If you’re looking for the ideal destination for a spring getaway, the Spanish seaside city won’t let you down. Springtime is a wonderful time to visit Barcelona because you can make the most of the city before the summer crowds pour in. Travelling in spring (otherwise known as Barcelona’s shoulder season) will really give you the best of both worlds and it’s perfect if you prefer more relaxed travel and aren’t too fussed about the beach. Plus, the weather starts warming up in March and April. Need more tempting? Here are 7 great reasons to travel to Barcelona in spring...
1 It’s less crowded
If you plan to do a lot of sightseeing in Barcelona, then springtime is perfect to visit. Mainly because the queues for museums and main sights and attractions aren’t as long.
Early March is still the low season in Barcelona when the city is at its most peaceful making it a great time for travelling.
While the city is still busy in April, it’s nowhere near as packed as it is during the summer months. Enjoy Boqueria Market when it’s not rammed full of tourists, walk down Las Ramblas without having to battle the crowds and museum-hop in the peace and quiet. Top tip: We’d recommend visiting the Sagrada Familia Cathedral before the Easter crowds start to gather because the streets get a lot busier during public holidays.
2 Flights are cheaper
Flights are often much cheaper in spring compared to the sky rocketing prices during peak summer. If you’re on a tighter budget, we highly recommend travelling in March or early April where you can get a return flight from London to Barcelona on Skyscanner for as cheap as £49. Flying from somewhere else? Use Skyscanner or Jack’s Flight Club to hunt down the cheapest airfares from your departure airport.
3 Temperatures start warming up
The Catalan capital is the perfect temperature for exploring and walking around the city in spring. Mild yet cool, the temperature in Barcelona reaches highs of 16/17 degrees celsius in March and April, considerably warmer than the rest of western Europe. If you’re one of those people that really struggles in the heat, springtime in Barcelona is ideal so you don’t have to without battle with sweating armpits and no shade. While it may not be hot enough to take a dip in the sea, it’s the perfect weather to enjoy all of Barcelona’s easter celebrations, festivals and culture. And on that note...
4 Catalan Events and Celebrations
After a slow winter period, fun events in Barcelona start kicking off again - especially the city’s public celebrations for Easter and the famous Catalan street festivals.
In March, there’s the Barcelona Beer Festival, the Sant Medir Festival, the Barcelona Marathon, St Patrick’s Day, Festes de Sant Josep Oriol and the Rally Barcelona-Sitges. Sant Medir Festival is held on March 3rd in Barcelona's Gracia neighbourhood. Every year, about 6 tonnes of sweets are given out at this festival and horses and floats take to the streets.
In April there are plenty of Catalan celebrations to experience such as Sant Jordi (a bit like Valentines Day) and Semana Santa (Holy Week/Easter week in Spain). Semana Santa is celebrated for ten days from the 5th - 11th April and the whole city celebrates this joyful time of year. There are processions through the neighbourhoods, religious floats, music and streets full of locals.
5 Why the hell not? You only live once
Treat yourself to a city break and jet off to Barcelona this spring because why the hell not? Life is too short for maybe’s, ifs and buts - just do it and live your life to the fullest. Get some friends together or take on a solo adventure and see what the Spanish city has to offer. From the beautiful Gothic quarter to the mountains of Montjuic, tasty tapas bars to hostel parties and club nights on the beach. There is so much to do...
Where to stay?
St Christopher’s Inns Barcelona
is located just off the famous Las Ramblas in Placa Catalunya. You can’t get more centrally located than this. We host daily hostel events including paella nights, welcome drinks, club nights and bar crawls. We have a buzzing hostel bar serving up badass burgers and cocktails. There’s always a fun atmosphere in the bar where guests can make the most of daily drink deals and Happy Hour. Not to mention our awesome outdoor terrace, perfect for chilled out spring evenings.