Barcelona is a wonderful city to live in all year round, but summer is where the city truly comes into its own. Tick off everything on our bucket list and prepare to fall in love with Barcelona – it will be an affair to remember!
Montjuic open air cinema
Escape the heat by heading up Montjuic one evening and catching a film. The Sala Montjuic outdoor screenings make for a classic Barcelona summer evening. Watch the sun go down on the castle walls while listening to local musicians, then settle down on the grass to enjoy a classic film. Don’t forget to pack a blanket, a picnic and a jumper – it might be hard to believe but it gets very cool up there!
Stand up paddleboarding in Barceloneta
Rent a paddleboard down at Barceloneta and head out to the open sea! It’s beautiful seeing the city from the water and getting that pulled back perspective on the crowded beach. You can rent a board from 15€ an hour or just 25€ for the whole day!
Every barrio in Barcelona has its own festa major – the literal translation is big party – during the summer. Bands and DJs play on stages set up in the streets and plaças, there are lots of Catalan traditions like correfocs and castellers, and big communal meals which all the neighbours attend. Every festa major is a little bit different, so check out our guide to the different festa majors here.
Wine tasting at Arc de Triomf
Every year, as part of the La Mercè festival, wine producers from all over Catalunya set up shop at Arc de Triomf. You can taste a huge variety of local wines and learn about wine production, while snacking on locally produced cheese and fuet.
Make like you’re in a Kylie Minogue video and head up to the Olympic swimming pool on Montjuic. Originally built in 1929, this pool hosted the diving events at the 1992 Olympics. You’ll get to enjoy panoramic views of the city while you sunbathe and swim for an entry price of only 6.65€ – what a bargain!
Go to an out-of-town beach
Take a train from Sants, and whether you’re going north or south, you’ll be greeted by pristine stretches of sand within half an hour. It’s worth getting out the city for a beach day. Popular destinations to the north are Badalona, Ocata and Cabrera de Mar. If you feel like heading south of the city, Castelldefells and Garraf are both lovely beaches. But be warned – unlike Barceloneta, there are no beer-sellers, so make sure you bring your own drinks!
Bar-hopping in El Gotíc
The labyrinthine streets of Barcelona’s oldest barrio are the perfect location to go bar-hopping. Each twist and turn of the medieval streets will take you to a new bar or terrace, and you’ll end up dancing the night away in a tiny basement club. But be warned – unless you drop pins on Google as you go, you may never find your way back to the best spots you discovered!
Brunch in the Park
Every Sunday through the summer, Brunch in the Park takes over an area of Montjuic just below the castle. There are DJs, bars, food trucks, a children’s area, clothes stalls and a huge dancerfloor – it has a real festival feel. Dance all afternoon and watch the sunset over the city – it’s a pretty perfect way to spend a Sunday!
Have we missed anything out? What’s your favourite thing to do in Barcelona during the summer? Let us know in the comments!