Costa Brava weather
The Costa Brava is a coastal region of Catalonia in northeastern Spain. It is typically hot and sunny weather over the summer months, but the mild winter temperatures make for a great getaway in January and February.
Costa Brava weather averages and climate information
The region enjoys a typical Mediterranean climate, characterised by hot, dry summers and moderately cold winters. The average daily maximum temperature varies from 14 Celsius in the winter to 31 Celsius in the summer months, with these high temperatures usually accompanied by plenty of sunshine. The wettest of the months are during autumn, when the season is often characterised by thunderstorms.
Data from Girona/Costa Brava station
When is the best time to visit the Costa Brava?
Costa Brava is a popular holiday destination for sun seekers, as the summer months are characterised by plenty of sunshine and high temperatures, with an average maximum temperature in July and August of over 30 Celsius. Its location on the northeast coast of Spain means that Costa Brava often has more comfortable temperatures than other parts of the country, which can be appealing to those who find the searing summer heat a little too much. If you enjoy the sunny weather but not the intense heat, then spring can prove to be a great month to visit. The season is very warm with only slightly less sunshine than in the summer.
Although the Costa Brava is a little wetter in the spring than the winter, temperatures are a lot higher. On average, the holiday destination receives 62mm of rain through May, and the daily maximum temperature is around 24 Celsius. Overnight temperatures are relatively cool, meaning nights are more comfortable for sleeping.
It turns increasingly hot through the summer months with plenty of sunshine for sun seekers. The warmest months are July and August, when the average daily high is around 31 Celsius. The driest month of the year is usually July, when the average rainfall is only 33mm. Southeast facing resorts are usually warmer than northwards facing, due to the warm winds that travel over Africa.
After a hot start to autumn, temperatures quite quickly start to fall. The average daily maximum in September is 27 Celsius, falling to 23 Celsius in October and then 17 Celsius in November. Autumn is also the wettest of the seasons on average, and October typically receives 73mm of rain, often brought about by thunderstorms. The sea water temperature is typically 22 Celsius in October, meaning it is still warm enough for swimming.
January is the coldest month on average, with overnight frosts and even a dusting of snow recorded in the past! Despite this, the January average daily maximum temperature is still around 14 Celsius, making the resort an attractive destination during winter, and usually warmer than the UK at this time of year. On average, February is the driest of the months, and the Costa Brava often enjoys dry and sunny weather in this season.
Costa Brava tourist information
The Costa Brava attracts holidaymakers for a number of different reasons. Many families travel to the holiday hotspot to enjoy the sunshine and high temperatures, with plenty of sandy beaches to enjoy - the beaches of Lloret de Mar can prove particularly popular. There is also the natural park of Aiguamolls de l’Empordà; with close to 5,000 hectares, there are hundreds of animal species to see, especially the flying kind, as the marshlands are a place of refuge for many migratory birds. Another popular family venue is the waterworld in Lloret de Mar – the rides suit all ages and the park boasts two restaurants.
If the thriving nightlife is more your scene then the summer months are extremely popular with party-goers. Sightseers can tour the walled medieval towns of Girona, Pals and Tossa de Mar, with centuries of heritage wherever you look. Located on the breathtaking Gulf of Roses, the archeological site of Empúries showcases one of the most important Greek ruins in Spain. Many walkers enjoy the Costa Brava, with the rocky scenery and divine beaches. The Camino de Ronda is a 220km hiking train along the coast running from Bannes to Collioure, a city close to the border of France. The resort also boasts Michelin-starred restaurants and welcoming vineyards.