What is the best time to visit Barcelona?
Barcelona is the most visited city in Spain. And with good reason. From the iconic Gaudi architecture to the white beaches, Barcelona has something for everyone. Here are 38 reasons to visit Barcelona.
Of course, all this comes with some downsides. Barcelona is a hotspot for tourists year-round and is notorious for scams and pickpockets. But don´t let that damper your love for this beautiful city. Whether it is a city trip or a beach vacation, enjoy the impressive sights, a vibrant nightlife, great shopping, and excellent food. There is no bad time to visit Barcelona, but if you are looking for the best time to visit Barcelona, here are some things to consider:
Barcelona best travel weather
The weather in Barcelona ranges from mild to hot, so there isn’t a bad time to visit Barcelona. The perfect time of the year to visit Barcelona depends on your personal preferences and what you intend to do.
Barcelona Weather in Spring
Spring starts early in Barcelona with sunny days from March on. The temperatures are low enough to enjoy physical activity, such as walking and cycling through the city, and high enough for a dip in the sea. Be prepared for occasional showers in April, but spring is one of the best times to visit Barcelona.
Barcelona Weather in Summer
The heat of the Barcelonan summer drives people out of the city and onto the beaches for a refreshing swim in the Mediterranean Sea. Summer is peak season, both in temperature and in tourism. Tourists flock to the city to sightsee, but be careful as the sun is especially brutal during midday.
Barcelona Weather in Fall
As the intense heat dies down, fall is the best season to visit Barcelona. In September and even early October the weather is pleasant enough for a swim in the ocean. The sky will be a little more overcast, providing much-needed shade and a drop in temperature.
Barcelona Weather in Winter
Winter in Barcelona is cooler, but don’t expect to see any snow. The temperature is even in winter unlikely to drop below 6°C (42°F), so beaches are not as inviting. Even though snow is rare, you can expect the occasional bout of rain. The real limit to sightseeing in Barcelona in winter is the limited amount of sunlight, only 6 hours a day. Visiting Barcelona in winter is a great idea for budget travellers. Prices for accommodation drop so this is the cheapest time to visit Barcelona.
Barcelona best events
There is always something to do in Barcelona, and it is buzzing with people year-round. These are some of the biggest events in Barcelona that are worth scheduling your trip around:
Visiting Barcelona in January
Dia de Reyes (Day of the Kings) is an important Spanish holiday, and Barcelona celebrates it on the 5th of January with 18 different parades Cabalgata de Reyes Magos is the biggest and most popular and takes three hours to complete a 5 km route through the center of Barcelona. The day after is a national holiday with plenty of gifts for kids.
The last weekend of January is party time again. The Gràcia neighbourhood Foguerons de Sant Antoni with cultural shows, parades and a big bonfire.
Calçotada is a traditional Catalan dish made with a vegetable similar to spring onion. This delicious vegetable grows from January to April, and you will see it on every restaurant’s menu.
Visiting Barcelona in February
Valentine’s Day is not a typical Barcelona holiday, but the city is a perfect destination for a romantic getaway. The locals celebrate love in April, but plenty of restaurants still cater to tourist couples looking for a lovely Valentine’s day dinner.
Visiting Barcelona in March
Carnestoltes is the Catalan version of Carnival complete with processions, parties and cooking competitions. This feast starts with “Fat Thursday” (Jueves Lardero) and ends at Ash Wednesday. Which is a great reason for visiting Barcelona in March (or February depending on the year).
Visiting Barcelona in April
As a Catholic country, the holy week is an important holiday in Spain. The festivities start at Palm Sunday, and the religious ceremonies continue through Good Friday to Easter Sunday. It is an equally fun time for non-Christians as sweet shops are laden with chocolate treats.
The day of Sant Jordi is Barcelona’s version of Valentines Day. It is not an official holiday, but the streets still fill with people carrying books and roses wrapped in the Catalan flag. Men traditionally give women roses, and women give the men books.
Visiting Barcelona in May
A different kind of event, but almost equally popular, is Formula 1. The Barcelona GP is a huge event on 11, and 12 of May and tickets sell out months in advance.
May is also the start of some typical Catalan cultural events, with traditional dancing, human towers, and giant puppet parades in the Gothic Quarter. Check here for a list of what you can see.
Primavera Sound is one of the biggest festivals of Spain,known for famous headliners such as Arctic Monkeys, Wu-Tang Clan, Kendrick Lamar and Nine Inch Nails. If you love music, you can’t miss this.
Visiting Barcelona in June
The summer solstice is celebrated with a bang in Barcelona. On the 23rd and 24th of June, also known as Verbena de Sant Joan, fires and fireworks herald the coming summer.
The end of June means the opening of Sala Montjuïc: an open-air cinema that screens with Spanish subtitles. This is one of the places to visit in Barcelona in June.
Visiting Barcelona in July
Visiting Barcelona in July is a great idea because this is a month of parties and festivals. Grec Festival is an annual summer festival that runs the whole month with music and theatre in the open-air theatre on Montjuïc.
Barcelona Pride celebrates love, the LGBTQI+ community, and equality with a parade on the 29th of July and plenty of parties and events.
Visiting Barcelona in August
Speaking of Pride, in the second week of August, it is followed by Circuit Festival: the biggest international gay event.
Festa de Gràcia is Barcelona’s biggest and most loved street festival. Locals in the Gracia neighborhood compete fiercely for the best decorations. Entry is free, and there are plenty of shows, concerts and local food to enjoy.
Visiting Barcelona in September
The 11th of September is Catalunya National Day, a national holiday in the Catalunya region. Considering the current political situation, protest and rallies could disturb traffic and public transportation. So be prepared for this if you are visiting Barcelona in September.
Festival La Mèrce is the biggest street party of the year to celebrate the cities patron saint with events, parades, and fire walking.
Visiting Barcelona in October
Barcelona has hosted an annual International Jazz festival for over 50 years. For jazz lovers, this makes October the perfect time to visit Barcelona.
Visiting Barcelona in November
Visiting Barcelona in November means that you can celebrate La Castanyada. Instead of Halloween, they celebrate All Saints. They traditionally celebrate by eating roasted chestnuts, sweet potato, cakes and drinking muscatel wine.
Visiting Barcelona in December
You can find several Christmas markets if you are visiting Barcelona in December. The most traditional one is La Fira de Santa Llúcia in front of the Barcelona Cathedral.
Forget Santa, in Catalunya, it is a log that brings you gifts. Caga Tio is a dressed-up log of wood that is looked after by kids from the 8th of December until it finally “poops out” their presents on the 25th.
Of course, New Year’s Eve is as big a party in Barcelona as everywhere else. What better place to ring in the new year than a city that is famous for its nightlife? And ensure some good luck by eating 12 grapes as the clock strikes midnight. FOTO CAGATIO
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