Spain Weather Guide

Spain is a year-round destination depending on the type of holiday you’re chasing. The country’s geographical diversity means the weather changes dramatically depending on where you are. Spain boasts one of the warmest climates in Europe along the Mediterranean, with a balanced temperature and dry summers and winters however the further inland you go, the cooler the winters and the hotter the summers. To the north, you will find a milder climate and high rainfall and in mountainous areas like the Pyrenees and Sierra Nevada, snow falls from winter until spring’s end. Generally you will find comfortable temperatures everywhere in Spain from April to October.

Season and Clothing

Summer: June to August

Between the end of autumn to the start of summer is the ideal time to enjoy most of Spain without feeling too hot. You will also avoid the crowds of Spanish and other European tourists who flock to the coastline or higher ground during July and August to avoid the sweltering heat of inland cities like Madrid. That’s right, the coastal and party areas are most popular during summer as are festivals like Running of the Bulls in Pamplona in July or the huge tomato fight that is La Tomatina in Bunol in August.

Autumn: September to November

Autumn offers the perfect conditions for getting out and exploring inland Spain even if you might get a little wet come November. Beach trips are doable until October, although now might be a good time to catch that game of football. Even if you can’t see Real Madrid, there are plenty of other great teams to see in the La Liga (Spanish Premier League) comp. Viva football!

Winter: December to February

Spain is one of the warmest countries in Europe, but don’t expect to be doing much sunbathing during the winter months. Most coastal areas will be ghost towns during this period, but major cities and mountainous areas are alive and ready to explore or even ski. Don’t forget to pre-book a venue for New Year’s Eve celebrations and make sure you suss out the Carnaval celebrations in Madrid in the week leading up to Ash Wednesday.

Spring: March to May

Spring is a great time to get outdoors and enjoy the sites throughout most of Spain, plus it’s the off-season and not too crowded. Head south or to the islands if you’re chasing early bikini weather. In late May, don’t miss Primavera Sound in Barcelona, a 3-day festival featuring multiple genres of music.