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Essential museums, monuments, walks, talks and tours in Barcelona

Upcoming festivals and major events

It's not just about Sónar and Primavera Sound. For an unforgettable year of music, art and cultural experiences, follow Time Out's guide to festivals and events. The coming months promise an endless array of events showcasing the best in Catalan and international culture - from hip hop and documentary filmmaking to religious and traditional celebrations. Plan your year here.

This week and beyond

Julio Muñoz Ramonet gardens open to the public

  • Free

Los Jardines de Muñoz Ramonet (Muntaner, 282), in the district of Sarrià-Sant Gervasi, open their doors every Saturday and Sunday until March when works on the gardens begin to renovate and provide better accessibility, thanks to the pressure from neighbours. The grounds are of great historical value, and were designed in 1916 by Jean Claude Nicolás Forestier as commissioned by the Marquis of Alella. In 1933 part of the property was sold to build housing, doing away with a big part of the gardens. After Julio Muñoz Ramonet became owner of the property, the gardens were remodeled, between 1956 and 1957 by Joan Mirambell, which was the last time they were improved. The grounds of the  Muñoz Ramonet estate are an important addition to the city's historic gardens of as a well-preserved example of the gardens of the 20th-century Barcelona bourgeoisie.

  1. Muntaner, 282, 08021
  2. Sat Jan 31 - Sat Feb 28
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Open doors at BCN's new Design Museum

  • Free

After three years in the works the Museu de Disseny, Barcelona's new design museum, finally opens on December 14 to show off all its charms. To celebrate the grand opening, you're invited to take in the whole collection, made up of more than 70,000 pieces, for free until January 31. Visit the space and learn how it is that an everyday object deserves to be a museum piece, how the concept of design has evolved over time, and why Barcelona is one of the world's leading cities in the field.

  1. Museu del Disseny de Barcelona Plaça de les Glòries Catalanes, 37-38, 08018
  2. Sun Dec 14 - Sat Jan 31
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Ruta de la Tapa 2015

The dining area at Glòries isn't your run-of-the-mill shopping centre food court – there are even some first-rate restaurants. So to show off what they've got, they're putting on a tapas route until February 20, where you can get a tapa and a drink for €2.95. How do you get in on the offer? Easy: just ask for the Tapaporte card in any of the 18 participating restaurants, and show it when you head to the next spot to be sure you get it stamped. Some of the mouth-watering dishes include grilled foie escalope with cream of corn, and Casa Palet's 'ensaladilla rusa' (a type of potato salad, usually with tuna and mayonnaise), served with yucca crisps. Or you might go for the crispy coca bread with 'morcilla' (Catalan blood sausage). Other spots participating in the Ruta de Tapas are: Frutas del Mundo, Andrés, Giovanni, McDonalds, Udon, Butipà, Casa Palet, Can Culleretes, Shokolatt, Mediterranean, Drink & Eat, Be Japó, Panchito, Enrique Tomás, Cañas y Tapas and Ingredientes Café. Once you've acquired a minimum of five stamps, you'll get a gift on the spot from the Customer Service Point, and you'll be entered to win four coupons worth €500 toward dining in Glòries and a voucher for Carrefour Travel Agency valued at €1,000.

  1. Centre Comercial Barcelona Glòries Plaça de les Glòries, s/n, Sant Martí
  2. Fri Jan 16 - Fri Feb 20
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1 day 1 photo. 31 photographers, 365 days, Catalonia 2014

  • Free

Let's break down the numbers: 365 photographs because there are 365 days in a year, 31 photographers because there are a maximum of 31 days in a month, and 2014 because it was an important year in the history of Catalonia. Each photographer had a specific day assigned to him or her in each of the 12 months of the year – the 1st, the 2nd, the 3rd... until the 31st.

  1. Arts Santa Mònica La Rambla, 7, Ciutat Vella, 08001
  2. Thu Jan 29 - Sun Apr 12
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Primavera Sound 2015

Primavera Sound 2015 celebrates its 15th edition May 28-30 at the Parc del Fòrum, which just so happens to coincide with the 15th anniversary of the debut album by The Strokes. The New York revival garage rock band was the first to confirm their spot in this year's line-up, followed by Ride, pioneers of shoegaze in the late '80s and early '90s and who are back on stages in 2015. The Primavera Sound festival will be the British band's only live show in Spain this year. Other headliners at this year's edition include Patti Smith, who will perform her debut album, 'Horses' (1975), The Black Keys, OMD, The Replacements and Antony and the Johnsons. Other confirmed acts on the bill for Primavera Sound 2015 include Alt-J, Ariel Pink, Belle and Sebastian, Ben Watt (Everything but the Girl), Caribou, Christina Rosenvinge, Damien Rice, Eels, Interpol, James Blake, José González, Mac DeMarco, The New Pornographers, Run The Jewels, Panda Bear, Perfume Genius, Sleater-Kinney, Mark Kozelek as Sun Kil Moon, Swans and Thurston Moore (formerly of Sonic Youth) – all with albums released in 2014 or 2015. Einstürzende Neubauten, Spiritualized, Richie Hawtin and Underworld are other big names that will grace the stages at PS 2015. You'll also be able to see The Julie Ruin, Giant Sand, Baxter Dury, Jungle, Strand Of Oaks, as well as Joan Miquel Oliver (formerly of Antònia Font), Los Punsetes, Sr. Chinarro, Nueva Vulcano, Les Sueques, Las Ruinas, Núria Graham, Dulce Pájara de Juventud and Shellac

  1. Parc del Fòrum Edifici Fòrum, Plaça de Llevant, Sant Martí
  2. Thu May 28 - Sat May 30
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Monte Carlo Rally of historic cars

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Barcelona is one of the starting points of the classic cars (built between the 1950s and 1980s) participating in this competition that reaches the finish line in the capital of Monaco.

Festival of Chinese Lanterns 2014

The Parc del Fórum hosts the Festival of Chinese Lanterns, a traditional show of giant silk figures lit from the inside like a lantern, which represent typical symbols and motifs of ancient Chinese culture. All the figures – more than 500 large-scale lanterns – boast an original design and are crafted by a score of Chinese artists with painted, non-flammable silk. Lanterns shows have a long tradition in China, where the Festival of Lanterns is just one of their big parties, held during Chinese New Year celebrations as well as the Moon Festival.

  1. Parc del Fòrum Edifici Fòrum, Plaça de Llevant, Sant Martí
  2. Thu Jan 29 - Mon Mar 16
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