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Barcelona in May 2024: Things to Do, Events + Festivals


Barcelona in May has tons to offer, from its beaches to numerous cultural events.

Inebriated by the scent of spring, the Barcelona prepares for summer but is not yet inundated by high season crowds.

May in Barcelona is the right month to walk the streets of the center without sweating in the heat, enjoy vermouth and patatas bravas outdoors, and take long walks on Montjuïc.

I’ll explain everything in detail with this guide: inside you will find everything you need to know to best enjoy the splendor of Barcelona in the month of May.

montjuic funicular with panorama of barcelona city in summer

Why Visit Barcelona in May

I’m pretty biased in saying that Barcelona is beautiful in every month of the year, but it is true that May has its own particular charm.

These are some of the reasons why visiting the city in May is an excellent choice:

  • Outdoor parties: From the spring festivals in Barceloneta to the egg-fountain dancing on Corpus Christi Day (yes, really!), May is a great month to experience the popular festivals and all the vitality of the city.
  • Major cultural events: The Salón del Cómic (the comics salon) and the Primavera Sound are undoubtedly two of the most anticipated Barcelona events for the month of May.
  • The ideal climate for those who love the sea: Even if the sea may still be a little cold, May is the perfect month to enjoy Barcelona’s best beaches.
bike path and cyclists near the beach in barcelona spain in may

Weather in Barcelona in May

The weather in Barcelona in May is perfect for exploring Barcelona’s top attractions.

The days are already long enough: the sun rises around 6.30am and sets around 9:00 pm, giving us fourteen hours of light a day.

The climate becomes pleasantly warm, with temperatures ranging between 16°C and 22°C (60.8°F – 70.8°F).

It is the ideal time to walk along Barceloneta beach, admire the view from Montjuïc Hill or even take a day trip to Montserrat Mountain.

How to Dress in Barcelona in May

If you are thinking about what to pack to visit Barcelona in May, here is some advice:

  • Short-sleeved or half-sleeved t-shirts, because in the central hours of the day temperatures can exceed 20°C.
  • Light shoes, sneakers or sandals with comfortable soles: you will walk a lot and, even if the heat will not be excessive, it is better not to weigh yourself down with bulky shoes.
  • Sweatshirt or light jacket for when evening falls and the air gets cooler.

Given the variety of climates, we advise you to opt for layered clothing.

Don’t forget a hat and sunscreen to protect you in the hottest hours.

Barcelona May Events in 2024

Traveling to Barcelona in May means immersing yourself in a cheerful city atmosphere, which is teeming with festivities and cultural events.

  • May 1st, International Labor Day: As in many other countries in the world, May also begins in Catalonia with the day celebrating workers. On this day, various events are usually organized in the city center, especially in the morning. All shops, except Maremagnum and some others between Gotico and Born, remain closed.
  • Salón del Cómic, the comics festival: Unmissable for those who cannot do without manga, comics and graphic novels. From 3 to 5 May, the Fira Barcelona Montjuïc will host the three days focused on comics. Inside you will find the commercial area, exhibitions, round tables, meetings, screenings, concerts and lots of people in cosplay clothes. A blast!
  • La Nit dels Museus (Night of Museums): The night of May 18th is dedicated to culture. The best museums in Barcelona and the city come together for an evening of open doors until late in the evening. Entry is free: you can appreciate the exhibitions in a different way, both permanent and temporary, and take part in workshops for families, live shows and guided tours.
outdoor statue at the joan miro foundation
  • Feria Modernista de Barcelona: From 24 to 26 May, Calle Bruc between Diagonal and Consell de Cent (in the Eixample district) takes a leap back in time, to the modernist period. You will feel like you are returning to the beginning of the twentieth century as you walk among Art Nouveau buildings and discover the daily life of the inhabitants and the shops of modernist Barcelona.
  • Motoh!, Motorcycle Show: There is no confirmed date yet, but May is the month of the reference event for those who love motorbikes. In a 100% biker atmosphere, in this salon you will discover the main news on efficient mobility and you will be able to have lots of fun and educational experiences on two wheels.
  • Monster Energy MotoGP Grand Prix: Always with a motorcycling theme, if this is your favorite sport you cannot miss the event of the year: the Monster Energy MotoGP Grand Prix. On the weekend of May 24-26, great riders like Marc Márquez, Joan Mir or Fabio Quartararo will make you vibrate at every turn. All the information can be found on the websiteMotoGP™ Catalan Grand Prix.
  • RetroBarcelona: On May 18 and 19, the Centro de Actividades La Farga in Hospitalet de Llobregat will host the exhibition dedicated to retro computing and classic video games. If you are nostalgic for the games that were all the rage in the nineties, this is the event not to be missed!
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  • Ou Com Balla (Corpus Christi Day): On Corpus Christi day, which this year falls on Thursday 30 May, you can witness the curious tradition of the dancing egg (“ou com balla” in Catalan). It may seem bizarre, but the inhabitants of Barcelona are very fond of this tradition and you will find them in front of the fountains of some cloisters, courtyards or gardens watching an egg jump among the jets of water. To prevent the egg from falling, the trick is to make the entire shell of an empty egg dance. There are several places where you can watch “L’Ou com balla”: the Barcelona Cathedral, the Frederic Marès Museum (Plaça Sant Iu), the Maritime Museum, the Casa de l’Ardiaca (Santa Llúcia, 1), the Ateneu Barcelonès (Canuda, 6), the parish church of Puríssima Concepció (Aragó, 299) and the Monastery of Santa Maria de Pedralbes (Baixada del Monestir, 9).
  • Spring Festivals in Barceloneta: A stone’s throw from the sea, the Barceloneta neighborhood experiences a month of excitement in May with the first popular festivals of the year. Music, dance, theatre, workshops, poetry: in May there are almost fifty events in different spaces and structures to show the dynamism of the neighborhood and the commitment of its social fabric. The culmination will be May 25th with the traditional parade of the Giants along the streets of the neighbourhood.
  • Primavera Sound: For those who love live music, this festival needs no introduction. It is a musical event that since 2001 has brought together the most cutting-edge groups of the moment, both nationally and internationally. The big names of the indie, electronic and pop scenes alternate on stage. The large turnout of the public in recent editions led to the choice of a larger venue, where the various stages are set up. This year, Spring (as it is commonly called) falls from May 20th to June 2nd. The epicenter of the event is the Parc del Fórum.
palau de la musica facade in barcelona spain

May Concerts in Barcelona

If you want to leave some space for live music during your visit to the city, Barcelona’s May concert calendar does not disappoint.

Some of the May 2024 concerts feature artists who may sound familiar:

  • Andrea Bocelli: May 1st, Palau Sant Jordi.
  • Franz Schubert Philharmonia and Tomàs Grau: May 7th, Palau de la Música Catalana.
  • Mahmood: May 9th, Razzmatazz.
  • Vicco: May 10th, Sala Apolo.
  • Clarence Bekker: May 23rd, Jamboree Jazz Club.
  • Jonas Brothers: May 25th, Palau Sant Jordi.

What to Do in Barcelona in May

To give you an idea of what to do in Barcelona in May, you can consult our guides with itineraries designed for several days.

They are perfect for saving you time without giving up the city’s most characteristic attractions:

Outdoor May Activities in Barcelona

hikers on montserrat barcelona

How much joy is there in sunny days in May? During this period, doing outdoor activities in Barcelona is a real pleasure. Some of our favorites are these:

  1. Take a walk through Collserola, the largest urban park in the city, perhaps with a vermouth in the small square of the La Floresta neighborhood.
  2. Take the opportunity to spend a few hours relaxing in Barceloneta beach. Alternatively, stop in for a caña (small beer) or a refreshment in one of the bars a few steps from the sea.
  3. Organize a picnic on Montjuïc: one of the most beautiful spots to do so is near the Parque del Mirador del Migdia (the view of part of the city and the port is spectacular!).
  4. Taste orchata, the Catalans’ favorite drink when it starts to get hot. One of the most famous and historic places to do this is the Orxateria El Tío Che in the neighborhood of Poblenou (Rambla del Poblenou 44-46).
  5. If you are traveling with children, take them for a ride at Tibidabo amusement park: they will be very happy!
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