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Best Time to Visit Spain

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Cathedral La Seu at sunset, Mallorca, Spain

Cathedral La Seu in Mallorca, Spain

The best time to visit Spain is March through May and September through November for pleasant weather and fewer crowds. June through August and December through February are also great times to visit, and this guide answers when to go to Spain for specific experiences.

The best time to visit central cities is different from the best time to visit the Dolomites, and the best time for wine tasting is not necessarily the same as the best time for beach vacations. How you decide to travel will determine when you should visit Spain, and our information can help you narrow down your choice.

From the seasonal changes to information on the hottest month in Spain, we can help you find the right time for your custom trip.

Overview

  1. Best Time by Travel Season
  2. Best Time for Great Weather
  3. Best Time for Beaches​
  4. Best Time for Sightseeing
  5. Best Time for Hiking
  6. Best Time for Wine Tasting
  7. Best Time for Grape Harvesting
  8. Best Time for Food
  9. Best Time to Avoid the Crowds
  10. Best Time for Families with Children
  11. Best Time for Couples or Honeymooners
  12. Best Time for Seniors
  13. Best Time for Spring & Summer Activities
  14. Best Time for Fall & Winter Activities
  15. Book for the Best Time to Visit Spain

Best Time by Travel Season

The Alcázar de los Reyes Cristianos in Cordoba, Spain

The Alcázar de los Reyes Cristianos in Cordoba, Spain

High Season: June

June is the best month of the Spanish high season to visit for a summer vacation. During this time, you can relax on beaches on the northern, southern, and central Spanish coastline when the weather is warm, and the sun is shining. As you decide where to go for your trip, also consider that northern Spain is busier but slightly cooler than southern and central Spain.

Shoulder Season: September • October

The fall months of September and October are the best times within Spain’s shoulder season to visit for comfortable weather conditions and quieter experiences. There is plenty of sunshine for beach trips, long days for extended adventures and tours, and the moderate crowds mean more space to enjoy authentic experiences.

Low Season: January • February

The winter months of January and February are the best times to visit Spain to enjoy the advantages of a trip during the low season. 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 when the crowds are long gone.

Best Time for Great Weather

Salamanca, Spain

Salamanca, Spain

Best Months: May • August

May and late August are the best times to visit Spain for great spring and summer weather conditions. As May marks the end of spring, the temperatures rise, and the sun starts to shine brightly for the summer season. The latter half of August is the best time for great weather during the summer as you can skip the hottest month, July, for slightly cooler temperatures and clear skies.

Many travelers flock to Spain during the high season months of July and August as the perception is that the weather is fantastic. And while there are clear skies and plenty of sunshine, the temperatures can get especially hot.

A trip to Spain during May and August provides the perfect weather conditions for seeing the country’s highlights. Our Magical Highlights of Spain: Culture, Cuisine, Countrysides tour captures essential experiences for a Spain vacation.

Best Time for Beaches​

Beach in the scenic town Llafranc, Costa Brava, Spain

Llafranc in Costa Brava, Spain

Best Months: June • September

Early June and mid-September are the best times to visit Spain’s beaches. During these times, 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 starting in June, or the crowds are thinning out at the start of the shoulder season in September.

You can visit Spain for its beaches in the summer months of July and August, but expect sweltering temperatures and crowds peaking on the shores of Ibiza, Malaga, Costa Brava, San Sebastian, and the Canary Islands.

You can explore the best beaches of Spain, including La Concha and Cala Macarelleta, in June and September with our Coasts of Spain Tour: Atlantic to Mediterranean tour.

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

May, June, and September to October are the best times for sightseeing in Spain. During these times, far fewer tourists and local vacationers are touring the cities.

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 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.

Barcelona, Madrid, and Seville are among the best places to visit during these times. You can spend time at each with our Highlights of Spain: Catalonia, Basque, Andalusia, Madrid Itinerary.

Best Time for Hiking

Woman hiking Cerro de Hierro in Andalusia, Spain

Cerro de Hierro in Andalusia, Spain

Best Months: April • May • September • October

The spring months of April and May and the fall months of September and October are the best times to visit Spain for hiking.

On either side of the summer, spring and fall offer the best temperatures for hiking, with the wildflowers blooming across the countryside. You can enjoy comfortable strolls or challenging treks in the floral landscapes and spot more active wildlife during the cooler seasons of spring and fall.

Summer hikes are possible but more difficult because of the high temperatures. If you decide to hike in Spain during the summer, we recommend starting your trips early in the morning before the midday sun arrives. For a more comfortable experience with picturesque seasonal views, visit Spain for hiking during spring or fall on our Spain's Majestic Landscapes Trekking Tour.

Best Time for Wine Tasting

Vineyards with the Cantabrian sea in the background, Getaria, Spain

Getaria, Spain

Best Months: April • May • August

For wine-tasting tours across Spain’s diverse wine regions, you should plan your trip for April, May, June, or August.

The spring weather in April and May is consistent around the country and feeds the specific characteristics of the different wine-growing regions. The crowds haven’t yet arrived in spring, and the vineyards are blossoming with plump grapes and lush foliage.

Sherry in Andalusia shines brightest in April, and August, towards the end of summer, is great for visiting the wineries around the Penedes, the region that produces famous Cava.

Learn more: Best Time to Visit Spain for a Wine Tour

Best Time for Grape Harvesting

Harvest in the vineyards of Requena-Utiel, Valencia, Spain

Valencia Province, Spain

Best Months: September • October

September and October are the best months to visit Spain for the grape-harvesting season and to visit wine regions to experience the seasonal activity.

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.

September and October is also the best time to meet with winemakers across Spain and witness the changing colors of the valleys and slopes on which the vineyards thrive. You can experience the grape harvest season in all its glory with our Essence of Spanish Food, Wine, and Culture Tour.

Best Time for Food

Seafood paella in Spain

Spanish Paella

Best Months: January • April • August • October

Seasonal culinary traditions are at the heart of cooking in Spain and the best time for each season is January in winter, April in spring, August in summer, and October in fall.

In winter, hearty dishes like fabada asturiana, a warm Spanish bean stew, take center stage on the dining table, and the famous sagardotegi, or cider houses, open their doors to vacationers. The warmth of winter dishes contrasts with summer seafood meals that stake their claim as some of the best in the Mediterranean, paella being the most notable. Tomato dishes like Pa amb tomàquet, a Catalan staple, are enjoyed during spring tomato season, and food paired with wine is the seasonal culinary tradition during the grape harvest season in fall.

Whenever you visit Spain to enjoy the distinct seasonal dishes, our Unrivaled Culinary Journey through Spain can help you experience the best of the country’s culinary traditions.

Best Time to Avoid the Crowds

Gothic Quarter in Barcelona, Spain

Gothic Quarter in Barcelona, Spain

Best Months: November • December • January • February • March

Winter is the best time to avoid the crowds in Spain as most travelers arrive in summer to take advantage of the great beach weather. March and November are also quiet because of their proximity to winter.

A trip during winter is fantastic for travelers wishing to ski or hike. Winter is perfect for exploring the cities, sightseeing, and enjoying excellent comfort food. Most experiences are easier when there are fewer tourists. Early spring and late fall are great times to avoid the crowds but are not comfortable because of the cold.

While some activities may not be available in winter, our Best Relaxing Spain Vacation: Wine, Yoga, Thermal Pools, and More tour combines the best experiences in Spain for a trip perfect for escaping the summer crowds.

Best Time for Families with Children

Mother and daughter enjoying Park Guell in Barcelona, Spain

Park Guell in Barcelona, Spain

Best Months: April • May • June

Late spring and early summer are the best times to visit Spain with your family as there is plenty of sunshine for outdoor activities. Lighter crowds also make family activities like building sandcastles on Spanish beaches, treasure hunting at ancient archeological sites, and cooking delicious cuisine more peaceful.

Family-friendly resorts are open along quieter stretches of coastline, and the small crowds at popular tourist destinations in spring make it much easier to explore and discover at your family’s pace in places like Madrid, Barcelona, Sevilla, or Malaga.

Customize our Enjoyable Eight-Day Spain Vacation: History, Culture, and Nature trip idea for a stunning opportunity to connect as a family and enjoy Spain when it is quiet, warm, and perfect for children of all ages.

Best Time for Couples or Honeymooners

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

Granada, Spain. Photo © Turismo Andaluz

Best Months: May • June • September • October

May to June and September to October are the best times to visit Spain for couples or honeymooners dreaming of a sunny Mediterranean getaway when Spain is less busy.

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 fantastic times to sample local cuisine with luxury cooking classes, private market visits, or a multi-course meal at a Michelin-starred restaurant in Barcelona. The spring and fall quiet is also perfect for intimate escapes, while the early summer bustle is pleasant to experience as an adventurous couple.

How you enjoy your couples’ trip is your dream to bring to life during the best times to visit with our Romantic One-Week Tour of Seville and Madrid tour for couples or honeymooners.

Best Time for Seniors

Plaza de España in Seville, Spain

Plaza de España in Seville, Spain

Best Months: March • April • May

The best time to visit Spain for seniors is from March through May, as exploring the culture and history from Barcelona to Seville is far more accessible during the shoulder season.

There are fewer crowds to navigate during spring in Spain, making the season more comfortable for senior citizens. The seasonal experiences like wine tasting and culinary tours are also exceptional, with the Andalusian countryside beautiful during this time of the year. With guides to help handle your luggage and arrange skip-the-queue tours, you can experience the highlights of Spain without a worry in the world during spring.

The culture of Spain comes to life on our Traditions of Spain 20-Day Tour that you can plan for a pleasant spring stay in Spain for seniors.

Best Time for Spring & Summer Activities

Hiking in the Canary Islands

Canary Islands, Spain

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 depending on the weather. Instead, the warmer days and cooler nights of April, May, and June are perfect for enjoying seasonal activities like hikes across the flowering Andalusian countryside or wine tasting at Spain’s best wine regions.

Activities: Hiking • Cycling the countryside and mountains • Wine tasting • Food markets

Best Time for Fall & Winter Activities

Gondola at ski resort in Spain

Gondola at ski resort in Spain

Best Months: October • February

October and February offer great diversity for experiencing Spain’s seasons for fall and winter activities. Autumn is perfect for exploring historical cities and the harvest season, while the cold of February has a festive ambiance around the mountains. Museums and historic sites are open year-round, but the weather in fall and winter gives way to thrilling winter sports and road trips.

Activities: Surfing at Fuerteventura • Road trips in Andalusia • Snowboarding • Skiing • Hiking the Camino de Invierno (the Winter Trail)

Book for the Best Time to Visit Spain

Calella de Palafrugell in Costa Brava, Spain

Calella de Palafrugell in Costa Brava, Spain

Once you know what time of year is best for you to visit, discovering Spain’s in-depth details will make you much more prepared. Our Spain Travel Guide contains helpful information and inspiring stories about what lies in wait, whether the top destinations, things to do or essential travel considerations.

For ideas on how to spend your time touring Spain in summer, spring, winter, or fall, you can find inspiration from our Spain Tours & Vacations.

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