Spain travel guide

Where to go, what to see: your Spain travel guide

Why visit Spain?

Spain is a country with breathtaking seascapes and landscapes, picturesque villages and towns, hilltop castles, Moorish palaces, and historic cities. Typical Spanish scenery includes mountains, vast plains, vineyards, and groves of citrus, almond, and olive trees. With a territory of 195,000 square miles, Spain is only slightly smaller than its northern neighbour, France, but has almost 20 million less inhabitants. Architecture from throughout the centuries is represented—from Gehry’s futuristic Guggenheim Museum in the north to the dramatic Moorish Alhambra palace (a carefully preserved heritage from the Phoenicians, Romans, and Moors) in the south.

The wealth of Spanish culture conjures up Cervantes’ 16th-century book Don Quixote and the internationally renowned operatic voices of Placido Domingo, Jose Carreras, and Montserrat Caballé — not to mention the popular Iglesias family. Famous artists Velasquez, Goya, Picasso, and Dalí all hailed from Spain, and their works can be admired in the country’s magnificent museums. But the real essence of Spain is captured in the unique and passionate combination of voice and dance that is Flamenco, an experience not to be missed.

Weather and climate in Spain

When is the best time to visit Spain?

Spain’s coastal regions experience hot, dry summers and mild, rainy winters. If you go inland or northward, however, expect some cooler temperatures. As you travel in this region, be sure to pack a comfortable raincoat in your tote and bring a light jacket in spring and autumn. Winter conditions require lots of layers and a heavier coat.

To help you plan, below are average low and high temperatures for Spain.

 

 

 

 

 Madrid

 Seville

 Córdoba

 January

 0/11°C 

 6/16°C 

 4/15°C 

 February

 2/12°C

 7/17°C 

 5/16°C 

 March

 3/16°C 

 8/21°C 

 7/20°C 

 April

 6/17°C 

 10/22°C 

 9/22°C 

 May

 9/22°C 

 13/26°C 

 12/26°C 

 June

 13/28°C

 17/31°C 

 16/32°C 

 July

 16/32°C

 19/35°C 

 18/36°C 

 August

 16/32°C 

 19/35°C 

 19/36°C

 September

 13/28°C

 18/32°C 

 17/33°C 

 October

 8/20°C

 13/26°C 

 12/25°C 

 November

 4/14°C 

 9/21°C 

 8/19°C 

 December

 2/11°C

 7/17°C 

 6/15°C

 


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