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Impact of All Saints Day in Barcelona

One of our days in Barcelona falls on Nov 1 (All Saints Day), which is a holiday. I've checked open hours for various tourist sights and there doesn't seem to be much impact but I'm wondering how it might affect crowds at Casa Mila, Casa Batllo, Parc Guell, and the Magic Fountains at night on Montjuic. I've read that most shops will be closed but most restaurants will be open. Can anyone weigh in on what to expect on a holiday? Are sights likely to be more or less crowded? Will Metro and bus schedules be affected?

Thanks!

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Many time-slots at the Gaudi sites regularly sell out. They tend to be about as crowded as the fire marshall (?) will allow, so I don't think a holiday is going to make significant difference at Casa Mila and Casa Batllo. The other two I don't know about.

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Hello, for Dia de Todos los Santos (All Saints Day), metro and bus service will not be affected. Many smaller neighborhood shops may be closed, but large ones like el Corte Ingles will be unaffected. Most restaurants should still be open. As a tourist, you will probably not notice much difference.

This is traditionally a day when families go to cemeteries to remember loved ones, but I doubt this is celebrated as much like this nowadays. Local people have the day off, and want to enjoy it a such, but locals won't be lining up to visit tourist places like Casa Mila and Parc Guell, you can expect no significant increase in the usual # of sightseers, so yes it will probably still be packed with foreigners, business as usual :)

PS The Montjuïc Magic Fountains are a pickpocket hot-spot at night, so just be a bit more weary there at that time.

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Hi, becaise November 1 is on a Friday this year the city will likely be a little quieter than usual — with people heading off into the hills, or visit 'their' villages, or maybe another European city (e.g. London or Rome) on Thursday evening for a mini city-break. Enjoy your visit.

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Thanks to everyone for the feedback. It's all encouraging!