When to Visit Barcelona

by SmarterTravel Staff

Visitors come to Barcelona for its beaches, nightlife, events, and outdoor activities such as hiking, biking, sunbathing, and sightseeing. The most popular time to visit is during the summer, when schools are on vacation and the weather is hot. In the spring, fewer people visit and temperatures are cooler than summer.

Winter is the least popular time due to mild weather, but it also the least expensive time to visit. Fall can be an ideal time to see the city for those interested in cultural happenings, as many major events take place, and prices are lower.

  • high season: March to August
  • low season: November to February
  • shoulder season: September to October

Weather Information

Located along the Mediterranean coast, Barcelona enjoys mild temperatures year-round. Summers are dry and warm, with average highs in the 80s, and August can be particularly hot. Average winter high temperatures drop into the 50s, and rain is common. Spring and fall are pleasant, with average highs in the 60s and low 70s.

Crowd Information

Barcelona gets very crowded during summer, but major events throughout the year also attract visitors, including Carnaval (this website in Catalan only) in February, the Grec Festival from June through August, Festa Major in August, and La Mercè (this website in Catalan only) in September.

Closure Information

Most major hotels, shops, and attractions remain open throughout the year, but some smaller establishments outside of the old town may close on Sundays.

When to Save

The most expensive time to visit Barcelona is during the summer when the city is crowded with visitors. Winter is the least expensive time to go, especially in January and February, when there is plenty of availability.

Information provided by the Tourist Office of Spain.

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