Small Crowds expected on in
Public holiday in destination country: Yes
School holidays in destination country: YES
Cruise passengers in (nearby) ports: NO
Local events: NO
School holidays in the following countries: Limited extended Christmas breaks in several countries
Cruise ships in port: NO
Barcelona is Europe’s cruise capital with over 2.5 million cruise passengers. Cruises arrive and depart from the Catalonian capital almost every single day throughout the year. After Barcelona, the next stop of cruises is often Palma de Mallorca. Meanwhile, masses of European tourists are flown in by budget airlines. Despite efforts by local government, AirBnB rentals are still high and Barcelona risks being overcrowded.
Barcelona has great weather from end of March to early October. Meanwhile, tourism peaks in July and August. Spring or early Autumn are the best time to visit this Mediterranean beauty.
Since a few years some tourist hotspots are selling tickets to curb the number of tourists. One of these highlights is Gaudi’s Park Güell. You can buy your entry ticket to the park here. Another Barcelona highlight where buying a ticket in advance is recommendable is the Sagrada Familia.