Unpopular opinion: Spring is not just a good time to visit Spain. It’s the BEST time of the year to explore this beautiful country! I mean, sure, you’re welcome anytime, and I’m 100% sure you’ll have a blast regardless of the date or weather conditions.
But as a local, I can’t help but yell about how superb Spring in Spain truly is! The weather is blessed with warm sunny days and pleasant evenings (we’ll get to that later)
Also, you can experience the incredible local festivals and events that Spaniards love, like the Seville April Fair and many more. Besides, picture yourself in a paradisiac cala in Ibiza; you can’t do it without thinking of multiple people by your side, right?
Well… this doesn’t happen in Spring, where the high season has yet to come, the prices are still lower than in Summer, and the temperature is so unique that the vibes are immaculate.
Do yourself a favor and pick Spring for your travels! Let me show you why.
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DISCOVER THE SPRING WEATHER IN SPAIN
Before I tell you the best destinations and so on, let me introduce you to what the weather looks like during the season in the most popular spots.
Remember, this is an estimate of what you can expect, but always check the forecast, as the weather can vary from year to year. Still, the numbers are pretty accurate.
Spring Weather in Madrid
Spring in Madrid is incredible. It has an average maximum temperature of around 17°C (62.6°F) and a minimum of 6°C (42.8°F). As May gets in, the temperatures start hitting around 21°C (69.8°F) during the day and cooling down to 10°C (50°F) at night.
Then comes June, which I say it’s the perfect month, where long sunny days and shorter nights begin with temperatures of 28°C (82.4°F) and nights at 15°C (59°F).
I recommend you pack a light jacket for the evenings if you get the chills.
Barcelona’s Spring is charming! April has gorgeous days with highs at 19°C (66.2°F) and lows at 10°C (50°F). May gets warmer, reaching around 22°C (71.6°F) during the day and cooling down to 13°C (55.4°F) at night.
Then, June is la creme de la creme for beach days, tan sessions, and everything in between! There’s no rain, and sunny days have highs of 26°C (78.8°F) and nights around 16°C (60.8°F).
Northern Spain is very diverse in terms of temperature. I mean, it is not the same comparing Galicia to Navarre in terms of weather in a specific season, but I’ll give you an overall estimate:
April is still considered cold, with temperatures around 12°C to 17°C (53.6°F to 62.6°F) and minimums between 6°C to 10°C (42.8°F to 50°F). May gets warner, days are hotter than the nights, and in June, the days get longer, and the temperatures are around 19°C to 25°C (66.2°F to 77°F).
But, in my (great) experience, Northern Spain has unpredictable and bipolar weather, so pack some layers, shorts, a raincoat, boots, sandals, and everything in between, just in case. But hey, it’s totally worth it! The landscapes are beautiful, and the food is iconic.
The Mediterranean influences the South of Spain, so you already know that means: Sun and more sun!
Temperatures are around 19°C to 25°C (66.2°F to 77°F) during the day, with cooler nights ranging from 10°C to 14°C (50°F to 57.2°F).
May brings hotter temperatures around 23°C to 28°C (73.4°F to 82.4°F) during the day and chiller nights. Then we have June, where days are warm, around 27°C to 32°C (80.6°F to 89.6°F), and the evenings are chiller 16°C to 20°C (60.8°F to 68°F).
MUST-VISIT DESTINATIONS FOR ENJOYING SPRING IN SPAIN
Now these are the top 10 destinations you can’t miss if you’re coming to Spain during Spring for many reasons, weather, prices, and crowds; everything gets 10 times better in Spring, allowing you to make the most out of your travel experience with fewer hassles.
Best Spring Festivities in Spain
You’ve probably heard that Spring is the best time of the year to travel to Seville. And it is correct! This is a time of celebration, with numerous festivals and events occurring throughout the season.
The biggest one is the April Fair, the most important festivity in the city and among the most iconic in Spain. It takes place yearly for a week in April when thousands gather here for a glorious day.
Plus, the temperature and weather in Spring are mild, and there’s plenty of sunshine, making it the perfect time to explore iconic landmarks and attractions.
Besides all of this, Holy Week in Seville takes place in Spring, and this tradition is lived in a particularly intense way. You will forever remember the experience of thousands of people watching every procession, the constant smell of incense, the continuous symphony of bands accompanying the religious images, and, above all, the gorgeous Nazarenes.
And, to end Spring with a flourish is the Granada Fair, which always coincides with the Catholic festival of Corpus Christi. During these dates, you can see a lot of Flamenco, eat a lot of typical food, sing, dance, and drink with the locals.
If you ever come to Spain, you should know that the Mezquita de Córdoba is one of the most important landmarks in the whole country and among the most impressive of the Spanish culture as well.
The good news is that the best date to visit this iconic city is Spring, between March and June, when the beautiful town of Córdoba enjoys some super pleasant walking days, with an average temperature of 20-25 degrees Celsius.
Also, Holy Week is celebrated with great joy and happiness, so travelers can experience the true traditions and culture. Plus, the famous Romerias begin!
This is a tradition of pilgrimaging a sanctuary located on the outskirts of a town, usually on the highest part of a hill. On Sundays, the key day, you can see women dressed as gypsies and in horse carriages decorated with flowers from early morning.
The cradle of Flamenco! The city that fills with joy in Spring.
I know I’ve said this many times before, but the truth is that southern Spain gets overwhelmed with laughs, dances, colors, and decorations in the streets during Spring. I can’t stress this enough, it’s a magical adventure. I wish anyone visiting Spain could have the full experience.
If you’re interested in traveling to Spain to learn more about Flamenco, watch an authentic show, and discover beautiful hidden gems simultaneously, Jeréz de la Frontera is the perfect town escape you should include in your travel plans.
Moreover, what better plan for immersing in the Spanish culture than experiencing La Feria de Jeréz, followed by a visit to a winery and exploring local tapas in classic tavernas? You can do this and more!
What a lovely town, listed as a Historic Artistic Site since 1982.
The pleasant temperatures of Cádiz in Spring are perfect for outdoor activities. If you love nature, Vía Verde de la Sierra is one of the best plans you could ever do, alone, with friends, or with family. (best if it’s with your partner! The views are very romantic.)
In addition, the famous Puerto de Santa María, the designated summer spot par excellence for the Spanish, is one of the most beautiful towns on the Costa de la Luz.
Every Spring, it celebrates La Fiesta de los Patios, where the main stage is gorgeous gardens (“Spanish patios” with typical architecture) adorned and decorated with music, gastronomy, and customs of the region are shown.
The city of arts and sciences celebrates the most joyful festivity of all year during Spring: Las Fallas: almost one of the national symbols of Spain and among the most deeply rooted traditions in the Spanish DNA.
Valencia is also one of the largest cities in Spain. It is worth visiting in Spring before the boiling Summer heat arrives and takes away your ability to breathe fresh air (I’m not exaggerating).
July and August are the hottest months in Valencia, so your visit will be more enjoyable if you travel from March to June.
People say Canarias is the place of eternal Spring of sunny days, blue skies, and stable temperatures, without significant changes throughout the year. What’s the advantage of visiting this place in Spring if I can enjoy good weather almost all year round?
How about having a paradisiac island for yourself to explore? Sounds great, right? Well… During Spring, the magic of this place unfolds as there are fewer crowds, the temperatures aren’t so warm, and it is perfect for outdoor activities and exploring places like this one:
I know it sounds like a dream. This is why I encourage you to travel to this place during April, May, or June, right before high season.
For example, you can visit the beautiful island of Tenerife to witness the Teide National Park, take a bath in the paradisiacal beaches and calas of Gran Canaria, take a surf course in Fuerteventura, embark on hiking trails in La Gomera, and many other activities.
If you want to learn more about the different islands, here’s a complete guide to every Island, so you know which one is best for your vacation:
8. Balearic Islands
Now we have the Balearic Islands: the well-known Ibiza, Majorca, Formentera, and Menorca. These giants are one of the main tourist destinations at any time of the year. However, Spring receives its visitors with pleasant weather for lovely walks, nice for spending days at the beach, and so on.
And, if you’re considering a solo trip, you might want to visit the Balearic Islands on your own since the most famous spots aren’t yet crowded, the beaches and promenades are tranquil, and there is still plenty of partying and activities where you can meet lots of people from all over the globe!
Touring Formentera on a motorcycle is absolute madness, as is enjoying the beautiful coves of Ibiza, exploring caves in Mallorca, such as the Cuevas del Drach, and endless activities on each island that make it an essential destination in Spring.
Visit the Largest cities in Spain in Spring
Barcelona is always full of people, to be fair. Just like Madrid, it is a city that people from all around the world visit at any time of the year. However, there are a few reasons why Spring is one of my favorite seasons to visit this magical city.
When Spring is around the corner, terraces open to welcome the public. The weather in Barcelona in Spring is less warm than in summer, but if you visit towards the end of May, you may enjoy the most beautiful beaches of the Mediterranean without crowds.
Also, an afternoon at Ciutadella Park with some refreshments will make all your afternoons better. Without mentioning that you can visit the world’s most famous Gaudí monuments without experiencing the chaos of the high season!
If you were hoping for a sign to book that trip to Barcelona in Spring, this is it. Please don’t wait any longer because, as a local, I can tell you it is absolutely worth it.
What can I say about my city that doesn’t sound so biased?
I genuinely believe that anyone will agree with me; Madrid is gorgeous in Spring, as it is a very elegant and lordly city compared to the rest of Spain; you will definitely enjoy walking through the streets with pleasant temperatures, sunny days, endless activities, music festivals, lively nights, and everything that characterizes this city so much comes to live when in Spring.
Again, as a local, it is the perfect time of the year to visit Madrid. The high season begins in late June, crowds for landmarks aren’t huge, and prices for flights and hotels are usually lower than in the rest of the months.
Learn more about the best activities and things you can’t miss during this season:
Now, let me give you some valuable advice to answer the most frequently asked questions: which are the warmest and most pleasant weather locations during Spring in Spain? This way, you can plan your vacations accordingly and choose the right destination!
The Warmest Destination in Spain During Spring
The warmest destination in Spain during Sring is in Córdoba, also known as “The Oven of Spain,” and it is not an exaggeration. Not even close to July or August, and the temperatures are already as high as they will get for other northern and colder cities in their hottest summer.
Daily maximum temperatures increase and are around 28°C and rarely drop below 14°C or exceed 34°C. So, the best time to visit Córdoba is Spring. The temperature is delightful for walking, and the best thing is to make your trip coincide with key dates to experience the most famous festivities in the city, which I will mention in the next section.
The truth is that these are beautiful times and worth visiting because the streets are filled with flowers, people look forward to their most beloved festivities, and the town’s joy is felt and experienced.
Moderate Weather Destinations During Spring
If you’re searching for moderate weather, which I assume means a destination to escape the cold of your country and enjoy mild chilly mornings, warmer afternoons, and cooler nights, then I’ve got the perfect spot for you.
The Canary Islands are the place to be, where it’s not too cold, yet not too hot either. You have many cities to choose from, each offering different landscapes, activities, and unique experiences.
Moreover, among all the places you can’t miss in Spain (excluding Madrid and Barcelona), this is the best time to visit the Islands, as the weather is ideal, the crowds are not overwhelming, and the overall experience is simply fantastic.
I hope this article has guided you through what the temperature in Spain looks like during this season and, most importantly, which are the best cities to visit so you can squeeze every drop of the travel experience of your dreams.
Don’t hesitate to comment below on the city that caught your attention and the ones you’ve already included in your bucket list for next Spring.
Jimena Bolívar is a seasoned travel writer with a unique passion for Spanish Food & Recipes. With a background in business and marketing, she brings a strategic and innovative approach to her writing, making her the perfect guide for those looking to truly experience the Authentic Spain. Jimena is also a Mother of 4, and is a huge fan of knitting her own clothes.