What to do in Barcelona in summer?

by Uma Suites

Barcelona is, without any doubt, one of that cities that makes us fall in love from the first moment and at any time of the year. Also in summer, despite the heat and the large number of people who, during the summer months, decide (and we understand it perfectly well), coming to the city to enjoy all that it offers us. 

Cross the wide avenues of l'Eixample to enjoy some of the most characteristic buildings of the Catalan Modernism; get lost in the alleys of the enigmatic Gothic Quarter; wander through all the tourist in Las Ramblas and Barceloneta beach. Endure the summer heat with a good vermouth and some "olives" in the neighborhood of Gràcia or know, in first person, the legacy of Antonio Gaudí with his most emblematic work: the Sagrada Familia.

If you are one of those who have decided to travel to Barcelona this vacation, in UMA Suites we tell you what to do in Barcelona in summer.

What to do in Barcelona in three days

Travelling to Barcelona in summer is a very attractive plan when many of us start planning our holidays. The beach, Barcelona weather (or what is the same, the Mediterranean weather) and the light of the city during this time make them the city a common destination.

If your visit to Barcelona is short but you want it to be intense, we offer you the best plans so that you know what to do in Barcelona in three days and not miss the most essential places.

To move around the city, the fastest option is taking the metro. Our recommendation is, for a three-day visit, to buy the T-10 travel card, a multi-person card of 10 trips that you can buy in any of the subway machines and that serves us for the entire public transport network of the city.

Once we have acquired our card, we can begin our route through Barcelona. To make your planning easier, we have divided the tour by days and zones.


Day 1: Gotic Quarter and El Born

We started our route in the Gothic Quarter, one of the oldest cores in Barcelona. Its medieval layout of alleys and hidden squares is one of the attractions of this neighborhood, that has some interesting buildings and monuments: the Plaza Sant Jaume, where the Palau de la Generalitat and the City Council are located. Right next to it we find the Jewish Quarter or Call and the beautiful Carrer del Bisbe, through which we reach the Placita de la Seu, where we find the Cathedral of Barcelona, (Gothic style but with a curiosity: did you know that its facade is not Gothic but was remodeled in 1913?).

We continue our way towards Via Laietana, one of the arteries of the city, but not before making a stop at the Plaza del Rey, where we can see the Gothic architecture at its best. We cross Via Laietana and arrive at another of the fashionable neighborhoods: El Born. A neighborhood full of bars, restaurants and leisure areas and where we find several points of interest: the Born Market (where we currently find the CCM or Center of Culture and Memory), the Picasso Museum and, of course, the imposing Church of Santa María del Mar. A neighborhood, as we say, full of alternative places, restaurants with author's food and terraces where you can and enjoy a drink after an exhausting day of sightseeing.


Day 2: Raval, Ramblas and Barceloneta beach

We started the second day of the route in the alternative Barrio del Raval. For today, we recommend you taking a bikini, a swimsuit and a towel with you. Raval is a neighborhood that is synonymous with diversity. Here we find the MACBA, Museum of Contemporary Art of Barcelona, that stands out, imposing, among the narrow streets of the neighborhood. The square in front of its facade is known as "the square of the skaters". Are you able to guess why? In this neighborhood is also the Rambla del Raval, which has nothing to do with the touristic Ramblas. Just here we find an unexpected "neighbour": el Gato de Botero, a symbol of the Raval.

We continue our route and we "land" on the Ramblas. To withstand the high temperatures, we recommend you to buy an ice cream in the famous ice cream shop Rocambolesc, located at the beginning of the Ramblas, near Plaza Catalunya. Once well hydrated, we continue our walk along the Ramblas, a pleasant walk among bars, shops and artists that show all the tourists their works of art (paintings of monuments, streets or even cartoons). It is essential to visit the Boquería Market. At the end of the Ramblas, the monument to Columbus awaits us. And for the rest of the day, nothing like going to Barceloneta beach.

And if you want to visit any other different beaches, we recommend you the best beaches in Barcelona.


Day 3: knowing Gaudí's legacy

Our third and final day is dedicated almost exclusively to the legacy that Antoni Gaudí left in Barcelona. We started our route, of course, in its most famous masterpiece: the Sagrada Familia, whose works will not be finished until the year 2016. If you want to visit it inside, we recommend you to book the tickets in advance. You can do it through the Sagrada Familia official website.

Once we have seen the Sagrada Familia, we cross the streets of the Eixample to Paseo de Gracia. The square structure of the "Ensanche" streets allows us to arrive from different points. On Paseo de Gracia we will see some of the most emblematics Gaudí buildings: Casa Milà (also known as La Pedrera) and Casa Batlló, whose façade has been recently restored.

We recommend you to visit the bohemian Barrio de Gracia, very close to Paseo de Gracia and where we can enjoy the typical vermouth with some olives in any of its squares. And finally, what if we enjoy a magical sunset from Park Güell?


If you are looking for accommodation in Barcelona this summer, at UMA Suites we offer you our apartments in Barcelona. Best price guaranteed, flexibility in reservations and cancellations and personalized attention in all our apartments, which have an unbeatable location so you can move easily throughout the city.