Barcelona in spring has something magical about it. The winter chill is fading away and the first hints of warm weather are starting to appear. The Catalan capital is blessed with a mild Mediterranean climate and almost 365 days of sun a year, making it an ideal destination for visitors looking to escape the colder temperatures elsewhere in Europe.
From strolling along its beaches to exploring the historic neighborhoods and indulging in the local cuisine, Barcelona has plenty to offer in the springtime. In this article, we’ll take a look at some of the top things to do in Barcelona in spring, whether it’s your first time in this vibrant cultural hub or you’re a seasoned visitor to the Catalan capital.
Get ready to experience the best of this vibrant city as the season blooms!
1. Relax in the parks of Barcelona
Barcelona in spring the perfect time to visit the city’s romantic parks. Get lost in the magical maze at the Laberint d’Horta or visit the Ciutadella park with its stunning artificial waterfall and lake. There’s always something going on here, from street performers to yoga classes – the perfect plan as the weather starts to warm up. Find out more about our favourite parks in Barcelona here.
2. Get lost in the Gothic quarter
Exploring the narrow streets of the city’s oldest neighborhood is one of our favourite plans in Barcelona in spring. Take an afternoon to discover its rich history and architecture, enjoying the mild weather and stumbling upon hidden gems, such as the medieval squares, charming shops and Gothic-style buildings.
3. Take a day trip
Barcelona in spring is the perfect time to visit the stunning seafront town of Sitges, renowned for its world-famous nightlife, being a top LGTBI+ destination and its carnaval from 16 to 22 February. There’s also the nearby Montserrat and its imposing jagged mountain, only a short train ride away. Discover its Benedictine monastery and natural park with hiking trails and breathtaking views. Check out our top 8 day trips from Barcelona.
4. Hit the beaches
You’ll find locals and visitors alike soaking up the sun and sea in Barcelona in spring. Head to the Barceloneta or Bogatell beaches to try your hand at volleyball, take a refreshing dip in the Mediterranean or catch some rays. Barcelona has nine beaches for you to visit. Check out our complete guide here.
5. Explore Park Güell
This colourful park designed by Antoni Gaudí is one of the city’s top attractions, and even more so in the spring. As you wander around this beautiful landmark, contemplate the inspired mosaics and weird and wonderful sculptures in the soft spring light and bask in the magical atmosphere.
6. Visit Montjuïc Castle
Overlooking the city is this 17th-century fortress with stunning panoramic views of Barcelona. The castle’s gardens come to life with colourful flowers and trees in bloom, making it a picturesque spot for a picnic or a romantic stroll.
7. Celebrate Easter in Barcelona
Easter Sunday falls on 9th April this year, and is a national holiday celebrated throughout Spain. Easter Monday is a popular holiday in Catalonia in which in the window of every bakery you’ll see Mones de Pasqua. Spot these extravagant chocolate eggs in a variety of forms and be sure to buy your favourite before someone else does!
8. Explore Barcelona by bike
What could be better than renting a bike in Barcelona to get some fresh air and bask in the spring sunshine? Exploring the city on two wheels has never been easier with its extensive network of bike lanes. You’ll also find a range of options to suit your preferences, from e-bikes to group tours that stop off at the main attractions.
9. Try the local cuisine
There’s no better time than Barcelona in spring to sample the city’s best fare. As the temperatures begin to rise, you’ll see outdoor terraces become packed with people soaking up the sun and indulging in the city’s best tapas – washed down with a canya or two! What’s more, Barcelona in spring is also known as calçots season! Make sure you try this local chargrilled delicacy, which is a cross between a spring onion and a leek.
10. Discover Sant Jordi
Barcelona in spring brings our favourite holiday: Sant Jordi. This Sunday 23 April, the streets of the city will be brimming with book and flower stalls. One of the most-awaited dates on the Catalan calendar, Sant Jordi is also a time when many writers visit the city, offering book signings and talks.