When it comes to picking the best time to travel to Barcelona, you really do have an open playing field. The city has two main seasons (summer and winter) with only a few transitional months.
Summers are hot and humid. Temperatures reach 30°C and above. If you wish to explore the beaches, now’s the time to go. In contrast, winters get as low as 14°C. However, Barcelona isn’t an especially wet or windy city, so getting out and about is still very much on the agenda.
Barcelona also gets a consistent amount of daylight throughout the year. No need to worry about the sun setting on you before you’re done exploring.
Barcelona enjoys around six months of summer, from May to early October. July and August are the hottest, with temperatures easily reaching 30°C or higher during the day. It’s also the city’s busiest time. Much of Europe is on their summer holidays from July to September, so expect the attractions and beaches to be buzzing.
Appropriate clothing: Shorts, t-shirts, dresses and skirts, beach-wear.
Don’t forget: Sunscreen and a hat for protection from the summer sun.
Typically, autumn doesn’t occur in Barcelona. However, the summer temperatures start to drop off from mid-October. Expect the mercury to average around 21°C. There will also be fewer sunshine days, with cloud and rain showers taking its place. While the cooler temperatures are welcome when sightseeing, it doesn’t always make for ideal beach weather.
Appropriate clothing: Shorts, dresses, and t-shirts for during the day, but warmer evening alternatives.
Don’t forget: A hat – there may still be clear days where the sun is strong.
The winters in Barcelona are pleasant and mild. From November through to January, temperatures range between 14°C and 16°C during the day and only get as low as 10°C in the evenings. Generally, it’s a dry, fresh winter so you shouldn’t need to worry about getting caught in a rain shower. Outer urban areas like Montjuic or Montserrat may experience early morning frosts.
Appropriate clothing: Trousers, jeans, and jumpers.
Don’t forget: A jacket for cooler evenings or for heading up to mountainous areas.
From February through to June, the mercury slowly starts to rise. April and May are considered to be a great time to visit Barcelona. Temperatures range from 17°C up to 24°C and it’s not too humid, so it’s the perfect climate for walking and cycling tours. Head out to coastal Barceloneta or mountainous Monserrat and there may still be a cooler chill in the air, but nothing a jumper wouldn’t fix.
Appropriate clothing: Shorts, t-shirts, and long-sleeved shirts for the day, and trousers for the evening.
Don’t forget: Sunscreen and sunglasses.