Barcelona: A wonderfully vibrant city and a cultural and artistic center
Barcelona is Spain’s second-largest city and the capital of the Catalonia region. Lying along the Mediterranean coast, Barcelona is the leading industrial and financial center of Spain as well as its main trade and tourist port.
To the northwest, a set of hills run parallel to the coast and in the southwest, the old town lies along the port divided by attractive tree-lined boulevards known as Las Ramblas.
Barcelona is a wonderfully vibrant city and, having been a cultural and artistic center since the Middle Ages, really makes for a fantastic day away from your luxury MSC cruise ship. With so much to see and do you are guaranteed to have a memorable day off ship.
MSC excursions take in the best that this city has to offer and we bring you, as always, great deals on sights and attractions. Among the most famous of these is Gaudi’s theatrical and undulating building, the Casa Battlo, which children are sure to find fascinating thanks to its marvelous twisted shapes and shimmering colors. Not to be missed is the towering Sagrada Familia church located in the medieval quarter of the city.
More athletic passengers may like to take the opportunity during their cruise vacation to try something new and join us on the Barcelona bike tour – a novel way to explore the city.
However, we recommend to all visitors that they sample Barcelona’s tapas and local Catalan cuisine, as we know that vacations are made memorable by great meals, too!
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Port average temperature
Barcelona has a Mediterranean climate, with mild, humid winters and warm, dry summers. Barcelona is located on the eastern coast of the Iberian Peninsula, so Atlantic west winds often arrive in Barcelona with low humidity, producing no rain. The proximity of the Atlantic, its latitude, and the relief, are the reasons why the summers are not as dry as in most other Mediterranean Basin locations. Lows can easily affect the area of Barcelona, causing storms, particularly in August. Some years, the beginning of June is still cool and rainy, like April and May. Together with August, September, October and November these months are the wettest of the year. The driest are February, March, June and July. As in many parts of Catalonia, the annual weather pattern varies greatly from year to year.
So, on average, the rainy seasons are spring and autumn, and the dry ones are winter and summer. The order from wettest to driest is: AUT-SPR-WIN-SUM. The Western Mediterranean Climate is one of the most irregular climates in the world. For instance, one year October can be very dry and July or February wet months. Barcelona and London have the same annual rainfall, but London's climate is not as irregular and torrential as Barcelona's.
As for temperatures, December, January and February are the coldest months, averaging temperatures of 9°C at the Airport and over 10°C in the city. July and August are the hottest months, averaging temperatures of 24°C . The highest temperature recorded in the city centre is 38.6°C. The coldest temperature recorded was –6.7°C on 11 February 1956 and –5°C on 12 January 1985. However, in the 19th century –9.6°C was recorded in January 1896. At the Fabra Observatory, situated on the Tibidabo hill, 412 m above the sea level, the record summer temperature is 39.8°C on 7 July 1982, and the lowest temperature ever registered, -10.0°C on 11 February 1956. Near the hills and the Airport annual rainfall reaches 650 mm, and in the city centre about 600 mm.
The temperate figures shown are based on monthly average weather conditions for the selected port. Weather data is not real-time, and sometimes no data is shown for a specific date, month or port in general.