Spain is a wonderfully diverse country; landscapes, cultures and food changes drastically from north to south.
It is one of Europe's most popular holiday destinations, so the best time to visit Spain is outside the peak summer months of July and August. It can also be incredibly hot at this time of year, meaning city breaks during this time might be unpleasant.
Best time to...
Avoid the crowds
The summer in Spain can be very hot, especially in the south, and visitors number swell. We recommend travelling in during spring and autumn when the weather is still very pleasant and popular sites are less busy.
Spain has some incredible hiking routes through the mountain ranges of northern Spain and the island of Mallorca. Spring, early summer and autumn offers the best weather for hiking, as it is too hot in the height of summer and there is often snow in winter. One of Spain’s most famous walking routes is the Camino de Santiago. Although open all year round, the most pleasant times to walk it are spring and autumn – conditions in winter are harsh and summer can get very hot. Be aware, however, that spring and autumn are popular times so the route can get busy.
Hit the beach
Mallorca’s glittering hidden coves and fabulous stretches of golden-sand beaches are, of course, best enjoyed in the sun. Early and late summer – June and early September – are great times to visit as you’ll still experience warm weather but the hotels and resorts are less busy than in July and August.
Unique food & drink experiences in Spain
For the wine-lovers
Although wineries are open throughout the year, those visiting in later summer and early autumn can get involved in wine harvesting experiences. Every year at the end of June, thousands of locals in Haro, La Rioja, douse each other in red wine in La Batalla de Vino – the wine fight.
For the foodies
Foodies will want to check out the calcot season around Barcelona from November to April. The sweet onions are roasted over a fire and dipped in a romesco sauce.
For the spice fiends
Saffron harvesting takes place in Castilla La Mancha from late October to mid-November. A feast for the eyes as well as the tastebuds, it's fascinating to watch as locals separate the red stigmas from the purple rose flowers.