Sant Antoni Festival
The Sant Antoni Festival is celebrated from 11th until 20th January and takes places around the date in which San Antonio Abad is celebrated (17th January). The Association of Residents of the Sant Antoni neighbourhood organise this event.
During the festival, there are two traditions related to the Christian saint that are very similar to those found in other countries during the celebration of Sant Antoni. The Els Tres Tombs Parade and the pig’s raffle.
The program includes Catalan traditions such as the Awakened, as well as a photography contest,a handicrafts fair, a poetry marathon, hot chocolate, multiple concerts, children’s shows and much more.
San Antonio Abad is a saint deeply rooted in the territories where Catalan is spoken and many celebrations are held in his honour. The Portal of Sant Antoni, which was on the medieval wall of Barcelona, was named after the old church in the area where Sant Antoni Abat Road is located, in the district of El Raval. This traditional festival gives you a chance to see the old heritage of Sant Antoni district and the bordering old town, Barrio Gotic of Barcelona.
Like in all neighbourhoods street festivals in Barcelona, this parade in Sant Antoni, also celebrates their local traditional shows and parades. Such as the typical Catalan traditions, like castells (human towers), correfoc (firerun) gegants (giant parades) and you can see many more. Recently an old custom was revived which is the Rifa del porc, a lottery with a very special prize -three pigs-. Well, nowadays it’s just nice packaged of porc products.
How to get there
The best options to get to Sant Antoni are by Metro. You can hop off at the station of Rocafort (L1), Sant Antoni (L2) and Poble Sec station (L3). You can also use the multiple offers of bike2go or Taxi services. But let your private car at home. Barcelona’s parking situation is really bad for non inhabitants.