Pentecost is one of the prominent feasts in the Christian Liturgical year commemorating the descent of the Holy Spirit upon the Disciples of Christ after the resurrection.  The feast is also called Whitsunday especially in the United Kingdom. Pentecost is celebrated seven weeks (50 days) after Easter Sunday, so Pentecost 2011 will be on Monday the 13th of June. Pentecost falls on the tenth day after Ascension Thursday.

Pentecost is a holiday in a lot of countries. In some countries the next day is also a free day and so many people have the Pentecost Bridge, perfect to spend a long weekend in Barcelona. In Spain Pentecost is not an official holiday except for the city of Barcelona. Both Sunday and Monday are holidays. For this feast there are no special activities like ceremonies or parades. But as the weather attends to be great in this time of the year there are a lot of nice things you can do in Barcelona and its surroundings.

You might be interested in Pentecost accommodation in Barcelona.

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We have made a list with activities to enjoy your weekend:

  • Go to the beach. Barcelona has a total of seven beaches within the city limits. Outside town there are, obviously, many more. Each beach has its own characteristics and atmosphere. Barcelona city is the perfect place to combine beach and all the other activities a big city has to offer. 
  • Check out the famous Ramblas de Barcelona Without a doubt the most well knows street from Spain. Always busy, day and night. The perfect place to take a stroll and to enjoy the street performers, artists, flower stalls, shops and the beautiful market La Boqueria. 
  • See the Sagrada Familia. Without any doubt, the main symbol of Barcelona city is the magnificent temple of the Sagrada Familia, designed by the renowned Catalan architect Antonio Gaudi, in construction since 1882. La Sagrada Familia is an icon of modernist architecture in Barcelona and global reference for architecture. In fact, it is the most visited monument in Spain, receiving nearly 3 million visitors a year. If you come to Barcelona, ??this is the kind of things you cannot miss.
  • Parks in Barcelona. Located in the Borne in Barcelona, Parc de la Ciutadella is a peacefull place in the middle of the daily life city. Even though it is frequented by many people. From the entrance, it seems to be like any other park, but further on you will see how beautiful this park is designed. Next to the natural beauties you can see parts of the world exhibitions like the Arc de Triomf.  A little further uptown you can visit the one of the most fascinating places in Barcelona: Parc Güell, or Park Güell, designed by Antonio Gaudi. Park Güell is impressive. It’s definitely a place where you have to go. It is strange and beautiful in the same time, like most of Gaudi’s works.

When you click here we´ll give you ten other reasons to visit Barcelona during Pentecost.


  1. Mark says:

    Mick,we are planning to be in Barcelona June11-13, 2011. Could you please tell me if both June 12 and June 13th are holidays and what is open and what is closed on these days? Tx. Mark

  2. mick says:

    Hi Mark, yes, Sunday and Monday are official holidays in Barcelona and so most of the shops will be closed. Shops in Barcelona are always closed on Sundays exept for some touristical ones in the city center and the Maremagnum shopping mall next to the port. Restaurants and such will be open as well, just like musea and other attractions like Sagrada Familia and the zoo. Enjoy your stay!

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