Spain Vacations in August

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Spain Vacations in August

Located on the Iberian Peninsula, Spain offers a variety of vacation getaways that any traveler can enjoy. From shimmering coastlines to rugged mountain peaks and from sun-kissed plazas to cobblestone streets, Spanish landscapes are as diverse as the cultures that inhabit each region. Hints of centuries past lay hidden within 17th-century cathedrals. Meanwhile, impassioned flamenco dancers, lively outdoor markets, and late-night sidra and tapas outings demonstrate the fervor of the local culture. During the month of August, temperatures are high, especially in southern Spain's Andalucia region. This is an ideal time to explore the lesser-known yet equally breathtaking cities of northern Spain.

Vacation in Spain in August at a Glance

Spain is located in southwest Europe and shares borders with Portugal and France. It also shares maritime boundaries with the North African country of Morocco. Today, visitors travel from around the world to experience Spain's storied history, beautiful landscapes, and welcoming hospitality. August is notoriously the hottest month in Spain but offers a unique adventure, from the most-visited highlights of Spain to the hidden gems of northern Spain and the Mediterranean.

Regions

Northern Spain: Visitors often admire the lush landscapes when visiting Cantabria, Galicia, and Basque Country. You can walk portions of the Camino de Santiago, and sample pulpo as well as other seafood delights.

Central Spain: Immerse yourself in the passion of the nation's capital of Madrid. Meander down cobblestone streets, explore ornate cathedrals and grand palaces, and venture to the countryside to admire the undulating plains and windmills that inspired Don Quixote.

Southern Spain: Experience the laid-back attitudes and warm hospitality of Andalucia. Here, you can marvel at the exquisite architecture found at the Alcazar Palace in Seville and La Alhambra in Granada. You can also cheers over frothy canas and bite into savory tapas.

Mediterranean: Stroll along the sparkling water of the Meditteranean Sea, and delight in the whimsical aesthetic of Antoni Gaudi and Santiago de Compostela. You can partake in an authentic paella class and marvel at Picasso’s artwork.

Climate

August is the hottest month in Spain. Temperatures in August in southern Spain average 90 degrees Fahrenheit. In the North, the average temperature is between 80 and 85 degrees Fahrenheit.

Population

Spain has a population of 46.66 million people.

Religion

Today, Roman Catholicism is the major religion of Spain. Islamic and Jewish traditions have also played a vital role in the country's history.

Language

Castilian Spanish is the most widely spoken language in Spain. Catalan (Cataluna), Basque (Basque Country), and Galician (Galicia) are also considered official national languages. In Valencia, you will hear a dialect (sometimes considered a separate language) known as Valenciano, which contains elements of Catalan.

Currency

The Euro is Spain's national currency. Compared to other countries in the European Union, Spain operates largely on a cash economy.

Where to Visit in Spain in August

While Spain is a beautiful country to visit year-round, summers can reach extreme temperatures in central and southern Spain. Traveling to Spain in August is the ideal time to explore the northern and Mediterranean regions.

Consider traveling to these destinations to make the most of your trip to Spain in August.

Northern Spain

  • Galicia: Galicia is revered for its fresh pulpo (seafood). The famed city of Santiago de Compostela marks the endpoint of the cross-country pilgrimage, Camino de Santiago.
  • Asturias: Asturias is beloved for its expansive landscapes. Local culinary delights include fizzy cider and fabada.
  • Basque Country: Basque Country is a unique departure from mainstream Spanish culture and is home to the famous cities of Bilbao and San Sebastian. The region hosts seaside villages, exquisite txakoli wine, and a lively pintxos scene.
  • La Rioja: La Roja is Spain's illustrious wine country. Wineries, harvest demonstrations, and sommelier-guided tastings are just a few of the experiences in which you can indulge.

Mediterranean Coast

  • Barcelona: Barcelona is Catalonia’s regional capital. It hosts a mecca of trendy arts, music, and architecture. The historic Gothic Quarter boasts a vibrant downtown and elaborate architecture. The whimsical architecture of Antoni Gaudi can be found here.
  • Valencia: This is the birthplace of Spain's saffron-induced paella dish. The region is known for its famous Las Fallas springtime festival. It's also the hometown of internationally acclaimed architect, Santiago Calatrava, and the site of his City of Parks and Sciences futuristic masterpiece.

Northern Spain and the Mediterranean cities of Barcelona and Valencia burst with festivities, culinary excellence, and mesmerizing sightseeing opportunities during the month of August.

Essential Experiences in Spain in August

Architectural Tour of Antoni Gaudi in Barcelona: Experience the magic of Gaudi's intricate designs in downtown Barcelona. You can also indulge in panoramic views of the city from Park Guell and wander through the Gothic Quarter and along Las Ramblas.

Wine Tasting in the La Rioja Countryside: Delight in Spain's illustrious countryside, and partake in a sommelier-guided tasting in the famous wine country of La Rioja.

San Juan Gaztelugatxe in Basque Country: Bask in the breathtaking scenery from San Juan Gaztelugatxe, which is a secluded church that is perched on a rugged cliffside. You can also spend the evening in San Sebastian and indulge in Michelin-star pintxos restaurants. Traveling to Bilbao to visit the famed Guggenheim Art Museum is also an excellent option.

Private Paella Cooking Class in Valencia: Roll up your sleeves for a private paella cooking class with an expert chef. Here, you can uncover the futuristic designs of Santiago Calatrava at the City of Arts and Sciences and admire the colorful displays at the Mercat Central.

Camino de Santiago and fresh Pulpo in Galicia: Enjoy the seaside views in Galicia while sampling the region's famous pulpo and other seafood delights. You can also walk along portions of the internationally acclaimed Camino de Santiago cross-country pilgrimage.

You should adhere to these travel recommendations when planning your trip to Spain in August. This will ease the stress of scheduling ground transportation, packing considerations, and flight logistics.

Travel Considerations

Weather

Southern Spain is extremely hot during the month of August. Temperatures reach upwards of 100 degrees Fahrenheit. Shops and cafes may close or limit their hours during August due to inclement weather. August is the ideal time to visit northern Spanish and Mediterranean cities, such as Barcelona and Valencia. While northern Spain is notoriously rainy during the winter months, summers are typically dry and sunny with average temperatures around 80 degrees Fahrenheit. In the case of inclement weather, the following activities are ideal:

  • Museums: The Guggenheim (Bilbao), Picasso Museum (Barcelona), Placa del Rei (Barcelona), The Museum of Science (Valencia).
  • Palaces and Cathedrals: National Palace (Barcelona), Santa Maria del Pi (Basilica), Oviedo Cathedral (Asturias), Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela (Galicia).
  • Indoor Markets: La Boqueria (Barcelona), El Fontan (Oviedo), Mercat Central (Valencia).

For any travel concerns due to inclement weather, a Zicasso trip specialist will be on call to offer exciting alternatives.

Transportation

The AVE high-speed train provides efficient transportation between the cities of Valencia, Barcelona, and Madrid. In both cases, trips average 2.5 hours. Transportation in northern Spain should be planned ahead of time. Since some towns and villages are remote, the best modes of transportation are buses or private shuttles.

Many international travelers venture to Spain in the summer to hike routes along the Camino de Santiago. You should speak with a Zicasso trip specialist for more information about overnight stays, packing guidelines, and route maps as you begin to plan your journey.

Packing

You should pack comfortable shoes for walking. Most of Spain's downtowns are lined with cobblestone streets. Since roads may be uneven, you should consider traveling with bags that can be carried rather than roller bags. Travelers should consider dressing modestly when visiting cathedrals, mosques, or synagogues; however, there are no formal restrictions on attire.

Weather Considerations

August weather in northern Spain is generally warm and sunny. You should consider bringing a light jacket for the evenings. Spaniards tend to not wear shorts, although t-shirts and shorts are perfectly acceptable to wear.

Electrical Considerations

Spain operates on a 230 volt, 50-cycle of electricity. Outlets use a two-pronged system, although plugs can be flat or rounded. Outlet converters are necessary for North American travelers.

Pharmaceutical Considerations

Pharmacies are readily available and offer all common prescriptions. You should note that, on Sundays, pharmacies may be closed or offer limited hours.

Cultural Considerations

Public parks are free and readily available, especially for families traveling with young children. Public bathrooms are easy to find and are nearly always free to enter. You should consider bringing toiletry supplies because amenities are sometimes limited. You should budget for extra time at cafes and restaurants. In general, Spanish culture is considered laid-back compared to other parts of Europe. Drink and food service may be somewhat slow since locals often spend hours conversing.

Travel Insurance

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Travel Documents

Making sure that you are carrying the appropriate travel documents is essential for any traveler when visiting Spain. For this reason, during your trip, you should be sure to pack the proper paperwork to ensure the most pleasant and problem-free travel experience. Listed below are some of the most important documents to have on you while traveling in Spain.

  • Personal medical information (either on paper or on a smartphone app)
  • If you have a specific medical issue, you should carry pertinent information regarding your condition from your doctor, especially any medication that you are currently taking
  • Emergency contact information
  • Passport
  • Visa, if necessary
  • Proof of airline tickets and reservations
  • Customs forms and documents
  • Hotel or accommodation reservations
  • Travel and medical insurance (see above section)

Your Zicasso travel specialist will be able to provide requirements specific to your trip, although responsibility always lies with the traveler to ensure that all is in order. Travel requirements can and do change often with no notice, so it is wise to stay updated as your trip nears.

Finances & Tipping

ATMs are readily available in all Spanish cities. Spain operates primarily on a cash economy. Travelers should be prepared with small cash and coin denominations, especially when visiting small towns, restaurants, and cafes. In general, tipping is not expected in Spain. For any questions or concerns regarding tipping hotel staff, restaurants, or guides, you can speak with a Zicasso travel specialist for guidelines.

Safety and Accessibility of Resources

Health and safety needs are readily available in Spain. When possible, it's wise to plan ahead because pharmacies may have limited hours on Sunday.

Keep the following tips in mind to ensure safe travels throughout your vacation to Spain.

Crime Rate

Spain's crime rate is low and continues to decline.

Things to look out for

Be wary of petty thefts, such as pickpocketing, when on public transportation or in crowded areas.

Medical & First Aid

Pharmacies are readily available in medium and large-sized cities to accommodate travelers. Some pharmacies will have limited hours on Sundays or may close entirely. Travelers should plan to bring all prescribed medications. You can consult with local hotel staff or a Zicasso trip specialist for local hospital or pharmacy recommendations. It is recommended that all international travelers consult with a primary care physician prior to travel. This information is not intended as a substitute for professional medical advice from your doctor.

Water & Food Safety

Travelers do not need to take caution when it comes to food and water consumption. Those with specific dietary preferences or restrictions should be clear about their needs because diets may have different local connotations (a vegetarian diet may be assumed to mean a pescetarian diet, etc.)

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