel, on the centrally located Passeig de Gracia, belongs to the best of the city. They offer all sorts of massages, treatments and therapies: a sanctuary of relaxation for the mind, body and soul. At another one of our favorites, Ambrosia, you can enjoy a professional massage in a very relaxed environment.
- Mandarin Oriental, Passeig de Gràcia 38-40, metro L3 (stop Passeig de Gracia), Mandarinoriental.com
- Ambrosia, Passatge Domingo 9, metro L3 (stop Passeig de Gracia), Ambrosiaspabcn.com
In one of the most beautiful coastal cities of Catalonia, all brakes go loose in February for the annual carnival. For one week (from 4 to 10 February) colorful parades invade the streets of Sitges, cheered by thousands of enthusiastic visitors.
4. CELEBRATE CARNAVAL IN SITGES
Sitges is just 40 minutes away from Barcelona and within easy access by train. Thanks to the Garraf Massif that surrounds the city, Sitges enjoys a micro-climate; the sun is always shining. The old Medieval city center with its white-painted houses that stand out against the steel-blue sky, the sumptuous buildings and villas along the dike, the mansions of the Indianos, the many bar and restaurant terraces with views on the Mediterranean Sea… Sitges gets never boring, whether it’s Carnival time or not.
- All information on visiting Sitges: Visitsitges.com
Beautiful Sitges in the sun (Image by Robert Basic)
Tucked away in the narrow streets of Barceloneta, the small and cozy neighborhood at the sea side, you’ll still find some typical, authentic tapas bars that haven’t changed in 50 years. The characteristic of tapas is that they’re always served in small portions, so you can try different dishes. And you don’t need to stay in one and the same bar; part of the fun is to go from one bar to the next and have different tapas.
5. EAT TAPAS IN BARCELONETA NEIGHBORHOOD
You could start in Can Paixano (cheap but delicious homemade cava and yummy sandwiches), then head to nearby Cova Fumada (their specialty is the ‘bomba’, a smooth mashed potato ball, bread-crumbed and deep-fried, stuffed with meat and a spicy sauce) and end in El Vaso de Oro (try their sirloin with foie gras paired with a homebrewed beer from the tap). Bon profit (‘enjoy your meal’ in Catalan)!
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