What to do in Barcelona in September 2018

This blog post was originally posted on August 28, 2014, and was updated on July 26, 2018.

Summer is coming quickly to an end, and fall is almost upon us!

All things considered, Barcelona in September is positively magical. As summer tourist crowds clear out and locals return from vacation, the city begins to retain more of the authentic charm that enamors so many. Plus, you can’t get much better than sunny days and pleasantly cool nights! The ideal weather combined with major holidays and festivals make September one of our favorite months of the year here in Barcelona.

Come experience the best of Barcelona in September! We've got your guide to all the can't-miss events taking place in the Catalan capital.

Photo Credit: Mark Tegethoff, Text Overlay: Devour Barcelona Food Tours

Celebrate La Mercè

Without a doubt, one of the year’s biggest festivals, La Mercè, takes place in Barcelona in September. The celebration of the Catalan capital’s patron saint originated as a humble religious parade. However, now it’s a massive multiday event, which you can catch this year from September 21-24. To celebrate the city and its culture, colorful parades and dozens of free concerts pop up all over the city. It’s by far one of the best and craziest weeks to be in Barcelona. If you’re lucky enough to be visiting Barcelona in September, make sure to check out the packed agenda to see what’s going on.

If you're visiting Barcelona in September, mark your calendar for the iconic La Mercè festival!
It wouldn’t be a festival without Barcelona’s famous giants! These legendary figures make an appearance every year at La Mercè. Photo credit: PhotographYeah!

Experience the National Day of Catalonia

September is undoubtedly an important cultural month for Catalonia. The region celebrates the National Day of Catalonia on the 11th. This holiday commemorates the fall of Barcelona in 1714 during the War of the Spanish Succession. As a tradition, La Diada has become a day of Catalan nationalism. Throughout the city expect plenty of demonstrations and rallies. An especially passionate cohort of independence groups gathers at the Fossar de les Moreres monument in the Born neighborhood on this important day.

If you're visiting Barcelona in September, keep an eye out for the La Diada celebrations in honor of Catalonia on the 11th.
Proud Catalans show their spirit on La Diada. Photo credit: Ajuntament Barcelona

Take a day trip

Bordered by both rugged mountains and pristine coastline, Barcelona’s location couldn’t be more perfect. Look beyond urban Barceloneta and you’ll find that the region offers an abundance of beautiful beaches that are easily accessible from Barcelona on public transportation. September is a fantastic month to go to the beach as tourism slows down and temperatures remain high. Mountainous areas also cool off a bit by September and day trips to places like Montserrat are perfect this time of year.

Visiting Barcelona in September? Be sure to work a day trip into your itinerary! We personally love Cadaqués.
The gorgeous coastal town of Cadaqués makes for a perfect day trip! Photo credit: Michele Ursino

Festa al Cel

Acrobatic planes whiz above Catalan skies at the Festa al Cel. This annual event brings together aviation enthusiasts and curious visitors alike, giving them a spectacular show in the sky. As one of the coolest events taking place near Barcelona in September, the air show brings together fascinating historic planes, military and fighter jets, and so much more. Come check out some of the best pilots in the world doing what they know best at this year’s event, which will take place from September 22-23 at the airport in Lleida, just a quick trip away from Barcelona.

The Festa del Cel is an annual air show that takes place in Mataró making a visit to Barcelona in September a must-do.
The airshow is a great day out for families! Photo Credit: Alexandre Lopez.

See a soccer game

For all those sports fans out there, you can’t visit Barcelona without attending a soccer game at Camp Nou, home of the legendary FC Barcelona team. The season is just getting started in September, so it’s a pretty exciting time for Barça fans. However, if you can’t make it to the stadium, don’t sweat it! There are plenty of bars that will undoubtedly give you an authentic enough experience as you watch the game on the small screen surrounded by passionate locals.

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2 Comment

  1. Lola says
    August 13, 2018 at 2:18 pm

    Take a day trip… it is the best idea
    Thanks for your perfect post!

    1. Devour Tours says
      August 13, 2018 at 4:49 pm

      Thank you Lola!


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