When is the best time to go to Spain?

When is the best time to go to Spain? Here's some information to help you in your decision:

  • In Spain, the weather is good everywhere in May, June, July, August, September and October
  • The best months to go to Madrid are May, June, July, August, September and October
  • On average, the warmest months in Madrid are July and August, and the coldest month of the year is January
  • The rainiest months in this city are March, April, October and November
  • The cities with the best climate are Tenerife, Alicante, Malaga, Fuerteventura, Gran Canaria, Cartagena, Marbella, Nerja, Torremolinos and Arenales del Sol, with good weather at least 11 months a year
  • The best months for swimming in Majorca are June, July, August, September and October


Where and when to go based on the weather?

Andalusia
Sevilla, Malaga, Granada...

May, June, July, August, September and October
67°F to 103°F°C
0 to 6 days
67°F to 79°F
March, April, November and December
52°F to 74°F°C
1 to 7 days
59°F to 68°F
January and February
49°F to 65°F°C
1 to 7 days
59°F to 63°F

Balearic Islands
Minorca, Ibiza, Majorca...

June, July, August, September and October
74°F to 83°F°C
0 to 5 days
74°F to 81°F
April, May, November and December
61°F to 70°F°C
1 to 6 days
61°F to 70°F
January, February and March
58°F to 61°F°C
1 to 4 days
58°F to 59°F

Basque Country
Bilbao, San Sebastian, Zarautz...

May, June, July, August, September and October
65°F to 77°F°C
4 to 10 days
63°F to 72°F
March, April and November
56°F to 61°F°C
7 to 11 days
56°F to 63°F
January, February and December
52°F to 56°F°C
8 to 11 days
56°F to 59°F

Canary Islands
Gomera, El Hierro, Gran Canaria...

May, June, July, August, September, October, November and December
68°F to 79°F°C
0 to 2 days
68°F to 76°F
January, February, March and April
67°F to 70°F°C
0 to 1 days
67°F to 70°F

Catalonia
Barcelona, Salou, Lloret de Mar...

June, July and August
63°F to 94°F°C
1 to 12 days
68°F to 79°F
April, May, September, October and November
45°F to 85°F°C
2 to 12 days
59°F to 77°F
January, February, March and December
38°F to 65°F°C
1 to 8 days
56°F to 61°F

Central of Spain
Madrid, Salamanca, Cáceres...

June, July, August and September
72°F to 97°F°C
0 to 8 days
May and October
63°F to 79°F°C
2 to 7 days
April and November
50°F to 70°F°C
2 to 9 days
January, February, March and December
45°F to 65°F°C
2 to 9 days

East Coast of Spain
Valencia, Alicante, Benidorm...

May, June, July, August, September and October
68°F to 94°F°C
0 to 4 days
67°F to 81°F
March, April, November and December
59°F to 72°F°C
1 to 4 days
58°F to 68°F
January and February
56°F to 65°F°C
0 to 3 days
58°F to 59°F

Galicia
Vigo, A Coruña, Santiago de Compostela...

July, August and September
70°F to 85°F°C
2 to 3 days
65°F to 68°F
May, June and October
63°F to 77°F°C
4 to 9 days
59°F to 65°F
January, February, March, April, November and December
50°F to 65°F°C
7 to 13 days
56°F to 63°F

North (Navarre, Aragon, La Rioja)
Zaragoza, Pamplona, Bardenas Reales...

July and August
68°F to 92°F°C
1 to 10 days
May, June, September and October
54°F to 85°F°C
1 to 12 days
April
49°F to 68°F°C
4 to 11 days
January, February, March, November and December
38°F to 63°F°C
1 to 9 days

Northwest (Cantabria and Asturias)
Santander, Gijon, Llanes...

August and September
70°F to 77°F°C
2 to 3 days
68°F to 72°F
May, June, July and October
61°F to 76°F°C
2 to 9 days
61°F to 70°F
March, April, November and December
54°F to 61°F°C
4 to 10 days
56°F to 63°F
January and February
52°F to 56°F°C
7 to 11 days
56°F to 58°F

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Best time to travel to Spain by cities

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Climate and Weather in Spain

In general, the climate in Spain is dry and mild in all regions. In this country, located on the border of France and Portugal and not far from Morocco, there are differences in the weather and temperatures, especially with the influence of the Atlantic Ocean and the Pyrenees. From an Andalusian drought all the way to a Castilian freshness, changes are indeed varied within the Iberian Peninsula.

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Climate in Castillia

Castilla has a continental climate, where the air is very dry and especially hot during the summer. In return, the winters are quite cold, especially in the capital, Madrid. It can sometimes get very cold, as in Salamanca, where it is not uncommon to see snow falling in the spring! The climate is quite close to that of Lisbon in Portugal and Bayonne in France.

Climate in Galicia, Asturias and Cantabria

The Atlantic coast of this part of Spain is particularly influenced by G. Thus, winters, like the summers are fairly mild and there are sometimes very high temperatures inland. The coasts are often watered by rain due to the presence of the ocean and it is not uncommon for the cold to arrive when evening falls, whether it be fall or spring.

Climate in Andalusia

Very hot, Andalusia offers very mild winters on the coast, but cold enough inland, as in Seville. In general, the weather offers very dry summers that are particularly long, stretching from May to October, with lots of sun. To the southeast of Andalusia, the rains are rare, which offers a fairly barren landscape.

Climate in Catalonia

A pleasant region, Catalonia offers mild winters and hot summers. In summary, one can find in Barcelona or Tarragona, a pleasant Mediterranean climate. The climate in this part of Spain is embellished with over 300 days of sunshine per year and a delicious sea breeze that wonderfully cools the Costa Blanca.

The Canary Islands

The Canary Islands are renowned for the warmth of their air, which offers a pleasant climate throughout the entire year. In the mountains however, at over 1900 meters high, it is not uncommon to observe the arrival of frost. Note that this is a generalized reputation because the climate change brought by the trade winds is not taken into account, which have the possibility of changing everything in an instant. Moreover, there are different microclimates on the islands, such as subtropical, sub-desert in the south of Lanzarote and subalpine in Tenerife.

The Balearic Islands (Ibiza)

Most of the Balearic Islands, a small Spanish archipelago, enjoy a warm Mediterranean climate with dry, rather mild winters. Note that there is much less rainfall in Ibiza, Formentera or the south of the island in Majorca, as in comparison to the rest of this region of Spain.


Temperatures and rainfall in Spain

On these 3 graphs, we present the evolution of temperatures of Spain and month-by-month rainfall for the cities of Madrid, Majorca, Tenerife, Alicante and Barcelona, as well as the month-by-month sea temperature for coastal cities.


Peak visitor numbers and tourist seasons in Spain

Find out when Spain has its high tourist season (the period when the influx of tourists is highest) and off-peak tourist season using our data and figures.

Tourist seasons in Spain

The months with low numbers of tourists are: January, February, March, April, May, November and December. The number of visitors to Spain is high in: June, July, August, September and October.

  • Very low season in Spain: January, February, March, November and December.
  • Low season in Spain: April and May.
  • High season in Spain: June, September and October.
  • Peak season in Spain: July and August.

Figure: Visitor index for Spain month by month


Average price for flights to Spain

A return flight between New York City and Barcelona is generally cheaper if you go in april ($ 519 on average): this is the best time for travellers on a tight budget. In contrast, you may end up paying $ 326 more for your airline ticket to Barcelona if you go in august.

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Where to go in Spain?

This table allows you to see the maximum temperature for each city and our opinion on the weather month by month (see colour legend below the table).

Cities jan.feb.mar.apr.mayjun.jul.aug.sep.oct.nov.dec.
Madrid52°F56°F61°F67°F76°F86°F94°F94°F85°F74°F59°F54°F
Majorca58°F58°F59°F65°F70°F77°F83°F83°F79°F74°F67°F61°F
Tenerife67°F67°F67°F67°F68°F72°F74°F76°F76°F76°F72°F68°F
Alicante59°F61°F63°F67°F74°F81°F86°F86°F81°F76°F67°F61°F
Barcelona58°F58°F61°F65°F72°F79°F85°F85°F79°F72°F65°F59°F
Bilbao54°F56°F58°F61°F65°F72°F76°F77°F76°F70°F61°F56°F
Granada54°F56°F59°F65°F74°F83°F90°F90°F81°F74°F61°F58°F
Lloret de Mar56°F58°F59°F63°F68°F76°F81°F83°F77°F72°F63°F58°F
Malaga61°F61°F63°F67°F74°F79°F86°F86°F81°F76°F67°F63°F
Salou54°F56°F59°F63°F70°F77°F81°F83°F77°F70°F61°F56°F
Sevilla61°F65°F68°F74°F85°F94°F101°F103°F92°F83°F68°F63°F
Valencia61°F63°F65°F70°F76°F85°F88°F88°F85°F77°F68°F63°F
Ibiza59°F59°F61°F63°F68°F76°F81°F83°F79°F74°F67°F63°F
Minorca58°F58°F59°F63°F68°F76°F81°F83°F79°F74°F67°F61°F
Fuerteventura68°F67°F68°F70°F72°F74°F77°F77°F77°F77°F72°F70°F
Gran Canaria68°F68°F68°F70°F72°F74°F77°F79°F77°F77°F74°F70°F
A Coruña56°F56°F58°F59°F63°F67°F70°F72°F72°F67°F59°F58°F
Almeria61°F61°F65°F68°F76°F81°F88°F88°F83°F76°F67°F63°F
Bardenas Reales49°F50°F56°F61°F67°F76°F81°F83°F76°F67°F56°F50°F
Benidorm59°F59°F61°F65°F70°F77°F83°F83°F79°F74°F67°F61°F

Legend:

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Is this weather information for Spain reliable?

Climate data for Spain has been gathered every day since January 2009. The analysis of these meteorological data for Spain allows us to determine the average for each month in Madrid, Majorca, Tenerife, Alicante, Barcelona, Bilbao, Granada, Lloret de Mar, and 147 other cities.

So yes: this data is reliable except in cases of temporary climate disruption in the region.

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