When's the best time to visit Barcelona?

06 Jun 2017

This cultural capital on the Mediterranean coast is sun splashed for most of the year. While August temperatures soar into the 30s°C, you can expect mild winter days to reach around 14°C. In the summer months you can hop between Barcelona's architectural gems, grab a bocadillo (sandwich) and head down to one of the city's many beaches but you'll likely be sharing your patch of sand with thousands of others.

To avoid the crowds, plan to visit off-season in early spring or late autumn. A September trip could coincide with the city's Le Mercè festival, where giant parades, fireworks and musicians take to the streets. To nab the best Barcelona bargains, consider a winter break; in December you'll see Christmas lights sparkle under bright blue skies.

Spring: In March and April, temperatures can reach around 21°C. May is considered part of the long summer season and you can expect around eight hours of sunshine per day throughout the month. If you're considering a dip in the Med, water temperatures range between 14 and 18°C. 

Summer: The long summer days see around 10 hours of sunshine and temperatures hit the mid-to-low 30s°C. Barcelona's balmy nights are made for eating al fresco. August is the hottest month when you can see the mercury hit 31°C.

Autumn: October temperatures can hover around 21°C. This is also the rainiest month, but you're only likely to see around six days of rainfall out of 31.

Winter: The average temperature throughout winter is a pleasant 14°C. You're unlikely to see a lot of rain and snowfall is extremely rare. Barcelona's Christmas markets run from the end of November to the end of December.

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