The Best Sunday Events in Barcelona

Palo Alto Market
Palo Alto Market | © Moritz Barcelona
Tara Jessop

Barcelona has a seemingly endless supply of cool events, museums and markets. If you’re planning a weekend in this vibrant city and feel overwhelmed by the choice, check out our guide to the best events which take place on Sundays.

Free access to the city’s museums

Every Sunday many of the city’s museums offer free access to their permanent exhibition from 3pm. This includes the MNAC – National Museum of Art of Catalonia, home to the single largest collection of Catalan art in the world, the Virreina Centre de la Imatge, a contemporary museum dedicated to all form of audio-visual art, and the CCCB – Barcelona’s cutting-edge centre for contemporary culture. If you happen to be around on the first Sunday of the month, most of the participating museums are free all day.

For a list of participating museums see here.

The Maritime Museum of Barcelona

1. Palo Alto Market


Palo Alto Market
© Tara Jessop, 2015
Launched back in the autumn of 2015, Palo Alto has rapidly become one of the most popular weekend events in the city. Set inside a converted factory in the old industrial neighbourhood Poblenou, the Palo Alto Market brings together designer brands and local artisans, a huge choice of street food stalls and live music acts throughout the day. The market takes place every first Saturday and Sunday of the month so it’s usually better to get there early as there can be a bit of a queue to get in later in the day.

2. Mercantic Vintage Market

Market, Spanish

Located in the lovely nearby town of Sant Cugat, Mercantic is the largest permanent design and vintage market in the area. Home to over 300 different stalls as well as food trucks and live music events, it’s a great way to spend a Sunday afternoon out in the open. The market is really easy to get to by train and takes just 15 minutes from the city centre, while the town of Sant Cugat is full of charm and well-worth a visit too.

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