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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 16 - FEBRUARY 25)

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 16–22, 2023 • event

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

Rebajas or Sales

Rebajas or Sales

early January–February, July–August • event

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

The Magic Fountain of Montjuïc

The Magic Fountain of Montjuïc

October–April • activity

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

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

Sitges Carnival

Sitges Carnival

unconfirmedFebruary 2023 • 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

Calçotada

Calçotada

December–April • food

Fried onions turned into a culinary masterpiece

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

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

Torello Carnival (Carnaval de Terra Endins)

Torello Carnival (Carnaval de Terra Endins)

February 16–22, 2023 • event

One of the wildest festivals in Catalonia

Botifarra

Botifarra

February 21, 2023 • food

Grilled sausages are an important food in Catalonia

47 THINGS TO DO OUT OF SELECTED DATE RANGE

La Merce

La Merce

out of rangeSeptember 23–26, 2022 • event

A signature Barcelona street festival not to be missed

Tarragona Human Towers Competition

Tarragona Human Towers Competition

out of rangeOctober 1–2, 2022 • event

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

Festa Major de Gràcia

Festa Major de Gràcia

out of rangeAugust 15–21, 2022 • event

Catalan style street party is an unsurpassable fun experience

Girona Flower Festival (Temps de Flors)

Girona Flower Festival (Temps de Flors)

out of rangeMay 6–14, 2023 • event

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

Noche de San Juan

Noche de San Juan

out of rangeJune 23–June 24 • event

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

Sonar Festival

Sonar Festival

out of rangeJune 15–18, 2022 • event

One of the best electronic music festivals in the world

Fiesta de Santa Eulalia

Fiesta de Santa Eulalia

out of rangeAround February 12 • event

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

Beach Season

Beach Season

out of rangemid-May–mid-October • activity

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

Primavera Sound

Primavera Sound

out of rangeearly June 2022 • event

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

Barcelona Beer Festival

Barcelona Beer Festival

out of rangeOctober 14–16, 2022 • event

Visit one of the biggest beer events in Europe

L'ou сom Balla or Dancing Egg

L'ou сom Balla or Dancing Egg

out of rangeJune 16, 2022 • event

A peculiar tradition dating back to the 16th century

Diada Nacional de Catalunya

Diada Nacional de Catalunya

out of rangeSeptember 11 • event

A very important day for the Catalans

Spanish Ham (Jamón) with Melon

Spanish Ham (Jamón) with Melon

out of rangeMay–September • food

A simple but beautiful and healthy summer snack

Christmas Markets

Christmas Markets

out of rangelate November 2022–early January 2023 • event

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

Halloween

Halloween

out of rangelate October–early November 2022 • event

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

Mediterranean Cruises

Mediterranean Cruises

out of rangeApril–October • activity

Enjoy an award-winning vacation, highlighting picture-perfect coasts, ancient history, and fine cuisine

New Year's Eve

New Year's Eve

out of rangeDecember 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

El Caganer

El Caganer

out of rangeDecember • activity

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

Barcelona Marathon

Barcelona Marathon

out of rangeMarch 19, 2023 • 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

out of rangeApril 14, 2022 • event

An ancient and unique Dance of the Death

Sitges Fiesta Mayor

Sitges Fiesta Mayor

out of rangeSeptember 14–25, 2022 • 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

Semana Santa (Holy Week) & Easter

Semana Santa (Holy Week) & Easter

out of rangeApril 2–10, 2023 • event

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

Grec Festival

Grec Festival

out of rangeJune 29–July 31, 2022 • event

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

Montjuic de Nit

Montjuic de Nit

overJuly 14, 2012 • event

A great offbeat cultural festival in a beautiful location

Formula 1 Gran Premio De España

Formula 1 Gran Premio De España

unconfirmedMay 2023 • event

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

Sardana

Sardana

out of rangeSeptember 11–September 24 • activity

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

Barcelona New Year's Eve (Nochevieja)

Barcelona New Year's Eve (Nochevieja)

out of rangeDecember 31 • event

Eat 12 grapes by the Magic Fountain of Montjuïc and go partying in a museum

Tió de Nadal

Tió de Nadal

out of rangeDecember 8–December 25 • activity

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

Gossos d'Atura (Sheep Dog) Competitions

Gossos d'Atura (Sheep Dog) Competitions

out of rangelate August–early October • event

An unusual show of traditional shepperd dogs from all over Spain

Kitesurfing and Windsurfing

Kitesurfing and Windsurfing

out of rangelate March–early November • activity

Conquer the wind in the city or explore the coast further

Castanyes i Moniatos

Castanyes i Moniatos

out of rangeOctober–November • food

Sweet potato and chestnuts are perfect autumn comfort foods

Dia de Sant Jordi

Dia de Sant Jordi

out of rangeApril 23 • event

A colorful holiday during the flower bloom season

Yachting Season​

Yachting Season​

out of rangeMay–October • activity

Barcelona is one of Europe's top sailing destinations

Three Kings Day

Three Kings Day

out of rangeJanuary 5–January 6 • event

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

Ball de Bastons

Ball de Bastons

out of rangeApril 23 | June 22 | September 11 | September 24 • event

An ancient Catalan tradition—stick dancing

BBF: Barcelona Beach Festival

BBF: Barcelona Beach Festival

out of rangeJuly 2, 2022 • event

Enjoy an unforgettable chill to the strains of electronic music

Anchovies in Vinegar (Boquerones en Vinagre)

Anchovies in Vinegar (Boquerones en Vinagre)

out of rangeJune–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

out of rangeDecember • food

A wonderful winter comfort food

Sardinadas​

Sardinadas​

out of rangeMay–August • food

It's impossible to imagine a holiday without grilled sardines

Sala Montjuic

Sala Montjuic

out of rangeJuly–August • activity

A romantic night with jazz and movies under the stars

El Bot Salvavides

El Bot Salvavides

out of rangeJune–September • activity

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

Panellets

Panellets

out of rangeOctober 31–November 01 • food

Delicious sweet pastry served on All Saints Day

Sant Joan's Coca

Sant Joan's Coca

out of rangelate June • food

A delicious sweet treat available only during the holiday

Mona de Pascua

Mona de Pascua

out of rangeApril 9, 2023 • food

Delicious Easter cakes that are given by godparents to their godchildren

Roscón de Reyes or Kings Cake

Roscón de Reyes or Kings Cake

out of rangeJanuary 5–January 6 • food

A traditional round Epiphany cake

La Castanyada

La Castanyada

out of rangeOctober 30–November 1 • event

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

Clotxa

Clotxa

out of rangeJanuary 17 • food

An interesting regional farmers' food

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