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Air Festival in Barcelona |Up, up and away!

Air Festival in Barcelona |Up, up and away!
Written by Paula

Festa al Cel is an annual air festival celebrated in the month of September on the beaches of Barcelona and Mataró, a city about 30 km away from Barcelona.

Festa del Cel

festa del cel barcelona

Festa del Cel is considered the most important air festival in Spain, being also the oldest festival of its kind.

The event became an official festival in 1992, when the usual kite display was replaced by radio-controlled planes.

The following year, the festival presented real airplanes for the first time, which became the event’s main focus over the years.

The popular event receives more than 300.000 visitors every year, who gather to see the exciting and daring manoeuvres of various high-speed aircrafts.

This year visitors can see more than 20 types o aircrafts flying above the Mediterranean Sea.

There will be military planes like an F-18, a Ch-47 chopper, a Chinook Boeing, a MiG29, an AV8B+ Harrier II, and an AS 332 Puma; and civilian planes like Vueling’s Airbus 320; Repsol’s Sukhoi 26 x 2; a GroB 109B, a Bücker Jugmann; Blimps, Baloons, Paragliders, and an Air Tractor AT-802F.

The airplanes will be practicing throughout the day on the 18th, which will be followed by two days of flight shows.

Saturday

10 am to 2 pm Open door at Aeropuerto de Sabadell

10 am to 2 pm Fly a drone + Drone Market Place at Can Marfà

12 am Drones, how do they work? at Can Marfà

5 pm to 8:30 pm Paper planes competition at Paseo del Callao

5 pm to 8:30 pm Festival Aéreo Afternoon Mataró’s beaches

6:30 pm Orientation race Mataró O-City Clásico

Sunday

festa del cel barcelona10 am to 8 pm Village del Comercio at Fiesta al Cielo

10:30 am to 3:30 pm and 5 pm to 8:30 pm Paper planes competition at Paseo del Callao

10:30 am to 4 pm Festival Aéreo
Afternoon
Mataró’s beaches

4 pm to 5 pm Charangas at Paseo Marítimo

5 pm to 7 pm Las Macedonia concert at Paseo del Callao

Visit the festival’s official website to learn how to get to Festa al Cel.

Note: Since the event will be held outdoors, you should take the recommended measures to protect yourself from prolonged sun exposure. Apply sunscreen on your face and arms before leaving the house, bring sunglasses, a a hat, and bottle of water to keep hydrated.

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Paula

Paula is an experienced content writer, translator and editor.

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