When to visit Barcelona?

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18th of August 2017

Barcelona is more often than not agreeable all year-round, although the summer humidity can be unbearable sometimes, especially when it is overcast. But overall, it is a city where nature has been very generous in pouring her wealth. What’s more, festivals are plenty, you’ll have a lot of merry-making to enjoy. So when is the best time to come here ?

Climate

when-to-go-to-barcelona-1Blessed with a gentle, Mediterranean climate, Barcelona is warm most times of the year. The months of July and August are humid and hot, even at night, since the temperature only drops minimally. Late June to early October is also good for swimming since the inland temperature and humidity only drop slightly.

The Mediterranean Sea splashes Barcelona with clear water and summons you to a city like a paradise. Fall and spring are perfect times to visit the city. While Barcelona days are crisp to cold in the winter because of its closeness to the mountains, they are often sunny. Snow is rare and when it snows, it only lasts for a day or two. April is a rainy month but some spectacular Mediterranean storms can happen year-round.

Major vacation month

when-to-go-to-barcelona-3August is the peak holiday month in all of Europe. The traffic from Germany, the Netherlands, and France to Spain is an exodus of tourists. Low-cost accommodation in the coastal areas are almost impossible to find unless you have booked in advance. Also, many shops and restaurants limit your selections for both shopping and dining due to the large tourist crowd. That said, many the city residents head out for cooler regions, leaving you to enjoy the it for yourself.

While August is the peak of the season, low season takes place from November through February. Thus, if you want to avoid the large crowds in the city, this is when you should be coming in to Barcelona. Aside from having lesser people in the city, commodities, including accommodation and entrance fees are least expensive during this time as well, making it perfect for those in a budget.

Holidays and festivals

Barcelona has more city festivals than there are weeks of the year. Holidays observed are the following:

  • January 1: New Year’s Day
  • January 6: Feast of the Epiphany
  • March/April: Good Friday and Easter Monday
  • May 11: May Day
  • May/June: Whit Monday
  • June 24: Feast of St. John
  • August 15: Feast of the Assumption
  • September 11: National Day of Catalonia
  • September 24: Feast of Our Lady of Mercy
  • October 12: Spain’s National Day
  • November 1: All Saints’ Day
  • December 8: Feast of the Immaculate Conception
  • December 25: Christmas
  • December 26: Feast of St. Stephen

when-to-go-to-barcelona-2Barcelona’s array of old-fashioned pageants and religious events that make the city and Catalonia unique go side by side with various modern celebrations. In addition to the traditional events, it also has cool festivals of graffiti art, rock documentaries, cyber sculpture, or hip hop.

Phone ahead

Traveling here is not as easy as it seems. It takes careful planning before hitting the city. So before you fly to Barcelona, we strongly suggest you to contact hotels and do your research.

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