When to Go
Barcelona is located on the northeastern coast of the Iberian Peninsula right on the Mediterranean Sea. A premier European destination, Barcelona is often featured on sailings of the Mediterranean, the Greek Isles and Northern Europe, as well as on many other exciting itineraries. This destination's mild climate and convenient location make it the perfect place to depart on a cruise journey year-round.
Barcelona's main cruise season typically runs from April through October, when the Mediterranean cruise season is also in full swing. However, plenty of ships stop here year-round, especially in the fall and spring when the temperatures are still quite comfortable. Keep in mind that August tends to be a quiet time in Barcelona as many shop owners close up for a little R&R.
As temperatures spike in the region during the summer months, tourist traffic also increases. Visitors can avoid some of the heat and crowds by traveling during the shoulder seasons in the spring (April and May) or fall (September and October). The temperatures are still comfortable during these months – average temperatures are in the 60's and 70's -- but the number of people visiting the sites and packing the beaches will be greatly reduced.
Visitors who don't mind a bit of a chill might enjoy an off-season cruise during the winter months. Temperatures in Barcelona never drop below freezing and it is typically sunny, so it's still a welcome alternative to frigid temperatures and snow.