COLD AS ICE
If you can’t gorge yourself on ice cream in August, then when can you? Do as the tourists do and take your pick from some of the city’s best ice cream parlours. Try Mannà Gelats (Banys Nous 22) and DelaCrem (Enric Granados 15-17).
Keep your Kindle safely locked up at home and head to the beach with a secondhand paperback. Go browsing at Hibernian Bookshop (Montseny 17) or any branch of Re-Read, which have some books in English (www.re-read.com).
MAKE A SPLASH
Enjoy a water-soaked day at Illa Fantasia. This waterpark is just half an hour from Barcelona in Premiá de Mar and has aquatic thrills and spills to suit all ages. www.illafantasia.com.
KICK OFF AT CAMP NOU
This August will be the 50th edition of the Joan Gamper Trophy, an annual, friendly competition held at Camp Nou and a chance to see how Barça is looking ahead of La Liga. www.fcbarcelona.com.
THOSE SUMMER NIGHTS
The city does its best to keep us cool in August and there are a ton of al fresco evening activities in the breeziest places. Films and music can be found at the beach, on Montjuïc and in parks and terraces around the city. Check out our listings (www.barcelona-metropolitan.com and pages 20-27 of this month's magazine).