June events in Barcelona

June is the month when Barcelona really starts to come alive for the summer with a huge range of events and celebrations to kick off the season. Booking a family villa in Barcelona just before the mass of summer tourists flock in is a wise move as the city exudes a festive atmosphere and gorgeous weather.

Sant Joan

On the June 23, Barcelona residents celebrate the festival of Sant Joan. On the night itself the street lights up with a huge display of fireworks and bonfires all over the city, but especially on the beaches. It is not unusual for these displays to last until the early hours of the following morning. You can enjoy the spectacle from the comfort of your Barcelona accommodation while sampling a glass of cava and piles of coca, a type of seasonal bread that is topped with candied fruits.

Pride Barcelona

One of the most colorful events on the Barcelona events calendar is the Pride Festival, a 10-day festival where Barcelona shows its gay pride. You can find parties, concerts, and more, all topped off with a spectacular parade.

Sonar

This three-day international music festival is a must-see for anyone who loves electronic music and contemporary arts. The festival is celebrating its 25th year and the days include record fairs, art displays, exhibitions, and conferences, while at night concerts and DJs perform at multiple venues just outside the city.

Musica als Parcs

Another great reason to have a Barcelona vacation rental in June is the free al-fresco concerts that run throughout the summer in some of the city’s main parks. There’s jazz, various classical music, and bands, so pack a picnic and enjoy a few blissful hours under the sun.


Barcelona’s best spots to see fireworks

Barcelona could be considered to be the ‘Fireworks Capital’ of Catalonia. In fact, it’s almost impossible to take a vacation in Barcelona without seeing the sky light up in a myriad of bright, bold colours. New Year’s Eve, La Merce festival, and the Sant Joan festival host three of the biggest fireworks displays on the Barcelona events calendar, but the big question is, where are the best places to view them from in the city?

Here are a few great options to consider:

Barceloneta Beach

There’s no location in Barcelona quite like Barceloneta Beach, which is why many parties and celebrations are held here throughout the year. The beach is one of the best places to watch the city’s fireworks displays, and there is usually a very lively, colourful atmosphere to enjoy, too.

Your Barcelona Villa

If you’re travelling with young children, or if you don’t really like big crowds, then consider watching the fireworks from your villa in Barcelona. During the bigger holidays, you should have great views from your windows or patio, and you can enjoy the show in a relaxed, quiet, and comfortable environment.

Bunkers de Carmel

If you rent a house in Barcelona near the El Carmel neighbourhood, then the most obvious choice for viewing the fireworks if from the famous Carmel bunkers. From the top of the hill you can enjoy an incredible 360-degree view of the city, putting you in a prime location regardless of where the fireworks take place.

Montjuïc

Like the Carmel bunkers, the beauty of Montjuïc is that the hill looms over the city, so you have a fantastic vantage point. An additional benefit of Montjuïc is that the hill tends to be a little less crowded than locations in the city centre, so you should be able to find plenty of space to set up a tripod.


Barcelona’s can’t-miss annual events!

Spending your holiday in Barcelona in this year? Don’t miss out on these exciting events that appeal to every taste.

 

Although this year’s Congress has already passed, next year’s Congress plans to be bigger and better than ever. More than 93,000 attendees descended upon the event that was held at both Plaça Espanya and Montjuic. Exhibits and speakers from companies like Accenture, Lenovo, and IBM informed guests of the latest in the world of mobile communication as well as what is in store for the future. You must see these 7 wonders of the world.

 

The race begins and ends just below the picturesque Montjuic Park, a hillside park that overlooks the city and the Mediterranean Sea. The course takes runners past Barcelona’s most famous sights including Camp Nou (FC Barcelona’s football stadium), Gaudi’s masterpiece La Sagrada Familia, and the boardwalk of the Mediterranean beaches.

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La Playa Barceloneta

On the heels of the Festival of Sant Joan is Barcelona’s Gay Pride festival that spans multiple days and features a parade, a high-heel race, parties, and concerts.

 

Located approximately 30 minutes outside of the city of Barcelona, the Circuit de Catalunya is abuzz during this annual event that attracts Formula 1 fans from all over the world.

 

Since 1994, Sonar has brought together music and technology, performed by international musicians, DJs, and other artists for an audiovisual experience like no other.

 

The Strokes, Tori Amos, and Damien Rice are just a few musical acts who will be appearing at this multi-day music festival in Barcelona.

 

The shortest night of the year is one of the most colorful and exciting in Barcelona. The ‘Nit del Foc’ (Catalan for ‘Night of Fire’)  kicks off the summer season in the Catalan capital. Residents and tourists head to the beaches where all-night fireworks light up the sky over the Mediterranean and musicians play along the boardwalk.

 

During this multi-day, mid-summer festival, the streets of the Barcelona neighborhood known as Gràcia fill with pedestrians who admire live music and the street decorations contest put on by local businesses. All decorations are made from recyclable materials, and the results are truly incredible!

Festa Major Gracia
Festa Major Gracia

Barcelona’s last festival of the summer kicks off a new season with more than 500 events and activities including parades, street concerts and performers, and the Fire Festival complete with fireworks and a ‘Fire Run.’

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