Hotel terraces are not just for tourists. When the heat gets too much on the ground this month, escape for the evening to the splendour of the city’s finest hotel terraces, many of which host evenings of music and entertainment for the perfect summer night.
Situated in the heart of the city, just off Plaça Catalunya, this is one of the city’s most popular afterwork terraces, decked out in wooden furniture, natural tones and lush foliage. During the summer months, it’s open every day from 6pm until midnight, and the Buenas Tardes Pulitzer event sees live gigs from local, independent groups on Wednesday evenings (8pm-9pm) and DJ sets on Thursday and Friday (7pm to 10pm).
Begara 8. www.hotelpulitzer.es
Kick back and enjoy some contemporary chic at the five-star Hotel Arts’ Arola terrace, complete with views of the sea and Frank Gehry’s iconic Peix d’Or sculpture. Big chill out sofas and a long list of cocktails add to the laid back mood and, during the summer months, there are DJs playing every evening as well as live music nights every Thursday.
Marina 19-21. www.hotelartsbarcelona.com
Escape the bustle of the Gothic Quarter at Hotel Neri’s rooftop terrace, Roba Estesa, a green haven nestled amongst crawling jasmine plants. Over the summer, the terrace is hosting the live music series, Veu en Femení (Women’s Voices)—check out Soulshine on the 27th for acoustic blues, soul, rock and pop (8pm to 9pm).
Sant Sever 5. www.hotelneri.com
Fashionable and refined, the Dolce Vitae terrace at the classic Hotel Majestic boasts panoramic views down Passeig de Gràcia. The terrace lives up to five-star expectations, with food by Michelin-starred chef Nandu Jubany, sofas to sink into and murals by artist Philip Stanton surrounding the pool. Give yourself a positive boost on a Monday morning with yoga sessions by the pool (€40 per person; 8am to 9am).
Passeig de Gràcia 68-70. www.hotelmajestic.es
Hotel Duquesa de Cardona
Overlooking the old port, the Duquesa Terrace has some spectacular views of the city’s waterfront, stretching from Barceloneta to the World Trade Center. This month, the terrace hosts Live The Roof, a nationwide series of concerts taking place on Spain’s best rooftop terraces, featuring Carlos Sadness on the 9th and Enric Montefusco on the 30th (both at 7pm).
Passeig de Colom 12. www.hduquesadecardona.com
It may not be up on the roof but if you’re looking for a terrace that boasts expertly-mixed cocktails and delicious food, as well as world-renowned DJs, then W Barcelona’s luxurious beachside terrace is for you. Every Sunday throughout summer it hosts the Wet Deck Summer Series for an evening of good quality house and lounge music with fantastic sea views.
Plaça de la Rosa dels Vents 1. www.w-barcelona.com
There’s lots going on for early birds and night owls alike at this lively terrace with views of the Sagrada Familia, Casa Milá and Montjuïc, including morning yoga lessons every Thursday, Friday and Saturday (8.30am to 10am), as well as live music from Wednesday to Friday and DJs from Tuesday to Saturday.
Rosselló 265. www.hotelomm.com