What to See in Barcelona this Summer

What to see in Barcelona this summer, from live music and festivals, to street parties and fireworks displays.

The catalonian capital; famous for Gaudi architecture, Gothic old town alleyways, food, and football, is a great destination all year round, but if you’re planning a visit to Barcelona this summer then check out these events. If you love to party, then try a fiesta Barcelona style!

Views of Barcelona

Views of Barcelona, Torre Agbar, Las Ramblas and from Tibidabo to the beach

Barcelona Music Festivals
Barcelona is a great destination for music lovers with International music festivals and acts, and plenty of live music venues. If you’re here in summer you can catch the famous Primavera Sound festival (28th-30th May), Sonar 2015, and Hard Rock Rising (24th-25th July) amongst others. There are also festivals all summer long, such as Piknic Electronik (Every Sunday from 28th June to 20th Sep) with different music acts. The festival Grec showcases all the arts but includes more traditional music performances in the open air Greek Theatre on Montjuic.

Barcelona Beach

Barcelona Beachfront Musicians

Traditional Celebrations – Nit di San Joan
Barcelonians love to party, so almost every week there’s some reason to start a procession and play some music.
The Nit de Sant Joan (or Feast of Sant John) is the biggest and loudest festival of the year, where Catalans celebrate midsummer (on 23rd June) with lots of fireworks and revelry. There are parties all over town but head down to the beach in Barcelonetta for some serious partying – the crowd can reach 100,000 people so not for the faint hearted!
The biggest end of summer party is September 15-24th – La Festa de la Merce which celebrates Barcelona’s patron Saint. Be prepared to see street art, dance, costumes, folklore celebrated (people dressed up as dragons and giants) and the throwing of firecrackers, all ending with a huge fireworks display.
Gracia Festival

La Festa Major de Gracia Festival

Barcelona Block Party
Each Barcelona Barrio (neighbourhood) has a week-long summer Street Party – the Festa Major. That means 10 weeks of parties in total by the time each neighbourhood has celebrated! They generally involve castellers (human tower displays), music and dancing in the street and lots of merriment. The most famous is the Les Festes de Gràcia (one week in August) where the streets are decorated with various themes and there is a music stage in the main square. Prepare for lots of dancing in the streets!
MACBA

Barcelona’s MACBA

Barcelona Art Shows
Until Aug 30, Photographer Gabriel Casas has an exhibition at the famous museum Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya (MNAC) of Barcelona life, until 7th June you can see the Moche art from ancient Peru exhibit at the CaixaForum, and the Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona (MACBA) is showing it’s Species of Spaces exhibit and Sergi Aguilar’s sculptures. MACBA is also a good spot to check out the skateboarders and break dancers who hang out there. The Festival Fotografia Documental Barcelona, (DOCfield15) is also on until 23rd July – a celebration of photography in Barcelona and with over 40 free shows – this year’s theme is ‘The Heart of Matter’.

MNAC

MNAC – The Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya

Equity Point Barcelona

Barcelona can be very busy in summer but luckily we have three Equity Point Hostels to choose from: Equity Point Gothic Hostel, Equity Point Sea Hostel, and Equity Point Centric Hostel. So all you need to decide is if you want to be on the beach front in Barceloneta, in the old town amidst the Gothic winding streets and architecture, or in the centre of Barcelona nearer the shops and areas with cultural interests. Excited to come to Barcelona? Book your bed here!

Equity Point Centric Hostel

Equity Point Centric Hostel

Enjoy Prague Like a Local

The Czech capital is famous for its beautiful bridges, the oldest castle in the world, Kafka and great beer, but there is more than just pivo and outstanding architecture to this romantic destination.

The ‘Golden City’
A beautiful capital packed with historical monuments, museums and old town allure; Prague lies on the Vltava River and has well preserved districts that make it a photographer’s dream. The stunning architecture and cobbled streets with horse drawn carriages make it a charming tourist attraction, with the main sites busy all year round. Take a break from the tourist trail and try something a little different; enjoy Prague like a local.

Yarga River

Yarga River with the famous Charles Bridge

Prague’s Medieval Old Town – Staré Mêsto

No visit to Prague would be complete without seeing the top sites, so don’t miss out on the hill-top Castle complex, the famous Astronomical Clock in the Old Town Square, the Jewish Quarter and Jewish Museum, Charles Bridge, the Powder Gate and Wenceslas Square. Once you’ve explored the main tourist attractions you can begin to enjoy Prague like a local and see what else this cosmopolitan city has to offer.

Kampa Island

From the Lesser Town (Malá Strana) end of Charles Bridge, you can find Kampa Island; a tranquil spot with charming waterside houses and local cafes. Known as the “the Venice of Prague” you can even rent rowboats or just admire the view of the Old Town across the river. There is also the modern European art museum – Kampa Museum and the Velkoprevorské námestí (Grand Priory Square), with the Beatles lyrics-covered ‘Lennon Wall’.

View from Prague Castle

View from Prague Castle

Great Views of Prague

Climb the hill to the Castle for a great sunset view, or for something different visit Vítkov Hill, next to the Žižkov district. If the weather is good then the locals love a picnic or a beer garden. Stroll across the Most Legií bridge to the island and visit Letná Park. There is open air cinema all Summer on weekdays (9pm, 100 CZK) and a small floating bar on the waterfront!

Enjoy a Czech Beer!

If you’re a fan of Czech beer (pivo) then don’t miss the Staropramen brewery in the Smíchov district, and the most famous ‘pubs’ in Prague – the 500 year old U Fleku and Pivovarský dum on the site of the former ‘Research Institute of Brewing and Malting’. There’s also a newcomer; the microbrewery Novomestský where you can order a 10 litre barrel (best shared with friends!) If you’re in town May 7th-23rd then catch the Czech Beer Festival - with 17 days of festivities and over 150 Czech beers!

Prague Old Town Square

Prague Old Town Square

Czech Cafe Culture

Prague is full of lovely cafes with cosy terraces and blankets in winter and sunshine spots in summer – and locals love to hang out and have a coffee or beer. Here are some of the less touristy places to try.

Le Court Galerie Café is a cute favourite, along with Lokál Dlouhá for lunch, or the delicious Restaurant Mincovna or recommended Bistro Maso a Kobliha. For traditional meatloaf or great burgers try quality butcher/bistro Naše maso. For a bit of style and great coffee try the Café Lounge in the Lesser Quarter or Muj Salek Kavy. If you have a sweet tooth try traditional confectionery shop Myšák. Bistro 8 on trendy Veverkova Street does some tasty dishes (a popular and cool spot for art students from the Academy of Fine Arts nearby.)

More touristy are the original Café B Braun on Sokolovská Street or more international Slavia café or grab something at Jan Paukert Deli if you’re on the move.

Karluv Most - Charles Bridge at sunset

Karluv Most – Charles Bridge at sunset

The Best Food Market
Naplavka Farmers Market With views of Prague Castle and on the Vlatva River, this Saturday local produce market is the best place to sample smoked meats, cheeses, pickled local specialties, baked treats and cakes – everything you could want to eat! With great events all summer, local beer tasting, and best of all ‘Wurst-kunst’ (sausage campfire cooking) what’s not to love about wandering around with the locals and buying some authentic Czech fair? Saturdays 8am-2pm

Explore Alternative Neighborhoods

Away from the romance of the old town and the well preserved architecture of the narrow streets and Renaissance bridges the city is a little different. Further from the city center there are more ‘authentic’ neighborhoods where you can see the affects of the Velvet Revolution culturally and politically. Check out the DOX Centre for Contemporary Art in Holešovice; a new gallery exhibiting thought provoking art, and the more underground scenes of street art and graffiti and contemporary art scene in Karlín. Unfortunately the alternative art commune at Trafacka has now closed for development.

Equity Point Prague

Equity Point Hostel Prague

Equity Point Hostel Prague

Our hostel is located in a new building in the heart of the old town, just moments from Charles Bridge and a short walk from the main square. Our cosy yet spacious hostel has 26 light rooms and plenty of communal space to chill out. Book your bed in our Prague hostel here.

Festas de Lisboa 2012

During all June Lisbon will be celebrating the biggest city street parties with exhibitions, cinema, theater plays, concerts and whatever you may imagine. If you want to enjoy Lisbon on its biggest yearly time you only have to come to visit us at Equity Point Lisboa. We are really close to most of Festas de Lisboa events.

The biggest event will take place on June 12th. Lisbon gets crowded and the streets got full of sardines, bread and wine, and we will also cook our own sardines at Equity Point Lisboa. But there’s not only food, there’s also a competition between historical neighborhoods with “Marchas Populares”, so everybody prepares original costumes, music and dances.

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Equity Point Hostels WYSTIC Party

WYSTICparty

This year’s WYSTIC annual conference is taking place in Barcelona, our home land. So we decided to host a huge party at Equity Point Centric terrace. Later we took some busses and went to Shoko, a club close to the beach.

We had a great time eating, drinking and hanging out with everybody, so here you’ve got some pictures. It’s nice to meet year after year the same people and have fun with them at the same time we’re doing business.

Today it’s WYSTIC last day, but we’re already willing to go to San Diego next year. Will you meet us there?