A getaway to Barcelona in winter could be the answer to your January blues! If you’re thinking of visiting Barcelona in winter but you’re not sure if it would be worth it – perhaps you’re wondering if it will be too cold, or if there will be things going on – we’ve got you covered.
We’ve put together this short guide to Barcelona in Winter with a range of plans for all tastes, so you don’t miss out on this beautiful city during the colder months of the year!
Mild temperatures in Barcelona in winter
Although it might not be sunbathing weather, you can still expect average temperatures of 15 degrees during the day and lows of 6–8 degrees at night. These mild winters attract tourists looking for a cheaper break and comfortable temperatures to explore the city.
We’d recommend packing layers so you can wrap up during cold spells and enjoy the warmth of the afternoon on a terrace with a coffee or beer.
Enjoy Barcelona in winter without the crowds
Another advantage to Barcelona in winter is that you can explore the city and its main attractions without the long queues of the peak seasons. Ever wanted to take a selfie in front of the Sagrada Família without crowds in the background? Now’s your chance!
We also recommend enjoying Barcelona’s most popular neighborhoods – el Born and Gòtic – by taking a stroll with the streets almost to yourself!
A trip to Barcelona during January is the perfect time to hit the post-Christmas sales. Head to the shopping areas of Portal de l’Àngel, with big high street names such as Zara, Mango and Pull & Bear. There’s also Passeig de Gràcia where the majority of luxury names can be found. We’re sure you’ll find more than a bargain or two!
If it’s a bit chilly outside, we also recommend visiting the city’s biggest shopping centres: l’Illa Diagonal and La Maquinista, filled with shops and restaurant options out of the winter cold.
Visit the museums
Another way to enjoy Barcelona during the cooler months is to explore its many museums. Despite the winter temperatures normally being mild, there is the odd cool day where you’ll want to keep warm inside. So why not explore the MACBA – the city’s eclectic museum of modern art, or the CCCB contemporary culture centre – with thought-provoking talks, debates and exhibitions on the latest technological advances, culture, innovation and more.
There’s also the stunning MNAC – the city’s Museum of Catalan Art. Steeped in history, this hub of culture is perfect for those who want to learn more about the art of the region and enjoy the stunning views over Plaça Espanya.
Veganuary in Barcelona in winter
If you’ve decided to give up meat or animal products after Christmas and start the New Year with a health kick, Barcelona has a plethora of vegan restaurants with tasty non-meat alternatives.
Check out our list of Barcelona’s top veggie restaurants with vegan and vegetarian options to care for your body inside and out this winter.
The Palau de la Música
One of the most magical places on a chilly winter’s day is the modernist emblem that is the Palau de la Música Catalana. This concert hall’s programme is packed with live performances, classical concerts and contemporary musicians.
Check out the programme for this winter here to find something for everyone.
Festival Llum BCN
The Festival Llum BCN brings light to Barcelona’s Poble Nou district. From February 4–6, you can visit a myriad of outdoor light and music installations by established and upcoming artists. The event is one of the most-awaited completely free plans in the city, and is a must-see.
We recommend you wrap up warm and take your camera. Find more information about this ground-breaking light festival here.
The Carnaval de Sitges
A mere 40 minutes from Barcelona by train, Sitges is the perfect place to spend the day. This picturesque town is known for its undeniable charm, winding streets and beautiful seafront promenade. But what’s more, in winter it hosts its very own carnival – which has been running for more than 100 years.
This year the Carnaval de Sitges will take place from 16 February to 22 February. Visitors can expect grand parades, colourful costumes and parties well into the night. We hope to see you there!