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Summer 2009 at Barcelona

You plan to come at Barcelona this august or you are already in my city and enjoying its beaches, its good foods but still you feel that something is missing during your vacation. Let’s me tell you that august is full of activities. In fact in most of the Autonomous Regions, there are a lot of organized things for our great pleasure, some are free and some are paying.

The most classic entertainments are museums, in summer there are a lot of exhibitions so if you get tired of beaches, take a tour and some of them organizes special events like the History of Catalonia museum with its urban nights or the MACBA museum which opens during night time from 20h to midnight until september 18 for 3.5€.

If you want a list of all museums, check this topic Museums at Barcelona. If you are looking for something to do at night time until very soon in the morning, from 3 until 9 of august, there is the Barcelona Summer Week 2009 in which the slogan is “7 days, 30 clubs, 7 beaches, 250 events and more than 100 deejays”. This is one of the big events where DJs as David Guetta, Bob Sinclair, Armin Van Buren, Tiesto… will perform. The price is starting from 59€ and if you want to know in which club, beach… they will be, check its official website.


You prefer something more relaxing, don’t worry, there are free live jazz concerts organized in the Ciutadella park. Each wednesday at 22h until august 28, this kind of event started since july 8 and if you plan to go with your girlfriend, I recommend you to do a picnic with candles meanwhile listening the band.

This summer, the city celebrates its 7th edition of music festival called Festival Mas i Mas in which more than 140 live concerts are scheduled in different places like “La Pedrera” (c/ provença 261-265, every day), “Moog” (c/ arc del teatre 3, every day from midnight), “Tarantos” (plaza reial 17, every day from 21h30) and “Jamboree” (plaza reial 17, every day).

What more !!! Not enough with all those things I just told you because you won’t go back at work before september !!! Lucky you are, yes there are more. What about watching a movie in outdoor meanwhile enjoying some free sushi !!!

This activity is called Mecal Air and it takes place every friday between 20h and 24h for 5€ (2€ with flyer). It is a mix of short movies, music and sushi and if you want to enjoy it, you have to go to Montjuic, exactly at “plaça del Baluard del Poble Espanyol” but take note that free sushi is available only between 20h and 21h after, you will have to pay.

What about watching classic movies on a boat while breathing sea air ??? Cinemar is organized by the company “Las Golondrinas” (portal de la pau, in front of Columbus statue). Every friday and saturday until august 29 at 22h for 28€ (drink included), the boat will make a coastal tour so if you get bored of the movie, you still can enjoy a nice night tour and you will be back at the harbour around 23h30. Take note that during day time, there is also this sea tour but without movie from 10h to 19h.

The CCCB museum also celebrates its movie session in outdoor called Gandules 09 (free entrance), every tuesday, wednesday and thursday at 22h and it takes place at “patio de las mujeres” (women courtyard).

If you prefer an urban tour during night time, you can take the tourist bus every friday and weekend until september 27 at plaza catalunya and if you prefer a water show, you have to go to plaza espanya to watch the magic fountain, a show of lights, water and music every thursday, friday and weekend between 20h and 23h30.

You have kids, don’t worry. There are a lot of things for them to have fun like:

  • the zoo at Ciutadella park
  • the acuario at moll espanya del port vell
  • the amusement park at Tibidabo
  • ice skating at Maquinista mall (passeig potosí 2), Club Barcelona Football (c/ aristides maillol 12) and/or Skating Club (c/ roger de flor 168)
  • planetariums at CosmoCaixa (c/ isaac newton, 26), Faculty of Nautical (pla palau, 18), Maritime Museum (avinguda drassanes, 1) and/or Planetarium Municipal (c/ brussel.les, 34).

And I will end with the local and traditional festival of some districts of Barcelona. The first one starts 12 until 16 of august and it is called Sant Roc festival (Sant Roc district). The most famous one is the Gracia festival (Gracia district) from 15 to 20 of august where some streets are decorated (in this topic Traditional celebrations at Barcelona, you can see some pictures) and you have to go absolutely. Sants festival (plaza de la farga) from 19 to 30 of august, it is the same thing as the Gracia festival but at Sants district and it is more focused for children.

So that’s all I can tell you about Barcelona during the month of august, now it is up to you to enjoy at maximum your holidays !!!

July 24, 2009