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Barcelona in summer is a vibrant city full of activities and events to enjoy to the fullest. Here are some ideal plans for the summer in Barcelona:

1. Enjoy the Beaches

Barceloneta: The most popular and busiest beach, perfect for swimming, sunbathing, and enjoying the chiringuitos (beach bars).
Bogatell: Quieter than Barceloneta, ideal for playing sports like volleyball or simply relaxing.
Nova Icaria: With a family atmosphere and close to the Olympic Port, perfect for water activities.

Barceloneta beach | Barcelona website | Barcelona City Council

2. Music Festivals

Primavera Sound: Although generally held in late spring, this alternative music festival is one of the most important in Europe.
Sónar: Electronic music and multimedia art festival that takes place in June.
Cruïlla: Festival that combines music, art and various activities in the Parc del Fòrum.

When and where to visit Sónar Festival Barcelona 2022

3. Outdoor Events

Open Air Cinema: In places such as Sant Sebastià beach or Montjuïc Castle, where films are projected outdoors in a unique environment.
La Mercè: Barcelona's main festival in September, with concerts, parades, light shows and fireworks.

Por qué se celebran las Fiestas de la Mercè?

4. Visit Markets and Fairs

Boquería Market: Explore the colorful stalls of this famous market on Las Ramblas.
Sant Antoni Market: Another traditional market where you can find fresh food and clothing stalls.
Craft Fair on Passeig de Gràcia: Where you can find local crafts and unique products.

Barcelona: Local tips for visiting La Boqueria market

5. Aquatic Activities

Paddle Surf: Rent a paddle surf board and enjoy the sea from a different perspective.
Kayak and Sailing: You can rent kayaks or take sailing classes at Port Olímpic.
Diving and Snorkeling: Although it is not a typical activity in the city, there are organized excursions to the Costa Brava.

Paddle Surf + Brunch (08/07/2023) - Sociedad Suiza de Barcelona

6. Explore Montjuïc

Montjuïc Castle: Climb the castle to enjoy the panoramic views of the city.
Magic Fountain of Montjuïc: The light and music shows at the fountain are a magical experience.
Montjuïc Gardens: A perfect place to walk and enjoy nature and tranquility.

The Magic Fountain of Montjuïc – Barceló Experiences

7. Bike Rides

Bicing: Use Barcelona's bike sharing service to explore the city.
Besòs Route: A cycling route that follows the course of the Besòs River, ideal for a quiet walk.

Gaudí & Modernisme Bike Tour | Guided Barcelona Tours | Fat Tire Tours

8. Parks and Green Spaces

Parc de la Ciutadella: Perfect for having a picnic, taking a boat ride or simply relaxing.
Parc Güell: Although the monumental area has a fee, many parts of the park are free and offer spectacular views.
Parc del Laberint d'Horta: A beautiful park with a labyrinth of cypresses and garden areas.

A Quick Guide to Parc de la Ciutadella - Booze Cruise Blog

9. Sports Events

Sailing Regattas: In Port Vell and Port Olímpic.
Marathons and Races: Participate in some of the popular races organized in the summer.
Beach Sports: Volleyball, soccer and other sports are widely practiced on the city's beaches.

The Puig Vela Clàssica Barcelona Regatta is set to once again glide through  the waters of the city - Puig Vela Clàssica Barcelona

10. Cultural Visits

Free Museums: Some museums such as the MNAC or the Picasso have free entry on Sunday afternoons.
Gaudí Routes: Visit the Sagrada Familia, Casa Batlló, and La Pedrera to discover the work of the famous architect.
Casa Batlló by Gaudí, Barcelona | Official website

Barcelona in summer offers a perfect mix of outdoor activities, cultural events and entertainment options for all ages and tastes. Make the most of your time in this wonderful city!