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Best time to visit Costa Brava

Best time to visit the Costa Brava (and so avoid the peak season crowds) is during May and June, which sees an average high of 25ºC (77°F), and September and October, with an average high of 23ºC (73°F).

Given its position on the northeast coast of Spain, the Costa Brava enjoys a Mediterranean climate with long, hot summers and mild winters.

As a year round destination, the Costa Brava is one of Spain’s most popular summer holiday retreats with the resort towns of Blanes, Tossa de Mar, Lloret de Mar and Cadagues filled to capacity during the summer months.

The peak summer months of July and August see the coast swamped with mainly British and Spanish tourists, when temperatures average 29°C (84°F) but can soar beyond 30°C (86°F). Summer sea temperature peaks in August at 25°C (77°F).

Winter, from December to February, enjoys an average high of 13°C (55°F) dropping to an average low of 2°C (35°F) in January.

Spring average highs run from 17°C (63°F) in March to 23°C (73°F) in May; while during autumn, October sees some of the most rainfall of the year – although temperatures are mild.

Seasons

Peak season: August is the major vacation month for most Europeans, with many hotels booked out. Traffic, restaurants and beaches are at their most congested.

High season: June and July; not quite as bad as August for crowds and general congestion.

Low season: Spring and autumn when prices are competitive, with minimal foreign visitors and Spanish tourists, while the temperature is still warm and pleasant.

Costa Brava – Monthly Weather

J F M A M J J A S O N D
Ave Temp (°C) 8 8 11 13 17 21 23 23 20 17 11 8
Ave High Temp (°C) 13 14 17 19 23 27 29 29 25 22 16 13
Ave Low Temp (°C) 2 2 4 7 11 14 17 17 14 11 5 2
Sunshine (Hrs daily) 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 12 10 8 8 7
Daylight (Hrs daily) 10 11 12 13 15 15 15 14 12 11 10 9
Comfort Level Cold, no heat & humidity Cold, no heat & humidity No heat & humidity No heat & humidity Low heat & humidity icon Moderately hot icon Moderately hot icon Moderately hot icon Low heat & humidity icon No heat & humidity No heat & humidity Cold, no heat & humidity
Ave Humidity (%) 73 71 71 71 73 72 69 72 73 75 74 73
UV Index 2 3 4 6 7 9 9 8 6 4 2 1
Days with some Rain 9 9 10 11 11 10 7 9 9 10 9 9
Ave Rainfall (mm) 61 49 54 73 87 62 38 55 58 79 82 47
Sea Temp (°C) 14 13 14 15 18 21 24 26 24 22 18 16
(Lloret de Mar, Costa Brava) J F M A M J J A S O N D

Note: Meteorological data is sourced from the United States National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), with additional historical climate data sourced from Agencia Estatal de Meteorología (AEMET), Spain's meteorological agency.


Latest update: Best time to visit Costa Brava: 18 February, 2019


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