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Barcelona – What To Expect From Your Summer Visit

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There are nine different beaches for you to explore in Barcelona. Nova Icaria and Mar Bella are the best ones among them.

Barcelona is mostly known for summer fun and fabulous parties. In fact, an estimated 32 million people visit the city annually. If you compare it to only 1.6 million residents, you’ll quickly understand why the capital of Catalonia is a tourist paradise.

In this article, you will learn about the most widely known summer activities as well as a few secrets and hidden gems that will make your visit so much more exciting.

Enjoy the beach life of Barcelona

There are many fantastic beach life activities in Barcelona. Strolling through the marina area is one of the must-have unforgettable experiences.

The beachfront is a vibrant place where the legendary annual “La Merce” fireworks festival takes place. If you’re visiting the city this summer, you may also attend EPT Barcelona, the hottest poker event of the season hosted in the exclusive Casino Barcelona. Actually, over 30 separate festivals are happening in town this summer, including Sónar, a huge international music festival, and Música als Parcs, a series of more intimate concerts hosted in many of the city’s parks.

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 Barcelona is known for its flamboyant nightlife with more bars, clubs, and rooftop parties than you can count.

Diversity is what you’ll find at a summer beach in Barcelona more than anything. The fireworks festival brings together locals as well as tourists for a bacchanalian, and actually slightly dangerous ecstatic beach party full of smokers and drinkers. On the other hand, you may notice chic couples strolling through the promenade, entering five-star hotels, and hosting private parties on their yachts. It all depends on how you want to roll.

Don’t forget to move around and participate in summer sports

Some of the best athletes in the world come from Barcelona. Watching a football game at Camp Nou with a seating capacity of 99,354 is an unforgettable experience.

But there are many ways for you to keep physically active as well. After all, you need to find a way to burn away all of the typical Catalan dishes and get some perspiration going.

One of the most popular pastimes in town is playing volleyball. You’ll find sandy courts all around the beach, with semi-professional teams competing ferociously. But worry not, you can set up your own game and pick your players to make it more manageable. All you need is a ball which you can get for a few euros in any shop near the beach.

You’ll also see a lot of paddle surfing, kayaking, speedboat cruising, dog walking, cross fitting, sailing, fishing, beach football playing, and Frisbee throwing. There is also a big outdoor gym on the beach which attracts sinewy, as well as curvy characters looking for a proper workout.

And when the sun doesn’t burn so much anymore, you can go for a long jog around the beach and look out for interesting people and tourist attractions.

Have you bought the tickets already?

I hope that through this article, I convinced you that Barcelona is one of the best summer destinations out there. The only thing left for you is to grab your plane tickets (which cost around $400 from major cities in the US), and of course book your hotels.

There is a wide variety of accommodation available in town. If you’re on a budget, you can stay in a cheap hostel for around €20 a night. If you’re traveling with a group of friends consider an Airbnb. Giving yourselves a whole apartment at your disposal for more or less 100€ per night. You may also want to go honeymoon style with your partner and book a room in one of Barcelona’s classiest hotels for €120+ a night.

Whatever you do, make sure you don’t forget your swimsuit because the hot weather is virtually guaranteed.