March is a great month to visit Barcelona: Spring is in the air and there are plenty of fun things to do. As usual on this blog, we will not be talking about well-known landmarks such as the Sagrada Familia and Park Güell. Instead we present you with 5 original ideas for things to see and do in Barcelona in March.


1. VISIT BARCELONA’S UPSCALE NEIGHBORHOOD SARRIA

Upscale and residential Sarria is one of those neighborhoods in Barcelona that tourists hardly visit. The beautiful and charming historic center around the church of San Vicente de Sarria dates from the time when Sarria was still an independent village from Barcelona.
 
Within walking distance of the center you can visit two amazing sights: the magnificent 14th-century Monastery of Pedralbes with its impressive Gothic cloister and the fincas Güell, the residence of the friend and patron of Antoni Gaudi. The two gatehouses and the wrought-iron gate in the shape of a dragon are designed by Gaudi.


     

  • Monestir de Pedralbes, Baixada del monestir 9, metro L3 (stop Maria Cristina of Palau Reial), More info and visits: Monestirpedralbes.bcn.cat
  • Fincas Güell, Avinguda de Pedralbes 7, metro L3 (stop Palau Reial), Barcelonaturisme.com


 
barcelona things to do in march 2016Monastery of Pedralbes (Image by Monestir de Pedralbes)


2. SPRING FEVER ON MONTJUÏC

Spring is here and nature comes back to life. No better place to enjoy the fresh green than on the hill of Montjuïc. You can walk through beautiful parks and enjoy spectacular views of the city.
 
From the Jardins de Joan Brossa, one of our favorite parks, a cable car takes you to the castle at the top of the hill. Breathtaking views guaranteed! Behind the castle, hidden among the trees, one of the nicest terraces of Barcelona looks out over the sea and the industrial harbour: the Caseta del Midgdia.
 


 
barcelona things to do in march 2016Castle of Montjuïc and views (Image by Marc Bres)


3. SAIL THE MED

The sailing season starts again. And no city trip to Barcelona is complete without a trip on the Mediterranean. Leaving from the Olympic Port in the city center you can do a tour of 3 hours or more on a sailboat with skipper. You enjoy sun and a refreshing sea breeze on the deck, or help steering the boat.
 
We organize sailing excursions for couples, families or groups of friends. The tours are always private. Contact us at mark@meetmybarcelona.com. Prices are lower than you might expect.
 
barcelona things to do in march 2016


4. SEMANA SANTA: CELEBRATE EASTER IN BARCELONA

The Easter period in Barcelona is a very nice time: beautiful weather, a pleasant atmosphere in the city, and the typical Easter treats in the shop windows of the bakeries. There are processions, though not as numerous as in more Catholic southern Spain.
 
The official holidays are Good Friday (March 25), Easter Sunday (March 27) and Easter Monday (March 28). During these days all shops and many restaurants are closed. Major attractions, such as the Sagrada Familia, Park Guell, Gaudi’s houses (La Pedrera and Casa Batllo ) or Camp Nou, will be open as normal. Do not forget to book your tickets in advance online if you want to avoid queues.
 


5. BE COOL IN POBLE NOU

During the weekend of 5 and 6 March the Palo Alto market takes place in the Poble Nou neighborhood. In this vintage and design market you’ll find handmade products, little galleries, workshops and live music. You can recharge your batteries in the many food and beverage stalls.
 
Afterwards make a visit to the Rambla del Poble Nou, the lively pedestrian street in the heart of the neighborhood. Here locals enjoy themselves on the many cozy terraces, away from the busy city center and near the beach and sea.
 

  • Palo Alto Market, Carrer dels Pellaires 30, metro L4 (stop Selva de Mar), More info: paloaltomarket.com


PLANNING TO VISIT BARCELONA?

We are in Barcelona since 2006 and will help you to avoid the tourist traps, so you can enjoy the real and authentic Barcelona.
 
Let’s discover the most beautiful spots together. We open up the city for you, help you to save time and money, and share a whole bunch of tips for great things to do, nice restaurants and local tapas bars.
 
Have a look at our cozy Barcelona Walking Tour and Barcelona Bike Tour for families, couples, groups of friends and companies. Take advantage of our 10 years experience in the city, and live Barcelona like a real Catalan.
 
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