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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 39mm 14°C 36mm 16°C 45mm 19°C 48mm 22°C 52mm 25°C 42mm 28°C 25mm 27°C 51mm 25°C 73mm 21°C 92mm 17°C 58mm 14°C 48mm
Madrid 8°C 43mm 11°C 44mm 15°C 36mm 18°C 45mm 21°C 44mm 27°C 29mm 31°C 12mm 30°C 11mm 25°C 30mm 19°C 51mm 13°C 58mm 9°C 50mm
Seville 15°C 76mm 17°C 73mm 20°C 66mm 23°C 53mm 26°C 34mm 32°C 14mm 36°C 1mm 36°C 3mm 32°C 18mm 25°C 69mm 19°C 87mm 15°C 83mm

Month-by-month guide to traveling in Spain

Vineyard, La Rioja

Visiting Spain in September - October

Spain begins to quieten down after the rush and crowds of the summer. Temperatures return to pleasanter levels and most visitors have gone home, leaving the country in a more peaceful state, though still vibrant with daily Spanish life. Taking advantage of the pleasant weather and smaller crowds, this is a recommended time for exploring the country.

Events & Festivals

  • Bienal de Flamenco (September): held every other year in Seville, this festival is one of Spain’s largest and most important celebrations of flamenco and attracts professional performers from all over the country.
  • Fiestas de San Mateo (September): a week of parades and concerts in La Rioja as the Feast of Saint Matthew coincides with the grape harvest.

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