• Create Memories Everywhere You Go
photo by Loic Djim

Barcelona, Spain

Barcelona Information

Barcelona, the cosmopolitan capital of Spain’s Catalonia region, is known for its art and architecture. The fantastical Sagrada Família church and other modernist landmarks designed by Antoni Gaudí dot the city. Museu Picasso and Fundació Joan Miró feature modern art by their namesakes. City history museum MUHBA, includes several Roman archaeological sites.

Highlights

February/March - This is Carnival time!

Also known as "Mardi Gras," this is one wild party in many parts of Spain. Sadly, it’s cold in Barcelona in February, but that doesn’t stop party-goers from putting on their skimpiest costumes and staying out all night on the beach. While there are always Carnival festivities in Barcelona, the real "fiesta" happens in Sitges, about 45 minutes from Barcelona by train. People come from all over the world to party down in this tiny seaside community. It’s not Rio, but it’s still a blast.

February - April -This is Calçot time

Is an onion enough of a reason to visit Barcelona? Maybe not, but if you are in the city during these chilly dates, make sure to experience a "calçotada" at a Barcelona restaurant or out in the nearby Catalan countryside. This totally delicious and traditional feast, the "calçotada," revolves around a sort of barbecued green onion/leek. It’s an all-day affair with plenty of wine, meat, cava, and desserts to go with the onions.

October and November - This is Wine and Mushroom time

Not far from Barcelona is wine country. Hop on a train and you’ll be in Penedès, where excellent cava is produced, in about an hour. To the north, up-and-coming vineyards are located around the region. If you want see grapes harvested or hanging heavy on the vine, you need to visit during the month of October and November. Keep in mind that the harvest has to do with weather patterns, and can change a bit year to year. Fall is also know for wild mushroom season. Locals head to the hills to their secret patches to collect the delicate fungus, and then return to cook it up with garlic and cilantro. While we don’t recommend taking to the highlands in search chanterelles, you might look out for fungus at Barcelona tapas bars, markets and restaurants. The Catalan kitchen is very much seasonal, and wild mushrooms are not to be missed.

Mealtimes in Spain can be confusing. Restaurants are generally open from 1:30 pm to 4.:00 pm for lunch, and from 8:30 pm until 11 pm for dinner. Many stores close for a lunchtime siesta (2 pm to 5 pm), as well as on Sundays and public holidays. A lot of businesses close for the whole month of August. Use our deal search to find the best deals on flights and hotels to Barcelona and to start saving

Barcelona Transportation

Barcelona has an excellent public transport network. Buy a T10 pass from any ticket machine to get ten one-way trips for $11. Alternatively, if you buy individual single tickets, they will cost $2.30. The passes are valid on all metros, buses, trains and trams operated by TMB, Renfe and FGC. Taxis in Barcelona are also cheap, hassle-free and easy to find.

Temperature

Barcelona: Annual Weather Averages. August is the hottest month in Barcelona with an average temperature of 24°C (74°F) and the coldest is January at 10°C (49°F) with the most daily sunshine hours at 10 in July.

When is the best time to fly to Barcelona?

Peak Season:

Tourists come here all year round so can't be avoided. Barcelona is a top destination for weekend "city breaks" very popular here in Europe (especially with surge in budget airlines) so I've found Thursday-Sunday is busier than early in the week generally Spring and autumn are nice; weather-wise I'd tend to say April-mid-June then mid-Sept-end October. November can be OK, depends on the year. But now in late May it's still cool and wet.

Off peak Season:

July and August can get quite hot and humid, so the best time to go is early summer (May-June) and fall (September-October), when it’s pleasant and mild