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Festa Major de Sant Antoni

A Lively Festival in the Local Neighbourhood of Sant Antoni

Barcelona is renowned for its festivals, especially in celebration of music and the arts. The start of the New Year commences a schedule of traditional local neighbourhood festivals, which brings together residents to celebrate their Catalan traditions. Located within the Eixample district, the neighbourhood of Sant Antoni celebrate their Patron Saint, with over a week of festivities. 2012’s festival is taking place from January 13th – 22nd, and if visiting to explore this heart-warming festival, it is advisable to book Barcelona apartment rentals well in advance.

The festival is open to all visitors with many free attractions and events scheduled during the week. The festival officially opens on Friday 13th, with a lively pub crawl along many of Sant Antoni’s most popular bars, accompanied by percussion instruments. Saturday has a packed schedule of sport, games, wine tasting, and the opening parade. Perfect for all visitors, including families with young children, this vibrant event features dancing, fire running, human towers and live music.

Other interesting events scheduled for the week, include the show dog competition, tapas competition, snail tasting, photography contest, karaoke, and Trocantoni Market, where visitors trade and exchange local goods, without a single penny passing hands – a true test of negotiation skills. One of the highlights of the Sant Antoni Festival is the Tres Tombs Parade, which displays old-fashioned horse drawn carriages and the traditional custom of blessing the animals.

Choosing a local Barcelona apartment rental within the area of Eixample, means you can be just minutes from all the action this exciting festival has to offer. Guests staying in alternative areas of Barcelona, can access the neighbourhood easily by taking the Metro to Sant Antoni.

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