Hands down one of the very best things about living in Barcelona is the amazing heat. Indeed, if you are a sunshine person, or someone that gets miserable in the cold, the long, warm, and sunny days in Spain are a dream come true. However, if you are used to cooler climbs, such an abundance of sun and heat make it take a little getting used to. Luckily, there are some tactics you can use to make sure your and your whole family stay as comfortable in the Barcelona heat as possible. Keep reading to find out what they are.
Adapt your schedule
While you may be more used to a 9-5 living, working, or going to school in Barcelona will need to be a little different for comfort’s sake. Indeed, because it is the warmest at midday when the sun is high in the sky, planning your more strenuous tasks earlier in the morning or later in the evening is the best idea.
That means if you are a fan of outdoor running or cycling getting up earlier to get these done before 10am is the best approach. Of course, the benefit of getting up earlier each day is that you can indulge in a siesta. That is a short nap when the sun is at its highest, effectively allowing you to skip the warmest part of the day, and wake refreshed for the evening’s activities.
Make sure you have AC
Of course, to remain comfortable during your siesta you will want to ensure your home has air conditioning. Indeed, AC can be a real lifesaver not only at the hottest point of the day but also during those warmer nights when drifting off to sleep seems impossible.
Also, if your property already has Ac be sure to have the number of an emergency ac repair on hand at all times. After all, you won’t want to have to wait very long if it does malfunction.
Go for a swim
Is there anything better than taking a nice dip in a cool pool when the weather is warm? I don’t think so, and the kids are likely to agree with me! If funds allow investing in an in-ground or above-ground pool is the best option here.
However, not everyone has the available cash or the space for their very own pool in a city such as Barcelona. With that in mind, a family season ticket to one of the many outdoor pools, or regular trips to the beach for a dip in the sea can also work wonders when the temperature soars.
Eat and drink right
Last of all, to beat the heat when living in Barcelona it is a good idea to eat and drink the right things. When it comes to food, lighter meals, especially during the day are a much better option than a huge plate of heavy food. Happily, Barcelona is full of wonderful bars all selling their own versions of delicious small plates known as Tapas.
Drink-wise, plenty of water is a must, and the odd beer or a chilled cocktail for the adults can help keep things cool, even when the Barcelona heat is blistering.