European Heritage Days 2013 in Barcelona

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Europe is quickly changing as it adapts to waves of international migration. That’s why the Council of Europe and the European Commission started the European Heritage Days, or Doors Open Days, back in 1991 under the unifying motto of “... ... read more

Barcelona European Heritage Days Overview

Europe is quickly changing as it adapts to waves of international migration. That’s why the Council of Europe and the European Commission started the European Heritage Days, or Doors Open Days, back in 1991 under the unifying motto of “Europe: a common heritage.” The European Heritage Days celebrate the shared histories of European countries along with the diversity that new immigrants contribute to European culture.

Every year in September and October, 50 countries take part in the European Heritage Days, offering over 20 million visitors access to over 30,000 cultural sites and landmarks. Each country selects its theme for the year and offers the public access to historical sites and monuments that aren’t normally open to visitors. European Heritage Days takes place at different times from September through October, and at different parts of each country every year, offering returning guests something new with each visit.

The goal of European Heritage Days is to highlight an important aspect of each European culture while bringing diverse European citizens together through this shared experience. New visitors to Europe have the chance to dive head first into a particular host country and seasoned travelers can rediscover a particular culture through each year’s changing theme.

Each October, hundreds of thousands of people visit Spain’s European Heritage Days for special events and open houses at thousands of landmarks, monuments, and museums in cities and towns all over the country. In addition to the open houses, hundreds of expert guides, archeologists, and conservationists volunteer to educate the public with free historical walks, tours, and talks on Spanish culture and history.

In Barcelona, the most popular cultural institutions in Catalonia’s capital city open their doors to the public for free events and tours. Visit the stunning Sagrada Família to take in some of Gaudí's brilliance or stop by the Barcelona Museum of Contemporary Art (MACBA) for some of the best new works in the country. And at the Park Güell, learn more about Catalonia’s unique culture and architecture with a guided walking tour.

Past themes at European Heritage Days Barcelona include “Landscape and Traditional Architecture,” “Cultural Heritage of the 20th Century,” and “Archeology and Landscape.” Whether you want to explore the expansive collections at the National Art Museum of Catalonia (MNAC) or wander the ancient halls of sprawling cathedrals, there’s something for everyone at the annual European Heritage Days in Barcelona.

With cultural demonstrations, folk concerts, and tours, European Heritage Days Barcelona offers visitors the chance to soak in as much of authentic Catalan heritage as time permits. Most events and landmark tours are free, but some of the more popular historical sites may require advanced registration. After discovering another side of Catalan culture in Barcelona, celebrate this great city by learning drinking traditions from the locals at the bars and cafés nearby.

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