5 Things To Do This Summer In Barcelona

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July 2014

If you are plotting a little getaway to lovely Barcelona then you may be interested to know that the summer agenda in this vibrant city is jam-packed full of exciting things to do. Hold your plans for a trip to the beach and take a look at what’s on offer in the Catalan capital over July and August this 2014.

Barcelona Night Bus Tour

The Barcelona Night Bus (Barcelona Bus Turistic de Nit) takes fortunate passengers on a magical tour of some of the city’s most iconic monuments, lit up in all their night time glory, during the warm summer evenings in Barcelona. Featuring on the itinerary is the beautiful Magic Fountain of Montjuic, the Sagrada Familia Basilica, Casa Batlló and Agbar Tower, amongst others. Tours are available on Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings. The bus departs at 9:30 p.m. from Plaça Catalunya and the journey lasts approximately 2 hours and 30 minutes. Tickets cost €19 for adults, €10 for children from 4 to 12 years and all tour staff speak English, Spanish and Catalan. The service will be available up until the 14th of September 2014.

Barcelona Grec Festival

Barcelona’s Grec Festival comprises an annual summer music, dance, circus and theatre festival. It features a huge programme of performances from internationally renowned artists in some of the most popular venues across the city. Its name is lent from the main festival venue, the Teatre Grec (Greek Theatre), which comprises an open-air theatre located on Montjuic Hill. Tickets are available for purchase now up until the 31st of July and further information on the many performances is available on the official website.

Música In the Parks 2014

Now in its 19th year, Music in the Parks (Música als Parcs) comprises an annual free summer event featuring a series of outdoor music concerts held in some of the most beautiful parks and gardens in Barcelona. This year, visitors and locals alike can enjoy a combination of classical and jazz music from a variety of performers, including the local Banda Municipal de Barcelona (Barcelona Municipal Band), right up until the 28th of August. Aside from the Banda Municipal who kick off their performances at 8pm, all the concerts start at 9pm in the evening (please check the timetable for further details). It’s free and no booking is required so we recommend that you get there early to grab a nice spot on the grass!

Open Air Cinema At Montjuic Castle

Open Air Cinema At Montjuic Castle (Sala Montjuic Barcelona) comprises an outdoor cinema festival held in the lovely moat gardens surrounding Montjuic Castle. Three films, ranging from popular to classic, are screened every week on varying dates (you’ll have to check the programme). Prior to each film there is live music and sometimes a short film. The bus 150, leaving from Plaça Espanya at 8:30pm, will take you to Montjuic Castle and return when the film has finished. Alternatively, viewers can opt for the more scenic route with the funicular train from Parallel or the Barcelona cable car from the Barceloneta. Please note that the cable car service is not available for the return journey. Of course, you can take your car but may have to get there early to make sure you get a spot. Finally, tickets cost €6 euros and you can rent a deck chair for €3 (highly advised!).

Gracia Festival

Finally, taking place from Friday the 15th to Thursday the 21st of August 2014, is the anxiously-awaited Gracia Festival (Festa Major de Gracia). It comprises the biggest street festival in Barcelona and features hundreds of activities including music concerts, parades, fire runs, the famous castellers (human towers), street markets and much more. Every neighbourhood hosts their own summer festival however, the Gracia Festival is by far the best for the huge and varied programme on offer. Finally, every year around 17 streets in the Gracia district are beautifully decorated by the residents which are well worth a visit in themselves. The festivities will take place up until 2 a.m. on weekdays and approximately 3:30 a.m. Friday and Saturday.

These are just some of the many exciting activities on offer in the charming and vibrant city of Barcelona. For further ideas, take a look at Barcelona Yellow featuring some great ideas on how to spend your time in the Catalan Catalan this summer. Enjoy!

Blog by Maria Allen

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