Weather & climate

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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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

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 over at www.spain.info

Visa / health: British citizens don’t need a visa to for Spain holidays but you do need a valid passport. Visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/spain for up-to-date visa and health recommendations and advice.

Holiday destinations related to Spain

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Costa Del Sol

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Getting around

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

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.

Safety and Security

For up to date advice on travelling to Spain, please visit https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/spain/safety-and-security