Guest city

Lisboa, ciutat convidada


Singing a fado or listening to the more modern tunes that reach us from the other side of the border, visiting a Portuguese folk art show or watching a street performance... This Mercè, you’ll have a thousand and one opportunities to fall in love with Lisbon, the Festa Major’s guest city this year.

Yes, maybe Lisbon and Barcelona are at opposite ends of the Peninsula, but they have a lot more things in common than you might think at first glance. Just like the Catalan capital, Lisbon is a city that lives its neighbourhood culture intensely. The city is a kaleidoscope of people and ways of living, of festivals and traditions that fill the streets and squares. Have you even been to Lisbon in June, during the Santo Antonio festivities? There are parties and sardine feasts in every neighbourhood, from Castelo to Mouraria, from Graça to Alfama and from Ajuda to Bairro Alto, with the streets so full you can’t help thinking of the Festa Major in Gràcia or the one in Sants.



Today, Lisbon is a European capital that is committed to the participation of its people in public life and that, just like Barcelona, wants to make culture one of its symbols of identity. Come and follow the trail of the Portuguese capital at Barcelona’s Festa Major... and fall in love again!