The festival of Sant Antoni takes place from January 11th to 20th 2019. The most important celebration day is January 19th because it is the famous cavalcade of the Three Tombs.
All week long there will be activities for children, young and old. There is a bit of everything, such as typical Catalan traditions like the Giants Parade and the Correfoc. But there will also be fun things like a photography contest, a poetry marathon, a handicrafts fair. Goof vibes with concerts of all kinds of music, parades and popular meals.
At the party, there will be plenty of popular, recreational and children’s activities such as gastronomic shows and workshops. The fiestas are also known by San Antonio Abat, it maintains distinctive elements that link it with the celebration of San Antonio throughout the country. For example, the Tres Tombs cavalcade or the piglet raffle.
San Antonio Abad is a Saint in the Catalan-speaking territory, as you can tell by the amount of celebrations that are organized everywhere in his honor. In the case of the Sant Antoni neighborhood, the name actually comes from the old church in the Raval neighborhood, where the Sant Antoni Abat Street is located.
Why is the neighborhood called like that?
The neighborhood of Sant Antoni got its name from an old gateway to the walled city, which was back then known as the Sant Antoni gateway. It was the main access route to Barcelona since the Middle Ages.
The neighborhood finally began to be urbanized during the end of the 19th century, when the wall was removed. Another important factor was the construction of the famous iron market, in 1882. So, the neighborhood was integrated into the Cerdà Plan, which is part of the district of L’Eixample. Here you get more info about all the neighborhoods:
Do you want to know more about the neighborhood?
The neighborhood of Sant Antoni belongs to the Eixample district and is limited by the Gran Vía, the Ronda de Sant Antoni, the Ronda de Sant Pau and the Avenida del Paral·lel. It is consideres a great location within Barcelona. From here you can walk to any place in the center within minutes only. It is definitely a neighborhood that is growing!
There are several cool places to go out to eat something Sant Antoni is also very popular due to its weekly fair of old books and collecting material that is held every Sunday mornings. It is also super famous for the new Sant Antoni market which only opened last summer:
Hope you will check out the Sant Antoni fiestas and take the opportunity to visit a typical neighborhood tapas bar? We will wait to hear your experience!