10 great summer attractions in Barcelona

Barcelona is great to visit all year round, but there’s no doubt that during the summer, this city simply shines. These are the top 10 attractions to see in Barcelona in the summertime.

  1. The waterfront by the Port Olimpic

 

Barceloneta Beach, Barcelona

Did you know there are over 5 Km (3.10 miles) of car-free paths to wander freely by the Port Olimpic? There are 10 beaches in Barcelona, some of them considered among the best city beaches in the world, and beyond that is the place to go for a drink in a chiringuito, roller skating, biking or the best place to chill out after a perfect day in the sand.

  1. Enjoy a relaxed evening in the city parks

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Barcelona is not exactly a green city but its parks are one of a kind. Spend the evening relaxing at Ciutadella Park with live drums in the background or by the lake, get lost at Horta’s Labyrinth Park, find a shaded spot at the Botanic Garden in Montjuic or take a break from shopping at the secluded Turó Parc near Diagonal’s shopping district.

  1. Discover new heights in a fancy hotel rooftop

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If you’re looking to enjoy a cocktail in a nice atmosphere, where there’s good music and terrific views, just head to any of the hip hotel rooftops that unwrap beginning early May. Whether is the new and fancy terrace at Yurbban Hotel, the rooftop at Barceló Raval that gives away 360º views or the last floor at Condes de Barcelona Hotel in Passeig de Gràcia, there are so many to choose from!

  1. Take a ride at Montjuic fun cable car

Montjuïc Cable Car, Barcelona

It’s short but superb: the cable car that takes you to Montjuic Castle is the fastest, most styling and exciting way of going up the hill. If the day it’s sunny (hello, we’re in Barcelona), you’ll get the best pics for Instagram.

  1. Visit Casa Batlló

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Gaudi and Barcelona go hand in hand, but nothing like Casa Batlló to take you on a journey to an architecture you’ve never imagined. Take a legendary snapshot in the rooftop during sunset in the coolest house ever built by Gaudi.

  1. Magic Fountain of Montjuic

    It’s refreshing, it’s fun and best of all: it’s free! The Magic Fountain of Montjuic is one of the most beautiful shows in Barcelona mixing lights, water and music that appeals to all ages.

Magic Fountain at Montjüic

  1. Find refuge from the heat in the best museums

MACBA. Barcelona Museum of Contemporary Art

So many museums to choose from and so little time! There are so many things to see in Barcelona but if you don’t have that much time and want to shy away from the heat, don’t miss Picasso Museum (a must), MACBA or the Joan Miró Foundation. The Barcelona Museum Pass may be just what you were looking for, one same ticket for 6 museums.

  1. Take it to the countryside in Montserrat

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Take my word on this one. You will never see anything like Montserrat anywhere in the world. Imagine a fairytale mountain with a beautiful Monastery embedded in the rock and breathtaking views. This is a must in any visit to Barcelona.

  1. Unmask the unique sites of Costa Brava and Dali’s work

Cadaqués in the Costa Brava

If you’re up for more excursions out of the city, take one or two days to discover another impressive and unique site of Catalonia: Costa Brava. Miles of gorgeous little towns scattered along the rocky coastline, with beautiful and secluded beaches and home to Dali’s former house and workshop, now turned into a museum.

  1. Join the best electronic parties in town

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There’s no way you can leave Barcelona without hitting any of the best electronic parties taking place all summer. The best of the genre gathers every year in Barcelona to deliver the best music to a very demanding crowd.

Did I leave out any of your favorites? Don’t be afraid to share your thoughts!

Halloween in Barcelona

Even though it’s a borrowed tradition from overseas, Halloween in Barcelona keeps growing in popularity every year. This is how Barcelona celebrates Halloween.

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Halloween’s celebrations in Barcelona are blended with the original catalan holiday of Tot Sants (All Saints), which takes place on November 1st, and given that Halloween is not as hyped as in the US, this holiday has different shades and a flavor of its own, compared to the Halloween celebrations in other countries.

Despite being associated with a children’s holiday, Halloween in Barcelona is very popular among adults too, but either way, trick or treating is not a usual habit. Instead, lavish costume parties for grown ups take the town by storm throughout the city’s bars and clubs.

One thing you can’t miss about the Halloween/All Saints in Barcelona is “La Castanyada”, a popular tradition from Catalonia that commemorates the dead each November 1st, by having a meal including chestnuts, sweet potatoes and panellets (small cakes made of marzipan and covered with nuts).

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Since late october, the presence of street vendors selling roasted chestnuts wrapped in newspaper is common in Barcelona. Along with these delicacies, several events like music concerts and choral ensembles.

One popular way of celebrating Halloween in Barcelona is heading to Port Aventura, a large amusement park located 110 Km (68 miles) away from Barcelona. It offers a special horror weekend and shows with ghosts, zombies, monsters and pumpkins of course.

Other big parties in Barcelona for Halloween are those in Razzmatazz with the Razzlloween Night on october 31st. CDLC Club will host the “Fear of the Night” Halloween party, as well as Sutton Club, that will held the #WILD Halloween Costume Ball on wednesday Oct. 29th. Opium Mar, Shoko Club, Sala Apolo and Monasterio will also host Halloween themed parties.

For a different Halloween celebration, head to the Moll de les Drassanes on the night of the 31st (right next to Las Golondrinas dock) and go on board a catamaran with your costume on, for a three hour Halloween Boat Party with music and drinks.

Photo Credits: Hanna Horwarth and Manel Zaera in Flickr

The best 5 underground electronic parties in Barcelona

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Image: L’Atlàntida Facebook Page

The electronic music party scene is quite busy in Barcelona. Oftentimes the best parties are a one time thing or random events, however these are the best 5 underground electronic parties in Barcelona that happen frequently at a specific place.

L´Atlàntida Barcelona

This club can be considered “The club of the Barcelona summer” by two facts: it’s in front of the sea and has a magnificent outdoor pool, as well as being quite spacious. Different types of parties take place depending on the day of the week.

The events on Friday at L´ Atlàntida are organized by FACT , promoter group of international relevance, satisfying the most demanding tastes in reference to styles like minimal, tech house or softer line techno.

At parties organized by FACT you can enjoy performances by Dj’ss such a Adriatique, Anja Schneider, Craig Richards, Davide Squillace, East End Dubs and others as equally important on the worldwide electronic music scene.

Saturdays at BeCool

Saturday nights at BeCool have become one of the most wanted parties in Barcelona for techno lovers.

These parties are organized by Javi Lago, Sintetics Label manager from Barcelona, who also have residence once a month on Saturdays programming.

The programme has had in the line-up names like Alexander Kowalski, Dustin Zahn, Petar Dundov, Heiko Laux, Samuel S. Session, Oscar Palacios and Delusions, among many others.

Also you can find on the programme special Showcase nights such as Sintetics label night or Enemy Showcase night.

Moreover, they often have some details for party goers like fruits or candy.

Moog Club

The very space of this club makes it the ideal party place in Barcelona. The lights, the flooring, the mirrors, metal and wood with a techno-punk air, give the club a festival-like touch.

We have to point out that the style of the club is mainly oriented towards techno, though there can be other styles of electronic music like house, electro or minimal.

In Moog you can enjoy good djs, local as well as international, such as Rabent, Fran Navaez, Olmos, NX1, Angel Alanis, among others. This is one of the techno clubs one must visit when you are in Barcelona and also a good place to meet people.

Club4

Is the club on Thursday nights at City Hall. It can be said that Thursdays in Barcelona are of Club4.

This parties organized by B4 Bookings are an important reference for techno in the city, one of the best electronic music clubs in Barcelona and right in the city centre.

In Club4 are held Label nights, special long dj sets and other specific parties. Normally you can find playing Djs such a Paco Osuna, Joseph Capriati, Adam Beyer, Sian, Misstress Barbara, Dubfire and many others.

Insert

Even though Insert is a club that just opened very recently, it has become the hallmark of the industrial clubs in Barcelona. Insert is compared with clubs like Tresor in Berlin.

It offers sessions of quality underground techno on a standard basis, which makes it a club thought of for a public with a deeper knowledge of the techno genre.

Insert has a fixed location in winter, now is characterized for offering itinerant parties, because its concept is known well.

Its resident Djs are Audiolux , Tork and Men, and in addition its line-up has included Pfirter, Flug, Tadeo, James Ruskin and Tommy Four Seven, among others.

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