Catalan Coast - Climate

Weather conditions on independent walking holiday in France and Spain - Pyrenees Coastal Trail

This walking holiday following the Mediterranean coast is available from February to June and from September to the end of October.

The coastline is shared between France and Spain but both form part of the wider Catalan speaking region. This walking holiday is an ideal spring or autumn break. The Mediterranean sea keeps the Catalan coast mild, even in winter and pleasantly warm in the Spring and Autumn. Average daytime temperatures in February are about 13°C, 15.5°C in March, 17.5°C in April, 21°C in May and 25°C in June. September is as warm as June whilst October is a pleasant 20°C. The walking holiday trail goes inland from the coast, and in places climbs to 700m in altitude. Here the temperatures can be 2 to 4°C lower than on the coast. However, by June with higher daytime temperatures, a cooling sea breeze may make the coast seem cooler than inland.

On your self guided walking holiday, frost at night would be rare even in February. Average minimum temperatures at night range from 5°C in February to about 16°C in June and September. Snow is also fairly rare, although not to be discounted in February.

During the dates for this Spain and France walking holiday, ie Feb - June & Sept - Oct, June and September are the driest months, although the others are relatively dry compared to elsewhere in western France. October is the wettest month, although there are more rainy days in April than any other month (but amounts are less). However, even in April there are only 6 rainy days a month. Fog is rare along this coastline with only 14 foggy days on average for the whole of the year and these occur most often in autumn and are short lived. Like most European destinations, including France and Spain, this area experiences summer storms. They are most likely to occur in June, although they are not as heavy or frequent as those further east and inland or along the French Riviera and Provence.

One similarity between the Pyrenees coast and other parts of the Mediterranean coastline are the frequent winds. In this area the winds that descend from the mountains, especially on the French side, are known as Tramontane. This is a dry wind coming from the north west, which accelerates as it passes between the Pyrenees and the south of the Massif Central. It occurs throughout the year, but is most frequent in the winter and spring. It is usually associated with sunny conditions on the Med coast. They can make the temperatures feel colder than they are.

The Pyrenees coastal trail follows a coastline which is also called the Vermilion Coast in France and the Costa Brava in its Spanish section. Both France and Spain have similar climates although there is a rain shadow effect once you cross to the southern side of the Pyrenees. June is the sunniest month when we run the Spanish and French walking holiday. May is sunnier than September, although it does have more rain. Sunshine levels are fairly high all year round, rising from 5 hours per day in February to 9 hours in June. Spring (March to May) is relatively sunny compared to October.

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