What is the weather like in the Costa Brava? When is the best time of year to come to the Costa Brava? It depends on what you want to do.
I love all the seasons here, all for different reasons.
Summer Climate in the Costa Brava
Summer in the Costa Brava is hot. The average day in July and August reaches a high of 30°C (86°F). Occasionally it gets hotter. For me, that’s hot. I melt at that temperature. I can’t survive the day without getting into a pool of water, preferably the cool, refreshing sea.
The nights are warm. You’ll be throwing off your sheet.
Rainfall is minimal during the summer. It’s pretty much unheard of for it to rain in August, although it did a few years ago. Everyone was very upset.
Autumn Weather in the Costa Brava
Autumn is a beautiful time of year here. The crowds have gone, leaving the beaches deserted. It’s quite normal to be swimming in the sea up until November (and I don’t like it cold.)
September and October are often an extension of summer and many people prefer the weather at that time as it’s not overbearingly hot.
There are normally heavy rains in Autumn (although not every year.) When it rains here, it’s not a drop or two, it’s a river coming from the sky. It doesn’t tend to last long though. A storm followed by a blue sky is the norm.
Winter in the Costa Brava
I love winter in the Costa Brava. The days vary. My favourites are the warm winter sun. The temperature may reach 17°C or higher. Perfect for eating outside.
The nights are cooler. You can snuggle in your winter duvet.
When the wind blows from the Pyrenees “the Tramuntana”, it can be an icy, knifing wind. The temperature drops and it feels even colder that it is. Time to snuggle by the open fire, drink hot chocolate and eat churros.
There are also damp, chilly days that are not my favourite. Luckily they don’t tend to last long and the sky is normally high.
Spring in the Costa Brava
A beautiful time of year. The flowers are out, the wheat is green, making everything look green and lush. Perfect for a bike ride or a hike in the woods.
In can rain in the Spring. Heavy rain.
Rainfall in the Costa Brava
It doesn’t rain much in the Costa Brava but when it does rain it REALLY rains. It POURS. The roads become rivers and many of the un-tarmac-ed roads are washed away. The houses have special boards that they put over the front doors to stop the water from coming in.
If your drainage isn’t working properly you’ll soon find that you have a swimming pool in the back garden. Great for kids in welly boots.
Most rain in the Costa Brava falls in the Spring, April, May, June and the Autumn, October and November. Normally it will be just a few days at a time and then the blue skies will return.
Winds in the Costa Brava
Locals have a different name for each of the 8 different winds. The two winds that I’m aware of are the Tramuntana that blows from the Pyrenees in the North. It is most notable in the winter when it is sharp and icy.
The Tramuntana wind can blow at any time of the year, including during the summer when it will actually be quite refreshing.
The further South you go, the less the effects of the Tramuntana.
The other wind to note is the on-shore wind from the sea (the Llevant). This can also blow at any time of the year, but typically builds up on a summer afternoon. The morning will be still and stifling but by the afternoon, the flags will be happily flapping away.
When is the Best Time of Year to Go to the Costa Brava?
It depends on what you want to do. Sun and sea in the summer or sun and activities in the winter. Why not try them all and see which you like best for yourself?