10 reasons to visit Barcelona this summer

If you’re planning a summer getaway and unsure where to go, we’ve got some inspiration waiting for you!

Famous for its stunning architecture, lively nightlife and sandy beaches, Barcelona has a lot of exciting things to do over the summer. So pack your sunscreen and hat for a hot summer in Spain!


1. Take a tour of La Sagrada Familia

La Sagrada Familia, which loosely translates to “Temple of the Sacred Family”, is a popular tourist attraction in the Spanish city of Barcelona. Constructed in 1882 by Antoni Gaudí and still not finished even to this day, the temple is rich with culture and packed with stunning traditional architecture and innovation. Inside, the stone pillars are separated by stunning stained-glass windows, murals and colours that twinkle in the sunlight. There are many areas of the temple to see, including the two Facade Murals, the garden, the interior and even Gaudi’s tomb. This location is a must-visit if you’re in Barcelona, as it is one of the most famous landmarks in the country.

2. Relax by the beach

There are plenty of sunny sandy beaches dotted around Barcelona that are ideal for relaxing in the sun. But if you’re away in the city with the family, spending the day at the beach couldn’t be a better way to spend your stay. Bring a sand bucket, shovel and some towels and spend the day relaxing by the Spanish coast. The city’s most famous beach, Barceloneta Beach, is linked to the local fishing port and the coast nearby is famous for its high-quality tapas.

3. Experience the ground-breaking Picasso Museum

If you’re interested in the life, work and art of Pablo Picasso, then this stunning exclusive museum is a must visit while in the city. There is a permanent exhibition of over 4,000 pieces of artwork, as well as memorabilia and information about his close connection with the city of Barcelona. The Museum also houses an important representation of works from 1917, and the series Las Meninas (1957) as well as a comprehensive print collection. They also offer guided and audio tours and exclusive painting workshops.

4. Take a stroll through Barcelona Park Güell

As the iconic staple of Barcelona, Park Güell is a stunning display of colourful tiles, sculptures and gardens all created by Antoni Gaudí. It was originally created to emulate the style of English garden cities, as well as being a self-contained suburb for the more wealthy patrons. The stunning artwork engraved in the marble walls and architecture makes for the ideal Instagram photo. Be sure to trek up to the park’s highest point for outstanding views of the city all the way out to sea.

5. Browse locally at La Boqueria market

Barcelona’s best-known municipal market will wow and entice your senses. From the display of colourful produce to stalls of beautifully handcrafted jewellery and the smell of freshly cooked meals, this will be an experience like no other. Here is a must visit for tourists if you’re looking to score a bite to eat in arguably the most culturally rich market in the country. Try visiting in the early hours of the morning for the best produce and items available.

6. Visit the Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya

Translated to Catalonia’s National Art Museum, this museum houses one of the biggest collections of paintings on wood in Europe. Filled with Romanesque collections from the 12th to the 20th century with sculptures, paintings, photography and even interactive videos, this museum is a must visit. Experience the culture of Spain and the city of Barcelona whilst also enriching yourself in the stunning views of the main building.

7. Attend one of the summer street festivals

There are plenty of street celebrations happening all year around in Barcelona. One of the more popular ones that happens annually in the summer is the Gràcia Festival, which transforms the streets of the city into a gorgeous display of culture and colour. With tons of celebrations, floats, things to do and see, and places for refreshments, these festivals are the ideal place to get your groove on and experience life as if you were a Spanish local!

8. Party it up in a rooftop bar

Known as the city full of bars, Barcelona knows just how to live it large. It’s hard to walk even 5 feet without coming across a glamorous rooftop bar, but knowing the good places to go can be hard. The 5-star Hotel Casa Fuster is a hidden gem – with stunning views of the Passeig de Gracia and the sunset, as well as stunning refreshments and entertainment. You’d be missing out if you didn’t catch a glimpse of Barcelona’s nightlife.

9. Experience authentic Spanish cuisine

If you’re looking for some authentic Spanish grub, then there’s no better place to chow down than near the beachside. With tapas, paella and seafood galore, why not try out the famous La Mar Salada restaurant, which is wildly popular in Barcelona. Caught fresh every day, the seafood at this popular restaurant is a must try. There are plenty of exciting dishes and cuisines to choose from, as well as lots of places to sit and enjoy the Spanish sun.

10. Catch a show at Liceu Opera House

The Liceu is an authentic and cultural landmark for not only tourists of the area but also for locals. For a century after the inauguration in 1847, the opera house was the highlight of the city’s artistic, political and social life. After being remodelled in 1909 after a fire, the inside now seats nearly 3,000 guests. Not only do they host opera performances, they also host ballets, concerts and children’s shows for those visiting with the family.

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