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The weather in Barcelona
When is the best time to visit the city ?
Barcelona is a year-round destination, with plenty to see, do, and explore every month of the year. Of course, things like crowds and temperature will change with the seasons. Understanding what Barcelona’s like throughout the year will help you choose when best to book your flights.
Barcelona in the winter
The winter months of December, January, and February are the coldest, but while it’s a bit chillier this time of year, the trade-off is flights and hotels are typically cheaper. But just because it’s not as hot, it doesn’t mean the city loses any of its attraction: it still looks stunning and lower crowds make it even easier to explore. Average wet days get a low volume of rain, but you can always duck into a tapas bar to escape if you do get a downpour.
Average temperature: 10°C, highs of 14°C, lows of 5°C
Barcelona in the spring
Springtime is March to May, and one of the most popular times to visit the city. The weather begins to get warmer, but it’s not quite scorching hot yet, making it ideal conditions for wandering the cobbled streets. Rainy days happen, but the warmer temperatures, longer days and (usually) quieter crowds compared to summer make it the perfect time of year to fly for many.
Average temperature: 12-16°C, highs of 22°C, lows of 8°C
Barcelona in the summer
June, July, and August are Barcelona’s hottest months, with high temperatures that mean the beach (only 10 minutes from the city centre) becomes a prime destination. Daylight can last up to 10 hours per day, with low risk of rain, meaning you can make the most of the urban attractions and still head out to relax in the sand. The entire city comes to vibrant life in the summer especially, and everyone (tourists included) comes out to make the most of it.
Average temperature: 20-24°C, highs of 29°C, lows of 18°C
Barcelona in the autumn
Early autumn weather can still feel like summer, but temperatures start to cool off in October and November. Crowds become quieter, making it a perfect time to visit for those who want to enjoy a bit of Spanish sun without the bustle. The trade-off is that chances of rain increase during this time. Good thing the city’s cafes and museums are top notch.
Average temperature: 13-22°C, highs of 26°C, lows of 9°C