When is the best time to visit Spain?

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The best time to visit Spain is from March to May and September to October. From March to May, temperatures rise slowly from 12–17°C, while through September and early October they vary between 17–21°C, meaning days at the beach aren’t uncomfortably hot.

Sunshine isn’t the only reason for visiting Spain during these months. In spring, all kinds of festivals and celebrations begin taking place – from Las Fallas in Valencia to Feria de Abril in Seville. In autumn, the Fiestas de Pilar extend over three days in Zaragoza, the regional capital of Aragon, while in the southern region of Andalucia, the Bienal de Flamenco alternates yearly between Seville and Malaga. September also sees Barcelona celebrate La Mercè – its largest street party of the year – and movie fanatics are well taken care of too, thanks to dedicated film festivals in Sitges and San Sebastián.

Elsewhere, nature lovers can observe the cherry blossoms of Valle del Jerte between mid-March and the beginning of May, and the grape harvest of La Rioja in September. Spring is also a popular time for religious events like Romería de la Virgen de la Cabeza near Jaén, and Semana Santa throughout the whole Andalucia region.

Monthly weather and travel tips for Spain

The first month of the year is a quiet one in Spain, so ideal for those who dislike crowds and don’t mind colder weather. Temperatures can creep up to 16°C in the warmest southern regions, and drop below zero in high-altitude areas like the Pyrenees and the Sierra Nevada. However, such chilly weather brings plenty of snow to these mountain ranges, where by January the ski resorts are in full swing. So unless you’re off to The Canaries, you’ll definitely need your warmest winter coat.

There’s also a few festive events going on in January, including Reyes Magos (Three Kings Day) on 6 JanuarySpain’s version of Christmas Day. The night before involves hundreds of people parading through the streets on large nativity-themed floats, guided by three wise men (often three lucky local council members) who lead an extraordinary sweet-throwing frenzy. January is also a great time to take advantage of cheap flights and slashed prices in the post-Christmas sales, known locally as ‘las rebajas’.

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Events in Spain in January

New Year's Day

1 January 2022

Epiphany

6 January 2022

Reconquest Day

2 January 2022

St. Valero's Feast

29 January 2022

Day of Saint Ildefonso

23 January 2022

Though often the coldest month of the year in Spain, February is not short on reasons to visit – especially if you’re a festivalgoer. Down in the city of Cádiz in Andalucia, the rip-roaringly fun ‘Carnaval’ involves two weeks of fancy-dress processions, drawing thousands of revellers from across the country. The only party with a higher headcount is the Las Palmas de Gran Canaria carnival – held in Las Palmas with a different rainbow-coloured theme each year.

It’s not all loud and flamboyant fiestas, however. Madrid plays host to one of Europe’s biggest celebrations of contemporary art in the Feria Internacional de Arte Contemporánea, while in the western region of Extremadura, birdwatchers gather to celebrate the arrival of many different species in Monfragüe National Park. There’s also a medieval-themed festival in the high-altitude town of Teruel, Aragon – but wrap up warm if you go, as temperatures here can drop lower than anywhere else in Spain at this chilly time of year.

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Events in Spain in February

Day of Andalucía

28 February 2022

Valentine's Day

14 February 2022

With the arrival of spring, things start to warm up with each passing day until suddenly summer doesn’t seem so far away. In central and southern Spain, you can probably get away with wearing just a t-shirt in the afternoon, so long as there’s no wind or clouds. But you’ll want to keep it hidden beneath your jumper if you’re visiting anywhere north of Madrid – and rainfall can be heavy and unpredictable all over Spain, so be sure to pack a raincoat.

March is also when two of Spain’s best-known cultural events take place. Down in Andalucia, The Festival de Jerez will already be underway in Jerez, showcasing the nation’s most talented flamenco performers in the birthplace and heartland of Spain’s most famous musical genre. But the main event has to be Valencia’s Las Fallas – an astounding festival of relentless drinking and dancing, phenomenal (and very loud) firework displays, live music and satirical humour. It all culminates in a mass ritual burning of giant papier-mache effigies (known locally as ‘ninots’) in the streets – a spectacle you won’t want to miss.

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Events in Spain in March

San Jose

19 March 2022

Day of the Balearic Islands

1 March 2022

Fifth of March

5 March 2022

San Jose

19 March 2022

Ash Wednesday

2 March 2022

March Equinox

20 March 2022

In April, spring is in full swing – and on certain coastlines you can steal a few hours of sunbathing on the beach. With wildflowers in full bloom, it’s also a great time of year for exploring parks and more rural areas like the Valle del Jerte in northern Extremadura. But be aware that the heavens can open at any moment, so it’s certainly worth packing a raincoat.

Many people venture out to watch the candlelit Semana Santa parades taking place in cities across Andalucia and Castille-Leon. Dressed in different-coloured hooded robes, the ‘brotherhoods’ leading the parades each carry two statue-mounted floats from their church to the city’s cathedral and back again. Later in the month, Seville’s Feria de Abril sees locals don their best flamenco dresses, ride on horseback and dance late into the night. Elsewhere, foodies are drawn to festivals like Mercat de Ram in the Catalan town of Vic, and the Feria del Queso (more cheese than you’ve ever seen before) in the town of Trujillo, Extremadura.

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Events in Spain in April

Maundy Thursday

14 April 2022

Good Friday

15 April 2022

Easter Monday

18 April 2022

Maundy Thursday

14 April 2022

Easter Monday

18 April 2022

Castile and León Day

23 April 2022

By May, the Spanish countryside is blanketed in bright wildflowers and daytime temperatures begin to rise and stay above the 20°C mark. In coastal regions like Andalucia and Catalonia, that means the start of beach season – a great time to enjoy some sea and sand before the busier summer months, whereas inland destinations like Granada and Seville make for warm and sunny spring breaks.

Party season is also well underway in May. Take Madrid’s Fiesta de San Isidro, for example – a week of near non-stop processions, bullfights and live music honouring the Spanish capital’s patron saint. Besides that, you’ve got the Fiesta de los Patios de Córdoba (a rare chance to see Córdoba’s flower-strewn courtyards opened up), WOMAD music festival in Cáceres, and the legendary opening parties on the island of IbizaSpain’s undisputed clubbing capital. So pack your camera, along with clothes suited to warm and wet weather.

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Events in Spain in May

Labor Day / May Day

1 May 2022

Labor Day observed

2 May 2022

Day of Madrid

3 May 2022

Feast Day of St Isidore

15 May 2022

Galicia Literature Day

17 May 2022

Day of the Canary Islands

30 May 2022

Day of Castile-La Mancha

31 May 2022

Mothers' Day

1 May 2022

A glorious time to be in Spain, pretty much wherever you are. Temperatures across the central and southern regions will be hotting up, while the great green north will be much warmer and primed for outdoor activities like hiking and mountain biking. Leading from the French Pyrenees to Spain’s west coast, the Camino de Santiago walking trail is well-known and becomes crowded in June. However, there are many other trails starting at various points around Spain, which take walkers through a range of stunning landscapes on their way to the finish line in Santiago de Compostela.

June is also a great time to visit Spain because of all the different festivals going on. Corpus Christi celebrations take place in Toledo and many other towns, while Barcelona hosts two of the biggest rock, pop and dance music festivals of the year with Sonar and Primavera Sound. This all comes before a spectacular finale on 23 June, Noche de San Juan, when seaside towns across Spain are lit up with beach bonfires and fantastic firework displays.

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Events in Spain in June

Whit Monday

6 June 2022

Day of Murcia

9 June 2022

Day of La Rioja

9 June 2022

San Antonio

13 June 2022

Corpus Christi

16 June 2022

Saint John the Baptist Day

24 June 2022

Whit Sunday/Pentecost

5 June 2022

Corpus Christi

16 June 2022

June Solstice

21 June 2022

Saint John the Baptist Day

24 June 2022

Feast of San Juan

24 June 2022

Saint John the Baptist Day

24 June 2022

Feast of San Juan

24 June 2022

There’s no denying that July is the busiest month for most destinations in Spain, to which there are upsides and downsides, depending on how you look at it. Going out at night, for instance, you’ll have a wide choice of lively bars and restaurants. But you might struggle to find an authentic Spanish atmosphere in the more tourist-friendly resorts of the Costa del Sol or Costa Blanca.

Needless to say, temperatures have reached sizzling highs by July – so you’ll need to pack plenty of sunscreen. It can be easy to forget the intensity of the heat when enjoying yourself at festivals like Festival Internacional de Benicàssim, near Valencia, or the Festival de la Guitarra de Córdoba – a celebration of guitar music, from flamenco to rock, blues and beyond. And that’s not all. Pamplona’s world-famous San Fermín (running of the bulls) takes place over a week, while the Día de Santiago (Feast of St James) is celebrated spectacularly in Santiago de Compostela on 25 July.

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Events in Spain in July

Feast of Saint James the Apostle

25 July 2022

Eid al-Adha

10 July 2022

Feast of Saint James the Apostle

25 July 2022

Day of the Institutions

28 July 2022

Festival of the Vaquillas

13 July 2022

In August, Spain’s beach resorts become jam-packed with as many locals as tourists – all determined to escape the searing heat (often +35°C) of inland cities like Seville, Córdoba and Madrid. Even coastal destinations like Barcelona, Málaga and Valencia can be too hot and humid to enjoy, which is why many take the chance to explore Spain’s cooler northwestern Atlantic coast. Here, temperatures range from the low twenties up to the low thirties, and the sea breeze tempers the heat on exceptionally hot days.

And if the cooler weather isn’t tempting enough for you, then maybe the food will. The region of Galicia is renowned for its seafood, not least octopus, which features heavily on any tapas menu and even has its own dedicated festival, the Festa do Pulpo – held on the second Sunday of August in the small town of Carballiño. Down the road in Cambados, the five-day Festa do Albariño celebrates Galicia's favourite fruity white wine, while the Fiesta de la Sidra Natural takes place in the neighbouring and cider-loving region of Asturias during the fourth week of the month.

All that being said, you could choose to cool off in a very different way by joining in the tomato-throwing antics of La Tomatina, held every August in the Valencian town of Buñol.

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Events in Spain in August

Assumption of Mary

15 August 2022

The Day of Our Lady of Africa

5 August 2022

Feast of the White Virgin

5 August 2022

The Day of Cantabria

14 August 2022

Feast of Saint Maginus

19 August 2022

September brings welcome respite from the sizzling summer temperatures, meaning places like Madrid and Seville are no longer too hot to handle. The coolest days in the northern regions tend to hover around the 17°C mark, whereas the hottest days along the south coast can still reach above 30°C – so sunscreen is still an essential item to bring along.

This transitioning period is a great time to explore just about anywhere in Spain, and there are plenty of festivals going on too. One not to miss is the Fiesta de San Mateo, held in the wine-making region of La Rioja during the third week of September in honour of the grape harvest. The regional capital, Logroño, is awash with festivities – including the chance to crush grapes with your feet – and (of course) plenty of world-class wine. Other events that may tempt you include San Sebastián’s two-week-long film festival, Barcelona’s epic Festes de la Mercè, and the Bienal de Flamenco – the most prestigious of flamenco festivals held alternately in Seville and Málaga.

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Events in Spain in September

Day of the Independent City of Ceuta

2 September 2022

Day of Asturias

8 September 2022

Day of Extremadura

8 September 2022

Virgin of the Plains

8 September 2022

Virgin of the Victory

8 September 2022

Day of Catalonia

11 September 2022

Nuestra Señora de la Bien Aparecida

15 September 2022

Day of Melilla

17 September 2022

Fort Festival

30 September 2021

September Equinox

22 September 2021

Day of Saint Tecla

23 September 2021

Folkfest

24 September 2021

Rockthrone Festival

30 September 2021

Though summer may still seem a not-too-distant memory, it’s not long before the winter chill starts to bite during October. The telltale signs are numerous, from thick coats and long leather boots to the yellowy-orange leaves cloaking the city squares. Towards the end of the month, temperatures average around the mid-teens in most parts of Spain, although you could probably sneak a late beach holiday in Mallorca or one of the other Balearic Islands, where things are around ten degrees warmer.

However, the best way to experience autumn in Spain is to embrace the changing temperatures, whether that’s ambling through the glorious Andalucian countryside or surfing in the high-rolling waters off the Atlantic coast (in which case, you’d better bring a wetsuit). To get off the beaten track, you could head to the Navarre region’s vibrant Irati Forest on the northeastern border with France, or keep the party going at Zaragoza’s Fiestas del Pilar. Spain’s National Day also occurs on 12 October, and is celebrated all over the country.

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Events in Spain in October

Hispanic Day

12 October 2021

Day of the Valencian Community

9 October 2021

With winter on the horizon, temperatures across Spain are cool and crisp during November – so it’s an ideal time to visit for those who like to avoid the heat. The deep autumn colours and bright blue skies create an entirely new natural environment that’s a joy to explore, especially in the rural areas of Andalucia. However, bear in mind that high-altitude areas in the north will be much colder and can even see snowfall towards the end of the month.

After a chock-full summer calendar of festivals and fiestas, November is when things generally start to quieten down. That being said, the first day of the month is All Saints’ Day – a national holiday for remembering the dead and enjoying seasonal food. A few days later, sherry lovers celebrate their favourite tipple in Jerez for International Sherry Week, while the locals of Potes – a small village near Santander – honour their traditional drink at the Festival de Orujo. You can also attend international jazz festivals in Granada and Madrid, where scheduled events last the entire month.

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Events in Spain in November

All Saints' Day

1 November 2021

December’s chilly temperatures are redeemed by an array of Christmas markets up and down the country, from Bilbao and Barcelona to Madrid and Seville. They are treasure troves of traditional crafts, nativity scenes and artisanal products like turrón and manchego cheese. Christmas Day itself is celebrated as a national holiday, though the major celebrations are reserved for January. New Year’s Eve is a much bigger party, with Spaniards attempting to eat 12 grapes (one for every chime) when the clock strikes midnight.

On a regional level, there are fewer events than in other months – but Málaga’s spectacular Christmas lights have become something of an attraction, especially on the night they are turned on along Calle Larios. Just down the road, the town of Torrox draws thousands for its annual Migas Festival – a celebration of ‘migas’, the region’s most typical dish. And for those who’d rather spend winter on a beach, look no further than the subtropical Canary Islands, where temperatures remain comfortably between 17–23°C throughout the entire month.

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Events in Spain in December

New Year's Eve

31 December 2021

Constitution Day

6 December 2021

Immaculate Conception

8 December 2021

Christmas Day

25 December 2021

Christmas Day observed

27 December 2021

Day of Navarre

3 December 2021

Constitution Day

6 December 2021

St Stephen's Day

26 December 2021

Weather and temperature in Spain

Think ‘Spain’ and a scene of bright blue skies, white-sand beaches and radiant sunshine most probably springs to mind. That would be an accurate representation of the country in many areas, but Spain can in fact be broken down into five climatic regions. Firstly, there’s the cool and humid climate of the Atlantic coast, home to cities like Santander and San Sebastián. Then you’ve got the vast dry areas of central Spain, including Madrid, Valladolid and Zaragoza. Meanwhile, Mediterranean destinations like Barcelona, Valencia and Alicante are mild and sunny in spring and autumn, while the mountainous landscapes of the Pyrenees and the Sierras can get very cold. Finally, southern Andalusian cities like Malaga and Almeria are much warmer at these times of year – not to mention The Canary Islands, which are closer to Africa than mainland Spain and so experience tropical temperatures even in winter.

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Cost of stay in Spain

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