Best time to visit Spain

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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.

47 THINGS TO DO IN SPAIN (SEPTEMBER 23 - OCTOBER 02)

Castells or Human Towers

Castells or Human Towers

February–July | September–November • activity

An amazing tradition of constructing human towers

La Bienal de Flamenco

La Bienal de Flamenco

August 07–October 04, 2020 • event

Don't miss the biggest flamenco event worldwide

La Merce

La Merce

September 20–24, 2020 • event

A signature Barcelona street festival not to be missed

Bullfighting Season

Bullfighting Season

late March–early October • activity

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

El Caminito Del Rey (King's Path)

El Caminito Del Rey (King's Path)

all year round • activity

Ready to experience one of the biggest attractions outside of Malaga?

Rio Tinto

Rio Tinto

all year round • nature

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

Sagrada Familia

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

Spain to Portugal Zip Line (Limite Zero)

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

Flamenco

Flamenco

all year round • activity

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

Sailing around the Balearic Islands

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

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

Spanish Ham (Jamón) with Melon

Spanish Ham (Jamón) with Melon

May–September • food

A simple but beautiful and healthy summer snack

Horchata Drink

Horchata Drink

April–October • food

A traditional Valentian drink, refreshing and exotic

Tabernas, Europe's Only Desert

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

Casa Milà (La Pedrera)

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

Whale Watching

Whale Watching

March–October • nature

Don't miss your chance to get close to these marine mammals in their natural habitat in the Strait of Gibraltar

Sardana

Sardana

September 11–September 24 • activity

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

Cares River Route (Ruta del Cares)

Cares River Route (Ruta del Cares)

March–November • activity

Take one of the most breathtaking hiking trails in Europe

Hiking in Cabo de Gata-Níjar Natural Park

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

Las Médulas

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

Volcano Grill on Lanzarote Island

Volcano Grill on Lanzarote Island

all year round • food

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

Spanish White Wines

Spanish White Wines

May–September • food

Summertime is the season of white wines in Spain

Hiking in Sierra Nevada

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

Fuente Dé Cable Car

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

El Torcal de Antequera National Park

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

As Catedrais (Cathedrals) Beach

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

Yachting Season​

Yachting Season​

May–October • activity

Barcelona is one of Europe's top sailing destinations

Ball de Bastons

Ball de Bastons

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

An ancient Catalan tradition—stick dancing

Gaztelugatxe

Gaztelugatxe

March–October • activity

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

Picos de Europa Hiking

Picos de Europa Hiking

March–November • activity

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

Padrón Peppers (Pimientos de Padrón)

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!

Salmorejo Cordobés

Salmorejo Cordobés

May–September • food

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

Andalusian Gazpacho

Andalusian Gazpacho

May–September • food

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

Duratón River Kayaking

Duratón River Kayaking

March–November (all year round) • activity

Want something new? Try kayaking in a picturesque place

White Water Rafting

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

La Pedriza Climbing

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

El Cielo Mountain Hiking

El Cielo Mountain Hiking

mid-September–mid-June • activity

An exciting adventure awaits hikers in the Nerja area

Lagunas de Ruidera

Lagunas de Ruidera

March–May | September–November • nature

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

Canyoning in Sierra de Guara

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.

Surfing in Zarautz

Surfing in Zarautz

September–May • activity

Enjoy the longest beach in the Spanish Basque Country

Cycling

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

Aigüestortes and Sant Maurici Lake National Park

Aigüestortes and Sant Maurici Lake National Park

May–October • activity

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

Tower of Hercules

Tower of Hercules

May–October • activity

The ancient but well-preserved lighthouse has operated since Roman times

Birdwatching

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

Kitesurfing & Windsurfing

Kitesurfing & Windsurfing

April–October • activity

Visit Tarifa, the kiting and windsurfing capital of Europe

Kitesurfing & Windsurfing around Valencia

Kitesurfing & Windsurfing around Valencia

April–September | November–March • activity

Plenty of beaches with thermal winds to choose from

Puerto de Somport

Puerto de Somport

all year round • activity

A beautiful and exciting ride in the Pyrenees

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Tarragona Human Towers Competition

Tarragona Human Towers Competition

autumn 2020 (TBA) • event

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

San Juan Bonfire Festival (Noche de San Juan)

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 in Spain

Las Fallas (Fire Festival)

Las Fallas (Fire Festival)

March 15–March 19 • event

A loud week full of fireworks and processions that ends with impressive igniting of huge dolls

Carnaval de Barcelona

Carnaval de Barcelona

February 11–17, 2021 • event

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

Córdoba Patio Festival (Fiesta de los Patios de Córdoba)

Córdoba Patio Festival (Fiesta de los Patios de Córdoba)

May 04–17, 2020 • event

Córdoba, with its beautiful patios, has created what is perhaps the most colourful and fragrant of festival

La Tomatina

La Tomatina

August 26, 2020 • event

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

Bous a la Mar in Denia

Bous a la Mar in Denia

July 04–12, 2020 • event

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

El Rocio Pilgrimage or Romería de El Rocío

El Rocio Pilgrimage or Romería de El Rocío

May 23–24, 2021 • 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

Sonar Festival

Sonar Festival

June 17–19, 2021 • event

One of the best electronic music festivals in the world

Wine Fight (La Batalla del Vino)

Wine Fight (La Batalla del Vino)

June 27–30, 2021 • 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

White Night Festival (La Noche en Blanco)

White Night Festival (La Noche en Blanco)

June 05, 2020 • event

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

Girona Flower Festival (Temps de Flors)

Girona Flower Festival (Temps de Flors)

May 09–17, 2020 • event

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

Els Enfarinats

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

Corpus Christi

Corpus Christi

June 10, 2020 • event

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

Madrid Carnival

Madrid Carnival

February 12–17, 2021 • event

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

Virgen de los Desamparados

Virgen de los Desamparados

May 10, 2020 • event

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

Carnival Los Indianos in La Palma

Carnival Los Indianos in La Palma

February 15, 2021 • event

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

August Fiestas (Fiestas de Agosto)

August Fiestas (Fiestas de Agosto)

August 06–16, 2020 • event

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

Festival of Near-Death Experiences

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

Great Week in San Sebastián

Great Week in San Sebastián

August 08–15, 2020 • event

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

Semana Santa (Holy Week) & Easter

Semana Santa (Holy Week) & Easter

April 05–13, 2020 • event

The most important holiday in Spain when every city holds amazing and emotional celebrations

Primavera Sound

Primavera Sound

June 02–06, 2021 • event

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

Fiesta Dos de Mayo (Day of Madrid Festival)

Fiesta Dos de Mayo (Day of Madrid Festival)

May 02 • event

Fiesta Dos de Mayo is the City Day and a holiday in the autonomous community of Madrid

Sitges Carnival

Sitges Carnival

February 11–17, 2021 • 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

Es Firo Sóller Festival

Es Firo Sóller Festival

May 11, 2020 • event

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

Las Luminarias Festival

Las Luminarias Festival

January 16 • event

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

Sales (Rebajas)

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

Villajoyosa Moors & Christians Festival

Villajoyosa Moors & Christians Festival

July 24–July 31 (canceled in 2020) • event

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

Fiestas de La Blanca & Celedón, Vitoria-Gasteiz

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!

Rapa das Bestas, Sabucedo

Rapa das Bestas, Sabucedo

August 14–16, 2020 • event

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

International Descent of River Sella

International Descent of River Sella

August 08, 2020 • event

A must-visit event in the canoeing world

Cascamorras

Cascamorras

September 06–September 09 • event

Join local fun festival full of running and oil mess

La Dansa de la Mort de Verges

La Dansa de la Mort de Verges

April 09, 2020 • event

An ancient and unique Dance of the Death

Olives & Olive Oil

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

Angulas (Baby Eels)

Angulas (Baby Eels)

mid-November–December • food

A traditional dish that resembles spaghetti at first glance

La Endiablada

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

Fiesta of La Regalina in Cadavedo

Fiesta of La Regalina in Cadavedo

August 29, 2021 • 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

Christmas or Navidades

Christmas or Navidades

early December–early January • event

Christmas is a special period when miracles can happen

Tinto de Verano (Spanish Summer Wine)

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

Festimad

Festimad

April 24–May 09, 2020 • event

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

Ortigueira's Festival of Celtic World

Ortigueira's Festival of Celtic World

July 14–18, 2021 • event

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

Luarca Maritime Procession of Virgen del Rosario

Luarca Maritime Procession of Virgen del Rosario

August 15 • event

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

El Cipotegato Festival

El Cipotegato Festival

August 27–September 01 • event

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

Orange Blossom (Azahar)

Orange Blossom (Azahar)

late February–early March • nature

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

Cádiz Carnival

Cádiz Carnival

February 11–21, 2021 • event

A giant fiesta with thousands of satirical performing groups

New Year's Eve

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

San Silvestre Vallecana

San Silvestre Vallecana

December 31 • event

Participate in the exciting New Year's footrace in Madrid

Sangria

Sangria

June–August • food

The ultimate symbol of Spain tastes the best here

Las Turbas de Cuenca (Camino del Calvario)

Las Turbas de Cuenca (Camino del Calvario)

April 10, 2020 • event

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

Anguiano Stilt Dance

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

Los Escobazos in Jarandilla de la Vera

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

Sanlúcar Horse Racing

Sanlúcar Horse Racing

August 13–14, 2020 | August 16, 2020 | August 28–30, 2020 (limited event) • event

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

Anchovies in Vinegar (Boquerones en Vinagre)

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!

Arenal Sound

Arenal Sound

July 27–August 01, 2021 • event

Open-air dance music festival by the Mediterranean sea

Halloween

Halloween

early October–early November • event

Plenty of scary attractions and parties to choose from in Madrid

Skiing and Snowboarding around Madrid

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

Three Kings Day

Three Kings Day

January 05–January 06 • event

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

The Wedding of Isabel de Segura

The Wedding of Isabel de Segura

February 20–23, 2020 • event

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

Tamborrada of San Sebastián

Tamborrada of San Sebastián

January 20 • event

A drum parade and street party to honour San Sebastián

Running of the Nudes in Pamplona

Running of the Nudes in Pamplona

July 04, 2020 • event

Partially or entirely nude animal rights activists expose the “naked truth” about animal cruelty before the Pamplona’s bull run

Kayaking in Galicia

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

Christmas Sweets

Christmas Sweets

late December–early January • food

Treat yourself to real Christmas sweets favoured by Spaniards

Madrid-Style Boiled Dinner (Cocido Madrileño)

Madrid-Style Boiled Dinner (Cocido Madrileño)

December–February • food

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

Mona de Pascua

Mona de Pascua

April 04, 2021 • food

Delicious Easter cakes that are given by godparents to their godchildren

Aigüestortes National Park Winter Activities

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

Turrón

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

Sierra Nevada Skiing

December–April • activity

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

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Spain weather in January

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On the Mediterranean coast, January is partially sunny, and the temperature is mild, around 16-17°C (60-62°F). The same is fair for the eastern areas of Andalusia, where the days are warm and welcoming for sightseeing. In Barcelona, the clear sky and 6 hours of sunshine also promise an excellent time for exploring the city. Meanwhile, the north and the inland regions such as Madrid, deal with lower temperatures, dropping close to freezing at night. Along the coast of the Atlantic Ocean, abundant showers and torrential rains are frequent during the first winter month. On the contrary, Madrid is drier and colder. To see the real winter in Spain, visit the mountainous areas of the Pyrenees and the Sierra Nevada. The weather here is ideal for winter sports as it’s snowy, cold, and sunny at the same time.

Spain weather in February

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Entire Spain, besides the north (Galicia region and the neighboring areas), experiences somewhat sunny but chilly days. On the east coast, it’s warmer and more cloudy, while the inland remains cold and cloudless. In Madrid, you’ll need a warm jacket and boots to spend your time outdoors. The sunny yet crisp weather makes sightseeing a pleasant experience. The further south you move, the warmer it gets. In the regions of Valencia and Andalusia, the weather is good enough for walking around in a light sweater. The areas of the Atlantic Ocean keep on facing various kinds of rain daily, ranging from an unnoticeable drizzle to prolonged, exhausting rain. Although the temperature here is higher than in central Spain, going out for a city tour is not an appealing option.

Spain weather in March

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In March, the weather gradually gets better throughout the country. It’s still fresh and rainy in Catalonia and along the Atlantic coast, but the amount of precipitation decreases, and the sun is not that rare in the sky. Along the Mediterranean coast, the weather improves towards the south. Mornings are cold, but during the day the temperature gets higher. In Andalusia and Alicante, it reaches up to 18°C (65°F). The inland areas remain dry, and due to the prolonged sunshine, cold mornings quickly turn into pleasantly warm days. You’ll still need a jacket to go out, though.

Spain weather in April

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Mornings are chilly in all the regions. The differences in the climate become more evident by noon. From Catalonia to Andalusia, the temperature varies from 15°C (59°F) to 21°C (70°F). Days are sunny and cloudless, with rare and brief spring rains followed by sunshine. April is an ideal time for city tours and hiking all over Spain, except the north. It’s already warm enough to stay an entire day outdoors, but it’s not that hot to need shelter from the sun in the mid-day. The region of Galicia and other Atlantic coastal areas take the burden of all the rains. The conditions in April are better than those in March, but you shouldn’t leave home without an umbrella or raincoat as the rain will catch you at least once during the day.

Spain weather in May

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The difference between the regions become more noticeable. Along the Mediterranean coast, the beach season begins. In the southern-most areas, the sea already warms up to 20°C (68°F). The air is not hot yet, but spending a few hours on a beach is possible. In May, the cities of Barcelona, Valencia, Alicante, and other tourist destinations have the best conditions for sightseeing. The sun and low chances of rain make the walks especially favorable. In Madrid, the difference between day and night temperatures is perceptible: mornings are fresh, with up to 13°C (55°F) on thermometer, while during the day the mark climbs up to 23°C (73°F). Also, beware of spring thunderstorms that might break into the city. Meanwhile, the Atlantic coast finally gets a bit more sunny days. It’s still rainy and foggy in the area, but the dry periods extend, and the temperature gradually rises.

Spain weather in June

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In June, the weather is excellent no matter what region you visit. The entire Mediterranean coastline is ready to host beach lovers. The water is warm enough for swimming, and over 15 hours of sunshine daily ensure a smooth tan. The temperature gets higher, and the heat is more perceptible at noon. Especially hot are the southern resorts and inland areas. Even the regions neighboring the Atlantic Ocean get their portion of sunshine. Rains might occur here, but they are not that heavy and prolonged as they used to be in spring.

Spain weather in July

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If your plan is to visit Madrid, July is not a good time as the heat gets devastating here. While the sea breeze refreshes the coastal areas, no wind brings coolness to the inland regions. The temperatures rise over 32°C (90°F) and are intolerable. During the day, you’d better stay inside in well-conditioned spaces. Along the Mediterranean coast, the days are hot, and the sea gets warmer, ensuring perfect conditions for beach vacations. By sunset, the heat becomes more tolerable, and late-evening walks are ideal for sightseeing. Influenced by the ocean, the north experiences the weather swings. The nights and mornings are chilly, while the days are warm and occasionally hot.

Spain weather in August

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The heat spreads over Spain and marks the climax of the tourist season. Along the Mediterranean coast, the sea warms up to 27°C (81°F). Morning is an excellent time to swim and sunbathe afterward. Regardless of the region, by noon, it gets way too hot outdoors, and it’s better to stay inside for several hours. In the evening, the heat decreases, and the weather becomes more comfortable for long walks. August is excellent timing for a visit to Santiago de Compostela, the leading tourist destination in the north. Besides, warm and sunny yet fresh days allow you to go hiking, explore the region, and travel along the Atlantic coast without the risk of being caught by torrential rain.

Spain weather in September

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A slight decrease in heat can be sensed in Catalonia. The other areas of the Mediterranean still live in the conditions of summer. The weather remains warm and sunny, no rains intervene with the holidays, and the sea is calm. As autumn gently approaches the country, the mornings and evenings become fresher yet comfortable. The only issue is that swimming at sunrise would be more refreshing than during the summer months. The temperature decreases in inland too. In Madrid, the sizzling heat drops to 25°C (77°F), making it a comfortable location for a visit again. In the north, excellent weather goes on. Although the water could be too chilly for long swims, it’s suitable for surfing. Relatively small waves make it especially welcoming for less experienced surfers.

Spain weather in October

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The mist and rain are back to the Atlantic coast. From now on, until May, this area will be foggy and wet. Meanwhile, the rest of the country undergoes deterioration of the weather too. Occasional rains occur in Barcelona, Valencia, and along the entire Mediterranean coast. Most of the days, it’s still sunny, and the air is warm, up to 23°C (73°F). But the sea is no longer suitable for swimming. The south is the only place where the beach season continues. If you want to catch the last hot days in Spain, consider traveling to Malaga and Seville.

Spain weather in November

10.5/10 score
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10° average
average temperatures
10 mm
precipitation
6h 24m
daylight duration
The conditions become worse day by day. Along the Atlantic Ocean, the rains are continuous, and the sky is rarely clear. Although this area is moist in general, November is the wettest month here. The Mediterranean coast also immerses in the state of autumn, with its wet days, fresh mornings, and clouds obscuring the sun. It doesn’t matter where you plan to travel, make sure you have a warm sweater, a jacket, and an umbrella in your bag. The chances you’d need them in Andalusia are low, but the weather is unstable, and it’s better to be prepared. The relatively dry November expects you in the inland areas, namely, in Madrid. By this time, the city approaches winter, and 7°C (47°F) on the thermometer should not surprise you.

Spain weather in December

10.5/10 score
Ideal
10° average
average temperatures
10 mm
precipitation
6h 24m
daylight duration
In December, Madrid receives only 50 cm (20 in) of precipitation, which makes it one of the aridest areas of Spain. The temperature keeps on decreasing here and in the rest of the territories too. The east coast, especially the southeast, is still the warmest part of the country, but frequent rains and cloudiness are unavoidable. In the Atlantic coast, nothing is new: it keeps on raining, sneaking winds blow, the sun hides behind the clouds, and the entire region immerses into a fog. In the Pyrenees and the Sierra Nevada, the temperature drops to -1°C (31°F), and the chances of snowfall are high. If you’re into winter sports, these regions have favorable conditions.