Traveling to Spain is a year-round activity, as luckily, Spain benefits from a beautiful Mediterranean climate around the seasonal clock. Read through the following breakdown of the Spanish seasons and the best times of year to visit Spain to plan an unforgettable journey in your preferred climate. Learn about cultural festivals and Spanish events that draw millions to visit at specific times of the year, as well.
Traveling to Spain in the Summer
Spain in the summer sunshine is blissful, but beware; if you plan to travel to the south of Spain, it may be better to travel at the beginning or end of summer, or even in the spring or fall, as the south of Spain can heat up to as much as 45 degrees during the daytime in peak summertime, It might seem like a tropical paradise but travelling in the heat can take it’s toll and even be dangerous at times.
On the other hand, if you plan on traveling to the north of Spain to regions such as Galicia, Asturias or Catalonia, visiting in the summertime can be pleasant as the north of Spain is typically less. It also rains less during this time of year and makes summer activities such as surfing, kayaking, and swimming possible.
Traveling to Spain in the Winter
Don’t be fooled by Spain’s exotic charm, as there are plenty of snowy mountains in the winter, including in regions as far south as Granada. Visiting Spain in the winter can be excitingly warm though, especially if you catch one of Europe’s winter heatwaves whilst visiting.
Temperatures can vary between 15-20 degrees during the daytime, meaning that while you might have to wear a jumper and wrap up in the evenings, you can still enjoy a glass of wine in the sun at lunchtime.
One of the best things about Spain in the wintertime is that you can enjoy the blue skies and crisp sunshine but ski and snowboard lovers can take to the slopes in the Pyrenees or the Sierra Nevada, too!
Spain by Cultural Events and Festivals
Spain is famous for its festivos with the renowned bull festival, San Fermín, taking place in July every year in Pamplona and a whacky tomato festival taking place in August in the the region of Valencia.
If you’re into cultural crazes and fun festivals, it could be useful to know about the following events:
- San Fermín, Pamplona (July)
- La Tomatina, Buñol (August)
- Las Fallas, Valencia (March)
- Feria de Sevilla, Seville (April)
- Semana Grande, Bilbao (August)
- Festa Major, Catalonia (multiple festivities from July to September)
- Tamborrada, San Sebastian (January)
- Los Reyes (January 6)
- Pascua (Eastertime)
- Corpus (June)
- San Juan (June)
- Navidad (Christmastime)
Visit Spain in Low Season
While most people like to go on holiday in the summer, the spring and fall are great times of year to enjoy mild temperatures without sweating and feeling uncomfortably warm. The advantages of spring and fall travel also mean that airfares are cheaper, there are fewer crowds and you can find nice accommodation for a good price.
There are lots of travel deals around springtime before peak season kicks in, but fall is an equally nice time to visit. Both spring and fall are blessed with bright colors, with Spain blooming from north to south in wisteria and pink verandas and fall adorning landscapes in bright yellows, burnt oranges, and roaring reds.