Summer activities in Barcelona

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Barcelona is full of life during the summer months. There are many activities and plans to do in the city and its surroundings.  

From June to August, you can enjoy an open-air cinema session in original version with subtitles at the Sala Montjuïc, located in the castle of Montjuïc. In addition, there you can also enjoy a variety of organic cuisine and live music. Alternatively, film sessions are also held on the beach of Sant Sebastià in Barcelona during the summer nights.  

Summer activities in Barcelona

The city is full of festivals throughout the summer. Sónar is a festival of electronic music, innovation and creativity held every year in Barcelona in mid-June. Other renowned festivals in the city are the Cruïlla, Share Festival or the Alma Festival, held in the Pedralbes Gardens.  

There is no better option for a hot summer day than having a refreshing cocktail on a terrace. In Barcelona you will find thousands of terraces, like our rooftop bar Azimuth where you can relax sipping signature cocktails and international street food in a vibrant atmosphere with live music sessions.  

In addition, we recommend a day trip to visit the famous Costa Brava, one of the most beautiful areas of our region. There you will find beaches with crystal clear waters and natural landscapes that look like something out of a fairy tale.  

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You can find all kinds of events in Barcelona all year long.

La Mercè is the patron saint of Barcelona, it is an annual festival and popular celebration held in public places all over the city, it has a huge program of events and traditional activities such as human castles, street parades or concerts.

You can enjoy this traditional festival between September 22nd and 25th.

During this month, visitors can enjoy the different Christmas markets that the city offers, the most relevant are Santa Llúcia Market and Sagrada Familia Market. 

People can visit the Barcelona traditional Christmas nativity scene, which is held in Marès Museum.

If you visit Barcelona during this month, it is a must to go for a walk around its streets to see the Christmas lights and decoration. You will find ice skating rinks, one of them located in the iconic Modernist enclosure of Sant Pau, where a Christmas light spectacle takes place.

What to do in Barcelona

Barcelona has a lot of activities to offer during the whole year. If you plan to visit on the first month of the year, here are some things that you might not want to miss: 

In February we celebrate Carnival in Barcelona. This year, it starts on February 8th, the so-called "Dijous Gras" with the "Arribo" (arrival), when the Carnival King presents himself to the crowd and, with the help of his 7 ambassadors, spreads his carnival spirit to the population. This act is followed by the parade of the Carnival King, the most important event of this festivities. From February 8th to 14th, Barcelona will be full of cavalcades, parades, parties and fun.

On February 11th, on Sant Jaume square, you will find the most typical Catalan tradition: castellers. Castells are human towers between six and ten people high, it is originally from Catalonia and was declared Intangible Heritage of Humanity by the UNESCO. If you are in Bacelona on February 11th, it is worth a visit to immerse yourself in the local culture.