On Sunday October 2nd, from noon to 4pm, the Barcelona beaches of Mar Bella and Nova Mar Bella will be the place to be as the best spot to watch the amazing aeronautic displays that make up the Festival del Cel (Festival of the Sky).
This year is the 20th edition of the show, organised by the city council and AeroClub Barcelona-Sabadell, and marks the official end to the celebrations for La Mercè. Last year's event was awarded the prize for best Aerial Festival by the Spanish Defence Ministry (who knew such things even existed?!) and it has become one of the most important in Europe, with around 300,000 spectators each year.
Amongst the teams taking part in the sky-side fun are the Breitling Jet Team, the biggest civil jet plane team in the world, Carrusel CESDA, featuring latest-generation bimotor planes flown by members of the Centre d'Estudis Superiors de l'Aviació de Reus, and Paramotors Barcelona, with a demonstration from some of the best paramotorists around. You'll also sky divers, historic planes and the aerobatic team of the French air force, Patrouille de France.
Back on safe ground, some of the other activities that make up the festival include a fair with representatives from the airplane sector, a flight simulator, a demo of prototypes unmanned flying vehicles, all at the Moll de la Marina. The festival will finish with a mass kite flying, of around 5,000 estels filling the area of the Moll de la Marina, Mar Bella beach and Nova Mar Bella beach; don't worry if you haven't got your own kite, Spanair will be handing them out, with instructions on how to get them up, up, up.