Best time to visit Barcelona

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Best time of year to visit Barcelona

May to June and September are deemed to be the best time to visit Barcelona. Balmy weather and slightly fewer tourists make early summer a pleasant time to be in Barcelona. Airfares and temperatures are at their highest from July to August, and it's almost impossible to find good deals. The season is heated up with Sala Montjuic movie screenings and grand sales. You can enjoy swimming in the sea until late September and celebrate La Merce with the locals. October and November see more rains, and that's when Catalan comfort foods like Castanyes i Moniatos are there for you. Christmas and New Year's get more crowded, but Tio de Nadal will keep your mood up! Time from January to April can be labelled 'bargain months' in Barcelona, just don't forget to take a coat with you.

11 THINGS TO DO IN BARCELONA (FEBRUARY 11 - FEBRUARY 20)

Castells or Human Towers

Castells or Human Towers

February–July | September–November • activity

An amazing tradition of constructing human towers

Carnaval de Barcelona

Carnaval de Barcelona

February 11–17, 2021 • event

Catalan answer to the carnival season is more than fun. It's spectacular!

The Magic Fountain of Montjuïc

The Magic Fountain of Montjuïc

October–April • activity

Incredible mix of water, light and music making a great performance​

Fiesta de Santa Eulalia

Fiesta de Santa Eulalia

Around February 12 • event

A traditional Catalan street party with giants, dragons​, lions and eagles taking part

Sagrada Familia

Sagrada Familia

October–March (all year round) • activity

Gaudí's unfinished masterpiece is being incarnated by modern architectors and paralelly visited by millions of admirers

Rebajas or Sales

Rebajas or Sales

early January–February, July–August • event

Look for a bargain at one of Europe's best fashion destinations

Calçotada

Calçotada

December–April • food

Fried onions turned into a culinary masterpiece

Sitges Carnival

Sitges Carnival

February 11–17, 2021 • event

The Sitges Carnival attracts more than 250,000 people to see its bright show and colourful parties, making it one of the most popular carnivals in the world

FC Barcelona and Camp Nou

FC Barcelona and Camp Nou

August–May • activity

The most exciting matches of the Champions League in the biggest football stadium in Europe

Casa Milà (La Pedrera)

Casa Milà (La Pedrera)

all year round • activity

This architectural masterpiece is unlike anything else built in the 20th century, the total culmination of Gaudí's boundless imagination

Botifarra

Botifarra

February 16, 2021 • food

Grilled sausages are an important food in Catalonia

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Tarragona Human Towers Competition

Tarragona Human Towers Competition

autumn 2020 (TBA) • event

A spectacular competition of building human towers - something to be seen only in Catalonia

San Juan Bonfire Festival (Noche de San Juan)

San Juan Bonfire Festival (Noche de San Juan)

June 23–June 24 • event

Bonfires and songs highlight the celebration of St. John's Eve and summer solstice in Spain

La Merce

La Merce

September 20–24, 2020 • event

A signature Barcelona street festival not to be missed

Festa Major de Gràcia

Festa Major de Gràcia

August 15–August 21 (limited event) • event

Catalan style street party is an unsurpassable fun experience

Sonar Festival

Sonar Festival

June 17–19, 2021 • event

One of the best electronic music festivals in the world

Girona Flower Festival (Temps de Flors)

Girona Flower Festival (Temps de Flors)

May 09–17, 2020 • event

Houses decorated with amazing floral arrangements transform the old city of Girona into an incredible bouquet of landscapes, colours, and beauty

Beach Season

Beach Season

mid-May–mid-October • activity

Barcelona's best beaches are just a few kilometers away from the city centre

Primavera Sound

Primavera Sound

June 02–06, 2021 • event

Barcelona's edition of Primavera Sound attracts more and more people from every corner of the world

Diada Nacional de Catalunya

Diada Nacional de Catalunya

September 11 • event

A very important day for the Catalans

L'ou сom Balla or Dancing Egg

L'ou сom Balla or Dancing Egg

June 03, 2021 • event

A peculiar tradition dating back to the 16th century

Spanish Ham (Jamón) with Melon

Spanish Ham (Jamón) with Melon

May–September • food

A simple but beautiful and healthy summer snack

El Caganer

El Caganer

December • activity

An unusual Catalan tradition—a defecating man in a nativity scene

Barcelona Marathon

Barcelona Marathon

March 15, 2020 • event

A challenging race through the streets of the most beautiful parts of Barcelona

La Dansa de la Mort de Verges

La Dansa de la Mort de Verges

April 09, 2020 • event

An ancient and unique Dance of the Death

Christmas Markets

Christmas Markets

late November–early January  • event

Nativity scenes and shopping for gifts are the main highlights of the festive fairs in Barcelona

Montjuic de Nit

Montjuic de Nit

July 14, 2012 • event

A great offbeat cultural festival in a beautiful location

Formula 1 Gran Premio De España

Formula 1 Gran Premio De España

May 08–10, 2020 • event

A spectacular Formula One race, one of the oldest in the world

Sitges Fiesta Mayor

Sitges Fiesta Mayor

August 2018 (TBA) • event

Sitges Fiesta Mayor is one of the most important events of the year featuring a spectacular 30-minute firework display that lights up the Mediterranean

Sardana

Sardana

September 11–September 24 • activity

A traditional Catalan group dance that could be performed by all people of all ages

Semana Santa (Holy Week) & Easter

Semana Santa (Holy Week) & Easter

April 05–13, 2020 • event

Visit the city during the week of spectacular religious processions and delicious Easter treats

Tió de Nadal

Tió de Nadal

December 08–25 • activity

An interesting Catalan Christmas tradition—to take care of a log

Kitesurfing and Windsurfing

Kitesurfing and Windsurfing

late March–early November • activity

Conquer the wind in the city or explore the coast further

Mercados de Navidad

Mercados de Navidad

late November–early January • event

Cenas de natividad y compras de regalos son los principales puntos fuertes de las ferias festivas de Barcelona

New Year's Eve

New Year's Eve

December 31–January 1  • event

Eating 12 grapes, wearing red coloured underwear and preparing a special cake is only a part of the incredible celebration in Spain

Castanyes i Moniatos

Castanyes i Moniatos

October–November • food

Sweet potato and chestnuts are perfect autumn comfort foods

"Gossos d'Atura" (Sheep Dog) Competitions

"Gossos d'Atura" (Sheep Dog) Competitions

late August–early October • event

An unusual show of traditional shepperd dogs from all over Spain

Grec Festival

Grec Festival

August 2020 • activity

Some of the world's best theatrical performances in an ancient Greek amphitheatre under the night sky

Dia de Sant Jordi

Dia de Sant Jordi

April 23 • event

A colorful holiday during the flower bloom season

Yachting Season​

Yachting Season​

May–October • activity

Barcelona is one of Europe's top sailing destinations

Ball de Bastons

Ball de Bastons

April 23 | June 22 | September 11 | September 24 • event

An ancient Catalan tradition—stick dancing

Anchovies in Vinegar (Boquerones en Vinagre)

Anchovies in Vinegar (Boquerones en Vinagre)

June–August • food

It is especially pleasant to go to the bar on a hot summer day, drink a glass of ice-cold beer and eat Boquerones en Vinagre!

Sopa de Galets

Sopa de Galets

December • food

A wonderful winter comfort food

Sala Montjuic

Sala Montjuic

July–August • activity

A romantic night with jazz and movies under the stars

Three Kings Day

Three Kings Day

January 05–January 06 • event

Epiphany is a great holiday in Barcelona celebrated by La Cabalgata de Reyes Magos

Halloween

Halloween

late October–early November • event

Witch Fair, La Castanyada, and tons of other fun events in Barcelona

Panellets

Panellets

October 31–November 01 • food

Delicious sweet pastry served on All Saints Day

Sardinadas​

Sardinadas​

May–August • food

It's impossible to imagine a holiday without grilled sardines

Sant Joan's Coca

Sant Joan's Coca

late June • food

A delicious sweet treat available only during the holiday

El Bot Salvavides

El Bot Salvavides

June–September • activity

A coastal town of Calafell not far from Barcelona is home to an interesting phenomenon – unsinkable lifeboat

Mona de Pascua

Mona de Pascua

April 04, 2021 • food

Delicious Easter cakes that are given by godparents to their godchildren

Roscón de Reyes or Kings Cake

Roscón de Reyes or Kings Cake

January 05–January 06 • food

A traditional round Epiphany cake

BBF: Barcelona Beach Festival

BBF: Barcelona Beach Festival

July 03, 2021 • event

Enjoy an unforgettable chill to the strains of electronic music

Clotxa

Clotxa

January 17 • food

An interesting regional farmers' food

La Castanyada

La Castanyada

October 30–November 1 • event

A family-oriented holiday to commemorate the dead relatives and celebrate the harvest

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