Summer in Montjuïc When people think of things to do in Barcelona in summer normally the beach is idea number 1. However, in recent years Montjuïc has been the place to be for the Barcelonins in the know. Here are just a few things that make Montjuïc so special in summer…
1. Sala Montjuïc (end of June to beginning of August) Cine a la fresca (Open air cinema) is what’s on the menu at Montjuïc Castle during the whole of July. A wide variety of films including black and white classics, animation, and the latest offerings from European and international directors alike are projected onto the walls of the castle whilst the public grab their blankets and enjoy the cinema under the stars usually with a picnic they’ve brought from home. Each year there is something a little different; in 2013 there were projections with their soundtrack played by an orchestra, in 2012 a special screening of Dinsey’s UP with hot air balloons rides, which begs the question what will 2014 bring?
2. Piknic Electronik (June to end of September) Apparently those crazy Canadians sure know how to party, and they’ve showed Barcelona exactly how it should be done for the past 2 years by bringing the hugely successful Picnik Electronik all the way from Montréal to the sunny slopes of Montjuïc. Held in the Jardines Joan Brossa from the beginning of June to the end of September, Piknic Electronik provides a mini-festival atmosphere with sets from the best DJs on the planet. Not forgetting your little ones, Picnik is family friendly and there are plenty of activities to keep them entertained, I admit to being quite jealous of the water slide under the hot Barcelona sun. Get there early to enjoy a family friendly picnic then stay dancing until the sun sets.
3. La Caseta de Migdia A place so secret most Barcelonins don’t know it exists, La Caseta de Migdia is located on the Mirador del Migdia of Montjuïc, handily in the perfect position to watch the sunset over Barcelona. Open from 12pm until midnight La Caseta offers a simple barbecue menu such as botifarra and chicken on the grill as well as salads and desserts and crêpes for the little ones. Not content with offering some of the best views in Barcelona, La Caseta del Migdia also has entertainment in the guise of DJs, flamenco, bossanova and rumba nights. A fantastic place for a really special evening.
4. La Terrazza (May/June to beginning of October) An open air club in the beautiful surroundings of Poble Espanyol, La Terrazza, lets you dance the night away to the best House and techno music, under the Barcelona stars. Open from May to the beginning of October, La Terrazza also holds special nights during the Sónar festival. If house and techno are your bag then La Terazza is the place to be all summer long.
5. Piscines Picornell/Piscina Municipal de Montjuïc If you’re one of those strange types that don’t like sandy beaches then there are some fabulous alternatives for sunbathing and swimming on Montjuïc. The Piscina Municipal de Montjuïc and Piscines Picornell were used for the 1992 Olympic Games and the famous photographs of the divers with the whole of the city of Barcelona as their backdrop were taken at the former. Blue seas may be a beautiful sight but who can resist sunbathing with the whole of Barcelona at their feet?