A cultural capital of Europe, Barcelona has earned itself UNESCO World Heritage status following the fantastic, iconic architectural works of Antoni Gaudí and Lluís Domènech i Montaner that are dotted around this vibrant city.
Barcelona weather averages and climate information
Barcelona enjoys a typically Mediterranean climate with hot summers and cold winters. Thanks to its coastal location, the city’s precipitation is slightly higher than in areas further inland.
Barcelona is also cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter than other Spanish coastal resorts.
When is the best time to visit Barcelona?
If you are a heat lover, the best time to visit Barcelona is summer, when the weather is guaranteed to be hot with the 10 hours of maximum daily sunshine. There is, however, a high possibility of experiencing rain if you decide to visit in September or October.
Summer in Barcelona
Barcelona’s summers last from June through to late September and experience average daily highs of around 25-29°C. While low humidity and a steady breeze help to keep the temperature comfortable, it can soar up into the mid 30°C when weather systems move over from Africa. Summer nights are warm and pleasant too, with temperatures around 20°C. Whilst the chances of rainfall are small in June and July they are increasing significantly in August and September to reach as much as 58mm and 86mm respectively. This makes September the wettest month. The average daily amount of sunshine is at its peak with 10 hours of sunlight in July and 9 hours in June and August.
Winter in Barcelona
Winter in Barcelona is mild, making it a popular choice to escape the cold weather in the UK. The temperatures in December – February period are about 14°C. Winter is a pretty dry season for the city with the average rainfall between 27 to 37mm and very slight chances of snow in January. Barcelona receives an average of 4 to 5 hours daily sunshine.
Spring & Autumn in Barcelona
Barcelona enjoys comfortable and warm temperatures in spring and autumn. Daytime highs are between 17-22°C. The average rainfall is about 37mm in Spring and 60mm in autumn. The sea temperatures could be slightly too cold at the beginning of the spring but comfortable to take a dip in May. The average daily sunshine in spring and autumn ranges between 5 hours in November to 8 hours in May.
Barcelona very occasionally experiences out of the ordinary weather with temperatures falling below freezing. The last recorded snow occurred in March 2010.
Barcelona tourist information
References to the work of Gaudi are constant throughout the city, but most notable is the sometimes controversial La Sagrada Família.
Still in construction over 100 years after it first began, the structure became Gaudí's obsession. Despite still being surrounded with scaffolding, it has become one of Spain's most-visited monuments, with restorations taking place on older parts despite the entirety still awaiting completion. Gaudí's work is continued through Park Güell, Gaudí's Garden. It was developed over 14 years from 1900 - positioned on the El Carmel Hill, it has views over the city as well as Gaudí's famed intricate mosaic work throughout.
Being home to one of Europe's top football clubs means Barcelona has a massive sporting culture. The Camp Nou grounds were enlarged for the 1982 World Cup and is now one of the world's biggest stadiums, holding 99,000 people.
A must-visit while in Barcelona is La Rambla, a mainly pedestrianized street flanked by narrow, parallel roads. The strip is lined with trees and famed for street performers, ranging from pavement artists, living statues and entertainers. There are many cafés and bars dotted down the road, while the bottom plays host to tasteful market stalls with handmade crafts and jewellery.
Hamilcar Barca reportedly named the city Barcino in the 3rd century BC, after his family. Around 15 BC, the town was redrawn by the Romans as a military camp (castrum) with Mons Taber as the focal point for the Roman Colony. The typically Roman grid-like plan can still be seen today, around the Barri Gòtic, the Gothic Quarter, the historical centre of the town.
The climate is typically Spanish with temperatures peaking into the 30s throughout the summer season. There are beaches on the edge of the city centre to take advantage of this, lined with great bars and restaurants to take in the evening's ocean views.