When to Go in Barcelona

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Barcelona has a temperate climate that makes it an enjoyable place to visit any time of year. There are also plenty of festivals throughout the year that can make your trip much more exciting. If you're trying to decide when you want to travel to this beautiful city, here's a guide on what happens through the year to help you make the best choice for you.


From December through February the temperature ranges between 7 and 14 degrees C, with January being the coldest month. The weather is generally mild and cool but sunny. It almost never snows in Barcelona, but be prepared for frequent showers. Don't worry too much, as they rarely last all day. It does get a bit humid between showers, but the entire season is still tourist-friendly.


Springtime is one of the most beautiful times to visit Barcelona. The temperatures hover between 10 and 20 degrees C throughout the season, with warmer days and cooler nights. If you plan to do a lot of walking around, biking or even hiking outside of the city then the this the season to do it. Flowers are at their best, and people's levels of cheer rise with the temperatures. Just bring a few layers for those chilly moments.


Summers are hot, starting off with light showers in the early weeks of June. From June through August the temperatures start to rise from 21 to 35 degrees C. The humidity can make the temperature feel higher than it is. August is without a doubt the hottest time of year, and also the most humid. It's advised not to visit in August, as most local shops and restaurants close down while their proprietors head to cooler climes.


From September through November the beautiful weather returns, with temperatures averaging between 12 and 25 degrees C. The days are sunny and warm, though there is the occasional shower. The trees burst into colors and brighten the atmosphere of this already beautiful city. Along with springtime, autumn is thought to be the best time to visit Barcelona, weather wise.


Another thing to consider when planning your trip is whether or not it coincides with local festivities. Naturally, Barcelona celebrates all of the religious holidays in the Catholic calendar. Some of the other top annual festivals include the Festival of St. George on April 23 and the Sonar Festival (celebrating technology and music) in mid-June. The Festival of Sant Joan is on the 23rd of June and celebrates the start of summer. Fireworks blaze for weeks leading up to the festival. The entire summer is devoted to the Art Festival, and September 24 marks the biggest annual festival in Barcelona, the Festes de la Merce.

One last thing to keep in mind is that peak season lasts from June to September, and prices are often higher.

September 08, 2009 new by tiffanymparker

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