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July City Events in Barcelona

In July Barcelona is a hot bed of festivals and celebrations. Each district has its own little festival and street parties late into the night. For a little bit more culture try the popular Festival Grec de Barcelona (or maybe the Summer Sales are more you thing!)

1. Festival Grec de Barcelona, city wide – All Month

One of the biggest festivals of the year is the Festival Grec of Barcelona. The famous open air Teatre Grec on Mount Montjuïc is the stage for this huge festival of international theatre, dance, music and circus. The programme has everything from classical music to pop and contemporary dance to flamenco. So if you are looking for a celebration of culture both Spanish and international then go and see something during the festival, we will be.

2. World Swimming Championships, various venues – 19th July – 4th August

If you loved last year’s swimming events at the London Olympics, especially Tom Daly doing the diving, then you will enjoy this event. The Palau Sant Jordi pool will be filled with top swimming events from the fast and furious 100m sprint to the delicate but extremely tough synchronized swimming. The harbour also gets a visit with 3 open water events at 5k, 10k and even 25km. One spectacular highlight will be the Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series. On a ledge 27metres above the water these athletes perform amazing feats of strength mixed in with incredible beauty, not one to miss.

3. Faraday Music Festival 2013 at Vilanova i la Geltru – 4th – 7th July

There is nothing to beat a good festival. The atmosphere is somehow relaxed and chilled during the day and then jumping and frenetic at night. Sadly this will be the last Faraday Festival – so everyone is going along to make it count! An event that celebrates independent music with loads of local bands as well as a sprinkling of big names like The House of Love is well worth a visit any time. So be part of a little bit of history this month.

4. Piknic Electronik Barcelona at Parc de Montjuic – Every Sunday in July

Get that Sunday afternoon feeling in Barcelona this summer with the Piknic Electronik. The old amusement park at Montjuic is the place to be for some good old fashioned outdoorsy entertainment. Acts featured in the July line up include John Talabot, Pau Roca and Darius Syrossian so the tunes will be legendary. The entrance fee is only 11Euros and if you go before 4pm it is even lower at 8Euros, and while you can buy food there you can bring your own snacks for a picnic to remember. We can’t think of a better way to spend a sunny Sunday afternoon.

5. Rebajas de Verano (Summer Sales), city wide – All Month

Who doesn’t love a spot of shopping on holiday especially in a cosmopolitan and chic city like Barcelona? July is the right time to go as the whole month is devoted to the Rebajas de Verano or Summer Sales. So if you are looking for a bargain or something to remember your time in Barcelona this is a great opportunity. Good shopping areas include Maremagnum mall near the harbour, the brand new mall at Las Arenas and of course we couldn’t forget La Rambla for your classic holiday souvenirs!

6. Puig Vela Clàssica Barcelona Regatta at Port Vell – 10th – 13th July

Back to the water now but boats this time. The Puig Vela Clàssica Barcelona Regatta is a relatively new event in the Barcelona calendar but has become a big draw to the harbour. There is something exciting about watching the yachts vying for the top spot along the harbour course; they seem to be so sedate but really it is a battle of tooth and nail to the line. As well as the races there will be appearances by famous classic and vintage boats from across the globe like Mariquita, Malabar and Alba. So if you fancy some nautical fun head to the harbour in Barcelona this July.

7. The Lumineers at Sala Razzmatazz – 10th July

Now for some music. You will already know The Lumineers’ first single, “Ho Hey“, it was an instant hit world-wide. If you like Mumford and Sons and are into folk rock music then you will love them. The gentle strumming of guitars, thumping drum sound and upbeat lyrics make The Lumineers a great band to listen to. The huge success of their first self-titled album is a good jumping off point for them. No dramas just good music.

8. Bona Nit Barcelona at Poble Espanyol – 20th July

Continuing with the festival theme is Bona Nit at Poble Espanyol. This is a one night only festival, so don’t miss out if you are in the city for 20th July. The line-up includes Kings of Convenience, Kakkmaddafakka, Dry The River and Fanfarlo. Plus if you want to carry the party on there will be after parties at several top clubs in Barcelona including BeCool and Club Music Hall near Plaza Catalunya. If you really can’t make it don’t worry as they will be streaming live video from the festival all night, so you will be able to catch the bands online.

9. Festa Major del Raval at La Rambla – 11th – 14th July

One of the most popular festivals is the Festa Major del Raval which takes place in La Rambla. A Street already packed with history and tradition hosts a street party with a difference. With giants, a flea market, workshops and free concerts what more could you ask? This particular festival focuses on multiculturalism so there will be music from across the globe as well as a delicious selection of ethnic food stalls selling tasty treats. The highlight will be the parade on the opening Thursday and do not miss the human tower building on the Sunday at the Rambla del Raval. With so much on you will find something to catch your eye.

10. Chema Madoz. Ars combinatorial at La Pedrara – All month

How about some surrealist art for a final flourish? Chema Madoz is a Spanish photographer known for his black and white surrealist works. Madoz’s photographs have been described as visual poetry. His interest in the symbolic nature of unusual objects in commonplace settings is clear in many of his pieces. This exhibition is set in one of Barcelona’s most striking buildings La Pedrara and it is worth a small potted history here about the building itself. Like many unusual sites in Barcelona La Pedrara was designed and constructed by the famous Spanish architect Antoni Gaudi. There are tours of the building itself where you can get a glimpse into what life was like living in this amazing space around 100 years ago. So even if you don’t fancy the art we think it is worth going for the architecture!

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