Thinking of traveling to Spain and wondering when is the best time to go? Although the country is worth a visit throughout the whole year, our favorite time to visit Spain is autumn. Summer crowds have thinned, the insufferable temperatures have cooled and the country’s landscapes are spectacular. Let’s explore more.
Although Spain is popular to be an ultimate summer holiday destination, summer months are usually quite hot in the country, temperatures reaching to 45°C degrees in the south. So unless you are planning on visiting the north, summer may not actually be the best time to visit Spain.
In the fall season, starting from mid-September, the sweltering temperatures give way to cooler weather. Imagine going around in the city with a subtle breeze in the air, temperatures of 20° – 25°C degrees (68° – 77°F) and sun still shining bright. We assure you won’t get enough of it!
Spain can get very overwhelming with tourists flooding into the country in the summer months. Especially if you are planning on visiting popular cities such as Barcelona, Seville or Madrid, summer is the high peak season. Unless you are a fan of crowds, the best time to visit Spain is in autumn.
It’s going to be a relief to see empty pavements, open tables at cafes and shorter lines waiting to see famous sites as the number of tourists visiting the country drop dramatically in fall. So, now it’s probably the best time to go around and visit the most famous sights and museums without the headache of too many tourists.
Colors and nature
Autumn is a fantastic time to revel in Spain’s beautiful nature. Parks glimmer with autumnal colors and crunchy leaves… Natural Park of Sierra Nevada, Valle de Iregua and San Mauricio Lake are only a few of many breathtaking natural places where you can enjoy the magical sceneries of autumn. Especially if you are a fan of outdoor activities such as hiking, camping or horseback riding, you have to come to Spain in this season.
Not only that, autumn is also the wild mushroom season in the country. As the new season arrives, food markets are brimming with a wide range of edible fungi; and restaurants offer special menus or dishes made with local mushrooms. In the countryside, towns hold tasting sessions, guided foraging trips and other activities to get to know more about this autumnal delicacy.
With rolling landscapes of shades of red, yellow, orange and brown, autumn is a magical time to visit the wine regions of Spain, especially Rioja. Its moderately warm temperatures at this time of year meaning the wine region offers an abundance of things to do. From cycling amongst the vineyards to kayaking along the River Ebro or learning about wine production and sipping on the best Rioja wines at a century-old bodega, Rioja holds so much to explore.