How to Plan the Perfect Trip to Barcelona

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    Guide to What to Do in Barcelona and Where to Go Next

    Park Güell
    ••• Jorg Greuel/Getty Images

    If you're planning a trip to Spain, chances are you'll be landing in Madrid, Barcelona or Malaga, the three mainland cities with the biggest airports.

    If it'll be Madrid for you, then check out my page on How to Plan the Perfect Trip to Madrid, while for Malaga, have a look at How to Plan the Perfect Trip to Malaga. But if it's Barcelona, then read on.

    See also:

    Barcelona's location in the north-east of the country means it's generally easier to plan a trip to Spain from centrally located Madrid. However, as most visitors to Spain plan on visiting Barcelona at some point, it  doesn't matter greatly whether you start there or visit later in your vacation.

    Over the following pages, I'll help you:

    • Pick where to stay in Barcelona
    • Decide how long to stay
    • Choose which day trips to take from Barcelona
    • Plan your itinerary around the rest of Spain
    • Choose when to visit Barcelona, considering the events and the weather

    See also: Wha...MOREt You Should Eat in Barcelona and 16 Other Cities in Spain

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    Where to Stay in Barcelona

    You can even stay right by the Sagrada Familia
    ••• You can even stay right by the Sagrada Familia. Xavi/Creative Commons

    Barcelona is a more spread out city than Madrid when it comes to areas visitors will want to see. Where you stay will have a big impact on the kind of trip you will have.

    For a more in-depth look at your accommodation options in the city, read my article on Where to Stay in Barcelona

    My top recommendations on where to stay are:

    • Gracia
      A former village that became a part of Barcelona when the two were connected by the Eixample district, Gracia still feels like a village, albeit the hippest village you'll ever visit.
      More: Staying in Gracia
    • Poble Sec/Sant Antoni
      Between the Raval and the Montjuic mountain, Poble Sec and Sant Antoni are fast becoming the coolest districts in Barcelona, with bars and restaurants opening on a weekly basis
      More: Staying in Poble Sec
    • El Born
      It looks a lot like the Gothic Quarter, but with a more residential feel. More a neighborhood than a tourist trap.
      More: Staying in El Born
    • Eixample
      The bit of Barcelona that really feels like a city. Wide, tree-lined...MORE avenues and home to most of Barcelona's accommodation, you're in the middle of everything here. (Plus it's here where most of the modernist architecture is.) 
      More: Staying in Eixample
    • Barceloneta
      Former fishing village and home to the nearest beach to the city center.
      More: Staying in Barceloneta
       
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    How Many Days Should You Spend in Barcelona?

    Quimet & Quimet, Barcelona
    ••• Quimet & Quimet, one of the most famous tapas bars in Barcelona. (c) Damian Corrigan

    How long you should spend in Barcelona depends on your interests, how long you have in total in Spain and where else you want to visit. So here are a few ways of dividing up your trip:

    What Proportion of Your Trip Should You Spend in Barcelona?

    How long will you spend in Barcelona? For shorter trips, it makes sense to stay in Barcelona the whole time (and do day trips if you're getting bored). 

    Decide where you else you might want to go by checking out this page: Where to Next After Barcelona?

    • Fewer Than Five Days I would spend the whole time in Barcelona. Fill your time with day trips (you can even do a day trip from Barcelona to Madrid on the high-speed AVE train).
    • Five to Seven Days Spend a little over half of your time in Barcelona, and the rest in Madrid, or the Basque Country. You could also go from Barcelona to Seville and explore there, perhaps with a day trip to Granada, but no more. However, you could easily fill your time by staying in Barcelona the whole time and doing day...MORE trips.
    • Eight to Ten Days I would spend four days in Barcelona and the rest of my time elsewhere. Six days split between Madrid, Seville and Granada would be a great way to fill your vacation. If you wanted to spend more time in Barcelona, you could limit your other trips to just one out of Madrid, San Sebastian and Seville.
    • Eleven to 14 Days Spain is your oyster! Stay as long in Barcelona as you think you need (see below) and spend your other days in the rest of the country.

    See also: Gaudi's Barcelona Tour, including Sagrada Familia and Park Guell

    How Long Will It Take For Me to Do Everything I Want to Do in Barcelona?

    • Start with three days to explore the centre of Barcelona. See the Gothic Quarter, El Born, the Raval, Barceloneta and Gracia, as well as seeing the outside of Gaudi’s buildings in the Eixample (La Pedrera, Casa Batllo and the Sagrada Familia). I would recommend you spend the first day on an : though Barcelona is smaller than Madrid, its sights are more spread out, making a tour bus  a great way to get an overview of the city. Take a Tapas Tour with Food Lovers Company.
    • Add a half day to go inside the Sagrada Familia. However, I don't think it's worth the time or money to go inside.
    • Add a half day to go inside La Pedrera and/or Casa Batllo
    • Add a half day to visit the Dali Museum in Figueres
    • Add a half day to visit Montserrat
    • Add a day to visit Tarragona and Reus
    • Add a day to visit Madrid. This is a tough day trip and not something I would normally recommend, as Madrid deserves a lot more than a single day's visit, but the AVE train makes it possible, so if you don’t think you’ll be returning to Spain any time soon and want to at least see one of Madrid’s big museums before you go, then it’s at least possible.
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    Best Day Trips from Barcelona

    Montserrat, near Barcelona
    ••• Montserrat, near Barcelona. (c) Damian Corrigan

    Catalonia, as the locals love to tell you, is different from the rest of Spain. It has a different culinary tradition, its own architectural style, its own drinking culture. And then there’s the beaches!

    One of the best things about the day trips near Barcelona is that the best two, Montserrat and the Gaudi museum in Figueres, can be visited as a half-day trip.

    Best Day Trips from Barcelona

    • Montserrat The jagged mountain has a famous monastery and some fantastic walking trails. Don't forget to pop in to the Colonia Guell on the way. Check out this . 
    • Gaudi Museum, Figueres See the fantastically surreal art of Dali in a bizarre building that is the perfect backdrop for his work. You can also visit Cadaques nearby too.
    • Tarragona Some of the best Roman ruins in Spain. Nearby is Reus, with its Modernist architecture and a great vermouth museum.
    • Sitges Good beaches and one of the largest gay communities in Spain. 
    • Visit a Winery There are some excellent vineyards around Barcelona.

    Food...MORE and Drink Day Trips from Barcelona

    It's not easy to find good food in Barcelona (all the restaurants are either tourist traps or fully reserved when you arrive). But that's not the case outside the city, where there are some excellent places to eat and drink. Check out some of the culinary delights of Catalonia with these tours:

    Combine Sights on a Great Guided Tour

    Even if you normally don't do guided tours, sometimes they can be great if you're short on time. Having someone else do the logistics for you can make combining more than one sight on the same trip much easier. Here are some good ones:

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    After Barcelona: Where to Next?

    The Alhambra, late afternoon, from Rambutan guest house
    ••• The Alhambra, late afternoon, from Rambutan guest house. (c) Damian Corrigan

    If your trip is to Spain, not just Barcelona, then you'll need to plan where you'll go next. Andalusia or Madrid are the most obvious choices, with the gastronomy of the Basque Country and the green hills of Galicia and Asturias also a good choice. Fans of the beach might want to head along the east coast down towards Valencia and Alicante.

    Guided Tours or Go by Yourself?

    Guided tours can be a great way of fitting a lot into a short period of time. If you only have five days in Spain and you doubt you'll ever be back, only a tour could take you to Granada, Seville, Cordoba and Toledo is such a short period of time. 

    • Check Prices and Journey Times with this Interactive Train Map of Spain

    Straight to Andalusia

    Not the easiest to get to from Barcelona (I'd recommend a stop in Madrid on the way) but full of the most iconic sights Spain has to offer. Read more on Traveling from Barcelona to Andalusia

    • Visit the Alhambra in Granada and eat tapas as it was supposed to be eaten: for...MORE free, one for each drink you order.
    • Catch a flamenco show in the historic districts of Seville 
    • Visit the wonderful mosque-cathedral of Cordoba
    • Drink sherry at its birthplace, Jerez
    • Eat great fried fish in the port city of Cadiz

    See also: Five-Day Guided Tour of Andalusia from Barcelona

    South-West Towards Madrid

    The easiest option, with the high-speed AVE train whisking you between Spain's two biggest cities in no time at all. Read more on Traveling from Barcelona to Madrid.

    • Take the high-speed train to Madrid, Spain’s capital and home to some of the best art museums in the world
    • Perhaps stop in Zaragoza on the way, home to two cathedrals.
    • Take a detour via the wine regions to the north of Madrid
    • Take a day trip from Madrid to Segovia or Toledo.

    See also: 

    North West Towards San Sebastian and Bilbao in the Basque Country

    Travel from one region that wants to break away from Spain to another and get an insight into how varied culture, cuisine and landscape can be on the Iberian peninsula. Read more about Traveling Towards the Basque Country from Barcelona

    • Visit the Guggenheim museum in Bilbao
    • Eat the best tapas in the world in San Sebastian
    • Taste the best Spanish wines in the Rioja wine region
    • Go surfing in the Atlantic

    See also: Five-Day Gourmet Food and Wine Tour of Rioja, San Sebastian and Bilbao

    South Towards Valencia

    If Spain for you is about the beaches, slink along the sandy east coast and stop in at the sights along the way. A great option if you want to spend less time on the road and more time sunning yourself. See more about Traveling from Barcelona down the East Coast. 

    • Visit Reus, home of Gaudi, modernist architecture and the Spanish vermouth revival
    • See Tarragona’s Roman ruins
    • Go to Valencia, where paella was invented 

    See also: Six Day Tour of Spain including Valencia

    North-East Towards France

    Barcelona is very close to France, meaning you can easily pop across the border to experience another European country (you can even add in Andorra and visit Three Countries in One Day. Read more about Traveling from Barcelona North Towards France

    See also: Figueres and Cadaques Guided Tour from Barcelona

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    After Barcelona: How to Get from Barcelona to Andalusia

    Seville Cathedral
    ••• Seville Cathedral. (c) Damian Corrigan

    Spain's most famous sights are, unfortunately, at opposite ends of the country: Barcelona in the north-east and Andalusia in the south. So how should you go about joining those dots?

    Fly Straight to Seville - Or Take the Train!

    Though subject to change, at the moment Ryanair has very cheap flights from Barcelona to Seville. However, I took the flight recently and, when adding in the time (and cost) in getting to the airport (and the fatigue resulting from the ungodly time the flight left in the morning), I wish I had taken the train instead. The AVE train from Barcelona to Seville follows the trajectory of the Barcelona to Madrid route and then the Madrid to Seville route, covering the whole journey - city centre to city centre - in five-and-a-half hours.

    See also: Interactive Train Map of Spain

    Guided Tours of Andalusia from Barcelona

    There are so many sights to see in Andalusia, split between Seville, Granada and other cities, that the logistics of getting around by yourself can be...MORE problematic, especially if you're trying to cram a lot into a short period of time. A guided tour (with the added bonus of an expert guide) is the only way you could see so much in so few days.

    Go to Andalusia via Madrid

    Why not break up your journey with a stop in Madrid? The Barcelona to Madrid train journey follows the same high-speed rail route as the direct Barcelona to Seville. Atocha train station, where you would arrive and depart from, is centrally located, just a couple of minutes' walk from the Reina Sofia and Prado art museums and a 20 minute walk to Puerta del Sol. Get a hotel close to Atocha and you can have a hassle-free short stay in Madrid en route to Andalusia.

    Then, it's a short train journey from Madrid to Cordoba to see the Mosque-Cathedral, and then an even shorter one from Cordoba to Seville (or you can just go direct).

    See also: Four-Day Tour of Seville, Granada and Cordoba from Madrid

    Avoid Going Via Valencia

    It might be tempting to head south along the east coast and then cross from Valencia to, say, Granada. I did this once and I don’t recommend it. The bus journey is long and there are no direct trains. If you do want to go to Valencia on the way, continue on your journey by going via Madrid. The Valencia to Madrid train takes under two hours.

     

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    After Barcelona: South-West Towards Madrid

    Plaza Mayor in Madrid
    ••• Plaza Mayor in Madrid. (c) Damian Corrigan

    The most obvious place to visit after Barcelona (as long as you’ve already done some day trips) is Madrid. Spain’s biggest city and home to some of the world’s best art museums, Madrid is a vibrant place that feels much less like it is constantly trying to sell you something than Barcelona. And it’s also much, much easier to eat well in Madrid than in Barcelona. Read more about Madrid v Barcelona - Which is Better?

    See also: Interactive Train Map of Spain

    What to Do in Madrid

    • Visit Picasso's Guernica painting at the Reina Sofia museum
    • Go to the Prado art museum, Spain's answer to the Louvre
    • Experience the exciting hipster cafes and nightlife of the Malasaña area of town.
    • Eat in some of Spain's best restaurants 

    Where to Stop on the Way

    The only sensible stops if traveling by high-speed train are Zaragoza and Lleida. Personally, i don’t think they’re worth getting off the train for. Take advantage of the speed and efficiency of the AVE and go straight to Madrid.

    However, if you have...MORE a little more time, I'd suggest taking a slower train and heading up to Logroño on the way. Logroño is the capital of the Rioja region, home of the country's most wines, and one of the best cities in Spain for tapas. There are no direct trains to Madrid from Logroño, but there is a direct bus. (You can also take the train, with a transfer, and be in Madrid in under four hours).

    See also: 

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    After Barcelona: Head South Along the East Coast

    Valencia's City of Arts and Sciences
    ••• Valencia's City of Arts and Sciences. Maribelle71/Creative Commons

     Beach lovers may want to hug the coastline and travel south along Spain's east coast. Traveling along the coast to Valencia is also a good detour for travel to Madrid. 

    As you head south, you'll come across the following cities and resort towns. 

    • Sitges Beach town with a vibrant gay nightlife
    • Vilafranca del Penedès Cava wine producing town, with a wine museum
    • Tarragona and Reus Tarragona has some of the best Roman ruins in Spain. Nearby Reus is famous for its modernist architecture and vermouth production
    • Valencia Spain's third biggest city and the home of paella. 
    • Altea and Benidorm Both are beach resorts - Benidorm is the the eternal cheap beach vacation spot, while nearby Altea has a beautiful old town.  
    • Alicante A great tapas scene and good beaches make this a popular short break destination.

    How Long Should You Spend Exploring Spain's East Coast?

    Spain's east coast is mainly about the beaches. You could see the sights of each destination - even Valencia's -...MORE in a day. In which case, your itinerary should be dictated by how long you've got and how long you like to spend lying on beaches. 

    See also: Interactive Train Map of Spain

    Travel from Valencia to Madrid

    A lot of visitors to Spain forgo the high-speed AVE train from Madrid to Barcelona and instead go to Valencia and take the train from there instead.

    The train route from Valencia to Madrid has a great stop in Cuenca, home to the famous Hanging Houses. If you are going to Madrid via Valencia, I highly recommend a stop here.

    Day Trips and Short Stays South of Barcelona

    Sitges, Tarragona and Reus are all close enough to Barcelona to be visited as day trips. Transport is good between Barcelona and Tarragona and Barcelona and Sitges, but visits to Reus are easiest from Tarragona.

    To visit two of these cities in one day, you'll probably want to either stay the night or do a guided tour.   

    Getting Around Spain's East Coast

    It takes around five hours to take the train from Barcelona all the way to Alicante. The train stops at Tarragona and Valencia along the way. Hit the link to book train tickets in Spain.

    For the smaller stops along the way, you'll need to take the bus. Check out movelia.es for timetables and tickets for most buses in Spain.

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    After Barcelona: Head North-West to the Basque Country

    Tapas in San Sebastian
    ••• Tapas in San Sebastian. (c) Damian Corrigan

    The cities of Bilbao and San Sebastian are a fantastic destination for those heading north from Barcelona. I discuss which you should stay in on my page on visiting San Sebastian and Bilbao together, but there something else to bear in mind when traveling from Barcelona: your stops on route.

    The biggest city between Barcelona and the Basque Country is Zaragoza. However, apart from its two cathedrals, I wouldn't place it particularly high on my list of places to see in Spain. Instead, I'd stop in Logroño, capital of the Rioja wine region and one of the Best Cities in Spain for Tapas.

    So, if you're planning on visiting Logroño, note that there are trains from Logroño to Bilbao, but not to San Sebastian.

    If you're planning on driving, I suggest you make a stop in Montserrat (if you've not already visited it on a Day Trip from Barcelona).

    See also: Interactive Train Map of Spain

    Suggested Itinerary

    • Head to Logroño, perhaps stopping in Montserrat on the way. Get to Logroño in...MORE time for lunch and head straight to Calle Laurel and Calle San Juan, two streets that are filled with great tapas bars. Stay the night so you can rest after all that wine (and go back out again for dinner!) and visit a winery or two nearby. But bear in mind that you should book your winery visits in advance.
    • Continue by train to Bilbao. It's worth a stay overnight in Bilbao, to check out the Guggenheim and explore the 'Siete Calles' old town. But if you're planning on going to San Sebastian too (which you really, really should!) then you could skip Bilbao's old town and just go to the Guggenheim (or at least see the Frank Gehry architecture from the outside).
    • San Sebastian is just over an hour away by bus from Bilbao. If you do stay the night in Bilbao, you could visit San Sebastian as a day trip, but I think San Sebastian is worth staying in, particularly because you'll be so bloated from all the excellent food that you'll find it hard to make it back to the bus station in time to go back to Bilbao.

    Wine Tours North-West of Barcelona

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    After Barcelona: Head North Towards France

    Dali Museum in Figueres
    ••• Dali Museum in Figueres. Brian Lamb/Creative Commons

    The train from Barcelona to Perpignan takes just one-and-a-half hours, while Marseille is just four-and-a-half hours away. But why not stop at a few of the places along the way?

    Where to Stop on the Way from Barcelona to France

    The two most obvious stops along the way are the walled city of Girona, with its famous Jewish quarter, and (my personal favorite) the Dali Museum in Figueres. Both can be visited as day trips from Barcelona but they make ideal stops en route to France. 

    See also:

    • Figueres Dali Museum and Cadaques
    • Interactive Train Map of Spain

    There are other smaller sights along the way. Places like the fortress town Pals and the fishing village Calella de Palafrugell are good places to stop by in, but you'll need your own car or to take a tour such as this Costa Brava Day Trip from Barcelona.

    The Pyrenees and Andorra

    Between France and Spain there is, of course, the Pyrenees mountains and the tiny country of Andorra. Even if it's not ski season, there is plenty to do in the...MORE Pyrenees. There are plenty of hiking trails from Andorra, while the Spanish exclave of Llivia is a curiosity that is worth a stop.

    See also:

    • Pyrenees Day Trip from Barcelona
    • Three Countries in One Day Tour

    Costa Brava Beaches

    The Costa Brava is littered with popular beach resorts. Some of the more famous places include:

    • Lloret de Mar With its cute castle, sandy beaches an proximity to Barcelona, Lloret de Mar is a great beach getaway from Barcelona
    • Blanes Visit in July for the annual Blanes Fireworks Competition
    • Cadaques See the birthplace of Salvador Dali.
    • Roses Visit Roses Citadel, a mid-16th century fortress.

    Transport to Girona, Figueres, the Costa Brava and France 

    Northern Catalonia is well served by both bus and train.

    • There is a high-speed AVE rail service that connections Barcelona to France via Girona and Figueres.
    • There are bus services throughout the Costa Blanca. Pujol for getting around the various resort towns and Sarfa/Sarbus/Moventis (the company seems to change names depending on which page you are on) for getting between Barcelona and the Costa.
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    When to Visit? Spring in Barcelona

    Barcelona in April
    ••• Image: Robert Nyman (Creative Commons/Some Rights Reserved)

    When should you go to Spain? Check out your options over the next few pages:

    • Barcelona in Spring 
    • Barcelona in Summer 
    • Barcelona in Autumn/Fall
    • Barcelona in Winter

    Weather in Barcelona in Spring

    It's unlikely you're going to be able to sunbathe in Barcelona at least until April, and even then it's hardly guaranteed. I often go to Barcelona at the end of May (for the Primavera Sound music festival) and it's rarely warm enough to sunbathe.

    It tends to be dry, but this is far from guaranteed, so pack a light raincoat just in case.

    Barcelona has lots to do, but sunbathing in spring is not necessarily one of them.

    March in Barcelona

    See also: Weather in March in Barcelona

    • Early March
      Event: Sant Medir Festival

      Where? Barcelona.
      What? Costumed processions in the Gracia area of Barcelona. Read more about Barcelona.
       
    • Run-Up to Easter (check link for dates)
      Event: La Passio
      Where? Esparraguera, Catalonia.
      What? Famous performance of the Passion of Christ. 
       
    • Mid-March
      Event: Spannabis
      Where? Barcelona...MORE
      What? Cannabis trade fair! Promotes the legal use of cannabis in Spain. See also: Is Cannabis Legal in Spain

    April in Barcelona 

    See also: Weather in Barcelona in April

    • Early April
      Event: Mostra de Cinema Llatinoamericà de Lleida
      Where? Lleida in Catalonia
      What? Latin American film festival
       
    • Early April 
      Event: Barcelona Beer Festival

      Where? Barcelona.
      What? Second beer festival of Barcelona, with over 300 limited-availability beers. 
       
    • Early April 
      Event: Salon del Comic
      Where? Barcelona, at the Montjuic exhibition center.
      What? Major comic convention.
       
    • Easter
      Event: Semana Santa
      Where? All over Spain.
      What? Semana Santa completely dominates Spain in March, so no matter where you are, there'll be something to commemorate the Resurrection. See my Semana Santa to give you a flavor of what you may see on your travels. Seville and Toledo are popular places to experience Semana Santa. Read more: Semana Santa Cities.
       
    • April 23
      Event: Sant Jordi Festival
      Where? Barcelona
      What? A type of combined Valentines Day and celebration of the deaths of Cervantes and Shakespeare (who both died on the same day) as well as a celebration of St George's Day. Also celebrated in Caceres as the San Jorge Festival.

       

    May in Barcelona

    • May (TBC)
      Event: Tapantoni

      Where? Barcelona.
      What? Tapas route. Get a drink and tapas for 2 euros in bars in the Sant Antoni area of Barcelona. See a map of participating bars
       
    • Early May
      Event: Spanish Grand Prix
      Where? Barcelona
      What? Formula One (F1) motor race. 
       
    • May
      Event: Girona Flower Festival

      Where? Girona, near Barcelona
      What? See the best displays of flowers, gardens and patios in Girona. 
       
    • May 23-25 (TBC)
      Event: Snail Festival

      Where?: Lleida, Catalonia
      What? It's not just the French that eat snails - they're also a delicacy in Catalonia too. This festival celebrates the culinary delights of the little molluscs. Mmm, tasty! 
       
    • Late May (TBC)
      Event: Ciutat Flamenco
      Where?: Barcelona 
      What?: Flamenco festival.
       
    • Late May
      Event: Primavera Sound
      Where? Barcelona.
      What? Biggest alternative music festival in Europe.

     

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    When to Visit? Summer in Barcelona

    June in Barcelona
    ••• June in Barcelona. Image: Free-ers (Creative Commons/Some Rights Reserved)

    Weather in Barcelona in Summer

    Daytime temperatures in Barcelona in early June tend to hover around 24C (75F), rising to around, to at least 30C (86F) in August. Summers in Barcelona tend to range between 'comfortable' to 'just a bit too hot'. 

    Be aware that, thanks to the Mediterranean Sea, temperatures at night in Barcelona don't fall very far, making air conditioning really important if you want a good night's sleep. 

    June in Barcelona

    • Early June
      Event: Sonar festival

      Where? Barcelona
      What? Dance music festival. Kraftwerk and Pet Shop Boys headlined in 2013.
       
    • Mid-June
      Event: Pride Barcelona
      Where? Barcelona
      What? Barcelona's Gay Pride. The main days of the event are from June 27 to 29. 

    July  in Barcelona

    • July 1-July 31 (dates TBC)
      Event Grec festival 
      Where? 
      Barcelona
      What? Culture festival.
       
    • Mid-June
      Event Fiesta Mayor Del Raval
      Where? Barcelona
      What? Local festivities in the Raval area of Barcelona.
       
    • Mid-June
      Event Benicassim Rock & Pop Festival

      Where? Benicassim,...MORE near Castellon de la Plana (between Barcelona and Valencia).
      What? one of the biggest music festivals in Europe. On the mainstream side of the alternative music scene, featuring some of the biggest bands from the UK, the US and the rest of Europe. 

      August  in Barcelona

      • Fourth Wednesday of August
        Event Tomatina Tomato Fight
          
        Where? Bunyol (Buñol), near Valencia. 
        What? The world's most famous food fight.

      Dates for the following events are not yet confirmed.

      • Event Gracia festival 
        Where? The Gracia district of Barcelona 
        What? Fireworks, children's drawing contests, dancing, drinking and more in Gracia's festival. Dates tend to stay more or less the same.
         
      • Event Festa Major de Sitges 
        Where? Sitges 
        What? The biggest festival after carnival in Sitges, near Barcelona.
         
      • Event Vuelta a España 
        Where? Stages take place largely in the north of Spain (Galicia, Navarra, Basque Country and Catalonia) and around Madrid. 
        What? Spain's version of the Tour de France. Dates vary year to year but tend to straddle August and September.
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      When to Visit? Autumn/Fall in Barcelona

      Weather in Barcelona in Fall or Autumn

      September can by and large by considered still a part of summer, with temperatures remaining high for most of the month. By the end of October, temperatures will have dropped to the low 20s (70F). It tends to stay dry but rain is always possible. 

      September in Barcelona

      • Event Festa de la Mercè
        Where? Barcelona
        What? Local festival, one of the biggest fiestas of the year in Barcelona. 
         
      • Event Birraso Beer Festival
        Where? Barcelona
        What? A beer festival. Barcelona's beer scene is improving at a rapid rate and there are now two craft beer festivals in Barcelona.
         

      • Event Festa Major de Vilafranca del Penedés
        Where? Vilafranca, Catalonia 
        What? Castells (human castle-building) and more traditional festivities.
         
      • Event Girona Film Festival
        Where? Girona, Catalonia.
        What? Gay and lesbian film festival.
         
      • Event BCN Hard Sports  
        Where? Barcelona
        What? BMX, skaking and paddle surf event.
         
      • Event Diada de Catalunya
        Where? Barcelona and throughout Catalonia
        What? Cataloni...MOREa's national day commemmorates their defeat to Castillian forces in the 18th century. Expect partying and nationalist propaganda in equal measure.
         
      • Event Festa de Santa Tecla
        Where? 
        Tarragona, Catalonia
        What?  Castellets (human castle building) and other local festivities. The 22nd and 23rd are the biggest days.

      October in Barcelona

      November in Barcelona

      • Event Barcelona Jazz Festival
        Where? Barcelona
        What? Music festival. 
         
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      When to Visit? Winter in Barcelona

      February 2013 in Barcelona
      ••• February 2013 in Barcelona. Image: Bengt Nyman

      Weather in Barcelona in Winter

      As long you aren't planning on visiting the beach, winter can be a good time to visit Barcelona. The crowds are much reduced, making it much easier to get into the big sights. 

      Temperatures from December to February tend to be around 10C to 16C (50F to 60F), which though perhaps not quite T-shirt weather, makes for pleasant conditions for walking around the city . Nighttime (and early morning) temperatures in January and February tend to fall more. If you're staying in an older apartment you might need to bring PJs!

      December in Barcelona
       

      January in Barcelona

      See also:

      • Barcelona Weather in January
      • Around New Year
        Event: 
        Festival Infancia
        Where? Barcelona, at the international exhibition center (FIRA).
        What? Children's festival. Music, animals, technology and more...MORE for the little ones.
         
      • January-March (TBC)
        Event: De Cajon Flamenco Festival
        Where? Barcelona.
        What? Barcelona's biggest flamenco festival. See more Flamenco Festivals in Spain
         
      • January - March (TBC)
        Event Tradionarius Festival.
        Where? 
        Barcelona.
        What? Traditional music festival in Barcelona. Check out the link for concert dates.
         
      • January 5-6
        Event: Three Kings Day

        Where? All over Spain.
        What? On the the night of the fifth, there'll be processions featuring the three kings on their way to Baby Jesus, giving out candy to children waiting for them in the streets. The 6th is a public holiday.

      February in Barcelona

      See also: Barcelona Weather in February 

       

      • February 12-15 (dates approx)
        Event Festes de Santa Eulàlia
        Where? Barcelona
        What? Music and dancing that one would associate with festivals in Spain. This one is geared especially towards children. 
         
      • February 14
        Event: Valentine's Day
        Where? 
        All over the world! 
        What? Lovers go out for dinner and buy chocolates.
         
      • Mid-February
        Event
         Barcelona Half-Marathon
        Where? Erm, Barcelona.
        What? It's a half marathon!
         
      • Mid-February
        Event 
        Amimac Mostra Internacional de Cinema d'Animació
        Where? Lleida, Catalonia.
        What? Animated film festival. See more Film Festivals in Spain