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When is the best time to visit Spain?

While many people opt to visit Spain in the late spring (April–May) or early autumn (September–October), attracted by pleasant temperatures and lighter crowds, the country’s diverse offerings mean you can find something to enjoy at any time of year.

Spain has a relatively mild climate, staying mostly dry year-round and with winter temperatures rarely dropping below 10°C (50°F). Summers can be quite hot, especially in the south and see a greater influx of European visitors heading to the popular beach resorts. While it can get cold and wet in the north during the winter, the south remains very pleasant. Equally, temperatures in the north make it a great option during the summer if you are worried about the heat.

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I love Spain around September time, when both the temperatures and the crowds wane a little. The air turns crisp, especially at night, and the sky darkens to a deep, rich blue, without a hint of haze. It’s still warm enough to go swimming during the day and, at night, you can enjoy the street life with just a lightweight jacket. It’s also a good time to see the harvest fairs, religious celebrations and fiestas de pueblos (town festivals) that seem to crop up in almost every village.

Allan, Spain & Portugal Specialist

Spain Climate Guide

Destination Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Barcelona 13°C 42mm 14°C 36mm 15°C 47mm 17°C 50mm 20°C 52mm 24°C 38mm 27°C 23mm 27°C 53mm 25°C 73mm 21°C 86mm 17°C 58mm 14°C 50mm
Bilbao 11°C 123mm 13°C 102mm 14°C 95mm 16°C 121mm 19°C 90mm 22°C 63mm 25°C 51mm 24°C 82mm 24°C 71mm 20°C 107mm 15°C 142mm 12°C 129mm
Costa del Sol 15°C 79mm 16°C 74mm 18°C 60mm 19°C 47mm 23°C 30mm 27°C 17mm 30°C 4mm 30°C 6mm 27°C 18mm 22°C 58mm 18°C 97mm 15°C 89mm
Madrid 10°C 45mm 12°C 44mm 15°C 36mm 18°C 45mm 22°C 42mm 28°C 28mm 32°C 11mm 32°C 12mm 27°C 27mm 21°C 48mm 14°C 55mm 10°C 47mm
San Sebastián 11°C 127mm 12°C 103mm 14°C 103mm 15°C 122mm 18°C 107mm 21°C 77mm 24°C 62mm 24°C 90mm 23°C 97mm 19°C 121mm 14°C 143mm 12°C 133mm
Seville 16°C 78mm 17°C 68mm 20°C 61mm 22°C 54mm 27°C 34mm 31°C 17mm 35°C 1mm 35°C 5mm 32°C 21mm 26°C 61mm 20°C 89mm 16°C 90mm

Month-by-month guide to traveling in Spain

La Rambla, Barcelona

Visiting Spain in January - February

The beginning of the year can be rather quiet in Spain, with thinner crowds and less activity, though most businesses are still open. This time of year, especially January, is known as ‘rebajas’ season, when items at most stores are heavily discounted after Christmas, offering great deals.

Events & Festivals

  • Three Kings’ Day (6th January): Spaniards celebrate the Feast of the Epiphany, or Three Kings’ Day, with street parades where public figures dressed as the Three Wise Men throw treats to the children.
  • Carnival (February): leading up to Lent, Spain’s carnival sees some Spaniards celebrating with large parties involving lots of sangria and outlandish clothing.

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