When summer arrives, Barcelona becomes an even more incredible city to live and visit. In addition to its wonderful architecture and its usual cultural, gastronomic and leisure offer, during the summer the city offers an almost endless catalogue of events and activities to enjoy taking advantage of the good weather.
This is a busy city during the summer, especially with tourists. In fact, it is the time of the year that many students from around the world choose to go to take a Spanish course in Barcelona, while they also can get to know the place and enjoy everything it has to offer. When summer arrives, Barcelona becomes an even more incredible place than it is throughout the year, there are beaches, museums, parks, neighbouring towns to make a small round trip, aquariums, zoos, historic streets, as well as a large number of options for the visitor to enjoy.
Apart from its tourist attractions and its wonderful architecture, the city offers a whole series of interesting events during this time of year. Let’s take a look at some of them.
You can enjoy the magic of cinema under the stars since the heat of the summer months invites you to put aside the seats in conventional cinemas.
There is a festival called “Cinema a la Fresca” that offers, with the imposing Montjuïc castle as a beautiful open-air room, moreover, the huge esplanade of the castle allows you to have a picnic to complete an unbeatable day.
The festival presents an eclectic program that combines recent hits with great classics and auteur cinema. In addition, each film session is accompanied by a short film or a previous concert.
However, if you prefer the beach, the Cinema Lliure a la Platja festival shows a selection of high-quality independent titles that you can enjoy for free on the beach in San Sebastián.
This is an activity very visited by students that take a Spanish class in Barcelona, since listening to movies in Spanish is a great exercise.
Relax at the Beach
Barcelona is a great thing because some of its beaches are just a few minutes walk from the city centre. And summer is the perfect time of the year to visit them all and enjoy the sun, the sand and the calm waters of the Mediterranean, in addition to all the maritime activities available.
One of the most famous beaches in Barceloneta, located in the city’s maritime neighbourhood par excellence. On this beach, you will find some of the best restaurants in Barcelona and several beach bars where you can have a drink caressed by the sea breeze.
Other outstanding beaches in the city are those of Icaria (in the Olympic Village), Mar Bella, Bogatell and Sant Sebastià beach.
If you are not a beach person, you will also find a wide range of pools in which to relax, sunbathe and take the most refreshing baths.
The truth is most people who decide to take a Spanish language trip to Barcelona, choose this destination during the summertime because of its beauty and beaches.
Several Parks and Gardens to Visit
Ciutadella Park: The history of Ciutadella Park is closely linked to that of the city. It was built on an old military citadel, and currently houses the zoo and the Parliament of Catalonia.
The Ciutadella is an oasis in the urban centre. With the imposing Arc del Triomf presiding over the entrance, it is the largest park in Barcelona, with about 18 hectares of extension. It has large wooded areas, gardens and a lake in which to take a nice boat ride.
Als parcs music: Music and nature merge seamlessly in Barcelona with “Música als Parcs”. It is a cycle of free jazz and classical music concerts held in the city’s main parks and gardens with performances by renowned artists. It is held during the summer months.
Park Güell: This park was designed by Gaudí at the beginning of the 20th century. The Catalan genius masterfully integrated modernist architecture and nature by giving free rein to his fantasy, through a spectacular set of terraces, mosaics and sculptures. You will be able to enjoy a stairway with the iconic dragon that greets visitors at the main entrance, among the Sala Hipóstila, the Plaza de la Nature, the Austrian Gardens.
This place is full of magical corners in which you will feel like in a fairy tale and in which you will be able to contemplate spectacular panoramic views of Barcelona.
Laberint D’Horta: This is one of the oldest and most beautiful and romantic parks in Barcelona. At this site, provided with flower beds, you will be able to enjoy fountains, small squares, pavilions, sculptures, large trees and even a waterfall.
But if something stands out in the Laberint d’Horta park, it is the beauty of the neoclassical garden which with an exceptional design and the charm of its decorative details turn the labyrinth into an architectural marvel in which getting lost is a real pleasure. It is also famous for being the setting for the movie “Perfume”.
Visit the Poble Espanyol
This place offers the essence of architecture, traditions, and art from all over Spain through life-size reproductions of typical constructions from different country regions.
This is a town where a multitude of activities is held throughout the year, built on the occasion of the Universal Exposition held in Barcelona in 1929. It is an authentic open-air architectural museum.
Have Dinner below the Stars
The Fabra Observatory’s Dinner with Stars offers a unique gastronomic experience that combines astronomical observation and a delicious dinner served in one of the most privileged viewpoints in Barcelona.
You will be able to have dinner with beautiful views of Barcelona in the background under the most magnificent sky. After dinner, there is a scientific popularization conference, then you can visit the museum and, to end a magical evening, you will be able to observe distant constellations, stars and much of the solar system through a 1904 telescope.