The Best Time to Visit Spain

The Best Time to Visit Spain

When is the best time to visit Spain?

Summer is certainly one of the best times to visit Spain, thanks to its high temperatures, and beautiful flora and fauna busting into life. Autumn is also a popular time of year to visit, as the intense heat of the summer starts to slowly fade and popular beach resorts are less crowded, but still warm. Winter temperatures in Spain rarely fall below 10°C, so if you like to be out and about, it can still remain pleasant for sightseeing, especially in the south of the country.

Summer (June – August)

The summer season is peak tourist time in the country, as many flock to beaches and attractions for their summer holidays. Many visitors come from other countries in Europe, the UK and the United States. Beach-side restaurants will be buzzing, and many local businesses will be open for longer hours. Temperatures in June have lows of 13°C and highs of 28°C. By the time August is in full swing, daily temperatures are 25°C, with mild evenings and highs of 31°C during the hottest days. San Fermin, also known as the running of the bulls, is a festival that takes place in Pamplona from the 6th – 14th July.  Feria de Malaga is also a festival worth checking out, and is one of Andalusia’s biggest summer festivals, with concerts, dancing and delicious food.

Winter (December – March)

If you’re wondering when is it cheapest to fly to Spain, booking flights in winter will get you there during the low season. You’ll find that places are mostly empty of tourists, while beaches are ideal for long walks in the crisp weather and sunshine. The north of Spain can get a bit chilly, with temperatures reaching between 5-10°C, but thankfully further south, things are much warmer, with the Andalusia region reaching around 15°C during the day. And don’t forget the Canary Islands , each offering year-round sunshine, excellent sandy beaches and a variety of activities to keep the whole family entertained. You’ll need to pack a coat and layers if you plan on exploring attractions and national parks during this time of year, but thankfully you won’t need to queue for entry. There are many notable festivities taking place in winter, including the Three Kings Day celebrations on 6th January, while carnival month starts in February to mark the start of Lent. Expect plenty of colour, street food and flamenco dancing in major towns and cities around the country. In March, take a trip to Valencia for Las Fallas – a week-long celebration that is famous for large crafted figures that are set on fire.          

Spring (April – May)

Around this time, temperatures in Spain are heating up nicely. In southern regions of the country, you should be able to start sunbathing and enjoying the heated pool in your Villa Marta Sol! Spring is an ideal time to explore parks and city gardens while everything is in bloom. Attractions such as museums and cathedrals are also less crowded, with fewer tourists and locals because schools in the area are still in term time. If you are staying in Andalusia and can travel to Seville by car, visit the city two weeks after Easter for the Feria de Abril festival, which celebrates the city’s traditions and people. Temperatures in the southern regions during April can reach highs of up to 24°C.

Autumn (September-November)

Temperatures in Spain in September are still very warm, with the mercury climbing up to around 28°C. As the month progresses and October begins, daily temperatures tend to hit around 23°C, making it an ideal time to enjoy the beach, without the crowds. As November creeps in, evenings become a tad chilly and you may need a jacket as temperatures dip to 15°C. It may be a bit too cold for swimming in the sea or hitting the beach, but many attractions are still open all year round. Autumn is famous for La Rioja hosting its grape harvest celebration, as well as the Festa de la Mercé in Barcelona. 

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