My second day in Barcelona was a Sunday. When I left my hotel a bit early that day to explore the city, I immediately noticed something different about the city. The city felt a bit different to me that day. There were still activities going on and people out and about, but the atmosphere was somehow very odd. Here is why:
Shops in Barcelona are close on Sunday – Barcelona being the cosmopolitan city that it is, has their shops closed on Sunday. Retail giants like El Cortes Ingles and Carrefour and clothing chain stores such as Zara and Mango were closed. Even luxury brands such as Valentino and Chanel were also closed. Some of the major pharmacies were closed too. It is good to see that capitalism and commercialism in Barcelona takes a day off on Sundays.
Churches are busy because of Sunday service – Sunday is after all the day of worship for most Christian faiths, but it seems in Barcelona Sunday services are observed very seriously. Because of this, many churches are not allowing tourists to tour the churches on Sunday so not to disrupt Sunday services.
People takes leisurely strolls in Barcelona on Sundays – It’s Sunday and its everyone’s day off, and there is no reason to stay at home. Why not take a leisurely stroll in Barcelona’s best public spaces enjoying the nice sunny weather.
Some of them hang out at cafes – if strolling is not their thing, people would hang out with their friends at their neighborhood cafe. Some of them would have extended lunches with friends at these cafes after church which is often the best time to meet and socialize.
People walk their dogs on Sunday – dog owners take their dogs out for a walk. Their seems to be a lot of dog owners in Barcelona who takes their dog practically everywhere.
Major attractions are very crowded and very busy on Sundays – Since people have a lot of free time on Sundays, most of the major attractions are busy and crowded on Sundays. Some of these places such as the Colom Monument would have Sunday flea markets where curious oddities are often on sale.