Top 5 Festivals in Barcelona for Photographers

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Have you ever been to Barcelona? Spain’s busiest port and most cosmopolitan city is filled with daring art and architecture, simply begging to be photographed. One of our local guides, Laurie, designs tours specifically for photo enthusiasts wanting to learn how to improve their camera skills while being taken to the most photogenic sites in Barcelona. Today Laurie is here to share his city’s top five festivals that any aspiring photographer must witness.

It is said that there is a local fiesta somewhere in Spain every single day of the year. Barcelona is an ideal location to combine a visit of the city itself and see how the locals celebrate their identity. Does a better place exist for photography enthusiasts who want to capture the atmosphere? I think not!

1 - LA MERCE FESTIVAL (3rd week of September) Barcelona's Fiesta Mayor turns our city into a huge open air stage, combining tradition with the most innovative street performances that Barcelona is renowned for. There really is so much to capture through your lens.

2 - FIESTA MAYOR DE GRACIA (2nd-3rd week of August) is generally regarded as the most important local festival in all of the districts of Barcelona. Each street competes with the next to transform into a work of art. At night the centre turns into one big party. Not to be missed!

3 - SITGES CARNIVAL (2nd-3rd week of February) is still the hottest party in town! You will find more than 300,000 partygoers dancing on the streets across town, making the busy months of July & August look positively dead! Prepare to be amazed at this awesome spectacle.

4 - THE NIGHT OF SAN JOAN (23rd to 24th of June). The biggest night of the year is undoubtedly San Joan, where firecrackers, rockets & fireworks explode all over the city. Set up your tripod to capture an awesome fireworks display.

5- ATTACK OF THE PIRATES (2nd week of July). This is a less-known, but great fiesta in a small town 20km north of Barcelona, called Premia de Mar. The whole town transforms into one big sword, flour and water fight! Capture everyone through the chaos as the locals defend their town from the pirates!

Thanks, Laurie, for sharing this info! Sounds like these would be exciting festivals for anyone to attend – with camera in hand or not. If you’re thinking of heading to Barcelona sometime soon, consider starting a conversation with Laurie. You can find him here: Laurie's Guide Page.
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