Although Barcelona is located in a rather northern part of Spain, it gets a very intense and long hot period in the summer. In June the locals turn on their fans, and air conditioning remains in use throughout the summer until September – sometimes the heat continues even in October.
If you are not used to the temperatures, this intensity can be tough, since compared to some other Mediterranen cities, Barcelona has the added discomfort factor of humidity. You may even find that the only time of day you actually feel like going outside is the evening!
How to handle the heat?
Do not panic – there are plenty of things you can do in the heat, and by taking a few tips you can make this period feel more like a pleasant Mediterranean summer than 24-hour sweating. You may also find that you need to change your daily habits a bit, and above all you should invest in a good (but silent) fan!
If you dream of a nice hot summer spent sitting on your balcony and going to the beach, what may happen could come as a surprise. When spring turns into summer, life in Spain requires above all two things: an efficient ventilation system and good curtains. The characteristics of your apartment are also a factor here, since many people choose their flat based on (among other things) whether it gets too much sun in the summer. Penthouse or attic flats are a bit more challenging in this sense – in the winter they are an absolute dream as they get lots of light, but in the summer they can turn into saunas.
Once you have prepared your home for the summer months of June, July and August, make sure you also adjust your possible workout routine to the change in the temperature. You can very probably forget the toughest gym classes and running – instead you can go for swimming indoors or outdoors. There is an outdoor pool for example near the Barceloneta, and gyms such as DIR and the luxurious Metropolitan also have good pools.
Needless to say, the midday terrace moments that you so enjoy during cooler seasons will no longer exist in the summer, unless you are very tolerant of heat. If you adapt well to the daytime heat, you should still always carry a big bottle of water anywhere you go – the daily amounts of fluid needed in Barcelona can be impressive.
Finally, an extremely efficient and pleasurable recommendation to adapt better to those hot months – the drink made of ice! This local favorite is called granizado, and it includes syrup according to your taste, mixed with mashed ice to form a deliciously melting and freezing cold drink. A perfect help for your Barcelona summer, and easily found in every cafeteria as soon as the temperatures rise.