What to Do in Barcelona in August 2018

This blog post was originally posted on July 20, 2015 and was updated on July 5, 2018.

Ahh, Barcelona in August is a wonderful month!

Although it’s widely known that much of the city closes up and gets out of town, there is still plenty going on! From neighborhood festivals to open-air cinemas, and of course, finding places to escape the summer heat, check out our suggestions for things to do in Barcelona in August.

If you're visiting Barcelona in August, you're in for plenty of summer fun! Here are our top picks for how to enjoy the last full month of summer.

Experience the Gracia neighborhood festival

Our favorite neighborhood, Gracia, holds their famous festa majoror neighborhood festival, in mid-August. There’s a reason why people across Barcelona and even other parts of Spain know about the neighborhood festival in Gracia! That is because it’s a really big deal! The streets are decorated to the max and there are concerts, workshops and events galore. This It’s a must for anyone visiting Barcelona in August! This year’s celebration will take place from August 15-21.

Local’s Tip: Come explore Gracia’s decorated streets with us on a food tour!

Sants neighborhood festival

Sants is another neighborhood that celebrates their festival in August. Just like the Gracia festival, you’ll find decorated streets, loads of live music, great street food and more. It’s the ideal way to immerse yourself in Catalan culture and feel like one of the locals! Save the date for this year’s event, which will take place from August 18-26.

If you're visiting Barcelona in August, check out the authentic neighborhood festivals taking place in Sants and Gracia!
Don’t miss the castellers! These jaw-dropping human towers are a common sight during the Sants festival. Photo credit: Castellers d’Esplugues

Check out the open air cinemas

Most open-air cinemas complete their program towards the end of July, but there are a few that continue on through mid-August. Check out our full post on open air cinemas in Barcelona to see what’s still playing in August.

Cool off in the museums

One place you can guarantee to beat the heat is in a quiet, air-conditioned museum! And Barcelona has some pretty spectacular museums to boot, so if you’re at a loss for what to do during the hottest hours of the day, you’ve got your answer! That’s right: hole up in a museum!

One of our favorite ways to beat the heat when visiting Barcelona in August is to explore one of the city's world-class museums.
Wander through the beautiful courtyard of the Picasso Museum. Photo Credit: Ok Apartment

Dive in and cool off

There’s nothing like cooling off than throwing yourself into a swimming pool. Barcelona has a long list of swimming pools, but here are some of our favorites:

  • Montjuic Olympic swimming pool: built for the 1992 summer Olympics, this is an enormous swimming pool with some great views.
  • Centre Esportiu Parc de la Ciutadela: This quiet swimming pool sits atop the city park sports center. It is the perfect spot to relax, cool off and disconnect from the city below.
  • Torre de las Aguas: known as “the beach of Eixample,” this swimming pool is a total hidden gem and great for kids. You’ll find it tucked away one of the Eixample district’s many enormous inner patios!
  • El Llac de la Creuta del Coll: A lake-converted-swimming pool in the northern part of Barcelona’s Gracia district, this scenic city pool is worth the 15-minute hike up on the metro.

Local’s Tip: Read our full post on how to cool off in Barcelona for more ideas!

Go on a food tour

There’s no better way to get to know a city than through a food tour, if you ask us! Join us on one of our morning food tours, or evening tapas and wine tours, for a truly authentic experience of Barcelona in August.

Get the full experience of a local tapeo when you join us on our Tapas Like a Local Tour! Set in the authentic, off-the-beaten-path Sant Antoni neighborhood, you’ll discover true hidden gastronomic gems, each more delicious than the last. Eating like a local has never been so fun!

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