It's a scorcher today in Barcelona with temperatures reaching 34ºC and hardly a cloud in the sky. You can tell it's the first of the month as, not only are you reading the first entry of the 'Summer in Barcelona' blog, but the streets are packed with tourists from all over the world, enjoying the first day of a long-awaited holiday in the Catalan capital.
However, visitors and residents of the city attempting to avoid serious over-heating may want to rethink the otherwise brilliant idea of stripping to the waist (that's the upper half) as Barcelona authorities are redoubling efforts to combat semi-nudity. It looks like it's tan-lines all round from now on.
Despite Barcelona's stunning architecture, even foreign visitors, poking at maps and staring up at famous landmarks, can't help noticing the number of road and building works dotted around the city, most notably where Passeig de Gràcia meets Carrer d'Aragó, affecting the train station below. The area is particulary congested these days and seems to leave tourists looking a bit more lost than usual. Sadly, there's no light at the end of this tunnel for another 13 months, apparently.
Check back over the coming days for more 'Summer in Barcelona' news.