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)
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.
Various parks throughout the city..
€ free of charge.
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.
The Greek theatre at Montjuïc, and other venues..
€ depends on the production.
Eating paella with views of the sea
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.
La Barceloneta and Barcelona’s promenade..
The annual Poble Sec fiesta
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.
The Poble Sec district.
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.
Rooftop terraces of hotels.
Festa Major del 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.
The Raval District.
Open-air cinema screenings
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).
Brunch -in the Park
If you’re fans of electronic music you should set aside a few hours on any Sunday throughout July to go to Montjuïc, where Brunch -in the Park 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.
Jardins Joan Brossa (Montjuïc Park).
€ €10 / €13 (season ticket €75).
Cruïlla Barcelona Summer Festival
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.
Parc del Fòrum.
€ €55 / €135.
Sopar amb Estrelles (‘Dinner with the Stars’)
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.
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.
€ depends on the performance.
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.
Gardens of the historical building of Barcelona University.
€ Free of charge.
Hotels and other accommodation in July
Transport and tourist cards
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 JulyAverage 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).