Barcelona in Winter. It’s not a destination I’d thought of visiting in the colder months but I’d been in August 2018 and it was so damn hot. So when I got a surprise couple of days off work last month I decided to make the most out of it and booked some flights to Barcelona. I think I actually preferred Barcelona in Winter, here’s why…
Beat The Crowds
Barcelona is naturally quieter in Winter. Not as many people visit Spain at this time of year as there are other places that are hotter. October or November is a great time to visit if you like exploring rather than trying to get a tan. It’s cooler so you’re not going to get hot and bothered while fighting the crowds, but it’s nowhere near as cold as it is back in the UK. In fact, I only took a faux jacket and a scarf for the chillier evenings and it was more than enough to keep me warm.
The Sun Still Shines, But Sets Much Earlier
There could still be overcast, rainy days, but there tends to much more sunshine than other places in the Winter. I could have done with a pair of sunglasses as I was constantly squinting, but I stupidly didn’t take them with me. The sunset are so beautiful, too. Head down to the beach at Barceloneta for the best views as the sun goes down.
The only downside is that the days are shorter so you have to fit more into a shorter time. If you don’t mind earlier mornings then that’s fine. We were out of the hotel between eight and nine am to make the most of the day.
You Can Actually Shop At The Boqueria
I’ve seen The Boqueria – or food market – in many photographs and videos on Instagram and it always looks so busy. We decided to grab some lunch there and it wasn’t as busy as I was expecting. We could browse the various food stalls, leisurely make our all-important food decision, and not feel like we were being pushed and shoved. Well worth a visit for sure.
You Won’t Have To Queue For Hours To See Gaudi’s Masterpieces
If your pre-booked tickets include queue-jumping then you don’t have to worry about this. In the height of the summer you can wait a long time to actually get into La Sagrada Familia or Parc Guell. Their queues are much shorter in the winter months.
It’s Cheaper To Get There And To Stay There
I’d originally booked a hotel that would only cost us approximately £250 for three nights and was walking distance to some of the main attractions. We actually realised that Rob could some points he’d accumulated to pay for our three nights at the Holiday Inn Express (and it was a little closer) so we went with that hotel instead. When I visited last summer I paid a lot more for a hotel that was right on the outskirts. We had to get an actual train into the city so it wasn’t ideal. Save your pennies and have a winter break in Barcelona.
Before you head off to Barcelona to discover Gaudi’s masterpieces and soak up a little Winter sun I have a couple of tips for you. Be super careful with your purse/wallet. And I mean extra extra careful. I was a little off guard as the city wasn’t as busy and I ended up having all of my money stolen before we even arrived at the hotel. Great way to start the weekend away. The second tip, take comfortable shoes. The best way to see Barcelona is on foot. We averaged around 27,000 steps per day. My feet would have been in bits if I’d worn the knee boots I’d taken with me, so see this as a warning! And lastly, as I said in this post, make sure you book attraction tickets before you. The time slots still sell out in the cooler seasons so be organised so that you’re not disappointed. I use the site Tiqets (not affiliated – just great) and have never had any problems.