In Barcelona, it’s always good – the sun shines year-round, and the air temperature rarely drops below 5°C even in the coldest months.
But spring in Barcelona is especially good.
The daylight hours increase, the sun gets warmer but not very hot. So March, April and May are ideal months to enjoy the city outdoors.
You can wander the streets for a long time and explore the city in detail. Or you can just sit on the outdoor terrace, listen to the sea and enjoy the sunsets.
During this time of the year, especially around March, the beaches are deserted, a fresh breeze usually blows through, the sun is warm, there is a smell of strawberries in the air, fried asparagus and oysters are the season’s delicacies and to top it all off, chilled cava is up on menus again.
The words of the legendary Woody Allen aptly sum it up: “This city is full of romance. The night is warm and charming. We are alive. Isn’t that enough?”.
Table of Contents
- Barcelona in March
- Barcelona in April
- Barcelona in May
Barcelona in March
Spring in Barcelona fully comes in March. The shy sun re-captures the horizon step by step. As April approaches, there is more and more heat and sun, however, an absolute transition to summers has not yet happened. On average, the air is only warmer by 2°C per month. The sun shines most of the time, only sometimes giving way to the clouds. Despite the fact that March is considered the rainiest month of the year, precipitation is no more than 4-5 days in total.
Weather in Barcelona in March
During the day, the air temperature ranges from +16 ° C to + 18 ° C, which is perfect for walks to local attractions, as well as bus and boat excursions to nearby towns. At night, the thermometer hovers between +12 ° C to +15 ° C. However, even in such cool weather it is possible to walk around the evening city, wearing a light jumper and a light windbreaker.
The swimming season in Barcelona in March
At 17 ° C, swimming in the sea is best avoided. Only a large number of surfers overcome waves and conquer the beaches of Barcelona.
What to do in Barcelona in March
Spring in Barcelona, in March in particular, is full of festivals and interesting events. For example, the festival of sweets Sant Medir. And also, as a rule, March has the Holy Week – an extremely picturesque event.
What clothes to take to Barcelona in March
Since in March – in spring in Barcelona – the weather can be unpredictable, we pack things for different situations into a suitcase. We would recommend not to wear warm winter clothes like winter down jackets, fur coats, winter boots, definitely not. It is advisable to take things like light jackets, coats, raincoats. Thick jumpers are also not needed, but you should take sweaters with long sleeves.
Put your scarf and gloves as well in your suitcases. Evenings after sunset can be windy. As shoes, you can take lighter boots, shoes, sneakers, sneakers, or closed ballet shoes. And be sure to take your sunglasses – they are relevant in Barcelona all year round.
Barcelona in April
In April, a feeling is created that spring in Barcelona has stepped up its rights. Mimosa begins to bloom, trees and hills dress up in green robes. In general, life is slowly returning to the city streets.
You should consider getting the Barcelona City Pass. It will help with:
- Skip-the-line tickets: Sagrada Familia + Park Guell
- Aerobus + Coach
- 20% discount on Casa Batlló, Picasso Museum, Camp Nou and many other attractions
Weather in Barcelona in April
Despite the fact that it is still cool at night (13 ° C – 16 ° C), during the daytime the air heats up to 20 ° C. There are now 9 hours of daylight. This is a good time for exploring the city.
The swimming season in Barcelona in April
It is unlikely to be able to fully relax in the beach areas, since the water in the sea is still quite cold, about 16 ° -17 ° C. It is possible to bask in the sun on the beaches in April, in the afternoon when the air warms up to 20 ° С, and in the sunniest places above 20 ° С.
What to do in Barcelona in April
The beach season has not yet begun and you will most likely not be able sunbathe on the beach. April weather favors walks on the city promenades. This is a great time to go to Mount Montserrat – imagine these lush, bright green colors of nature that cover the mountains and you can see them from a bird’s eye view! The sight is amazing.
And also, in April, Montserrat does not yet receive buses loaded with travelers from coastal cities.
Barcelona in April: what to put in a suitcase
In the spring in Barcelona, in April, you will still need clothes with long sleeves, but no longer warm sweaters. Just jeans, T-shirts and light jackets. In the second half of April, take even lighter clothes as the days and evenings are getting still warmer. And grab a swimsuit if you want to lie on the beach and take in the sunshine.
Barcelona in May
Spring in Barcelona, in May. is the most delightful time to visit the city. It also marks the beginning of the active tourist season. May is not as wet and hot as the end of August.
Weather in Barcelona in May
In the daytime, the air warms up to 23-25 ° C. At night, the thermometer drops to 16 ° C, but not lower.
The swimming season in Barcelona in May
The water in the sea in spring in Barcelona is slowly warming up with sunshine, which is more and more day after day. And despite the fact that in the first days of the month the water temperature barely reaches + 20 ° C, by the middle of May it rises to 22° C.
We are often asked whether it is possible swimming in May in Barcelona? However, giving a definite answer to this question is not easy. With a typical spring in Barcelona, the water is still quite cold in early May, however, in the middle of the month you can even go for a quick dip after warming up on the beach. However, if April turned out to be atypically warm, then the locals begin to swim in earnest by middle of May. Of course, being in water for a long time is not yet possible.
What to do in Barcelona in May
Spring in Barcelona in May is a great time for beach relaxation and promenades around the city. This month in the city there are many entertaining events, such as Formula 1, for example.
Barcelona in May – what to wear
The best clothes to wear in May are dresses, light trousers and T-shirts. Jeans become too warm during the daytime but can be worn comfortably in the evenings. You also need to take light jackets due to the fact that it is cool in the evening. Light sneakers, espadrilles, and others light shoes are recommended. Thus, the main emphasis is on summery clothes. However, we take a couple of things for cool weather on occasion.