The Best Time to Visit Spain for Great Weather and Famous Festivals

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Here's some good news for all of you out there wondering when the best time to visit Spain really is: Any time is a good time.

Spain is a nation filled with history, a delightful food scene, and a varied landscape that's ideal for those looking for a city escape, a mountainous getaway, or a beach adventure unlike any other. Ready for your ideal vacation? Here's everything you need to know about finding the best time to go to Spain based on the weather, your fellow tourists, and more.

The Best Time of Year to Visit Spain for Good Weather

Spain is a relatively large country with varied ecosystems, but that said, Spain's official tourism website says no matter when you visit, odds are you'll experience at least a little sun. "Spain is a sunny country with around 3,000 hours of sunshine every year," the tourism group explains on its website. "The temperatures are mild, but there are still differences depending on the seasons and areas of the country."

View to beautifuly small spanish village Altea street with authentic white houses. Altea, province of Alicante, Mediterranean coast, Costa Blanca, Valencian Community
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According to the tourism organization, the spring months (from March to June) present the most temperate climate. Again, the country is large, but for the sake of this guide, we'll use the nation's capital of Madrid to share some stats. In Madrid, the average temperatures rise from 50 degrees Fahrenheit in March to 72 in June. Though it may be important to note that April and May do mark the rainiest months.

July to September are among the warmest months, with temperatures hitting their peak average of 78 degrees Fahrenheit in July. It's also the month when you can expect the least amount of rain. This makes summer a prime time to head out of the city and make your way to Spain's coast or even to the Canary Islands to both bask in the sun and go for a dip in the ocean.

September to December usher in cooler and cooler temperatures, dropping from 69 degrees Fahrenheit to 42. And from January to March, things remain rather chilly, with January clocking in with the coolest average temperature of 41 degrees.

The Best Time to Visit Barcelona 

Spain has no shortage of gorgeous cities to visit, but Barcelona is certainly one of the best. From the dazzling Gothic architecture to the city’s exciting events, Barcelona is a top destination in Spain’s Catalonia region. Visit Barcelona in early summer to hit the beaches before it gets too humid, or in the fall for sightseeing and a few festivals. June sees good weather and celebrations like Nit de Sant Joan and Pride Barcelona, as well as festivals like Primavera Sound, Sónar, and El Grec Barcelona.   

The Best Time to Visit Madrid 

Head to Spain’s capital city in the spring or fall for the best weather and fewer crowds. In the springtime, Madrid holds celebrations like Semana Santa in April and Dos de Mayo and the Fiesta de San Isidro in May. But the big event happens once the weather cools off a bit come fall. The Autumn Festival (or, Feria del Otoño) is a huge music festival around October and November that draws acts from all over the world. The lineup is composed of a series of operatic, ballet, dance, music, and theatrical performances. 

The Busiest Time to Visit Spain

According to the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), the top three inbound tourism markets for Spain are the United Kingdom, Germany, and France, though there has been a significant uptick in visitors from the United States as well. The nation has only grown in popularity over the last decade, with an astonishing 125 million visitors coming to the country in 2019. (Of course, like all other nations, the pandemic drastically impacted these numbers.) Knowing all this, it's little surprise that Spain's main tourism season is over the summer and early fall when those from European nations descend on its beaches for summer vacation.

Flights, hotels, and activities can run at a premium in the summer months, and restaurant reservations become harder and harder to come by. If you do want to visit Spain during its high season, make sure to snag reservations for all of the above as early as possible.

The Best Time to Visit Spain to Avoid the Crowds

The least crowded time to visit Spain is over its coldest months, from November through February. During this time, many beach resorts close down for the season. Those who do want to visit during this time can still experience the cities to the fullest or even make their way to the country's under-the-radar ski resorts.

Famous "Plaza Mayor" of Madrid, Spain.
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The Cheapest Time to Visit Spain

According to, the cheapest time to visit Spain is usually from December to March, which also happens to coincide with both its coldest months and its thinnest tourism season. Again, there's still plenty to see and do during this time, including some rather famous Christmas markets that offer up excellent one-of-a-kind goodies.

The Best Time to Go to Spain for Festivals

There's one more thing to consider when planning a trip to Spain: Picking the coolest festival you can. The nation seems to have a celebration every day of the year, but some of its most famous festivals include Semana Santa (Holy Week) typically in mid-April and always over Easter, San Fermin (Pamplona Bull Run) in July, and the Tomatina Tomato Fight, celebrated annually during the last Wednesday of August. See the yearly calendar of events here to help you plan your trip.

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