Best Time to Visit Spain

Cathedral La Seu at sunset, Mallorca, Spain

The best time to visit Spain brings the diversity of the golden beaches and the lush grapevines, mouthwatering cuisine, preserved cities, and depending on the goals of your trip, there is a right time to visit. Each season gives you insight into Spanish heritage, and exciting excursions reveal how Spain has become a year-round destination for travelers. From Catalonia to the Canary Islands, Mallorca to San Sebastian, find the right time for your next trip.

Best Time to Visit by Season

Spring blooms in Plaza de Cervantes, Madrid, Spain

Summer: June

June is the best time in summer to visit Spain because it gives you the option to explore Northern, Southern, and Central Spain for beach destinations, the culinary scene, and the historical sites. Summer in Southern and Central Spain is hotter than the north, but the north has larger crowds concentrated mainly around the beaches, especially by August.

Spring: April | May

April and May are the best times to visit Spain in spring because of the weather and smaller crowds. The combination of great weather, long days, and lighter numbers of tourists allow you to experience the cities and natural beauty of the landscape. The spring also has plenty of great festivals with temperatures averaging between the high 70s and low 80s Fahrenheit.

Fall: September | October

September and October are not just the best time to visit in the fall, but the best months to visit overall. The summer heat will have waned for cooler temperatures, the summer crowds will have thinned, and there is space to enjoy the many authentic experiences found across the country. Many cities around Spain host unique festivals that showcase Spain’s fascinating culture, often bringing unexpected surprises and delights.

Winter: February

February is a fantastic winter month to visit Spain because of the light crowds and the famous Carnival celebrations. You will experience cold weather across the country, so you will not likely hit the beach, but snow in places like the Pyrenees and the Sierra Nevada mountains is often visible. The cool temperatures are better for clear skies and exploring the historic cities and towns while celebrating the authentic festivals.

Best Time for Sightseeing

The Patio de los Naranjos at Seville's cathedral, Santa Maria de la Sede.  Photo © Tourismo Andaluz

The Patio de los Naranjos at Seville's cathedral, Santa Maria de la Sede. Photo © Tourismo Andaluz

Best Months: May | June | September |October

The late spring and early autumn have Spain’s best weather and generally light crowds. Small crowds allow for an authentic, cultural experience, whether in the plazas lined with orange trees in Andalusia or the pintxo bars of San Sebastian. Traveling just outside of the busiest seasons brings excellent opportunities to explore the countless museums, ruins, churches, and vineyards at your pace rather than trying to avoid the crowds or the heat.

Best Time for Wine

Vineyards with the Cantabrian sea in the background, Getaria Spain

Best Time for Wine Tasting & Tours: April | May | June | August

Spain’s diverse winemaking traditions and regions are best visited in April, May, June, and August. The spring weather is consistent around the country and feeds the specific characteristics of the different winegrowing regions. In spring, the crowds haven’t yet arrived, and the vineyards are blossoming with plump grapes and lush foliage. Sherry in Andalusia shines brightest in April. August is great for visiting the wineries around the Penedes, the region that produces famous Cava.

Best Time for Grape Harvesting: September | October

September and October are the best fall months to visit Spain because the grape harvest occurs in wine regions around the country. Depending on the region, the season can start in late August and last until early October with vintners cultivating white Malvar to red Tempranillo grapes. If you visit during the fall, you may not only assist with the harvest but also sample the grape varieties fresh, in wine, as jelly, and more.

Best Time for Meeting the Winemakers: September | October

September and October is the best time to meet with winemakers across Spain. The harvest is a busy time for vintners, but the number of small, family-run wineries around the country also makes it easier to visit with estate owners to learn about their family history, passion for wines, and the unique characteristics of the region directly from those who are eager to cultivate the landscape. It is also a great time to witness the changing colors of the valleys and slopes on which the vineyards thrive across Spain.

Best Time with Family Travel

Mother and daughter enjoying Park Guell in Barcelona, Spain

Best Months: May | June | September | October

Early summer and late spring are the best times to visit Spain with your family with great weather and lighter crowds for beach destinations, historical excursions, and authentic experiences. Family-friendly resorts are open along quieter stretches of coastline, and the small crowds at popular tourist destinations make it much easier to explore and discover at your family’s pace in places like Madrid, Barcelona, Sevilla, or Malaga.

Best Time for Couples

Couple enjoying a view of the Alhambra from a restaurant in Granada, Spain. Photo © Turismo Andaluz

Best Months: May | June | September | October

Spring and fall are the best times for couples in Spain thanks to the mild temperatures and small crowds. Romance will take center stage at a coastal resort or in a secluded panorama overlooking a blossoming wine region. You can relax on the beach or enjoy excursions from hikes to windsurfing or a couple’s spa treatment. Spring and fall are also fantastic times to sample local cuisine with luxury cooking classes, private market visits, or a multi-course meal at a Michelin-starred restaurant.

Best Time for Beaches​

Beach in the scenic town Llafranc, Costa Brava, Spain

Best Months: June |  September

Early-June and mid-September are the best time to visit Spain’s beaches. The weather is warm enough to enjoy the golden sands, from the Costa del Sol to the Bay of Biscay, and the islands are open for the summer season. The water reaches its hottest point in July and August, with crowds peaking on the shores of Ibiza, Malaga, Costa Brava, San Sebastian, and the Canary Islands. June also has some great summer festivals across Spain.

Best Time for Spring & Summer Activities

Hiking in the Canary Islands

Best Months: April | May | June

April to June is the best time to visit Spain for spring and summer activities. Visiting museums and ruins are year-round activities with few destinations being dependent on the weather. Instead, the warmer days and cooler nights of April, May, and June are perfect for you to enjoy the following activities:

  • Hiking
  • Cycling the countryside and Mountains
  • Wine Tasting
  • Food Markets
  • Semana Santa Festival

Best Time for Fall & Winter Activities

Gondola at ski resort in Spain

Best Months:  October |  February

October and February offer some great diversity for experiencing Spain’s seasons for fall and winter activities. In autumn, temperatures are perfect for exploring historical cities and experiencing the harvest season, while the cold of February has a festive ambiance around the mountains that are capped with snow and the Carnival season. Museums and historic sites are open year-round, but the weather in fall and winter give way to the following experiences:

  • Surfing at Fuerteventura
  • Road Trip in Andalusia
  • Snowboarding
  • Skiing
  • Hike the Camino de Invierno (the Winter Trail)
  • Celebrate Carnival