Barcelona, the proud heart of Catalonia, is now a popular beach destination for artists. Cathedrals, markets, and tapas bars are a highlight of the Gothic Quarter. Visiting Barcelona today is not complete without a visit to Gaudi’s colorful and distinctive architecture. Catalan is preferred over Spanish by the locals. For Spanish festivals that often last all night, summer is high season and attracts big crowds despite high airfares. However, tourist numbers are less during the shoulder seasons of late spring and early fall. Winter is the most ideal season for visiting if you want to take advantage of the beaches, but not so chilly that you can’t enjoy a brisk outdoor experience. Barcelona’s summer is hot and humid. Locals often take extended holidays during August because it is sweltering. Compared to summer and winter, spring and fall have frequent rainfall. During winter, temperatures rarely fall below 40 degrees, making it a convenient time to stroll down side streets without being bothered by tourists.