Best time to visit the Costa Brava

The best time to visit the Costa Brava for a beach holiday is from mid-June through August, when the weather is hot and sunny with little or no rain.

However, anytime from late-May to late-September is good for general outdoor activities.

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.

Costa Brava weather

The Costa Brava enjoys a Mediterranean climate with hot, sunny summers and relatively cold, wet and windy winters.

Located in the northernmost part of the Mediterranean coast of Spain, the Costa Brava receives more rain than elsewhere on the east coast of Spain.

Winter, from December to February, is cool but sunny, with occasional rain showers. The average temperature in January is 8°C (46°F).

Spring, from March to May, is mild and sunny with wet and cool spells during March and April. The average temperature climbs to a high of 21°C (70°F) in May, as the weather warms.

Summer, from June through August, is hot and sunny, with sea breezes tempering the heat, which average a high of 29°C (84°F), but can soar beyond 30°C (86°F).

The peak months of July and August see the Costa Brava coast crowded with mainly British and Spanish tourists. Summer sea temperature peaks in August at 24°C (75°F).

Autumn, from September to November, is pleasantly warm initially before gradually becoming colder.

This is the wettest season of the year, with October receiving the most rainfall of the year; although temperatures are mild.

Here are the average temperatures for Lloret de Mar.

What is the best month to visit the Costa Brava?
June, July and August are the best months to visit the Costa Brava – the climate is perfect with hot, sunny weather and little or no rainfall.

However, the months of May and September are also good for a range of outdoor activities.

July and August are especially popular, since this is the peak tourist season in the Costa Brava with greater crowds and higher prices.

Which is the hottest month in the Costa Brava?
The hottest month of the year in the Costa Brava is normally August, with an average daily high temperature of 29°C (84°F), with high heat and humidity, and a low of 18°C (64°F)

The hot summer season lasts from mid-June to mid-September, with an average daily high temperature above 25°C (77°F).

Which is the coldest month in the Costa Brava?
The coldest month of the year in the Costa Brava is January, with an average high of 14°C (57°F) and a low of 3°C (37°F).

The cool winter season lasts from mid-November through March, with an average daily high temperature below 16°C (60°F).

Which is the sunniest month in the Costa Brava?
The sunniest time of year in the Costa Brava is usually July with an average of 10 hours of sunshine per day; that's on average 63% of daylight hours.

What is the humidity in the Costa Brava?
The Costa Brava experiences significant seasonal variation in perceived humidity, with approximate average relative humidity calculated at between 69% – 75% over the course of the year.

The more humid time of year lasts from mid-June through September, when you can expect the comfort level to be muggy at least 11% of the time.

The month with the most muggy days in the Costa Brava is August, with around 12 days that are muggy.

We derive the humidity comfort level from the dew point temperature, which measures moisture content in the air. A higher dew point feels muggy and uncomfortable.

November through May is generally comfortable, with no days in any month that are muggy.

When is the sea warmest in the Costa Brava?
The sea is usually at its warmest in the Costa Brava in August when the water temperature reaches 25°C (77°F), which is warm enough for swimming.

The time of year with warmer water lasts from early-July through September, with an average temperature above 22°C (71°F).

Which month has the most rain in the Costa Brava?
October is usually the wettest month in the Costa Brava with 70mm (3in) of rainfall on average. There are normally nine days in October with some rain.

The rainy period of the year lasts from mid-August to mid-June, with a greater than 16% chance of a given day being a wet day.

There's little or no rainfall from early-June through to mid-August. July has the least rainfall.

Which is the windiest month in the Costa Brava?
The windiest month of the year in the Costa Brava is December, with an average hourly wind speed of 16 kilometres per hour (8 knots; 10 mph).

The windy part of the year lasts from early-October to late-April, with average wind speeds of more than 13 kilometres per hour (7 knots; 9 mph).

The less-windy time of year lasts from late-April to early-October. The calmest month of the year in the Costa Brava is June, with an average hourly wind speed of 11 kilometres per hour (6 knots; 8 mph).

The predominant average hourly wind direction varies throughout the year in the Costa Brava.

Costa Brava Weather Averages

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Average high temperature (°C)
14 14 16 18 21 25 28 29 26 22 17 15
Average low temperature (°C)
3 3 5 8 11 15 18 18 16 12 7 4
Average daily sunshine (hrs)
5 5 6 6 7 8 10 9 7 6 5 5
Average daily daylight (hrs)
9 10 12 13 14 15 14 13 12 11 10 9
Comfort level
Very cold Very cold No heat & humidity No heat & humidity No heat & humidity Low heat & humidity icon Moderate heat icon Moderate heat icon Low heat & humidity icon Low heat & humidity icon No heat & humidity No heat & humidity
Average relative humidity (%)
73 71 71 71 73 72 69 72 73 75 74 73
UV Index (max)
2 3 4 6 7 9 9 8 6 4 2 1
Average days of rainfall (≥1mm)
6 5 8 9 8 6 4 6 7 9 7 7
Average monthly rainfall (mm)
55 50 60 65 70 50 30 55 70 95 70 60
Average wind speed (km/h)
15 15 14 14 12 11 11 11 12 14 15 16
Average sea temperature (°C)
13 13 13 14 17 20 23 25 23 21 17 15
Lloret de Mar, Costa Brava, Spain

Holiday 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.

Source: Meteorological data for the Costa Brava is based on weather statistics gathered for the period 2008 to 2020 by Agencia Estatal de Meteorología (AEMET) – Spain's meteorological agency – from the closest weather station: Girona–Costa Brava Airport (GRO), located 12km (7mi) south of Girona and 23km (14mi) north of Lloret de Mar, Costa Brava.

Advice on the best time to visit a particular destination is based on average local weather statistics, when the weather conditions are generally better than at other times of the year. We consider high and low temperatures, risk of rain (and thunderstorms, etc.), amount of sunshine and sea temperature. For general outdoor activities we favour clear, rainless days with a temperature range between 18°C (64°F) and 27°C (80°F); and for hot-weather activities we favour clear, rainless days with a temperature range between 24°C (75°F) and 32°C (89°F). Often, the best times to visit correspond to high season and therefore involve higher prices.

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Latest update: Best time to visit Costa Brava: 12 May, 2024

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