It has been just over a year since we fell in love with the country and we thought it would be a nice opportunity to reminisce and give some basic but useful tips for anyone who might be planning a spot of ‘warm weather training’.
When to visit?
Endless festivals, amazing sporting opportunities, world-class beaches and a renowned cultural heritage make Spain an amazing destination 365 days a year. But when should you visit? We’re glad you asked…
September – November
Spain’s Autumn weather really is lovely! With temperatures ranging between 10 and 25 degrees Celsius it is ideal for both daytime and evening activities. If you like sunny and warm, yet not hot weather – this is the perfect time!
In Autumn you can take advantage of the many great festivals across the country. October offers the opportunity to visit the Chestnut festival. Particularly in the north, many regions host versions of the castañada festival to celebrate the harvest of these humble nuts.
December – February
Winter weather can be just as nice with average temperatures of about 20 degrees Celsius. Another benefit of traveling at this time of year are fewer tourists and lower prices, making it perfect weather for exploring your surroundings – what more could you want?
If you’re a skier you can benefit from some amazing ski slopes and brilliant resorts. Once you’ve worked up an appetite you can enjoy the delicious local cuisine – one of the best in the world according to the late Anthony Bourdain.
March – May
It is worth seeing Spain in spring – arguably the best season for a trip. From the almond blossoms of early spring to the perfect beach days of late spring, the season is a great time to visit before the summer crowds roll in.
Prepare for a lot of outdoor activities!
June – August
Prepare for some really hot weather – temperatures in summer can easily reach 40 degrees. To avoid overheating why not take to the water with a range of activities to keep even the most restless traveler busy. And if that sounds too much, why not take a dip in the clear warm water – with over 150 beaches you really are spoilt for choice.
A word of advice, don’t go crazy planning trips to ‘over the top’ tourist sites. Summers in Spain can be scorching and incredibly crowded. Visit the museums, galleries, and historical points you are dying to see but don’t waste hours in line for things you could live without.
Where to go?
Spain ain’t small
Don’t be afraid of exploring outside the most popular destinations. Spain is vast and diverse – with 17 unique regions there are whole countries within the country!
There are some beautiful places if you’re after a city break: Valencia, Barcelona, Madrid, and Villareal to name a few. Cities aren’t all there is to it though! The Basque region provides ample stomping ground for exploration.
What to do?
Relaxing is the name of the game in Spain! Embrace the local culture, enjoy your meals slowly and have the occasional siesta. Live like a local!
Spain has some pretty dazzling buildings with the likes of Gaudi, Calatrava, and Miralles. Look up every now and again and marvel at the beauty of the Spanish architecture.
There’s so much to try in Spain! If we have to recommend you one dish we’d suggest the Pan Con Tomate for breakfast. It’s a simple, yet delicious local meal made from shredded tomatoes, fresh olive oil, a sprinkle of salt and a baton of bread. It fills you up and gives you enough energy for the day ahead.