Barcelona in summer is a really comfortable time to be in the city, with temperatures rising and endless days of sunshine for months.
While the warm summer weather is always well calculated, sometimes you just want to cool off!
Grab your fan (traditional Spanish fan) and read on to find our Top recommendations to stay cool in Barcelona this summer!
Places to cool off in Barcelona in summer
Montjuïc municipal swimming pool
This iconic pool has hosted the diving events of the 1992 Summer Olympics and is now open to the public to cool off in the Spanish sun in summer.
It has some of the best view in Barcelona – You can see the mountains straight away, with Tibidabo, the Holy Family, and the Agbar tower at your feet.
The admission price is very cheap at € 6.5 for a full day for adults, € 4.5 for 6-14 year olds and children under 5! The pool is open from the start July to the first week of September, from 11 a.m. to 6.30 p.m.
Illa Fantasia water park
Summer in Barcelona is all about splashing around in the water – whether on the beach, in the swimming pool or in the water park!
Slide into the ultimate summer fun with the Illa Fantasia water park! It has 22 slides and 3 large swimming pools to enjoy, which is sure to keep the whole family cool on hot summer days.
The park is open every day from June to September from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tickets cost 29 € for adults, 17 € for young adults under 120 cm and free for children under 90cm! Book tickets online here.
One of the best parts of Barcelona is its variety excellent beaches. There are 7 main beaches which line the city and extend over 4.5 km.
Our favorite beaches are Nova Icària Beach, and Bogatell. These beaches are less crowded than the more famous Barceloneta and are popular with the locals! They have volleyball nets, sun loungers, and a range of beach bars.
Check out our post on the best beaches in Barcelona!
PortAventura Caribe Aquatic Park
Another fantastic water park near Barcelona is the PortAventura Caribe Aquatic Park. It’s near the city Salou, vicinity Tarragona, about an hour from Barcelona.
There are numerous slides, a Wave pool, lazy river and an indoor area with children’s attractions also. There is fun for the whole family here! Tickets cost € 29 for adults and € 16 for juniors and seniors for the whole day. Book tickets online here.
Related read: Water sports in Barcelona
Cool food and drink
Experience the ultimate cooling in summer, in world’s first ice bar on the beach! Found right next to the hot sand of Barcelona Beach, Barcelona’s ice bar is as cold as it gets – it maintains a temperature all year round -5 and -10 degrees Celsius.
Receive an Artic-style jacket and pair of gloves upon entry (which feels incredibly strange in midsummer!). The bar did impressive Ice sculptures also to be admired: from the polar bear to the frosty version of the Sagrada Familia.
Makamaka beach bar
If you choose to go on a day at the beach to soak up the warm weather, be sure to check out Makamaka to have a bite to eat afterwards. It’s popular with both locals and visitors and is loved for its relaxed atmosphere Beach style and delicious food.
It’s right on the San Sebastian and Barcelona Beaches, serves delicious burgers and thirst-quenching drinks. We recommend grabbing a pitcher of cava sangria for the ultimate cool down!
Another great beach bar right next to that Bogatell Beach is that fantastic Go Moana. It offers a traditional menu of Catalan and Spanish dishes, as well as a great cocktail menu. We recommend the “Frozen Mr.Beach” with Bacardi, coconut cream, pineapple juice and vanilla syrup – the perfect cooling off after a day at the beach!
Take a seat in the shade and relax with the cool surfer atmosphere during the day and the funky tunes when the evening falls.
If you love Tas, you should definitely check out these Che Tas bars in Barcelona.
Gelaaati Di Marco
Located in the heart of Barcelona, Gelaaati from Marco is a treasure ice cream parlor that a hot summer day demands. You have an enormous variety of flavors to choose from, all of which are 100% natural with no additives or preservatives.
Manna ice cream
Famous as one of the best places in Barcelona for ice cream, Manna ice cream is a must in summer. They are an artisanal ice cream shop that specializes in tropical flavors, as well as delicious crpes, waffles, and brownies.
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