This blog post was originally posted on May 4, 2015, and was updated on May 6, 2019.
Summer has officially arrived, and in our book, there’s no better place to be than the Catalan capital.
Barcelona may as well be synonymous with good times and good vibes. And with plenty of Spanish sun and a prime location right on the Mediterranean, the city is at its best as summer arrives. Whether your agenda includes attending one of the world’s most iconic festivals or simply spending as much time at the beach as possible, there’s no shortage of ways to enjoy Barcelona in June. Here’s what to expect in one of the best months of the year.
Weather in Barcelona in June
If fun in the sun is on your agenda, you definitely need to visit Barcelona in June. The forecast is excellent all around—perfect for days spent sightseeing and evenings enjoying the views from rooftop bars (more on that in a bit). Here’s a quick look at what you can expect.
- Pleasant averages of 67 degrees Fahrenheit (20 degrees Celsius)
- Lots of sunshine (June 21 is the longest day of the year in terms of daylight hours!)
- Very little rainfall, with an average of just two rainy days all month, with most precipitation coming in the form of a light drizzle or quick thunderstorm.
Now it’s on to the fun part—here’s what to do in Barcelona in June.
1. Welcome summer with Sant Joan
Don’t expect to get much sleep on the night of June 23. As part of the ongoing summer solstice celebrations, revelers throughout the city will take to the streets that evening for a night full of fireworks, bonfires, and partying until dawn. Known as la nit de Sant Joan, or St. John’s Eve, the event takes its name from the fact that it’s celebrated the night before the feast day of St. John the Baptist, and it’s one of the biggest events taking place in Barcelona in June.
Our advice: don’t even try to sleep—instead, head out and join the festivities on the beach. Get there right as the sun is going down and you’ll be ready for a summer evening full of fire and magic.
Date: June 23
2. Enjoy a summer evening on a rooftop
We’ll let you in on a little secret: you don’t have to be a guest at many of the hotels in Barcelona that offer public access to their impressive rooftops. After spending a day sightseeing (or, if we’re being honest, hanging out at the beach), there’s nothing quite like taking in the views from one of the best rooftops in Barcelona, drink in hand, surrounded by good friends. While drink prices at these spots tend to be on the steep side, it’s worth it for the luxurious experience and unforgettable atmosphere.
3. Enjoy a show at Festival Jardins Pedralbes
Barcelona in June is a music lover’s dream come true. Sure, you’ve got the tail end of Primavera Sound, one of the world’s most legendary festivals that draws some of the biggest names in music year after year.
But if you couldn’t score tickets to that, no worries. The Festival Jardins Pedralbes is one of Barcelona’s best-kept secrets, and tickets are just a fraction of the price as those for the better-known festivals. With performances ranging from exquisite dance showcases to concerts by household names (Mariah Carey and the Beach Boys are just two of the artists already confirmed for 2019), along with a setting in one of the most gorgeous gardens in Barcelona, there’s no better way to spend a summer evening.
2019 dates: June 5–July 15
4. See a dancing egg
Yes, you read that right. One of the quirkiest things to see in Barcelona in June is “l’ou com balla,” or the egg that dances. Actually, there are multiple dancing eggs, and you’ll be able to find them all over Barcelona. Let us explain.
The event takes place during the Catholic feast of Corpus Christi (60 days after Easter), and the egg in question represents the Eucharist, or the body of Christ. It’s placed on top of the water that emerges from the fountain at the center of many church courtyards. Almost like magic, the egg not only maintains its position atop the gushing water, but “dances” as the water continues spurting out. It’s worth checking out just for the fountains alone, which often get decked out to the nines with plenty of colorful flowers and decorations.
2019 dates: June 20–23
5. Celebrate Pride
There’s no party quite like a Barcelona party, and the city’s annual LGBT Pride celebration is living proof of that. For one magical weekend late in the month, the city transforms into a rainbow paradise of love and diversity. There’s a lot packed into the two-day event, with a full program full of concerts and the much-awaited parade.
2019 dates: June 28 & 29
6. Take a dip in the Mediterranean
June is one of the hottest months of the year in Barcelona, which just gives you the perfect excuse to spend a day at the beach. Whether you plan to work on your water sports skills or just enjoy a relaxing swim interrupted by trips to the nearest chriniguito for food and drinks, enjoying a day at the shore is one of the simplest pleasures awaiting you in Barcelona in June.