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BEST TIME TO VISIT Spain

The diverse culture, colourful Flamencos, mouth watering Spanish cuisine and the lovely beaches of Spain, promise the travellers the best time of their lives. If you are planning a trip to this colourful land, decide on the best time to visit Spain, so that the weather and events make your trip memorable!

Autumn in Spain: September, October, November

The autumn season in Spain has its onslaught from September and stretches till November. This is considered the best time to visit Spain, as the temperatures are milder and the weather is excellent. Places like Seville and Madrid can be best seen under this duration, as it is cooler to roam around in the cities. Average temperature in Autumn can vary from 26°C in September to 13°C in November.

The tourist season reduces considerably, thus, the cities and beaches are quieter. The hotel and entertainment rates reduce considerably, making it the best time to visit Spain for budget travellers. People planning to travel here at this time of the year should have ample cool and comfortable clothes as the temperature is very pleasant, neither too hot nor too cold.

Autumn season is for wine tasting and touring Spain’s vineyards, as most of the wine gets matured and ready to be savoured. Places Rioja and Ribera region are famous for wine tasting especially in the months of September and October. Autumn in Spain is also synonymous with the season of wild mushrooms from early September to late October. In fact, a new tourist trend is on the rise: mycotourism, where tourists are taken on mushroom gathering tours from their natural settings!

Autumn in Spain is also the best time to sample some of the rich cuisines on offer like the crema de calabaza (cream of pumpkin soup), cocido madrileño (stew of Madrid) or caldo gallego (Galician soup) with seasonal vegetables.

Spring in Spain: March, April, May

Spain’s weather is decided by the Mediterranean Sea. The spring season starts from March and continues till May. The temperature is warm and pleasant. It rains more during this season as compared to others, yet these showers bring a welcome respite from the heat. The beach as well the city centres will be pleasant at this time. So, if you are planning to laze on the sandy beaches, or visit museums and historical sites, spring is the right time. Central and Southern Spain are ideal to visit in spring. Average temperature in Spring can vary from 10°C in March to 22°C in May.

The tourist season preparation starts from this time thus, all the hotels and entertainment joints are open and have enough activities to keep people engrossed. The hotel rates and other club and entertainment rates are at their lowest. The tourist crowd is at the lowest at this time too. So, for all the budget tourists this is the best time to visit Spain. Lot of summery clothes, rain gear and partywear should be the ideal suitcase contents of the tourists planning to visit the country.

Las Vellas, a UNESCO Listed cultural event is celebrated for 5 days in March. This festival is dedicated to Saint Joseph, and is a festival of fire. It is celebrated by burning huge puppets all over the cities. There are carnivals and parades to showcase the highly decorative and creative puppets, which is a very colourful event.

Summer in Spain: June, July, August

The summer season in Spain starts from June and ends in August. The temperature and the humidity in most parts of Spain are the highest during this time of the year. During this season, Central Spain is best to be avoided as the temperatures soar up very high and sightseeing in the cities is not that comfortable. But places like Barcelona and San Sebastian, start their tourist season during this weather due to their inviting beaches. This is the best time to visit Spain’s beaches. Average temperature in Summer can vary from 20°C in June to 31°C in August. 

Since the tourist season is at its peak, so are the rates of the hotels, sports and other entertainment centres, so book your accommodation in advance. 

Summer is a season of festivals. 

  • Every year from 6th to 14th July the famous “Running with the bulls” or Fiestas de San Fermin is held in Pamplona. In the mornings, bulls are led through the street by dare devil runners leading them, and in the evenings the streets are all lit up with lights and festivities happening at every corner.
  • The event which has garnered world-famous recognition, the La Tomatina, is held every year in August in Valencia, a town in Bunol. Tons of ripened tomatoes are unloaded on the streets, and the messiest tomato fights take place! People from all over the world come to enjoy and pelt tomatoes on each other. The evenings are packed with parades, dances, music, and fireworks.
  • The Haro Wine Festival, is held on 29th June to celebrate the day of the patron Saint San Pedro. There are wine drinking competitions. The most enjoyed event is the Battle of Wine, in which people pour buckets of wine on each other.

Winter in Spain: December, January, February

Winter season may not be considered the best time to visit Spain, especially in few parts in the Central region and North Spain. These parts receive snowfall and it gets freezing but the best part is that it’s dry! Tourist flow is low making it a good time to visit Spain if you want to avoid crowds and instead mix with the locals! The country is not sleeping unlike the popular notion, instead it comes alive thanks to Christmas, New Year’s and a host of other festivals. Hotels too, are much cheaper in winters. Average temperature in Winter can vary between 10-11°C.

The entire country, especially the city of Madrid is beautifully lit up from 1 December onwards to celebrate Christmas. Apart from Christmas and New Years, the country celebrates 6th of January as the Three King’s Day. The day marks the ending of Christmas and the arrival of the three wise men to Jerusalem.

Spain has a lot of amazing winter destinations. There’s Granada in southern Spain’s Andalusia region, in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountains, which can get quite cold, but is blessed with clear sunny skies and the stunning view of the snow-clad peaks of the Sierra Nevada mountains rising beyond the grand Alhambra Palace. You can also head to one of the ski resorts in Sierra Nevada. The Catalan Pyrenees mountain range is also dotted with some of the best ski resorts which are blessed with the finest fresh powder apt for skiing and other winter sports.

Even though not part of Spain’s mainland, the Canary Islands off the coast of Africa are the perfect winter beach destination in Spain as it flaunts a perfect pleasantly warm climate round the year.

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