This year’s heatwave has hit the southern European cities particularly hard. But if you’re headed to Barcelona this year don’t panic too much. The city is blessed with cooling afternoon winds that sweep off the sea bring some respite from the heat. And unlike many other southern European cities (which pretty much shut down for the summer) there's a lot happening in Barcelona in August. Here are our picks...
Gaudi and music
Gaudi’s jaw dropping architecture is one of the most famous features of Barcelona. In the summertime this enterprising city turns some of his most impressive works into outdoor music venues...
Les Nits D’Estiu at Palau Güell, source: www.facebook.com/PalauGuell
Palau Güell: Enjoy live music concerts and drinks on the terrace of the stunning Palau Güell. The ticket price includes a tour of the building that was one of Antoni Gaudí’s earliest works. This is very much an exclusive affair as just 50 visitors will be allowed in for each Les Nits D’Estiu concert. This year the programme includes jazz, tango, classic and doowoo, swing and Hindu music. 30 July, 6, 13 & 20 August, palauguell.cat
La Pedrera (Casa Milà), source: www.facebook.com/lapedrera.barcelona
Casa Milà: Enjoy live jazz concerts every Friday and Saturday evening on the roof terrace of La Pedrera (Casa Milà). The evening includes a free visit the Espai Gaudí exhibition plus a drink on the terrace. Every Friday and Saturday until 12 September, www.lapedrera.com
Casa Batlló: Another of Gaudi’s masterpieces hosts exclusive music performances on its fabulous Dragon terrace every Wednesday to Saturday throughout the summer. Until 26 September, www.casabatllo.es
Festa Major de Gràcia
Festa Major de Gràcia, source: Flickr/Roger Braunstein
Barcelona’s biggest street party takes place in the Gràcia neighbourhood attracting 1.5 million party goers every year. If you think you know what a street party is think again.
Prepare to be amazed by the ingenuity of each of the 25 local associations as they vie to win the coveted ‘best decorated street’ award. Wonder at the colles castelleres (human towers), enjoy free music, eat, drink and party in the streets. 15 - 21 August, for information in English see www.barcelonayellow.com
San Miguel Mas i Mas Festival
Motis, Chamorro & Scott Hamilton, © Júlia Lluch, source: www.masimas.com
The twelfth edition of this music festival takes place in late summer with blues, folk, jazz, flamenco, dance and pop concerts across the city. This year’s event commemorates the 55th anniversary of the Sala Jamboree and release of the Miles Davis & Gil Evans album, ‘Sketches of Spain’. 27 July - 6 September, www.masimas.com
Camp Nou, source: Flickr/JonathanVitela
The football season seems to kick off earlier and earlier each year and 2015 is no exception. FC Barcelona’s new season starts with the traditional Joan Gamper Trophy match which this year is against Roma in early August. 5 August, Camp Nou, www.fcbarcelona.com
Homenatge a la Barceloneta, source: Flickr/Oh Barcelona
No trip to Barcelona would be complete without a visit to the city’s most loved urban beach. Barceloneta is not perhaps the most stunning of its kind but what it lacks in beauty is more than made up by the ample opportunities for people watching.
You’ll see all walks of life engaging in all kinds of activities including beach volleyball, capoeira, playing music, promenading or simply relaxing on the beach. Relax at a restaurant or bar along the beach and make sure not to miss seeing Frank Gehry's glittering gold fish and Rebecca Horn's 'Homenatge a la Barceloneta' at sunset.