Visiting Barcelona in March 2024


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As the weather in Barcelona in March starts to warm up, more tourists flock to my adopted hometown. People head outdoors to enjoy a drink at a table al fresco. Sun worshippers emerge from their winter holes and soak up the sun in the park. It’s shoulder season, so expect tourist crowds, but they’re not as crazy as in the summer. In this blog post, I’ll talk about Barcelona’s March weather, what to wear and what to pack, and what fun events and festivities to expect. Welcome to Barcelona – in March!

Why visiting Barcelona in March is a good idea

  • March marks a transition from winter into spring, bringing more outdoor events on the agenda. And more people enjoy sidewalk cafe seating, where you can sit down and take that “I’m sipping a cafe latte in Barcelona” camera shot.
  • The city is not as crowded as in the summer. Lines are shorter
  • You don’t have to bring heavy jackets, scarves, or mittens. Take the weight off your suitcase and off your back.
  • It’s not bikini weather, but an afternoon picnic on the Barcelona sands would be pleasant on a sunny day

Weather in March in Barcelona

According to Holiday-Weather, the average temperature in march is 11.5°C / 53°F. The high is 16.1°C / 61°F, and the low is 7.8°C / 46°F. The average daytime temperature is 12.8°C / 55°F, and the average night temps are 12.1°C / 54°F. There are about 7 hours of sunshine, and it rains about 4 days in March. The Mediterranean Sea is pretty cold, only daring people (or people from cold countries) swim inside. The average sea temperature is 14°C / 57°F.

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Tips for dressing appropriately in Barcelona

Don’t let the Mediterranean sunshine fool you. You might look outside your hotel window, see the bright sun, and think, “Yes, strappy sandals and booty shorts. Bring it!” STOP RIGHT THERE. You will be a target for pickpockets if you dress like that in March. Also, temperatures in March in Barcelona will vary greatly throughout the day. Especially if you’re moving around different neighborhoods and sightseeing.

For these wavering Barcelona March temperatures, it’s best to dress in layers. I recommend three light layers: an undershirt, a top, and a medium jacket. Yes, a jacket, and NOT a sweater, which will not block the wind. Remember, Barcelona is a city next to the Mediterranean Sea, so also expect a cool breeze every so often. Plus, the city also has an underground metro, which means if you’re traveling on the ground and in the metro tunnels, you might experience a sudden change in temperature. (Read: you may get sick)

Also, dress “like a local” so you do not become an innocent target for pickpockets. If you’re staying past March, check out my post on what to wear in the spring, which includes April and May.

To get an idea of what to wear in Barcelona in March, here are some layering ideas:

A cute, versatile long-hooded waterproof jacket to protect yourself from cool weather and rain. It comes in 13 colors!

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A multi-use travel scarf to warm your neck and also hide your valuables. It comes in 16 colors:

elzama Infinity Loop Solid Color Scarf With Hidden Zipper Pocket For Women - Lightweight Travel Neck Wrap

Check prices for this clever travel scarf

What to pack in March

Barcelona is a pickpocket city. But do not fret; it is generally safe. I travel all over Barcelona with my kids, and I learned how to deter pickpockets without worrying. Read more about how to avoid pickpockets in Barcelona. Here is a quick list of what to pack in March:

  • Anti-theft purse <– this one is my favorite and I still use it EVERYDAY!
  • Camisole / undershirt to wear as a base layer
  • Sweater or hoodie to layer under your jacket or wear alone
  • Long-sleeve shirts of medium weight
  • Medium-weight jacket for evenings
  • Pants / Jeans
  • Skirt or dress, if you like
  • Tights to wear under your skirt or dress. Do NOT go bare-legged.
  • Light scarf
  • Bra
  • Underwear
  • Socks
  • Comfortable shoes

Check out my full guide about PICKPOCKET-PROOF TRAVEL ITEMS to keep your stuff safe in Barcelona

What to do in March in Barcelona

In March, Barcelona comes back to life with a number of exciting festivals and events.

Festa de Sant Medir. March 3, 2024. Set in the Gràcia neighborhood, colles (festival groups) parade during this “sweets festival”. Neighbors make a pilgrimage to St. Medir’s shrine, the Ermita de Sant Medir in Sant Cugat. Participants in the parade glide by in horse-drawn carriages and floats as young and old onlookers try to catch sweets and candy. It’s a great photo op! There are also castellers (human castles), musical processions, and more. Come for a culturally Catalan experience!

Brunch in the City Barcelona: March 3, 2024. This popular music festival of acid, techno, and house music, holds eight events throughout the year. Spend the whole day at Poble Espanyol, dancing to some tunes, having local food specialties, and also enjoying “miniature Spain,”  the Poble Espanyol. It’s a whole day out with music and local food trucks. (You can even bring your own food.) It’s also an event for the whole family, including jumpy castles, kids workshops, and table football. This March, it’s at Poble Espanyol. (NOTE: This event is SOLD OUT.)

Saint Patrick’s Day on March 17 is not a “thing”. You can probably find some fun shenanigans at an Irish pub, but don’t expect a Catalan to wear green.

Festes de Sant Josep Oriol. March 16-24, 2024. Join in more cultural festivities in the area around the central Santa Maria del Pi Church. The festival honors St. Joseph Oriol, a devout priest who lived in the area and was known for curing the sick. Come celebrate with gegants (giant puppets that parade around), castellers (human towers!), and a chocolatada (where locals socialize and consume gallons of hot chocolate). It’s another fantastic photo opportunity to see how Catalans celebrate!

These are Catalan giants that love to dance around at parades

Handmade Festival. March 22-24, 2024. This creative festival is for those who love DIY products like yarns, beads, and other DIY materials and products. They also have food trucks, kids’ workshops, live music, and more! They have See my old but relevant post about my time at the Handmade Festival here.

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Find beautiful DIY items at the Handmade Festival

Barcelona Beer Festival. March 22-24, 2024. Grab a huge cold glass of Mahou, San Miguel, Estrella, and other 650 types of beers at the largest beer festival with beers, food, and live music. There better be lots of bathroom stalls! It takes place at La Farga in L’Hospitalet. Get more details here.

Holy Week. March 24 – March 31, 2023. Easter week is an understated week in Barcelona compared to other parts of Spain, where locals flock to view the somber Easter processions. If you want to see traditional processions of Catholic fraternities carrying candles, crosses, and statues, head to Hospitalet or Badalona. Check out this page (in Spanish) to see where you can catch the beautiful processions.

April in Barcelona: See an Easter Holy Week Procession
This is NOT the KKK. It’s hooded people carrying Jesus 😉

NOTE: Many shops and restaurants are closed on March 29, Good Friday. They’re also closed on March 31, Easter Sunday (like every Sunday. AND closures are on Easter MondayApril 1.)

Were you looking for must-see places to visit? Like the Sagrada Familia or Casa Batlló? These attractions are the best places to visit – read about the best places to visit Barcelona all-year.

Food and Drink

Some foods don’t go out of season, like, seafood paella, fideua, vine-ripe tomatoes, and golden olive oil. Check out my complete Barcelona Food Guide here. But for seasonal foods in March, try these:

Calçots – Try these weird, huge spring onions that are roasted on an open fire or grill. You dip them into a romesco sauce, a tasty sauce of roasted red peppers, tomatoes, and paprika. Then tilt your head back, and enjoy! You have to wear an adult bib when you eat them. I recommend trying calçots at Disbarat in Gracia or Maur in Sant Antoni.

calcots in Barcelona
Calçots cookin’ at my local neighborhood festival

Chocolate and churros – For those chilly winter mornings (it will still be winter until March 19), you’ll want to have a breakfast that’s warm and filling. Why not try crispy, doughy churros? Have them at La Pallaresa with a suiza, a hot chocolate with REAL whipped cream on top!

Try to have just one churro. Impossible!

Need to know more? Here are some recommended reads to get your trip started:

The Best Places to Stay in Barcelona

Barcelona tips and tricks for visitors

That’s it! I hope you enjoy your visit in March. Have any questions? Leave a comment below – as I get notifications in my email. Leave a comment!

By Justine Ancheta

California native, churro aficionado, and mom of 3, Justine Ancheta writes fervently about Barcelona and Spain. Since 2008, she's been eating burnt onions (calçots) and tripping on cobblestones in the Gothic Quarter. She shares tips on popular attractions, exposes offbeat non-touristy spots, and gives insight on exploring Barcelona with kids. Her next Catalan culture challenge: top level of a human castle (castellers).

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