Summertime in Barcelona
Barcelona is a city that always has something going on and summertime here makes for some unforgettable experiences. The stretches of beach are perfect for lounging during the day and there are so many parks and squares to visit in all of the unique barrios. Parc Ciutadella and Parc Guell are two of the most famous – one offers places to chill and an amazing fountain sculpture, whereas the other is an architectural masterpiece with stunning views of the city. Thanks Gaudi!
Yet, aside from the predictable tourist hotspots, Barcelona has plenty of alternative places to go during the summer months. Here, we look at five of our favourite summertime activities for 2016.
Free Beach Cinema
As of 30th June, Cinema Lliure a la Platja is showing a film every Thursday and Sunday at Sant Sebastia beach. The only criteria for the films shown is that they are independent and have been shown at a film festival. This means you get a great selection of films you may never have even heard of!
This year Cinema Lliure will be showing Les Combattants, The Lobster, Me & Earl & the Dying Girl and Victoria among others. The last film showing of the summer depends on the viewers who can vote for which film they want to see.
Rooftops and Terraces
There are an abundance of terraces to chill out on in Barcelona. The chiringuitos along the beaches are ideal if you need a break from the heat and you can head to the centre where you’ll find some inner city gems.
Maybe we are biased, but Flaherty’s Irish Bar Barcelona has one of the best terrace areas to sit and relax on! We are the only Irish Bar in Barcelona with a terrace!
We offer a satisfying menu for adults and a children’s menu (as well as a park area in front of the bar) to keep the kids happy. We also have umbrellas for shade if the sunshine is a little too strong, and a fantastic selection of beers, smoothies, milkshakes and more!
There are plenty of rooftop bars which offer breath-taking vistas of Barcelona. One of our favourites is Restaurant 1881 per Sagardi which has views of Port Vell and is in the same building as the History Museum of Catalunya – a fabulous choice for history buffs and culture vultures.
Keep an eye out for impromptu rooftop pool parties in Barcelona too!
From the 1st July to 5th August, Sala Montjuic will be holding a film festival which incorporates musical concerts and picnics. Unlike the free beach films, you have to pay an entry fee into Castell de Montjuïc… but it’s totally worth it!
Our pick of the summer is Thelma and Louise, showing on 6th July, which is preceded by a jazz and swing concert. They’re also showing iconic films such as Amy, The Silence of the Lambs, The Wolf of Wall Street and Casablanca.
Sing- Along Barcelona
Sing- Along Barcelona combines karaoke and musicals for a night filled with laughter and bad singing! Taking place at Poble Espanyol, actors perform the musicals on-stage but all songs are subtitled so that the audience can sing along with the cast.
During the month of July, Sing- Along will be performing Grease, Dirty Dancing, Mamma Mia! and Moulin Rouge. Grab your friends and get down there for guaranteed entertainment!
Brunch in the Park
Every Sunday until 11th September, you can head to Jardines Joan Bossa in Montjuic for an amazing festival. By day, there are plenty of family-friendly workshops and activities along with all sorts of street food options for you to try. By night, the atmosphere changes as internationally renowned DJs take to the stage to drown the crowds with electronic music.
Alongside many other acts, Pete Tong, Hot Chip, Dubfire and Vitalic will all be playing this summer. Who ever said Sundays were a day of rest?
We can’t even begin to explain how exciting Barcelona is during summer and this is just a small selection of possibilities for you to choose from. What are your favourite summertime activities in the city?