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View Poll Results: Which climate is better?
Barcelona, Spain 17 70.83%
Rhodes, Greece 7 29.17%
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Old 09-16-2013, 04:57 AM
 
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Barcelona cooler and wetter.
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Old 09-16-2013, 12:01 PM
 
Location: Top of the South, NZ
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Barcelona for me. An "A" climate in my books.

Rhodes is depressingly dry during summer.
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Old 09-16-2013, 02:07 PM
 
Location: Los Angeles, CA
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Barcelona is one of my favortie cities in the world. But I would prefer the climate of Rhodes (warmer winters, etc). Dry summers = lots of sunshine. Not at all depressing to me.
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Old 09-16-2013, 02:10 PM
 
Location: Segovia, central Spain, 1230 m asl, Csb Mediterranean with strong continental influence, 40º43 N
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Barcelona is not nearly as warm as it is rumored to be. When you drive the Spanish Costas up from Alicante during fall, one sees a dramatic difference between the south of Spain with its abundance of palm trees, baskong in Indian summer, and Catalunya with a majority deciduous trees already half bald or with autumn colors...so for me it's Rhodes at 36° latitude, no contest...
Plam trees are not native from southern Mediterranean coast of Spain. You can't see palm trees on landscapes, but in gardens and seafront promenades as exotic custom.
Thus, if you go anywhere in the south of Spain away to the sea, you can't find palm trees anywhere, or perhaps you can see few of them in some urban parks.
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Old 09-17-2013, 03:27 AM
 
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@ overdrive : you're not entirely right. Date trees for instance thrive in Orihuela, south of Spain. It wouldn't be possible in Catalonia. Even the local plants, like olove trees or laurel, are bigger and thicker in the south of Spain. You must acknowledge that the climate of both regions is very different.
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Old 09-17-2013, 09:30 AM
 
Location: Coastal L.A.
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Barcelona!!! Best city in Europe!. Actually ^ yes, Barcelona is plenty warm. I've been there many times (My dad is from Barcelona) and summers are hot and muggy. Now, compared to the southern coasts of Spain, obviously Catalunya is somewhat cooler since it is further north. But take a drive along the beautiful Costa Brava just north of Barcelona, it is simply stunning. There are plenty of palms in Barcelona and the surrounding coastal cities. What I love about Barcelona is that it has lush green, green hills and mountains surrounding the city, so it's always a pleasant vista.
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Old 09-17-2013, 12:25 PM
 
Location: Segovia, central Spain, 1230 m asl, Csb Mediterranean with strong continental influence, 40º43 N
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@ overdrive : you're not entirely right. Date trees for instance thrive in Orihuela, south of Spain. It wouldn't be possible in Catalonia. Even the local plants, like olove trees or laurel, are bigger and thicker in the south of Spain. You must acknowledge that the climate of both regions is very different.

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It is thought that palms were originally planted in this location as early as the 5th century BC by Carthaginians who settled in south-east Spain.
Palmeral of Elche - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Yes, the climate of both regions are different. Well, they are not much different in average temperatures, but in average amount of rainfall.
Take a look here:

Average yearly rainfall:


Average temperature for January:


Average temperature for July:


As you can see, the coast Catalonia is almost the same as southern coast of Spain, temperaturely speaking.


As I said yesterday, it wouldn't be possible also find date trees growing in southern spanish places located far away to the coast.
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