One of Europe’s most exotic counties, Spain offers an exciting mix of captivating, art-filled cities, delicious culinary adventures, picturesque vineyard-strewn landscapes and charming seaside resorts bordering long stretches of sandy beach. From the grand capital of Madrid to the elegant Moorish cities of Granada, Cordoba and Seville in Andalucia; Spain offers an intoxicating mix of customs, architecture and languages. Explore the winding alleyways of medieval towns, pausing to rub shoulders with locals in traditional tapas bars before soaking in the culture at one of the many world-renowned art galleries.

Head for the coast to bask in the sunshine on the many miles of golden sand. The south coast and Balearic Islands offer long beaches, adorned with seafront restaurants, to which calm tranquil seas lap at the shore and year-round sun bathes the landscape.

Top Recommendations

  • Walk the streets of Spain’s famous cities, Madrid, Barcelona, Seville
  • Venture out cities less renowned but just as captivating, Granada, Cordoba, Ronda, Cadiz or Bilbao
  • Hike in the Pyrenees or the Picos de Europa
  • For those wanting to party, head to Ibiza or Marbella
  • Relax on the beaches of the Balearic Islands
  • Road trip through the Cabo de Gata national park, stopping at undiscovered and unspoilt beaches and towns

When to Visit

The best time to visit Spain varies by region. Spanish summers (June to September) can get very hot, especially in the south of the country. As the Spanish do, this means flocking to the coast, to relax on the country’s many beaches. Lower temperatures can be found in the north of the country which makes it a good option if you prefer less heat but still want warm weather. Additionally, if you want to sample some of Spain’s cities March, April & October are the perfect times. The weather is still warm and pleasant but the heat isn’t overbearing, allowing you to explore.

Average monthly high and low temperatures, plus average monthly rainfall and days with rain can be seen below for Madrid & Andalucia.