Concerts, relaxation, sun, tradition and culture: these are the buzz words for June in Barcelona. Ready to start the Summer in style?
The month of June is famously very pleasant in Barcelona: it’s warm without being suffocating, there are fewer tourists than in July and August, and there are many events. Everything you need for a memorable holiday!
Discover Catalan traditions
Summer at full blast with Sant Joan
The night of the 23rd and 24th of June is a holiday in Barcelona, when we celebrate the arrival of Summer on the beach and all over the city.
- More info in our article on the Night of Sant Joan.
In terms of food, tradition dictates that you eat the coca de Sant Joan, a sort of Catalan focaccia stuffed with conserved fruits. Do not omit to try the savoury version of the coca with pieces of bacon in it.
On the 21st of June, you will have a chance to attend another quite curious Barcelona tradition. This is the ou com balla (as the egg dances). Fountains, gardens, courtyards and religious places are decorated with flowers and fruits and empty eggs are placed balancing on jets of water to make them”dance”.
Dancing at concerts
8th of June: Simfonic
The idea behind the Simfonic concerts is to offer 100 free concerts simultaneously across Catalonia and the Balearics, involving thousands of musicians and singers.
There are concerts in the morning and in the afternoon and they are varied: classical music, traditional, gospel, jazz, pop, rock, swing, rap, hip hop, electronic…
There are many concerts in Barcelona spread over numerous areas of the city. During the last Simfonic, stages were set up at the Palau de la Música, in the Santa María del Pí basilica, at the Harlem Jazz Club, the Picasso Museum and even at Barcelona zoo.
- When the programme is available you can find the full list of concerts on the site simfonic.org.
18th to 20th of June: Sónar
All lovers of electronic music have heard of Sónar, an incomparable festival held in Barcelona, full of concerts bursting with emerging and established artists, against an avant-garde festival backdrop.
For everything you need to know about the festival see our article Sónar Barcelona: a festival of electronic music and digital art.
June-July: Festival Jardins Palau Reial de Pedralbes
The Festival Jardins Palau Reial de Pedralbes takes place, as the name indicates, in the Palau Reial de Pedralbes park. The decor is serene and the festival is quite elegant and features well known singers.
Lounge in the most beautiful hotel terraces in Barcelona
In June the weather in Barcelona is splendid although the sea is still a little too cold for a dip and the streets are already starting to fill with tourists.
If you prefer to sunbathe away from the crowds then look into our favourite hotel terraces in Barcelona, pick your favourite, and prepare to gleefully wiggle your toes in a luxurious setting.
Visiting Barcelona’s surroundings
20 km away you will find Colònia Güell and its breathtaking crypt built by Gaudí. Take advantage of your stay in Barcelona to visit this masterpiece that’s a little off the beaten track!
- Find out more in our article on Colònia Güell
The Costa Brava
If you’re looking to get away from the excitement of the city, head to the Costa Brava! Just a couple of hours’ drive away from Barcelona it is dotted with beautiful coves and picturesque villages.
Art lovers can also head to the Dali museum in Figueras to see many of the Catalan painter’s works.
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Pauline loves books, food and new discoveries. For her articles, she loves finding original and authentic places which are a treat for both the eyes and the tastebuds. Her favourite thing to do in Barcelona? Getting lost in the Old Town and soaking up its unique atmosphere... whilst enjoying the appetising smells emerging from restaurant kitchens! Is there anything better than that?