March in Barcelona: Weather, What to Pack, and What to See

Barcelona in March

TripSavvy / Emily Roberts 

While the weather in Barcelona in March certainly isn't the warmest it gets in the Catalan capital of Spain, the dreary days of winter are coming to an end, and it shows in the liveliness and fun that fills the streets. Spring brings pleasantly mild temperatures and plenty of sunshine.

Although March is still technically considered part of the low season in Barcelona, there is still plenty going on throughout the month. It's one of the best times of the year to truly get immersed in local culture and experience the authentic Spanish way of life without dodging the hordes of tourists that tend to arrive en masse throughout the late spring and summer months. With a little preparation, it won't be hard to enjoy a relaxing, stress-free trip to Barcelona in March.

Barcelona Weather in March

Temperatures for the first two-thirds of March in Barcelona aren't much better than they were in February—think highs in the low 60s Fahrenheit (around 15 to 17 degrees Celsius) and lows in the 40s Fahrenheit (about 4 to 9 degrees Celsius). Barcelona's proximity to the sea means the water has a cooling effect, which lasts until much later in the month. However, near the end of the month, it's not uncommon to see readings in the high 60s Fahrenheit (around 19 to 20 degrees Celsius)—still a bit cool for sunbathing or swimming at the beach, but perfectly nice for exploring the city without breaking into a sweat or feeling like you're going to freeze.

Barcelona in March doesn't see much precipitation, with less than three total inches of rain falling, on average, throughout the month. Instead, expect an average of 12 hours of sunlight per day to complement the mild temperatures.

What to Pack

Keep in mind that throughout Spain, locals tend to dress according to the season rather than the weather. That means that although spring technically begins in March, you won't see anyone (except for tourists) breaking out their shorts and sandals just yet. 

Temperatures still aren't at their warmest in Barcelona in March. Daylight hours can feel quite pleasant, but evenings and nights are still quite chilly. Consider dressing in outfits that can be easily layered for comfort, bring good walking shoes, and don't forget a warm coat if you'll be out and about experiencing Barcelona's iconic nightlife.

Although rainfall is quite low in Barcelona in March, unexpected showers do happen. Toss a compact umbrella into your bag so you don't get caught off guard. Plentiful sunshine means that stylish sunglasses are a must, so bring a pair and you'll fit right in.

March Events in Barcelona

Barcelona's fun-loving spirit and good vibes mean that there is always a reason to celebrate. Save the dates for these festivals and events taking place throughout the month.

  • Sant Medir Festival: This traditional event on March 3, 2020, brings plenty of fun. Horses, carriages, trucks, and more wind their way through the streets of the Gracia neighborhood, throwing candy and other sweet treats to the eager spectators lining the sides of the roads. 
  • Zurich Marató de Barcelona: A great way to get up and moving after a chilly winter, this 42nd annual marathon for runners takes place on March 15, 2020.
  • 62nd International Vintage Car Rally: Classic car fans won't want to miss this race from Barcelona to Sitges from March 21–23 in 2020. What makes this event special isn't just that all participating cars date from prior to 1924 but that the drivers and other occupants of each vehicle must also dress in period-appropriate clothing, creating quite the fashion spectacle as well.
  • St. Patrick's Day: On March 17, 2020, put on some green clothing and head to one of the city's many Irish pubs to have a beer and mingle with the locals.
  • The Best of Barcelona Free Concerts: Experience local musicians performing at the Craft Barcelona—where guests can also enjoy artisan beers and tapas—on March 21, 2020. Check the venue's website for plenty of other events throughout the month.

March Travel Tips

  • March is one of the best times to visit Barcelona. High season doesn't start until later in the spring, so the city is comparatively quiet. The relatively low number of tourists means that accommodations can be on the inexpensive side compared to more popular months.
  • Another great reason to visit Barcelona in March is the prevalence of delicious seasonal foods, from calçots (Catalan sweet onions, in season until the spring). The chilly mornings also provide a great excuse to indulge in soul-warming churros con chocolate (fried dough snacks) at a local cafe.
  • You won't get into trouble on the beach, but in other parts of the city, women wearing skimpy clothing or swimsuits—or men going without shirts—is illegal and can actually get you fined, along with being considered inappropriate.
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