GO TO CARNIVAL
Who needs Rio? Over 300,000 people descend on the town of Sitges each year to take part in its exuberant carnival celebrations. For six days, the town is wild and colourful with parties throughout the night. The main parades are the Rua de la Disbauxa (Debauchery Parade) on Sunday night, and the more raucous Rua de l‘Extermini (Extermination Parade) on Tuesday night. From February 12th-18th.
SAY IT WITH CHOCOLATE
Show your loved one that romance isn’t dead after all. The Museu de la Xocolata offers ‘chocolate experiences’ especially designed for two people. The packs include a guided tour of the museum and a private workshop where you can learn all sorts of chocolate-related skills, from lolly making to chocolate haute cuisine, and even how to taste chocolate and pair it with the right wine. www.museuxocolata.cat
For some it’s Mardi Gras and for others it’s just Pancake Day. There are plenty of places to get your pancake fill In Barcelona on February 17th, though you may have to fit into the 10am-4pm brunch-serving slot. Try Brunch & Cake (Roselló 189), Milk (Gignàs 21) or Meatpacking Bistro (Trav. Gràcia 50). And if you’d rather host your own pancake fest, don’t forget the maple syrup. You can buy it at Taste of America (Balmes 322).
JOIN A CHOIR
There’s nothing like a good sing to raise those chilly February spirits and Barcelona has a strong choral tradition. If you haven’t sung in a choir before, the Barcelona English Choir is a great place to start. They sing a wide repertoire, from pop to gospel and world music, and there are no auditions. See www.barcelonaenglishchoir.com for more information.
Winter will be over soon, so it’s time to start treating your body like it matters once again. Give it some special attention this month at one of the city’s many lovely spas. Try Aire de Barcelona in the Born (www.airedebarcelona.com), Hotel 1898 on the Ramblas (www.hotel1898.com) or the Spaciomm at the Hotel Omm on Rosselló (www.hotelomm.es).