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Best Time to Visit Spain in 2024 for Beaches, Hiking, and Road Trips. Spain Weather Guide

Best Time to Visit Spain

  • Optimal: Late April to early June and September to October (pleasant weather and fewer tourists).
  • For beaches: July and August are ideal for beach activities.
  • Other favorable months: March, April, May, June, September, and October.

Geography facts

  • Location: Southwestern Europe, Iberian Peninsula.
  • Area: 505,990 km² (land: 498,980 km², water: 7,010 km²).
  • Borders: France, Portugal, Andorra, and Gibraltar.
  • Landscape: Diverse terrain, including mountains, plateaus, and coastal plains. Highest point: Mount Teide (3,718 meters) on Tenerife.

Spain is known for its rich cultural heritage, historic cities, and varied landscapes, from the Pyrenees to the Mediterranean beaches.

Coastline

  • Length: Approximately 4,964 km.
  • Seas: Mediterranean Sea and Atlantic Ocean.
  • Description: Spain’s coastline features popular beach destinations like Costa del Sol, Costa Brava, and the Balearic Islands.

Climate

  • Coastal: Mediterranean (hot, dry summers and mild, wet winters).
  • Interior: Continental (hot summers, cold winters).
  • Northern regions: Oceanic (mild temperatures, high rainfall).
The daily range of reported temperatures (gray bars) and 24-hour highs (red ticks) and lows (blue ticks), placed over the daily average high (faint red line) and low (faint blue line) temperature, with 25th to 75th and 10th to 90th percentile bands. (c) weatherspark.com

Monthly Weather Snapshot

January

  • Cold and variable weather, particularly in the north.
  • Daytime temperatures: 8°C (46°F) to 15°C (59°F) in the south.
  • Nighttime temperatures: Can drop to 0°C (32°F) in the interior.
  • Sea temperature: 14°C (57°F), not suitable for swimming.
  • Rainfall: 50-100 mm, particularly in the north.

February

  • Similar to January but slightly milder.
  • Daytime temperatures: 10°C (50°F) to 16°C (61°F).
  • Nighttime temperatures: 1°C (34°F) to 7°C (45°F).
  • Sea temperature: Remains around 14°C (57°F).
  • Rainfall: Decreases to around 40-90 mm.

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March

  • Spring begins, milder weather.
  • Daytime temperatures: 13°C (55°F) to 18°C (64°F).
  • Nighttime temperatures: 4°C (39°F) to 10°C (50°F).
  • Sea temperature: 15°C (59°F).
  • Rainfall: 30-80 mm, with fewer rainy days.

April

  • Ideal for sightseeing and outdoor activities.
  • Daytime temperatures: 16°C (61°F) to 21°C (70°F).
  • Nighttime temperatures: 7°C (45°F) to 12°C (54°F).
  • Sea temperature: 16°C (61°F).
  • Rainfall: 20-70 mm, generally pleasant weather.

May

  • Perfect for visiting major cities and starting beach trips.
  • Daytime temperatures: 20°C (68°F) to 25°C (77°F).
  • Nighttime temperatures: 10°C (50°F) to 15°C (59°F).
  • Sea temperature: 18°C (64°F).
  • Rainfall: 20-60 mm, usually sunny and warm.

June

  • Start of the beach season, warm and sunny.
  • Daytime temperatures: 25°C (77°F) to 30°C (86°F).
  • Nighttime temperatures: 15°C (59°F) to 20°C (68°F).
  • Sea temperature: 20°C (68°F).
  • Rainfall: Minimal, around 10-40 mm.

The hourly reported temperature, color coded into bands. The shaded overlays indicate night and civil twilight. (c) weatherspark.com

July

  • Peak summer, ideal for beach holidays.
  • Daytime temperatures: 30°C (86°F) to 35°C (95°F).
  • Nighttime temperatures: 18°C (64°F) to 23°C (73°F).
  • Sea temperature: 23°C (73°F) to 24°C (75°F).
  • Rainfall: Very low, 5-20 mm.

August

  • Hottest month, beach season continues.
  • Daytime temperatures: 32°C (90°F) to 38°C (100°F).
  • Nighttime temperatures: 20°C (68°F) to 25°C (77°F).
  • Sea temperature: 24°C (75°F) to 25°C (77°F).
  • Rainfall: Very low, 5-20 mm.

September

  • Pleasant weather, fewer tourists.
  • Daytime temperatures: 28°C (82°F) to 32°C (90°F).
  • Nighttime temperatures: 17°C (63°F) to 22°C (72°F).
  • Sea temperature: 23°C (73°F) to 24°C (75°F).
  • Rainfall: Slightly increases to 20-50 mm.

October

  • Cooling down, great for sightseeing.
  • Daytime temperatures: 22°C (72°F) to 26°C (79°F).
  • Nighttime temperatures: 12°C (54°F) to 17°C (63°F).
  • Sea temperature: 20°C (68°F) to 21°C (70°F).
  • Rainfall: 30-80 mm, with some rainy days.
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November

  • Transition to winter, cooler and wetter.
  • Daytime temperatures: 15°C (59°F) to 20°C (68°F).
  • Nighttime temperatures: 7°C (45°F) to 12°C (54°F).
  • Sea temperature: 18°C (64°F).
  • Rainfall: 40-100 mm, more frequent rain.

December

  • Cold and rainy, especially in the north.
  • Daytime temperatures: 10°C (50°F) to 15°C (59°F).
  • Nighttime temperatures: 2°C (36°F) to 8°C (46°F).
  • Sea temperature: 15°C (59°F), few swimmers.
  • Rainfall: 50-100 mm, quite rainy in the north.

Spain offers diverse climates and landscapes suitable for various activities year-round. Whether you are a beach lover, a hiking enthusiast, or someone looking for a scenic road trip, Spain has something to offer in every season. The best time to visit largely depends on your preferred activities and desired weather conditions.

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