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Best time of year to visit Spain

Spain has a perfect season for everyone. April to May and September to October are the best time to visit Spain as the weather is mild and the crowds are moderate. In summer, beach-goers will enjoy hot days in the south and east, and sight-seers might prefer Atlantic cities like Bilbao and Santiago de Compostela where temperatures are lower. Summer in Spain is packed with unforgettable events like Tomatina. Temperatures dip in October–November, and the possibility of rains is at its highest. Winter months are perfect for sightseeing in Madrid and Barcelona and celebrating Three Kings Days and February carnivals. Spring brings Easter celebrations (caution: crowded!) and revives all sorts of activities like Spain-to-Portugal Zip Line and hiking.

41 THINGS TO DO IN SPAIN (MAY 20 - MAY 29)

Castells or Human Towers

February–July | September–November • activity

An amazing tradition of constructing human towers

Rio Tinto

all year round • nature

Discover the red river and cosmic landscapes of an ancient mining city in Andalusia

Flamenco

all year round • activity

What is probably the most famous of Spanish traditions is so often misunderstood—flamenco is not a dance!

Horchata Drink

April–October • food

A traditional Valentian drink, refreshing and exotic

El Caminito Del Rey (King's Path)

all year round • activity

Ready to experience one of the biggest attractions in Malaga?

Spain to Portugal Zip Line (Limite Zero)

late March–early December • activity

Take a ride on the world's only international zip line that will take you from Spain to Portugal and a one-time zone behind

Tabernas, Europe's Only Desert

March–May | September–November • activity

Like the real Wild West, Spain has its own great desert, where the temperature has been known to reach 48 °C and where many Hollywood movies have been filmed

Sailing around the Balearic Islands

April–October • activity

Think of coves lapped by the blue waters surrounded by forests where you just want time to stand still

Fuente de Piedra Flamingos

February–September • activity

Some of the most beautiful birds on the planet gather in the Laguna de Fuente de Piedra where you will find yourself in the spectacular countryside away from the coast

Bullfighting Season

late March–early October • activity

Corrida is the most traditional, but also the most controversial of Spanish Fiestas

Spanish Ham (Jamón) with Melon

May–September • food

A simple but beautiful and healthy summer snack

Sagrada Familia

October–March (all year round) • activity

Gaudí's unfinished masterpiece is being incarnated by modern architectors and paralelly visited by millions of admirers

Tinto de Verano (Spanish Summer Wine)

mid-May–mid-September • food

Tinto de verano is a refreshing red wine-based cocktail similar to sangria but not the same

Cares River Route (Ruta del Cares)

March–November • activity

Take one of the most breathtaking hiking trails in Europe

Las Médulas

March–September • nature

Las Médulas Cultural Landscape is one of the most beautiful natural spots in the country listed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO

Fuente Dé Cable Car

all year round • activity

From climbing to the top of Spain to hanging in the air and watching the famous mountain, Picos de Europa, from a bird's eye view—everything is possible in Cantabria

White Water Rafting

April–September  • activity

Depending on the season, the river changes its mood, and therefore white water rafting can be more or less extreme

Spanish White Wines

May–September • food

Summertime is the season of white wines in Spain

Yachting Season​

May–October • activity

Barcelona is one of Europe's top sailing destinations

Duratón River Kayaking

March–November (all year round) • activity

Want something new? Try kayaking in a picturesque place

Gaztelugatxe

March–October • activity

A small island is connected to the mainland by a medieval bridge and 231 steps

Padrón Peppers (Pimientos de Padrón)

May–September • food

Some peppers in this dish are very spicy, while some are not. Spaniards dare you to try your luck and choose!

As Catedrais (Cathedrals) Beach

October–June • nature

If you visit this beach in Galicia on Spain’s northern coast, you will understand why it has been designated as a national monument

Volcano Grill on Lanzarote Island

all year round • food

Taste meat cooked over an active volcano in the middle of stunning Lanzarote surroundings

La Pedriza Climbing

March–June | September–November • activity

One of the best areas in Spain for granite rock climbing and hiking, just an hour drive from the capital

Cycling

September–June • activity

Spectacular landscapes, tasty food from different regions, and plenty of interaction with locals—this is why you should choose a bicycle as a main form of transport while in Spain

Hiking in Sierra Nevada

mid-May–mid-November • activity

Spain has many incredible places for hiking, where the beauty of the mountains can be fully experienced

Picos de Europa Hiking

March–November • activity

Conquer the most beautiful mountains in the Pyrenees known as "the Dolomites of Spain"

El Cielo Mountain Hiking

mid-September–mid-June • activity

An exciting adventure awaits hikers in the Nerja area

Birdwatching

September–June • nature

Spain is a paradise for birds, so if you are a bird lover, don't miss the chance to observe an incredible variety of species

Lagunas de Ruidera

March–May | September–November • nature

The miracle of water in La Mancha region includes magic waterfalls, lagoons, and beautiful streams

Surfing in Zarautz

September–May • activity

Enjoy the longest beach in the Spanish Basque Country

Canyoning in Sierra de Guara

April–October • activity

Canyoning is the best way to experience Spain's beautiful nature and get a boost of adrenaline.

Andalusian Gazpacho

May–September • food

It may be a flavourful soup and a cool summer drink at the same time

Salmorejo Cordobés

May–September • food

Cold soup of Cordoba made of tomatoes and bread rivals the well-known Gazpacho

Aigüestortes and Sant Maurici Lake National Park

May–October • activity

Explore the scenic mountains and lakes of the Pyrenees in the warm season

Hiking in Cabo de Gata-Níjar Natural Park

September–May • activity

Take a day to make the exciting trip to Spain's largest volcanic rock formation with its sharp peaks and crags in red and ochre hues

Kayaking in Galicia

March–August • activity

Galicia, in the northwest corner of Spain, is a real paradise for kayaking with beautiful views and soft blue water

El Torcal de Antequera National Park

March–May | September–November • nature

This place is great for catching the mountain breeze away from the crowded city and to observe an incredible scenery

Casa Milà (La Pedrera)

all year round • activity

This architectural masterpiece is unlike anything else built in the 20th century, the total culmination of Gaudí's boundless imagination

Tower of Hercules

May–October • activity

The ancient but well-preserved lighthouse which operates since Roman times

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Tarragona Human Towers Competition

autumn 2020 (TBA) • event

A spectacular competition of building human towers - something to be seen only in Catalonia

Corpus Christi

June 19, 2019 • event

Joining this colorful parade is a great way to get to know Spanish traditions and customs

La Merce

September 21–24, 2018 • event

A signature Barcelona street festival not to be missed

Bous a la Mar in Denia

July 07–15, 2018 • event

Are you brave enough to lure a bull into the sea?

La Tomatina

August 29, 2018 • event

The infamous crazy tomato fight you can take part in is the silliest and probably funniest event you may participate in Valencia

Carnaval de Barcelona

February 28–March 06, 2019 • event

Catalan answer to the carnival season is more than fun. It's spectacular!

Els Enfarinats

December 28 • event

Every year the town of Ibi is seized by frantic soldiers who reestablish new justice with flour bombs, eggs, and firecrackers

Wine Fight (La Batalla del Vino)

June 27–30, 2018 • event

Red wine seems to be flowing in the veins of locals in Haro. Once a year it also fills up the streets of the town—at the exuberant battle of wine

Virgen de los Desamparados

May 12, 2019 • event

A vibrant religious festivity dedicated to the patron of the city of Valencia

San Juan Bonfire Festival (Noche de San Juan)

June 23–June 24 • event

Bonfires and songs highlight the celebration of St. John's Eve and summer solstice

Festival of Near-Death Experiences

July 29 • event

Spain is known all over the world for its crazy festivals, but this one takes the cake for being the most bizarre

Sonar Festival

June 14–16, 2018 • event

Legendary electronic music festival, one of the best in the world

Los Indianos

March 04, 2019 • event

Join one of the most exciting and popular acts of the Santa Cruz de La Palma Carnival

Primavera Sound

May 30–June 02, 2019 • event

Barcelona's edition of Primavera Sound attracts more and more people from every corner of the world

El Rocío Pilgrimage or Romería de El Rocío

June 09–10, 2019 • event

A small village of 700 residents comes to life with a million of flamboyant pilgrims and their frantic celebration of the Virgin of el Rocío

August Fiestas (Fiestas de Agosto)

02–15 August • event

Do not miss the August holidays in Madrid and get an opportunity to plunge into the atmosphere of general fun

Fiestas de La Blanca & Celedón, Vitoria-Gasteiz

August 04–August 09 • event

If you see a figure with an umbrella coming down from a church on a rope—then you are in Spain!

Madrid Carnival

March 01–06, 2019 • event

Masks, wigs, and fancy dresses... This holiday without rules is celebrated on a large scale

Cascamorras

September 06–September 09 • event

Join local fun festival full of running and oil mess

La Dansa de la Mort de Verges

March 24, 2016 • event

An ancient and unique Dance of the Death

Olives & Olive Oil

December–February • food

Olive oil is the best the moment it is pressed, and January is the best month to check the shop shelves for a variety of bottled extra virgin

La Bienal de Flamenco

September 06–30, 2018 • event

Don't miss the biggest flamenco event worldwide

Great Week in San Sebastián

August 11–18, 2018 • event

Join one of the biggest festivals with fireworks and music in San Sebastian

International Descent of River Sella

August 04, 2018 • event

A must-visit event in the canoeing world

Las Luminarias Festival

January 16 • event

A Spanish festival of fire and horses dedicated to St. Anthony

Christmas or Navidades

early December–early January • event

Christmas is a special period when miracles can happen

Rapa das Bestas, Sabucedo

July 06–09, 2018 • event

Come to Galicia to observe the unique wild mountain horses get rounded up, trimmed and marked

Sitges Carnival

February 28–March 06, 2019 • event

The Sitges Carnival attracts more than 250,000 people to see its bright show and colourful parties, making it one of the most popular carnivals in the world

Fiesta of La Regalina in Cadavedo

August 25, 2019 • event

This big festival in Cadavedo is all about the dances that take place near a church on top of a cliff with a spectacular view

Villajoyosa Moors & Christians Festival

July 24–July 31 • event

For eight days, the whole city returns to the past by recreating a spectacular and brilliant battle that occurred in 1538

Angulas (Baby Eels)

mid-November–December • food

A traditional dish that resembles spaghetti at first glance

Sardana

September 11–September 24 • activity

A traditional Catalan group dance that could be performed by all people of all ages

El Cipotegato Festival

August 27 • event

If you are overwhelmed by the number of Spanish festivals, simply choose the most colourful one

Sóller Es Firó Festival

May 13, 2019 • event

One of the largest festivals on the Balearic Islands will surprise you with its amazing costumes and noisy parties

La Endiablada

February 02–February 03 • event

Enjoy a unique event called "the brotherhood of the devils", which is possibly the oldest tradition in Spain

Luarca Maritime Procession of Virgen del Rosario

August 15 • event

A beautiful fishing village holds a unique procession to commemorate victims of the sea

White Night Festival (La Noche en Blanco)

September 28, 2018 • event

What can you visit in Madrid in October for free? Of course, the festival "La Noche en Blanco!"

San Silvestre Vallecana

December 31 • event

Participate in the exciting New Year's footrace in Madrid

Girona Flower Festival

May 11–19, 2019 • event

Houses decorated with amazing floral arrangements transform the old city of Girona into an incredible bouquet of landscapes, colours, and beauty

New Year's Eve

December 31–January 01 • event

Eating 12 grapes, wearing red coloured underwear and preparing a special cake is only a part of the incredible celebration in Spain

Anchovies in Vinegar (Boquerones en Vinagre)

June–August • food

It is especially pleasant to go to the bar on a hot summer day, drink a glass of ice-cold beer and eat Boquerones en Vinagre!

Córdoba Patios Festival

May 06–19, 2019 • event

Cordoba has created what is perhaps the most colourful and fragrant of festivals

Ball de Bastons

April 23 | June 22 | September 11 | September 24 • event

An ancient Catalan tradition—stick dancing

Sangria

June–August • food

The ultimate symbol of Spain tastes the best here

Sales (Rebajas)

early January–February | July–August • activity

The most pleasant thing in the season of sales in Madrid is to have fun and save money at the same time

Semana Santa and Easter

April 14–22, 2019 • event

The most important time in Spain is when every city holds amazing and emotional celebrations for Easter

The Wedding of Isabel de Segura

February 14–17, 2019 • event

An excellent alternative to the well-known Valentine's day, Bodas de Isabel de Segura represents a great love story

Anguiano Stilt Dance

July 22 • event

Eight men on stilts in ornate waistcoats and long skirts will hurtle down the cobbled alley in a unique dance

Las Turbas de Cuenca (Camino del Calvario)

April 19, 2019 • event

Las Turbas is the most popular traditional procession taking place during the Holy Week in Cuenca

Sanlúcar Horse Racing

August 22–24, 2018 • event

Horses, water, sunset... What could be more picture perfect that a horse race on the Spanish Coast?

Christmas Sweets

late December–early January • food

Treat yourself to real Christmas sweets favoured by Spaniards

Three Kings Day

January 05–January 06 • event

Epiphany is a great holiday in Barcelona celebrated by La Cabalgata de Reyes Magos

Madrid-Style Boiled Dinner (Cocido Madrileño)

December–February • food

The people of Madrid call it the "star and pearl" of the local cuisine

Festimad

April 24–May 10, 2019 • event

The most famous musical event in the capital, Festimad attracts big names and young talents

Aigüestortes National Park Winter Activities

November–April • activity

Great winter activities such as dog sledding and snow biking through pristine forests are available in the one and only national park of Catalonia

Skiing and Snowboarding around Madrid

early December–early April  • activity

Although Madrid rarely sees snow, you can enjoy skiing just 52 km away from the capital atop some impressive mountains

Orange Blossom (Azahar)

late February–early March • nature

See beautiful Seville when it's adorned with orange blossom and when aroma permeates the air

Mona de Pascua

April 20–21, 2019 • food

Delicious Easter cakes that are given by godparents to their godchildren

Turrón

early December–early January • food

Turrón has confidently passed through centuries, using the traditional ingredients of the Moors: almonds, honey, egg yolks and sugar

Sierra Nevada Skiing

December–April • activity

Your best winter vacation awaits in a mountain range in Southern Spain

Los Escobazos in Jarandilla de la Vera

December 07 • event

In the city of Jarandilla de la Vera, locals celebrate an important holiday by hitting each other with brooms of fire

Ortigueira's Festival of Celtic World

July 12–15, 2018 • event

One of the most popular folk music festivals in the world takes place in the Spanish seaport of Ortigueira