Barcelona in July
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July is a month in which many interesting outdoor events and activities are organised, such as the outdoor cinema screenings, the festival of performing arts, music festivals, various annual local festivals within the districts, and this is all thanks to the warm weather that you’ll experience at this time of year. As well as these events, the arrival of July brings with it many other activities, which we will help you discover below.

Recommended fiestas, activities and events in July

Música als Parcs (Music in the Parks)

Música als Parcs (Music in the Parks)
One of the activities that takes place throughout July (as well as in June and August), making the most of the good weather, is the Música als Parcs festival. All sorts of concerts are organised as part of this festival, all of which are free of charge and in the open air, in various parks throughout the city.

June, July and August.
Various parks throughout the city..
free of charge.

Festival Grec (the Greek Festival)

Festival Grec (the Greek Festival)
Also known as the Festival del Teatre Grec (The Festival of Greek Theatre) or even El Grec, this is a festival with an international flavour, celebrating the performing arts (music, theatre, dance and circus), that takes place throughout the month of July. Events are organised in a variety of venues throughout the city, but the most characteristic is that of the Greek theatre, that gives the festival its name, and that can be found within the gardens of the Teatre Grec.

Throughout the month of July.
The Greek theatre at Montjuïc, and other venues..
depends on the production.
grec.bcn.cat

Eating paella with views of the sea

paella Barcelona
You can’t leave Barcelona without having eaten a delicious paella in a restaurant with views of the sea, and we’d therefore like to recommend a few of the best places to enjoy this experience: Salamanca, Wet Bar, Platja Ca la Nuri, Xiringuito Escribà, Bravo 24, Torre d’Alta Mar, El Cangrejo Loco, El Túnel del Port and La Viblia Wine Restaurant & Showroom, amongst others.

Throughout the year (recommended from May to September, especially sitting out on one of the terraces).
La Barceloneta and Barcelona’s promenade..

The annual Poble Sec fiesta

Festa Major Poble Sec
Poble Sec is one of Barcelona’s most charming areas, but it isn’t one of the more popular with tourists, and it celebrates its annual fiesta in mid-July. Amongst the various events that are organised, the highlights include many outdoor concerts. We also highly recommend visiting Carrer Blai, on which you’ll find many bars and restaurants with outdoor terraces, the vast majority of which offer the possibility of eating excellent quality food at a good price. Amongst these establishments we think the pinchos bars are worth a special mention, as if you already find yourselves sitting or standing in the generally full terraces, it’s definitely worth trying some of their excellent pinchos.

Mid-July.
The Poble Sec district.
festamajor.poblesec.org

Having a drink in one of the hotel roof terraces

Having a drink in one of the hotel roof terraces
Several years ago hotels started to open their rooftop terraces to the general public, and not just to residents, in some cases just in the summer months but sometimes all year round. It’s a wonderful chance to disconnect from the hustle and bustle of people in the streets, whilst being able to enjoy spectacular views of the city and even cultural events such as concerts (like the “Vespres Inedit’s” series of free concerts) and gastronomic events.

Generally from May to September.
Rooftop terraces of hotels.

Festa Major del Raval

Festa Major Raval
In mid-July the annual fiesta of the Raval takes place. It’s of the most central districts of Barcelona, but also an area that’s often neglected by tourists and locals alike. Throughout the days during the festival, the Raval neighborhood organises various celebratory events, some of the most interesting of which are those discovering the cultural heritage of the area, as well as concerts. The vast majority of events take place on the Rambla, on which the great sculpture of ‘El Gat’ (The Cat) by Fernando Botero will draw your attention.

Mid-July.
The Raval District.

Open-air cinema screenings

Sala Montjuïc
Some of the events that attract the most people, and have over the years become a tradition in July, are the open-air cinema screenings at Montjuïc Castle. The huge screen is set up within its grounds, and the screenings, which always take place after it gets dark, show all sorts of films in their original language with Spanish subtitles. To keep you entertained before the film starts, short live music sets are also put on. Going to see a film at Montjuïc Castle is much more than a night out at the cinema, it’s more of a social evening, in which couples, friends and family can all get a picnic together, with tupperware containers full of your favourite food (crisps, olives, wine) and enjoy an evening of good company and, of course, the chance to see a film in the open air. During the last couple of weeks of July you can also enjoy the cinema screenings on the beach at the Cinema Lliure a la Platja (the free cinema at the beach).

Various days throughout the month of July.
Montjuïc Castle.
€6.
salamontjuic.org
cinemalliure.com

Piknic Electronik

Piknic Electronik
If you’re fans of electronic music you should set aside a few hours on any Sunday throughout July to go to Montjuïc, where Piknic Electronik takes place. You’ll need to pay to go to this open air festival, but the tickets grant you access to all the DJ sessions on the day on which you go, as well as the complementary activities that are organised.

Sundays from June to September.
Jardins Joan Brossa (Montjuïc Park).
€10 / €13 (season ticket €75).
piknicelectronik.es

Festival Cruïlla

Festival Cruïlla
The ‘Festival Cruïlla’, one of the leading summer music festivals in Barcelona, takes place over a weekend in July in the Parc del Fòrum. A large number of bands of all different musical styles perform on the 5 stages within the park. In addition, to complement the musical offerings, all sorts of activities are organised throughout the weekend over which the festival takes place.

One weekend in July.
Parc del Fòrum.
€25 / €75.
cruillabarcelona.com

Sopar amb Estrelles (‘Dinner with the Stars’)

Sopar amb Estrelles
This curious initiative that takes place throughout the summer months mixes astronomy with gastronomy, hence ‘Sopar amb Estrelles’ or ‘Dinner with the Stars’. A dinner is laid on outside the Fabra Observatory with excellent view of Barcelona, then a guided tour of the museum is organised, taking place in Catalan, Spanish or English. Finally, you actually get the chance to take a look at various planets and stars through the telescope. Without doubt, it’s a truly unique experience.

From June until the beginning of October.
Observatori Fabra.
€69.50..
soparambestrelles.cat

The Cap Roig Festival

The Cap Roig Festival
From mid-July to mid-August one of the most glamorous music festivals takes place, the Festival de Cap Roig. We say ‘glamorous’ because it takes place in a very unique venue, el Castell de Peralada (Peralada Castle) on the Costa Brava. Big stars of the national and international stage perform at what has become an unmissable event for lovers of good music. We should warn you, however, that the ticket prices for the concerts are rather high.

From mid-July to mid-August.
Peralada Castle.
depends on the performance.
caproigfestival.com

Els Vespres de la UB

Els Vespres de la UB
Right in the heart of the city centre one of the events that attracts a huge amount of young people is organised, Els Vespres de la UB (Evenings at Barcelona University). It’s a series of free concerts that take place on various nights throughout July in the gardens of the historical building of Barcelona University.

The first two weeks of July.
Gardens of the historical building of Barcelona University.
Free of charge.
ub.edu/vespres/

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Weather and temperature in July

The climate in July is certainly perfect for any tourist who is particularly interested in spending time on the beach in good weather, and in spite of not being the month in which the highest temperatures are recorded (which is August), it’s not far off and it does statistically have the lowest rainfall of the year, which is of course an advantage. You would have very bad luck if you were to come to Barcelona in July and experience bad weather.

As the temperatures can soar on many days in July, it’s advisable to visit places that are indoors and benefit from air conditioning in the hottest part of the day, and this advice is especially recommended for those who aren’t used to the heat. With very few exceptions, the museums, the smallest of shops and all public transport (metro, buses, tram, train and taxis) are air conditioned, so spending time in any of these places will help you to overcome these hottest hours of the day.

Climate statistics for July
Average maximum temperature: 27.7ºC.
Average minimum temperature: 18.4ºC.
Average overall temperature: 22.9ºC.
Average rainfall: 19.8mm.
Sunrise: 06:21 (1st July) – 06:45 (31st July).
Sunset: 21:29 (1st July) – 21:10 (31st July).

Advice, advantages and drawbacks

Advice

As we’ve said for if you’re visiting in August, if you’re in Barcelona for a few days in July we encourage you to plan a day trip to one of the most beautiful towns on the Costa Brava, in the Girona region. We especially recommend Calella de Palafrugell, Begur, Tossa de Mar and Cadaqués, all of which have beaches and coves where you will be able to enjoy a wonderful day on the beach. Another town that we suggest visiting is Peratallada, constructed in stone, which doesn’t have a beach so we’d recommend heading there towards the end of the day to have a wander round the town and a drink outside one of the bars. For everyone else, we simply suggest that you enjoy everything that Barcelona has to offer in summer, and there’s plenty to enjoy, and then if you like what you see you can always return at another time of year which will allow you to see another side to Barcelona.

Advantages

  • Everything that comes with the start of summer: enjoying the sun, Barcelona’s beaches and some of the most beautiful coastal towns of Catalunya, as well as the most lively night life. Or to put it another way, Barcelona in its purest state.

Drawbacks

  • Everything that the start of summer brings with it: the huge amount of tourists that descend on the city, attracted by everything it has to offer during the month of July, mean that restaurants, bars and cafés will be much busier, and there will be bigger queues to see the most famous museums and sights. In spite of this, we still think the drawbacks are small when weighed up with everything that Barcelona has to offer its visitors in July.

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