As a coastal city in the Mediterranean, Barcelona has a Mediterranean climate. Thus it is balanced and mild. The mountains around Barcelona protect the city against the cold winds from the Pyrenees.
Typical travel months are May and June, when the temperatures rise again and people start enjoying the outdoors.
Midsummer is quite hot, with an average temperature of 20° C. Barcelona is quite quiet then, as many prefer going to the beach or back to their houses. Many restaurants, museums and shops close at this time or have shorter opening times. However, many other festivals and open-air events take place.
In September and October, the sea still offers pleasant temperatures, so bathing is still quite possible.
November also offers quite a lot of days with fairly sunny weather. At night, however, it gets cold.
In winter, it is often cool and rainy, but the temperatures rarely fall below 0° C which is ideal for exploring diverse museum and bars, discos or the many good restaurants.
With good weather and clear views it is worth going to the Tibidabo, even in January and February.
We believe that there is no "best time" to explore Barcelona. Only the priorities, Barcelona offers change.
In winter it can be very lonely at the beach of Barcelona. There are also cooler days, although ice and snow are not to be expected.