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A seasonal guide to Barcelona

Known for its art and architecture, the cosmopolitan city of Barcelona has something for everyone, any time of year. Experience the city's architectural and cultural wonders without the crowds during the winter, take in the sights and sounds of the city's lively festivals during the spring, relax on the beach with friends during the summer, or lose yourself in one of the biggest street parties in Spain during the fall. With each season offering a new perspective on the city, there's never a bad time to visit Barcelona.

Exploring the city's architectural and cultural wonders is easier in the winter

Exploring the city's architectural and cultural wonders is easier in the winter

Winter

Though you’ll probably need a coat, Barcelona’s winter weather isn’t so severe that a trip to the beach is totally out of the question – sunscreen and swimming trunks might not be strictly necessary though! There are far less people about in winter, so you’ll find exploring the city’s architectural and cultural wonders is much easier in the cooler months. Gaudí’s Sagrada Familia is just as awe-inspiringly beautiful in the frosty-half light as it is in the blazing sun, after all.

Watch the trees that line Las Ramblas burst into blossom in the spring

Watch the trees that line Las Ramblas burst into blossom in the spring

Spring

Here’s a top tip from us if you’re thinking of visiting Barcelona in the spring – start planning what you want to do now! As the trees that line Las Ramblas burst into blossom, the Catalonian capital becomes filled with the sound of lively festivals featuring everything from flowers to food. Of course, there’s loads of events showcasing the very best of Catalan music and film too, and on the 23rd of April you can celebrate both literature and love by giving a gift to your sweetheart, traditionally either a book or a rose. How's that for romance?

You can't beat Barcelona when it comes to summer beach relaxation.

You can't beat Barcelona when it comes to summer beach relaxation.

Summer

Barcelona’s relatively northern position makes for summers that are luxuriously hot, and the city’s rich mix of bustling beachfront bars and elegantly-designed urban areas create a destination that’s literally got something for everyone. The Barcelona summer creates the perfect environment whether you’re looking for beach relaxation, a cultural adventure or partying like a local at events like the Festes de Gràcia – and if all three sound like holiday heaven, this really is the place to be.

Park Güell looks particularly beautiful in the fall

Park Güell looks particularly beautiful in the fall

Fall

One of the best things about autumn in Barcelona is the temperature – not too hot but not too cold, it’s perfect for exploring this grand old city, and might even be warm enough for a sneaky day at the beach. The city’s most celebrated landmarks seem to take on a softer, more delicate appearance at this time of year, with the Gaudí-designed Park Güell and the Gothic Quarter looking particularly beautiful in the hazy autumn light. There’s a whole host of festivals and events to enjoy too, with the Festes de la Mercè in September being one of the biggest street parties in Spain.