Photo by Carol Moran.
1. Girona Flower Festival
Step into Spring with a day out at Girona’s flower festival. This 61-year-old celebration is held every May and fills the city’s streets, monuments and patios with colourful blooms, all competing to catch the judges’ eyes. From May 7th - 15th.
2. Paella by the beach
Warm enough but not too hot, May is the perfect month to indulge in a long Sunday paella by the beach. Head to one of our favourite spots in Barceloneta: Can Solé (Sant Carles 4), Kaiku (Plaça del Mar 1) or Can Majó (Almirall Aixada 23).
3. Picnic in a park
Pack your picnic basket and head up the hill to the lovely Jardins de Mossèn Cinto Verdaguer on Montjuïc. Wonderful views of the city, gentle grassy slopes and a little lake will make you feel like you’re far out of town. If you’re with kids, make time to go across the street to the Jardins de Joan Brossa, which has plenty of fun things to do.
4. Take a graffiti tour
Take a stroll or bike ride around the city and get to know the ins and outs of Barcelona’s graffiti scene. Barcelona Street Style operates two tours of the city. The first, a daily walking tour of the Born and Gótic, is free with no reservation necessary. The second, a bike tour around Poblenou, costs €18 per person. www.barcelonastreetstyletour.com
5. Play padel
Have a go at Padel, a hugely popular sport in Spain. It is played on a smaller court than tennis, the main difference being that the court has walls which can be played off. Your local gym may well have a court. Otherwise, try ipadelbarcelona.com, a new indoor padel centre in Poblenou which offers classes for adults and children.
Article last updated: April 2016