Sonar Festival – Barcelona City Comes to Life
If you are a fan of electronic music and you haven’t been to Sónar Festival in the gorgeous Mediterranean city of Barcelona, then you need to ask yourself why. The festival, which features artists such as: Emmanuel Biard, The Well and Joanie Lemercier, has been running since 1994 and is dedicated to delivering music that is part of a wider creative concept. Around 80,000 people attend each year, making this event the largest of its kind across Europe. With such a large attendance accommodation can sometimes be an issue. However if you book HouseTrip Apartments early, you should get a good apartment at a great price.
Barcelona is famous for its nightlife, but Sónar is a daytime event as well as a night time spectacle, so it won’t stop you from exploring the city as well. There is a very different ‘feel’ about the festival during different times of the day, making it a great event for those wanting to experience something new. With Sónar, the festival and Barcelona become one, creating an amazing atmosphere and cultural experience.
What makes this event so interesting is that it does not take place in one strict location, compared to the likes of Benicàssim. ‘Sónar by Day’ is located in the Fira Montjuïc conference centre in Avenida La Reina Maria Christina, and ‘Sónar by Night’ is located in another large conference centre called Fira Gran Via. The night time event runs until 8am, and a wristband system is used to grant festival goers entry into the different venues hosting the festival.
Because Barcelona is one of the most fascinating and beautiful cities in the world, you need to set some time aside to go sightseeing. Thanks to the famous Spanish architect, Antoni Gaudí, the city boasts some stunning buildings to see. The Sagrada Familia, one of the most striking cathedrals in the world, and the Casa Batlló, the iconic building with the curving windows, should be two of the main places you see while out exploring the city.
There are also plenty of tours centred on enjoying the stunning array of food and drink that the city has to offer. Particularly popular is the Food Lover Tour, although be aware that this tour takes place in the evening, so you’ll need to plan carefully around the festival.
Barcelona is also home to some beautiful beaches which can offers tourists a relaxing break. Barceloneta Beach can get quite busy due it being the first of the beaches but there are many more beaches in the city to explore.