In honour of Barcelona’s co-patron saint, February 12th has been declared a local holiday this year to mark the Festes de Santa Eulália. A day of street celebrations and parades is in store, including the La processó de les Laies, a parade of giant statues that begins in Plaça Sant Josep Oriol, a correfoc (fire run) as well as other delights. More information on the day can be found here.
The visual treats, however, are not limited to one day; Santa Eulalia coincides with the annual four-day festival of illuminations, Llum BCN, which will transform Ciutat Vella into a dazzling beacon of light for its fifth edition.
This year, there are three routes to follow around the city: Mar, Catedral and Montcada.
Mar: From the Palace Bru there illuminates silver colored light, which guides you through eight installations up to the Plaça de Sant Jaume, where there awaits a dance spectacle combined with lights. This route is a 20 minute walk.
Catedral: A path of lanterns starts at Plaça de Sant Jaume and continues on with 12 installations that bring you to Casa de los Entremeses in Plaça de las Beatas. This route is a 20 minute walk.
Montcada: A short yet impressive walk down Carrer Montcada reveals a golden pathway lit up, passing by Casa del Marqués de Lyon, the Museo de las Culturas del Mundo and the Museo Picasso. This route is a 5 minute walk.
As well as these three routes, there are a number of other installations around the city to catch throughout the festival. Axioma, a 3D mapping screening where viewers receive special glasses to wear before the show, features on Plaça del Rey at various times each evening. Moviments Granados, an interactive show with live music and videos projected onto the façade of La Pedrera, celebrates the life and death of Spanish composer and pianist Enrique Granados. For more information on other installations throughout the city and their various times, please see here.
This year promises to be just as dazzling, lighting up many of the city’s most prominent buildings with colour, music and optical illusions.
More information here.