Weather Averages for Barcelona in March
Averages for Barcelona in March
Barcelona starts to get warm and sunny during March. The chances of sunny, clear days are in comparison to the preceding months.
The average maximum daytime temperatures are around 16°C (about 60°F), whereas the average minimum temperature drops down to 7°C (about 44°F). During March you can expect the climate to stay around 12°C (about 53°F).
The length of day is essentially increasing in March as the summer season slowly approaches. From the start to the end of the month, the length of day increases by 1:23 hours. On average the shortest day of the month is March 1st with 11:17 hours of daylight, whilst the longest day is March 31st with 12:40 hours of daylight. Furthermore, the amount of sunshine hours are also starting to increase from five hours per day in February to six hours per day in March.
During March the cloud cover is a partly cloudy 42% and does not vary substantially over the course of the month. On March 16th, a representative day, the sky is clear or mostly clear 47% of the time and only partly cloudy 27% of the time.
The chance of rainfall is fairly minimal during March, on average there are usually seven rainy days throughout the whole month and the average amount of precipitation during March is around 40mm. The wettest month of the year is usually April, where precipitation is 36% likely, while precipitation is least likely in July, when rainfall is just 21% likely. The average probability that some form of precipitation will be observed in March is 32% with little variation. Throughout the month, the most common forms or precipitation are moderate rain, drizzle, thunderstorms and light rain.
Throughout March typical humidity ranges from a mildly humid 55% to a very humid 92%, rarely dropping below a comfortable 34% or reaching as high as 100%. On average, the air is driest around March 1st, when the relative humidity can drop below 66% three days out of four, however, in contrast, the air is most humid around March 8th, where humidity levels can rise above a very humid 90% three days out of four. On average, the most humid month tends to be around May, where humidity levels are expected to exceed 89% around May 8th three days out of four.
Snowfall is usually very rare during this month, however, in March 2010 Barcelona was hit with the heaviest snowfall in 25 years. Up to a metre of snow fell in the nearby Pyrenees, leaving 6,000 travellers stranded in the region of Catalonia. Power was also lost in homes throughout the area, where it was reported that 200,000 homes were left without electricity. Emergency services also had to help evacuate some 500 passengers who became trapped on trains travelling from Barcelona and Portbou. The rare blizzard also forced the suspension of bus services across Barcelona and the closure of five train lines.
Furthermore, over the course of March the average wind speeds vary from 0 m/s to 7 m/s, which is considered as a calm to moderate breeze, rarely exceeding 10 m/s. The highest average wind speed of 4 m/s usually occurs around March 30th, when the average daily maximum wind speed can reach 7 m/s. At this time of year the wind is most often coming from the north, followed closely by the south west.
If you want to go for a swim or partake in water sports, the average sea temperature you can expect is 14°C. However, if this seems too cold for you, you may be better off to come to Barcelona in July where the sea temperature can reach 24°C!
In March, most of the hotels and main attractions are gearing up for the tourist crowds in the summer months, so you can expect a lively atmosphere and plenty to see and do.
- Park Guell, Barcelona
Dates for the diary
There are a number of religious festivals and celebrations, as this is the Easter season.
You can enjoy the Carnival which is held in the beginning of Lenten festival. The March carnival also has a big parade on the 5th known as "La Gran Rua de la Ciutat Barcelona."
On Palm Sunday, there is the Palm Festival, which is followed by a number of religious festivities which culminate on Easter Sunday.
March 5th sees the continuation of The Guitar Festival BCN at Palau de la Música. There will be a number of performances by both local and international musicians. The musical genres range from traditional to rock. The second part of the 2014 concert series features Spanish singer Rosario. The festival is also expected to continue on March 20th, if you plan on coming to Barcelona later in the month.
Furthermore, on March 16th the annual Barcelona Marathon takes place throughout the streets of the city. This is an international marathon, with thousands of competitors racing. The goal is to complete the 42km (26 mile) run in under six hours.
On March 22nd “Earth Hour” takes place in Barcelona and elsewhere around the world, lights at major landmarks and skylines are turned off for one hour. The purpose is to help conserve energy and raise awareness of the conscious use of energy and the need to protect the environment.
During Festes de Sant Medir (Festival of Saint Medir) is celebrated across Barcelona during March. This festival, honoring St. Medir, a farmer who experienced a religious miracle after displaying loyalty to the Catholic Church, is celebrated in the streets as a carnival. There are floats, parades, street parties, food, music and drink. Gràcia holds one of the best celebrations in the area.
Things to do
The Museum of Contemporary Art “Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona” (MACBA) is one of the best museum and art galleries in the city. The museum mainly focuses on contemporary art from the 1940s to today, with a permanent collection on the ground floor and a number of temporary exhibitions on the upper floors. Some of the most popular highlights include work from Catalonian artists such as Joan Miro, Francesc Torres and Antoni Tapies.
Plaça del Rei (King’s Square) is a 14-century medieval public square situated in the Gothic Quarter of Barcelona, bordered by a number of historic buildings that were once part of the Palau Reial Major. The square is well known for its link to Christpoher Columbus. It is believed that this is the place where King Ferdiand and Queen Isabella greeted Columbus when he first arrived back from his New World voyage in 1492.
Casa Milà, also known as La Pedrera is the largest civil building designed by Antoni Guadi. The apartment block is one of Gaudi’s least colourful projects, however it is considered to be one of his most unconventional buildings as the structure does not feature a single straight line. La Pedrera was constructed between 1906 and 1910 and was Gaudi’s last work before devoting the rest of his life to the construction of the Sagrada Familia.
Sports fan should definitely visit Estadi Olimpic Lluis Campanys, which was the official Olympic Stadium in Barcelona. Originally built back in 1927 for the International Exposition of the city, the stadium was later renovated and refurbished to be used as the main stadium for the 1992 Summer Olympics.
- Casa Mila, Barcelona
Where to eat & drink
Tickets is a new Spanish tapas bar located down Avinguda del Paral-lel. This modern and slightly flamboyant restaurant serves a variety of seafood dishes and tapas classics with a modern and innovative twist. There is also a bar serving classic cocktails called 41°. Even though this restaurant is run by a number of established chefs it is surprisingly cheap ranging from 4 to 12 Euros.
El Passadis Del Pep is a favourite for locals in Barcelona. This seafood restaurant only uses the freshest ingredients, delivered daily from the fishing ports along the Catalan coast. However, there is no menu at this eatery – what’s on offer depends on what has been caught out at sea on the day.
Marula Café is one of the coolest clubs in the Gothic District. This place is where you will party like it’s 1979 to the sounds of soul and funk. The only downside to this bar is that they only serve Carlsberg.
Friday and Saturday nights at Sala Razzmatazz are always abuzz with a superb mix of international and Spanish clubbers looking to dance the night away to a diverse range of music, including hip-hop, house, electronica and indie rock.
Hit the beach
Barceloneta Beach is located between Sant Sebastia Beach and the Olympic Port. On a sunny day, this is where you will find all the locals and tourists hanging out. As the beach is right next to the city there are number of amenities here including toilets, bars, restaurants and hotels. Barceloneta Beach was also chosen as the “Third Best Beach In The World” by the Discovery Channel.
If you want somewhere a bit more quiet head to La Nova Icaria, situated on the western side of Barcelona, next to Playa del Bogatell. This is a quiet, golden sand beach, which is a popular choice for families. Due to its close proximity to the Port Olympic, it is surrounded by a number of restaurants and bars and sports facilities such as beach volleyball.
Llevant Beach is Barcelona’s newest manmade beach which opened back in 2006. This beach offers a number of facilities including adapted showers, sun loungers, umbrellas, public toilets and ice cream kiosks.
Bogatell is another popular beach situated in Barcelona. Bogatell features a number of facilities such as bicycle parking areas, restaurants, beach volleyball, table tennis, showers and public toilets.
- Bogatell Beach, Barcelona
Where to stay
Raval Rooms, located in Ciutat Vella is an affordable two-star hotel offering a number of contemporary style air-conditioned rooms, with flat-screen TVs. Raval Rooms offers guests with a continental buffet breakfast every morning in the dining room, there is also a vending machine dispensing a variety of snacks and drinks.
The four-star H10 Art Gallery is situated in l’Eixample. This modern and stylish hotel features a terrace, complete with hammocks and a swimming pool on the seventh floor. If you are wandering how the hotel got its name, it is because the hotel showcases various pieces of art including beautiful paintings, lithographs and sculptures.
On the other hand, the four-star Catalonia Plaza Cataluna offers an outdoor swimming pool and stylish, air-conditioned rooms with free Wi-Fi and satellite TVs. The hotel is situated just a five-minute walk away from Barcelona’s Gothic Quarter and the Palau de la Musica Catalana.
However, if you are looking for somewhere a little bit cheaper you may what to try the three-star NH Barcelona Centro, situated in Ciutat Vella. This comfortable, spacious hotel offers air-conditioned rooms which also come with central heating in the winter. This elegant hotel if just around the corner from La Rambla, which is lined with shops and cafes. The nearest metro and bus station is only two minutes away too.
- Downtown Barcelona