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17–30°C

Hot, dry summers and mild winters

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Spain has 25 international airports, with dozens of flights every day from departure points all over the UK

Weather and climate in Spain

Temperatures: Expect a mild Mediterranean virtually climate all year round 
Best time to visit: Visit outside of peak summer months for cheap holidays to Spain.

The climate in Spain varies from region to region, but you can generally expect hot and dry summers, with temperatures hitting the high-20s (°C) wherever you are. Over in the Balearic Islands, things start to heat up in May, with highs in the mid-20s. Enjoy peak temperatures of 30°C in July and August. Things are similar over on mainland Spain, with sunny summers in the mid-20s, and mild spring and autumns seasons, too. Down south, the Canary Islands (or the ‘Islands of Eternal Spring’) enjoy warm, sub-tropical weather. It hardly ever drops below 20°C in winter, with highs of around 25°C the summer months. The western islands have the most rain, but it's only the occasional shower during summer.

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When’s the best time to go?

You can always find a reason to want to visit the home of paella and the paso doble. Holidays to Spain can offer something for everyone, with stunning beaches, beautiful countryside, cities filled with history and superb cuisine. If you’re heading to this European hotspot, then before you go, let us share with you our travel advice for Spain.

The climate is typically Mediterranean, with long, hot summers and mild winters. For the best of the sunshine book your Spain holidays between May and October when the temperature averages the mid-to-high 20s and peaks in the low 30s.

Visit during the winter months between November and April and you can take advantage of the lower temperatures and spend some time in inland destinations like Barcelona and Madrid. During the summer, the heat soars in the cities, but head over in the winter and you’ll find much more pleasant weather for sightseeing, with the thermometer hovering at around the mid to high-teens.

Spain is best for...

Couples: With a wealth of beautiful beaches and pretty cities galore, many Spain destinations are perfect for two. Why not wander through Barcelona’s bustling streets before riding the cable car to Montjuïc? 

Families: Find your favourite spot on the Costa’s golden sandy Costas. When you fancy a change of scenery, you’ll find all kinds of waterparks and theme parks to keep the kids entertained.

Night owls: Whether you want laze away an evening in a traditional tapas restaurant in Madrid, or dance all night in Ibiza’s top clubs, you’ll find something to keep you entertained when the sun goes down. 

Fast facts for Spain

Language: Spanish, although English is widely spoken across Spain, especially in the tourist hotspots and resorts. If you’re heading off the usual visitor trails, pack a phrasebook or download our essential language app.

Currency: Euro (€).

Local time: Spain is 1 hour ahead of GMT/UK time.

Fly to: Alicante Airport for Benidorm, Girona Airport for Costa Brava, Reus Airport for Costa Dorada and Malaga Airport for Costa del Sol. Transfer times are 30–90 minutes.

Flight time from UK: The flight time to Spain is around 2.5 hours.

Tourist information: Find further information about various Spain destinations at the official Spain tourism website

Visa / health: British citizens don’t need a visa to for Spain holidays but you do need a valid passport. Visit the UK government Spanish travel advice for up-to-date visa and health recommendations.

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We also have travel guides available for destinations including: Andalusia | Balearic Islands | Ibiza | Majorca | Menorca | Canary Islands | Fuerteventura | Gran Canaria | Lanzarote | Tenerife | Costa Almeria | Costa Blanca | Costa Brava | Costa del Sol | Costa Dorada | Madrid

Getting around Spain

By train: High-speed trains run between the major cities in mainland Spain.

By metro: There are metro systems in Barcelona, Madrid, Valencia and Bilbao.

By boat: Ferries and catamarans connect the Canary Islands with each other, which you’ll also find in the Balearic Islands.

By hire car: Hiring a car is a convenient way of exploring at your own pace, and getting to hard-to-reach places.

Events in Spain

Tenerife carnival: Escape the cold winter in the UK and head to Tenerife in February to experience one of the biggest carnival celebrations in Europe.
Semana Santa: Easter brings celebrations all over Spain during Semana Santa (or Holy Week).

Clubbing season: Nightclubs in the Balearic Islands reopen for the summer from May onwards, finishing with huge closing parties in October.

Menorca Fiesta: Kick off the fiesta season in Menorca from 23–25 June, during the festival of Sant Joan.

La Tomatina: You’ll be seeing red during Buñol’s annual tomato frenzy, La Tomatina, in late August.

Sónar and Benicàssim: Music fans will want to book Spain holidays for June and July, when two of Europe’s biggest festivals take centre stage.

Spain safety and security

Do I need a passport?

The Spain passport regulations state that if you’re a UK citizen you will need a full British passport, which is valid for the duration of your holiday. For further information on entry requirements, visit https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/spain/entry-requirements

Do I need a visa?

Currently, as a British national, you don’t need a Spanish visa to visit Spain. However, if you’re planning on staying for longer than 30 days, it’s best to get in touch with the Spanish Embassy and double-check if you do need to apply for a visa. Contact details for the Spanish Embassy can be found at https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/foreign-embassies-in-the-uk

Should I get travel health insurance?

It’s always best to prepare for the unexpected. Travel health insurance ensures that if you need medical treatment, you’re not left out of pocket. Policies can cover everything from the cost of medicine to your return back to the UK. Before you travel, it’s worth checking over the terms of your agreement, to make sure that you’re covered, particularly if you’re planning activities such as skiing, scuba diving, or rock climbing.

Any other tips?

  • Siestas are part of daily life in Spain, so don’t expect many shops, bars or restaurants to be open between 1pm and 4pm. It’s because of this afternoon nap that many establishments are open well into the night.
  • Just as with any city in the world, Spanish cities attract petty thieves. If you’re carrying cash, a credit card or a mobile phone, be sure to keep them safe and out of sight. This also applies on the Spanish metro systems, where carriages can be crowded.
  • Should you need it, the phone number for the Spanish emergency services is 112.
  • Smoking is prohibited in enclosed public spaces, such as bars, restaurants and buses.
  • Cover up, once you’ve left the beach. Wandering around a city in your swimwear is considered offensive and even illegal in some seaside cities.

For up to date advice on travelling to Spain, please visit the UK government safety and security page for Spain

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