Barcelona is one of the best cities to enjoy the summer, with magnificent beaches and a huge range of activities and entertainment aimed at easing the heat of the sun.
There is no better time to enjoy a romantic getaway or a family holiday in Barcelona. In this article we present a list of things to do in Barcelona this summer when the temperatures rise. Check it out!
The best things to do in summer in Barcelona
Go for a dip on the beach
Summertime means going to the beach, and Barcelona's beaches in summer are a luxury you can't miss out on. Within the city itself you'll find beaches such as San Miquel, San Sebastián, Somorrostro, Mar Bella or Bogatell, perfect after a day’s work or to relax during the weekend. Not only can you take a refreshing dip in the sea, but also enjoy the beach bars or water activities such as paddle surfing.
Seek the shade in the parks
Taking refuge under the trees in the parks is a good plan if you don't know what to do in Barcelona in summer with children. The little ones will have fun with a picnic on the grass while discovering the flowers and plants of the Montjuïc Botanical Garden or discovering all the nooks and crannies of the Parc de la Ciutadella. In summer, Barcelona also hosts the Music in the Parks cycle, with concerts for all audiences in the city's green spaces.
Discover the best ice-cream parlours
One of the best summer activities in Barcelona is to explore the city's hidden ice-cream parlours. Some of the best known are Obrador Delacrem on Enrique Granados, where you'll always find a queue, Kurimu on Carrer Urgell, with unique flavours from Japan, or Paralello in Gràcia, with the best artisan ice creams in the Italian tradition.
Outdoor cinema and theatre
Another good entertainment option to fight the high summer temperatures is to sign up for one of the open-air cinema and theatre evening sessions that are held in several venues around the city.
Film buffs can't miss the open-air season that takes place every year at Montjuïc Castle, the Cinema Lliure on the beach at La Mar Bella, or the Cine Fuera de Lugar as part of the Barcelona International Women's Film Festival.
Enjoy the summer terraces in Barcelona
There's no better way to cool off in the heat of Barcelona than to go out on a terrace, and where better than a terrace with a view? At the Grand Hotel Central's rooftop Sky Bar you'll find one of the best cocktail menus in the city, which you can accompany with delicious dishes and tapas. Enjoy a drink from the heights of Barcelona with the sea in the background, every day from 7pm.
Find accommodation for this summer in Barcelona
If you are looking for a hotel for your holidays in Barcelona this summer, in our 5* boutique hotel Grand Hotel Central you will find the best luxury in the heart of the city. Unwind in our bright, modern rooms after a day of sightseeing, or end the day relaxing in our infinity pool with panoramic views. Book your stay in Barcelona this summer at Grand Hotel Central.