As La Mercè festivity comes to an end, there are still a lot of things to do in Barcelona. There’s a very special event this Sunday to close Barcelona’s main fest until next year: a party at the sky (Festa al Cel). It is a fantastic airshow that has been held in Barcelona for more than 20 years, although this time it takes place in a new venue: Mataró beach.

More than 100.000 people are expected to come to Mataró this Sunday morning to see the oldest and largest airshow in Spain. But what is it about? Aircrafts, speed, expertise, technology, aerobatics… A unique show in the sky!

This year’s edition will count on nearly 50 aircrafts, from the Spanish forces as well as aerobatics champions, international performers and much more. From 11am to 2pm on Sunday, you have a great chance to see some of the best air performers in the world… from the beach!

  • When is it held?
    28th September from 11 am to 3 pm is the official date, but there will be activities all weekend long. Check out the programme here.
  • How to get to Mataró?
    This year is the first time that this show isn’t held in Barcelona beaches (due to issues with El Prat airport). But it hasn’t gone too far: Mataró is just 25 minutes away by train from the city.

Get on a R1 Train in Arc de Triomf station (within walking distance from Twentytú) and get off the train in Mataró. There, you will see signs to get to the beach where the show will take place.

  • What to do in Mataró before or after the show?
    Besides the activities related to Festa al Cel, there are plenty of other things to do in this area near Barcelona. Mataró is a nice, Mediterranean city a few miles North from Barcelona. It is the capital city of Maresme region, a really beautiful area for its beaches, small villages and nature. In Mataró you will find a lovely old town, many shops and great beaches. Check out this website on tourism in Mataró for more information.

If you get tired of it, jump on a train or bus to Vilassar, Premià or Cabrils, also beautiful villages with great surroundings. The main point is that it is not a touristic area, but a lively place where there is a high quality of life and it offers a lot of things to do near Barcelona!