Reasons to Visit Barcelona
The proud heart of Catalonia, Barcelona is an artist community now popular for its beaches. The Gothic Quarter is famous for its medieval-style tapas bars, markets, and cathedrals. Gaudi's distinctive and colorful architecture sculpted the city and remains a can't-miss feature of visiting Barcelona today. Locals prefer to speak Catalan over Spanish.
When to Visit Barcelona
Summer, or high season, brings big crowds despite high airfare for Spanish revelry that often goes all night. Shoulder seasons of late spring and early fall, however, remain lively with more fewer tourists. The most affordable time of year to visit is winter, when it's too cold to take advantage of the beaches but dry enough to enjoy the brisk outdoors.
Typical Barcelona Weather
Summer in Barcelona is hot and humid. August is sweltering and therefore a popular period for locals to leave on an extended holiday. Spring and fall are both very wet, with frequent rainfall compared to the drier summer and winter months. Temperatures rarely dip below 40 degrees in winter, an ideal time for tourist-free side streets.