Barcelona Weather July Averages, Spain
What's the Weather Like in Barcelona in July?
If you want to enjoy a summer holiday that will give you plenty of sunshine and warm weather, July is a great time to visit Barcelona.
Barcelona is jam packed with tourists during the month of July. It is the perfect weather to enjoy water sports activities and sunbathing. It is the perfect time to enjoy the sea, as the average temperature is expected to be at 23°C.
A dip in the sea can be a great way to cool off after spending time in the heat.
Average Daytime Temperature
The average daytime temperatures generally hover around 27°C (that is about 81°F) whereas the average minimum temperatures tend to drop down to 19°C (that is about 66°F).
Rising Daily Highs
July is essentially characterized by gradually rising daily high temperatures, where average maximum temperatures can exceed a sweltering 30°C (86°F) one day in ten. Barcelona is also often prone to heat waves in July and August, so make sure to stay in the shade and keep topped up with plenty of water, as excessive heat can cause dehydration and exhaustion.
Average Sunshine Hours
Over the course of July, the length of day is actually starting to slowly decrease, however, it definitely won't affect your holiday as the shortest day of the month is July 31st and there are still on average 14:23 hours of daylight, while the longest day is July 1st with 15:06 hours of daylight. The amount of sunshine hours are also very high at this time of year at 11 hours per day that's the same as June and August.
Rainfall is very low at this time of the year. The average probability that some form of precipitation will be observed in a given day is only 22%! In July you can expect only 20mm of rainfall, spread over just four days, throughout the whole month.
That's quite a significant decrease compared to November, where you can expect to experience 70mm of rainfall on average. Throughout this month, the most common forms of precipitation are moderate rain, thunderstorms, drizzle and light rain.
The sky is also very clear at this time of year so you can expect little to no cloud cover. During July the median cloud cover is only 31% and does not vary substantially over the course of the month. On July 16th, a representative day, the sky is clear or mostly clear 58% of the time and only partly cloudy 24% of the time.
Furthermore, humidity during July typically fluctuates between a mildly humid 56% and a very humid 91%, rarely dropping below a comfortable 42% or reaching as high as 100%. On average, the air is driest around July 14th, at which time the relative humidity can drop below a mildly humid 63% three days out of four, while the air is most humid around July 1st, where it can rise above 87% three days out of four.
During July typical wind speeds vary from 0 m/s to a moderate breeze of 7 m/s, rarely exceeding 9 m/s. The highest average wind speed of 3 m/s usually occurs around July 1st, when the average daily maximum wind speed is also 6 m/s. At this time of year the wind is most often coming from the north, followed closely by the south west.
Make sure that you carry a decent sun cream on you at all times, though, as the sun's rays can be strong and cause sun burn if you are not adequately protected. Also be sure to keep yourself hydrated by drinking plenty of water.
Average Sea Temperature
It's also a great idea to take a dip in the sea at this time of year as the sea temperature on average is 24°C that's only 4°C cooler compared to August where the sea temperature can reach 26°C.
Barcelona Hotels in July
H10 Casa Mimosa
H10 Casa Mimosa hotel is set within a 19th century building, and offers a plunge pool, sun lounge terrace and garden area. With free internet throughout, and delicious breakfast and dinners to enjoy, this hotel is a fabulous choice. Admire Antoni Gaudi's impressive La Pedrera building from the rooftop pool terrace and even choose this as the setting for your evening dining.
360 Hostel Barcelona Arts & Culture
If you don't want to break the bank while staying in Barcelona or are only staying for a short duration you should try the 360 Hostel Barcelona Arts & Culture in L'Eixample. This place boasts a central location, situated just 5 minutes away from Arco de Triunfo and the metro station. This hostel even features free Wi-Fi, air conditioning and heating in the winter.
Catalonia Passeig de Gracia
On the other hand, Catalonia Passeig de Gracia is a four-star hotel located next to Barcelona's Passeig de Gracia Boulevard. This modern and stylish hotel features an outdoor swimming pool, gym and Wi-Fi. The hotel also offers a varied buffet breakfast serving fresh pastries and fruit. There are also gluten-free options available on the menu, as well as a gastro bar.
Granvia is a three-star hotel set in an atmospheric 19th century building, located in L'Eixample just 100m away from the shops and restaurants of Passeig de Gracia. This place offers guests a buffet breakfast; guests can also enjoy the attractive sun terrace at the back of the hotel.
If you're looking for a five-star hotel you may like Claris G.L. This beautiful hotel offers guests smart, soundproofed bedrooms, featuring stylish décor and handmade furniture. Each room also comes with an LCD satellite TV, sofa and pieces of Egyptian, Hindu and Roman artwork.
Barcelona Beaches in July
Barceloneta Beach is without a doubt one of the best beaches in the area, due to the amount of facilities and activities available. The beach offers a gymnastics area, public showers, beach volleyball, beach tennis, table tennis and there are also a number of restaurants and bars along the promenade.
La Nova Icaria Beach
However, Barceloneta can get very crowded during the summer, so if you are looking for a quieter and more secluded beach you may want to try La Nova Icaria. This clean, golden sand beach is situated next to the Olympic port and offers facilities and activities such as windsurfing, dinghy sailing, table tennis and beach volleyball.
Mar Bella Beach
Mar Bella, which translates to "The Beautiful Sea" was constructed during the period when the city's coastline was re-developed before the 1992 Olympic Games. Today this is a popular nudist beach, which is both popular with tourists and locals.
The Forum Bathing Area
One of the best ways to cool off on a hot summer's day is swimming at the Forum Bathing area, which is located on the city's beachfront. This enclosed seawater swimming pool is often quieter than most beaches in the area and is perfect if you want to have a swim without having to make your way through a mass of crowds. Plus, the area also offers public toilets, showers, drink and ice cream kiosks and a number of restaurants.
Bars and Restaurants in Barcelona in July
Cinc Sentits is one of the best places in Barcelona to sample modern Catalan cooking from renowned Michelin star chef Jordi Artal. This place offers delicious Catalan classics with a modern twist, using organic and wild ingredients.
If you love seafood you should definitely try Agua. This tapas bar and restaurant serves delicious, modern Mediterranean cuisine right on Barceloneta beachfront. They also feature an outdoor terrace that looks out onto the sea. If you are looking for a relaxing and unforgettable dining experience, this is the place for you!
4 Gats, Carrer de Montsió is one of the most famous, authentic Spanish bars in Barcelona as it was once the hangout of the famous artist Picasso. This bar has a bohemian, artsy feel to it and on certain nights of the year features occasional live music acts. This place is rather pricey but it is perfect for an evening drink or afternoon coffee.
On the other hand, Boadas, Las Ramblas is a popular art deco cocktail bar that opened way back in 1933. This place is a popular spot for locals due to its friendly atmosphere and long list of interesting cocktails. There are a wide range of spirits on offer here including a couple of good English gins.
Things to do in Barcelona in July
Piscina Municipal de Montjuic
Piscina Municipal de Montjuïc is an Olympic diving pool that was used in the Barcelona 1992 Olympics. Today the swimming pool is open to the general public, which is ideal when it's a hot summer day. The pool boasts stunning panoramic views over the rest of the city, so even if you aren't too keen on swimming, it's an ideal spot to sit down in the spectator's area and take in the scenery.
Port Cable Car
A great way to make the most of July's glorious sunny days in Barcelona is to take a ride on the iconic Port Cable Car. Dating back to the 1920s, the cable car has become a prime feature of the city's landscape and offers amazing views over the seafront and the port.
The Gothic Quarter
The famous historic Gothic Quarter is located in the centre of the old city of Barcelona. Stretching all the way from La Rambla to Via Laietana this area is arguably one of the most characteristic parts of the city. There's so much to see and do here from visiting the archaeological remains of Roman Barcino to exploring the City Hall and the seat of the Catalan Government.
Gaudi House Museum
If it's a very hot day and you want to escape from the heat you may be interested in visiting the Gaudi House Museum situated in Carretera del Carmel. This stunning building was once the home of the famous Catalan architect Antoni Gaudi who designed various buildings throughout the city including the Sagrada Familia and Casa Mila. The house exhibits many examples of furniture and other interesting objects that he designed throughout his lifetime.
If you're here with the little ones you may want to take them to the Barcelona Aquarium (L'Aquarium de Barcelona). This place is located in Port Vell, a harbour in Barcelona and is home to an interesting array of marine life including sea cucumbers and Scorpion fish.