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Top 7 Places To Visit In Spain In January
Discover the top 7 destinations to stay in Spain in January. In the month where we have new resolutions, make travelling one of them. Find holiday rentals in Spain and attend a festive event, hit the January sales, ski in the Sierra Nevada or get some vitamin D in the Canary Islands. In these locations, you will find something for everyone, choose from cosmopolitan cities, to laid-back beach resorts.
- San Sebastián
- Canary Islands
- Costa del Sol
Unlike other cities in southern Spain, Granada has a much colder climate in January with an average temperature of around 7 °C, but this makes it an excellent destination for a winter holiday in Spain. Just 31 km from Granada city, find the mountain range of Sierra Nevada. This one of the best ski resorts in Spain, and one that guarantees the most hours of sun in Europe. The Sierra Nevada offers more than 110 km of marked trails for skiers, snowboarders and freestylers of all levels, as well as the longest ski season in Europe.
Explore Granada itself – one of the most beautiful cities in Spain – and stroll through the labyrinth of streets in the Albayzín. This is the Arab quarter of the city and was declared a World Heritage Site by Unesco. Also stroll around the Barrio del Sacromonte, where gipsy and flamenco culture flows through its cobbled streets.
Make sure to visit Spain’s second most famous monument, The Alhambra Palace, during your holiday to Granada. Head to the top of the Albaicin neighbourhood at Mirador San Nicolas for a stunning panoramic view of the city, snow-capped Sierra Nevada and the Alhambra. At the end of the day, treat yourself to a traditional Arab Bath at one of Granada’s spas.
January is an important month for the Donostiarras, the inhabitants of San Sebastian (“Donostia” in the Basque language). On January 20th, one of the most important celebrations of the city calendar is held, the traditional Fiesta de San Sebastián, dedicated to the patron saint of the city. The festival has its origins dating back to the early 19th century when the city was besieged and set on fire by Napoleon’s troops.
When the French troops entered the city solemnly playing their drums, they crossed paths with the women who breathlessly carried water to extinguish the fires, looking at them in a way that did not please the the men of the city, who began to make fun of the soldiers “playing “the water barrels with spoons and wooden sticks to provoke them. It was the beginning of the Tamborrada, this constitutes the most spectacular moment of the Fiesta de San Sebastian: on January 20th, a parade of men and women in period costumes take to the streets of the city playing the drums for twenty-four consecutive hours. A unique and exciting parade that is worth experiencing at least once.
The golden sandy beaches in San Sebastián are ideal for the summer, but there are still people that bathe in the winter, especially at the famous Playa de La Concha, even if the sand is covered with snow. Many locals here believe the benefits of a dip in the cold waters (to improve the immune system) outweigh the icy chill. Swimming in the sea in winter is one of San Sebastian traditions that continues to be upheld. If you are brave enough, join the locals and swim in the Atlantic at the most emblematic beach in northern Spain.
San Sebastián is one of the most important gastronomic capitals in Spain. Don’t miss the opportunity to try authentic Basque dishes accompanied by a cider, as cider season begins in mid-January, just a week before La Tamborrada.
Start the year with a dose of vitamin D. The Canary Islands are one of the best places to visit Spain in January as they are fortunate to enjoy an average temperature of 20 degrees and 9 hours of sunshine a day. If you miss the feeling of the sun on your skin, rent a villa in the Canary Islands and explore places like César Manrique’s Cactus Gardens located in Lanzarote or opt for some outdoor activities in Tenerife and visit the picturesque village of Masca.
Also in January, the Canary Islands Music Festival takes place, where orchestras from all over the world participate. This event kick starts the festival season in Europe. To find which island best suits your holiday preferences discover the differences between the Canary Islands.
The capital of Spain becomes a foodies paradise in January. Rent an apartment in Madrid and attend Madrid’s Gastrofestival, an annual event that showcases the city’s gastronomic offering and explores the link between the culinary arts and other artistic disciplines such as painting, literature, music, film, theatre, photography, design and fashion. Once you decide where to stay in Madrid, you will be able to find the Gastrofestival on every corner. Each neighbourhood has its own take on the festival in the bars, shops, museums and markets.
The chilly temperatures in Madrid January do not exceed 7 degrees, so this is the perfect time of the year to enjoy the most typical dish – Cocido Madrileño (Madrid stew) in a cosy location, sheltered from the cold. Explore the main tourist attractions in Madrid, stroll around Plaza Mayor, Puerta del Sol, Gran Vía, Cibeles and Puerta de Alcalá, and seek shelter in the city’s best museums.
Costa del Sol
Rent a holiday villa on the Costa del Sol, and enjoy average temperatures of 18 degrees in January. From Malaga city and all along the coast there is a range of diverse places to stay on the Costa del Sol.
Malaga city – the capital of the Costa del Sol – is one of the best Spanish cities for shopping in Spain. January is the best time to take advantage of the sales in this trendy city. Stroll through the streets and find the most beautiful clothes and shoes with incredible discounts. Scour everything in vintage shops to designer boutiques. Calle Larios (Málaga’s main shopping street) is a must for shopping addicts, with popular Spanish brands such as Massimo Dutti, Woman’s Secret and Bimba y Lola. As you walk up Calle Larios, on the left-hand side is Calle Liborio García, there you will find Zara, and at the end of Liborio García street, you will arrive at Calle Nueva, another popular street. Don’t forget to visit one of the shopping centres in Malaga for even more choice.
The Costa del Sol is synonymous with sandy beaches and year-round sun, but in January the sea might not be warm enough for swimming. However, the weather is pleasant enough for exploring the culture and landscapes of the region. Take some time to visit charming hilltop towns and white-washed villages such as Frigiliana, Mijas or Ronda.
Córdoba is one of the most beautiful cities in Andalusia, with impressive historical monuments. One of the best times to visit Cordoba is in the winter, during the summer the heat can be unpleasant. Walk around the city and discover the iconic Mosque-Cathedral (Mezquita), the Roman Bridge, Synagogue, Jewish Quarter, and visit the Medina Azahara – ruins that was once a majestic city that Abd-al Rahman III ordered to be built just eight kilometres outside Córdoba city.
Rent an apartment in Córdoba when the city celebrates its medieval roots. This event takes place on the last weekend of January. The Calahorra Tower and its surroundings transform into an old Medieval Market with more than 200 craft stalls taking you back to the Middle Ages. Here you can buy different cheeses, cakes, honey, sausages and much more. The atmosphere is fantastic with a heady scent of spices and vibrant coloured bazaars teeming with people. For the little ones, fun is guaranteed with entertaining parades, birds of prey displays, magicians, games and juggling. Here you will also see old trade workshops represented by men and women dressed in Medieval clothing, weaving on old looms.
Enjoy one of the most popular festivals on the island, by renting a holiday villa in Majorca in January. Palma celebrates it’s biggest day in honour of San Sebastián on the 20th. During the days leading up to this, there are concerts and bonfires that take place around the city. The night before the celebration, the festivities start with a huge bonfire in Plaza Mayor. A parade of giants and the legendary dragon Drac Na Coca liven up the streets of Palma and Celtic music is played by traditional “xeremiers”.
Whether you are travelling as a family, as a couple, or looking for an active holiday, there are plenty of winter activities in Mallorca. Apart from the white sandy beaches (ideally for the summer), Majorca has many beautiful towns as well as stunning natural landscapes. In January there is often a light layer of snow in the mountains of Sierra de Tramontana, so bring some warm clothes if you are planning to be active and discover this amazing side of Majorca at this time of the year.
Visiting Barcelona in January ~ Weather, local festivals and top sights!
Crowd-free attractions, clement weather… and a second Christmas!
By Jessica Bowler
2. Gaudi’s Casa Batllo
4. Three Kings Parade
5. The Tourist Bus
6. Barcelona Aquarium
8. Skiing Weekend
9. Sant Antoni Festival
Want Barcelona all to yourself? Then you’ve chosen the right time to visit! January offers a little window of respite from mass tourism, making it the perfect month for those who love culture but hate crowds. And naturally, being Catalonia, there are a fair few festivals and special events going on…
Wondering if January is a good time to visit Barcelona? Though it isn’t the height of the tourist season, that arguably makes it an even better month in which to enjoy a trip to the Catalan capital.
Even without the beach, there are still more things to do and see than you can cover in a weekend
Even without the beach, there are still more things to do and see than you can cover in a weekend (you won’t be bored!), plus you get the added bonus of having fewer crowds at the city’s top attractions like La Sagrada Familia, Park Guell and the sensational Casa Batllo (a personal fave!). For much of the rest of year, the queues outside these sights resemble a rugby scrum.
If you plan on being particularly active as a tourist, then I’d recommend checking our in-depth comparison of the best tourist cards. The Barcelona City Pass (available via TicketBar), for example, gets you into Sagrada Familia and Park Guell for free, and has tickets for the Bus Turistic built into the price too.
What’s the Weather Like in January?
First, let’s talk about what to expect weather-wise. The temperature in Barcelona in January averages 16 ºC (61 ºF) during the daytime, which goes down to 10 ºC (50 ºF) at nighttime. It’s not likely that it’ll rain during your stay, as the month averages just 5 rainy days per month in January. You’re highly unlikely to see snow, though you might see some frost at night on the hills surrounding the city.
In terms of what clothes to bring, a warm jacket, sweater and scarf will keep you nice and toasty, whilst a small hand umbrella for emergencies never hurts (you can always buy one a store though if it does rain). You shouldn’t need any specialist footwear, beyond good walking shoes. Oh, and don’t forget your sunglasses because the winter sun can be quite low and bright, and a little harsh on the eyes.
Festivals & Things To Do
So, now that you’ve got that squared away, let’s talk about something a bit more fun – the best things to do here in January. We’ll take you through our hand-picked choices to add to your travel itinerary, if you’re visiting this winter.
1. Make a New Year’s Splash
Even though it’s not exactly traditional sunbathing weather in January, locals love to start off the new year by jumping into the Mediterranean at noon on the first day of the year. Head to San Sebastian beach (near the W-Hotel) to join hundreds of locals as they dive into the sea – and race back out of the chilly waters at top speed. (And if you’re also here the night before, check out our guide to New Year’s Eve parties and traditions).
2. Visit The Casa Batlló
Casa Batlló is just one of Gaudí’s masterpieces that you can visit in Barcelona. Nicknamed “The House of Bones” by locals because of its skeletal appearance, the house is actually inspired by the legend of Saint George and the dragon. Inside, it’s filled with colour and curved lines, as well as plenty of the architect’s signature “trencadís” work (mosaics created from pieces of broken tiles). Touring the house has a new, very modern update – you can get an augmented reality guide that brings the building to life with clever videos and interesting explanations. Get your tickets (with video guide included) via Get Your Guide.
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3. And The Rest of Gaudi’s Greats…
Casa Batllo is Gaudi’s most colourful creation, but the city is replete with the legacy of the master architect. The epic Sagrada Familia church can’t be missed, and we go into some detail on its history, the best towers to climb, tour options and opening hours here. Similarly few cultured travellers leave Barcelona without paying a visit to Park Guell, the impressive gardens he landscaped above the Gracia district. We discuss opening hours and how to buy advance tickets here. If you simply can’t get enough of the man, there’s also Casa Vicens, Palau Guell and the famous Pedrera mansion.
4. Greet The Three Kings (5th Jan)
Called the Cavalcada de Reis in the local lingo, this parade happens every year on the night before Epiphany. The Three Kings (also known as the Three Wise Men in English) sail in on the waves of the Mediterranean and their resplendent ship is greeted at the shore by the city mayor, who gives them the keys to the city for the evening, so they can unlock all the houses in the city to leave gifts for children. The ship sails in around 4pm at Port Vell, and the parade sets off from the Ciutadella Park when evening falls (usually around 6 p.m.), and is filled with colourful parade floats from which the Three Kings throw sweets to the crowds of excited children. For Catalans this is the day when people traditionally swap presents, not Christmas.
5. Catch a Ride on the Bus Turistic
Give your feet a rest and hop on the Barcelona’s Tourist Bus to see the sights. There are three different routes you can utilise, all of which let you see a completely different side of the city. You get an audio-guide to hear all about the city’s history and culture as you go around. It’s a great option if you’re tired from pounding the pavement, or if you’re short on time. Your hop on, hop off ticket enables you to make as many stops as you like, from cultural icons like Casa Batllo and La Sagrada Familia, to sporting treasures like Camp Nou and the Olimpic stadium. You can buy tickets (usually with a discount) on TicketBar, although you might prefer to invest in a Barcelona City Pass instead, which includes free entry to Sagrada Familia and Park Guell (plus Aerobus tickets!).
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6. Find Nemo at the Barcelona Aquarium
A great activity for a rainy or chilly day, the city’s aquarium houses around 450 different species of animals, ranging from tiny colourful sea horses to giant menacing sharks. Its collection is the biggest one of Mediterranean aquatic life in the world, so there are plenty of fascinating species to look at in the tanks. There are also lots of activities and interactive spaces for kids to enjoy, which makes it a good choice for a family outing. Buy tickets via Get Your Guide.
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7. Discover Catalan art at the MNAC
The Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya is housed inside a former palace at the foot of Montjuïc hillside. Not only is the building spectacular, but it also features some of the best art exhibitions in the city. The art on display ranges from romanesque church paintings to modern art, all of which has a focus on art and artists from Catalonia. The rooftop viewing decks recently opened up, and make for an excellent vantage point to take in views of the city.
8. Take a Ski Trip to Andorra
Enjoy a wild weekend on the slopes of Andorra’s finest mountains for skiing and snowboarding. With trips running every weekend from January through March, you can go for a weekend of fun in the snow and tax-free booze for €260, including return transportation from Barcelona, meals, and ski passes and equipment. Make sure to book your trip early, because spots fill up quickly.
9. See the Sant Antoni Neighbourhood Festival
10. Shop ’Til You Drop at the Rebajas
Locals love to head to the shops after Christmas to get a good deal at the sales (rebajas in Spanish). You can get steep discounts at just about any shop, and shopping hours are often extended. Of course, like at most sales, you might find the very best deals on swimwear in the middle of winter, but hey – a bargain’s a bargain. Check out our guide to the city’s shopping precincts for where to head.
11. Visit the House of Needles
If the Casa de les Punxes was designed by Gaudi, there’s every chance it would be one of the most visited attractions in the city. Instead it was built by one of Antoni’s contemporaries, the almost-as-talented Josep Puig y Cadafalch, who combined fairytale medieval elements with the trendy Catalan Modernista movement of the day. The result, as you can see for yourself, is quite spectacular. A ticket with audioguide is usually €12.5 but you can often get it for a bit cheaper on the official Barcelona Tourism website.
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12. Warm Up With Chocolate & Churros
There’s no better time to enjoy a mug of hot chocolate accompanied by a helping of sweet churros (a kind of doughy pastry) than during January’s winter weather. It makes the perfect afternoon pick-me-up on a frosty day. One of the best places to enjoy them is La Granja, which has been open since 1872. You can also find a good selection of cafés serving sweet treats on Petritxol street, which is tucked away on one side of Las Ramblas.
13. Create Your Own Cava!
A great day trip if you fancy getting out of Barcelona for a few hours, Create Your Own Cava is a tasting workshop that takes place in a boutique Cava winery in the nearby Penedes region. The local hosts, Eric and Ramon, lead you through the cellars and vineyards and treat you to three different blends of their best sparkling white wine. Next it’s time to disgorge and label your own bottle! Read more about the activity and how to book here. And you can also read up on other excursions around Barcelona’s countryside.
Thinking of visiting Barcelona earlier or later on in the winter? Then check out our complete guide on what to do in the city during December and weather and festivals in February.
And be sure to check out our suggestions for cool, fun and unusual things to do year-round.
About the Author
Jessica was born in England and grew up in California before moving to Seville to study Spanish. She now lives here in Barcelona, where she works in communications, studies for her masters and still finds time to update her award-winning blog Barcelona Blonde – as well as being a regular contributor to Barcelona Life!
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Spain in January: Weather and Events
A trip to Spain in January presents a lot of opportunities to enjoy the hotspots minus the huge flock of crowds. It’s not usually a busy month because most people just got back from their holidays, and it’s a low season for tourism.
With colder weather, visitors can enjoy the long walks in cities and a day at the beach seems to be a good idea to bask under the sun. Best of all, January is also a good month to travel to Spain because of the ski, witnessing the striking snow peaks and hills. Pyrenees is a famous destination during winter and locals come here to try snow-based activities.
Besides the mild weather conditions and more outdoor activities, a bunch of events also happen in January in Spain. From the international tourism fair, to food fights in Caceres, and Christian’s victory over the Moors, a lot of exciting events await travelers.
Get to know the weather in different parts of Spain, along with the most famous events and top places to visit during the month of January.
Table of Contents
- Spain in January: Weather and Events
- Best Places to Visit
- Popular Events
- Check out these activities in Spain
Spain in January: Weather and Events
Generally, the weather in January is still cold, especially in the Basque Country and Mediterranean coast. Because it’s still winter, the temperatures can reach 50 degrees Fahrenheit to 60 degrees Fahrenheit, and the sea breeze adds to the chill.
The cold weather situation is also experienced in the capital city Madrid, where the temperature can go as low as 37 degrees Fahrenheit. The Meseta Central, located on a plateau, is on the chiller side, with the temperature that drops to 3 degrees Celsius.
There’s also a chance of rain when visiting the city of San Sebastian, with an average of six inches of rain every January. The whole Mediterranean coast only experiences over an inch of rain at this time of the year.
Overall, the weather is definitely unpredictable in January in Spain, with some days rainy, chilly, and others slightly warmer than normal. However, it’s best to expect colder weather in the first two weeks of the month because it’s when the temperature lows dip to freezing. After all, January is still winter and make sure to pack a coat and thermal jackets to be comfortable.
Best Places to Visit
January is the best time to enjoy pilgrimage routes, historic quarters, coastal towns, and the metropolitan cities. Although the weather isn’t good for swimming, travelers can still head to the beach for sunbathing and discovering secluded islands.
Hiking, fishing, and skiing are also popular during this time of the year, with more people going to the Pyrenees Mountains, Sierra Nevada, and Zaragoza.
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In the midst of the mild breeze and spot on sunlight, Andalucia is undoubtedly a good region to visit. Historical sites are everywhere, and travelers are presented with numerous outdoor activities that are perfect for the cool weather.
The cities of Granada and Seville are home to impressive Andalusian culture and gastronomy. The centuries-old cathedrals, ruins, bridges, and monuments call for a deeper understanding of Spain’s history and culture.
Stepping foot into Granda, travelers can enjoy the slopes at the Sierra Nevada. This place is popular for the awesome terrains, mountain stats, and the acres of land dedicated to ski. Meanwhile, Seville is a winter wonderland for its unique charm and striking historic villages. Never miss the beautiful gardens of the Alcazar Palace in winter and see the lively plazas and main squares.
To taste the best Andalusian wines and see the vast vineyards in the region, head to Ronda. The weather’s continental and visitors can take a side trip to the national park and the wine museum. Ronda’s wine tradition is rooted in the desirable weather, cultivating the best grape varieties like Syrah, Grenache, Petit Verdot, Merlot, and others.
January in Spain also calls for a nature excursion, visiting the caves of Nerja, rolling green hills of Jaén, and Andalucia wetlands.
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The tropical paradise of Mallorca is considered a mecca for sunbathers and beach lovers. Unlike other well-known beaches like Ibiza, this place has lesser crowds—the best nature retreat even during winter.
There’s nothing to top off Mallorca’s dreamy waters and craggy mountain peaks from the distance. The weather is perfect for walking on the beach, sunbathing, and basically enjoying the peaceful surrounding.
The yacht-filled marina in Palma is home to the best seafood tapas in Mallorca. Museums are scattered everywhere and historic churches are within the distance. The food is also the highlight of the trip, ranging from the cheeses, ensaïmadas, buńuelos, and the delicious white vermouth on ice.
If looking for a place with non-existent crowds up to the hill, Selva is a good destination. It’s a small village at the foot of the Serra de Tramuntana mountain, offering a lovely view of the Balearic. There are narrow alleyways to discover, which are full of antique and quaint shops.
WHERE TO STAY? Best hotels in Mallorca.
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The Spanish Pyrenees is among the best winter destinations for adorning the snowy mountain peaks while skiing. Home to the best ski resorts like Panticosa, Formigal, and Aramon, travelers can definitely have a good time here.
These resorts are notorious for having the most unique terrains and longer ski plateau, perfect for beginners and experts. The surrounding is serene, and the weather condition is suitable for this outdoor activity.
In addition to skiing, another popular activity here is hiking, which provides a glimpse of the steep ridges and freezing waterfalls. Local guides provide more opportunities to discover the hills and routes, as well as the geology and culture of the locals.
Horseback riding is also popular here, starting from the Catalan Pyrenees down to the Mediterranean Sea. By doing this activity, travelers can witness the blossoming roses, natural landscapes, and lush forests. At the end of the trail comes more opportunities to visit the medieval villages like Serra de Daró, Sant Iscle, and Colomers.
Spain in January weather is definitely pleasant, which is the perfect time to join colorful and unique events and celebrations. Aside from New Year’s Day, travelers can also have fun during the Three King’s festivals, street parties, and more events.
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Also known as the Dia de los Reyes Magos, this celebration marks the end of the Christmas holiday season. The epiphany happens every January 6, in honor of the Three Kings or Three Wise Men. This last celebration is one of the most unique, with parades, and people giving gifts to children and their loved ones.
Unique traditions like leaving out gifts to shoes are common, along with traditional breakfast of Roscón de Reyes, and lively processions or parades. This is a huge holiday celebrated in the country, therefore, expect busy streets and establishments during this time of the year.
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In San Sebastian, locals celebrate the drum festival every January 20. It’s a good mix of music, parties, and feasts, which are common during festivals in Spain. The drum parade gathers hundreds of drum players on the streets, making loud chants and sounds.
Regardless of cold and rain, locals gather around the streets and perform the drumming. Women also join the parade wearing traditional Basque clothing, and men wearing soldier uniforms. The beating of the drums happens non-stop, also a way of honoring the patron Saint Sebastian.
Many travelers have heard of the La Tomatina festival, which is a famous food fight event. In Caceres province, there’s a different version of a food fight, with locals throwing turnips to a devil-like character portrayed by a man wearing a costume. This takes place every 19th and 20th of January at the town of Piornal.
This man walks through the streets while playing tambourine, and expects locals throwing a bunch of turnips of different sizes. The costume is also striking, with colorful strips of fabric and a frightening mask. The person behind the costume wears protective wear to prevent injuries.
Anyone can participate, and the acting devil stands the punishment as long as possible. Even visitors can join throwing turnips while cheering with the crowd. Truly, Spain in January is colorful and fun, offering more chances of discovering new places.
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Weather in Spain in January 2021 water and air temperature.
Holidays in Spain in winter » I want a vacation at sea! Everything about the vacation of your dreams.
When you relax at the sea, you spend most of your time on the beaches. And there are so many interesting and exciting things around, especially if you are in Spain. So head here in January 2021 to explore beautiful old towns, take in the sights and see everything you’ll never see during the beach season. The weather at the beginning of the year in the country is completely different, as is the temperature of the water in the sea. Somewhere warm, somewhere rainy, somewhere overcast. We will tell you further which city in Spain is better to choose for a holiday in the middle of winter, how much a winter holiday in the country costs and whether it is worth coming here while the sea is cool.
Spain is a country with centuries of history and culture. Here, each city has its own history and attractions. It is difficult to choose a city where you can walk, relax and have a great time. Since you have to choose from dozens of cities. But you can look at the weather forecast and, according to this indicator, choose a place where to go.
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The most visited city in Spain is Barcelona. In January, there are as many tourists at the resort as in summer. After all, first of all people come here not for the sake of the sea, but to see the city, its sights and walk along the streets. In January in Barcelona about +13 degrees Celsius, at night the air cools down to +8 degrees. It can rain for 3-4 days, on average, up to 30 millimeters of precipitation falls per month.
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In the capital of Spain Beautiful Madrid can get snow in January. This happens often, and few people are surprised by this. The city is located far from the sea, the climate here is not so warm. During the day, the air warms up to +9, and at night it does not exceed +2. Several nights are frosty when the air temperature drops below zero degrees. There is not much rain in Madrid, about 3-4 days, and the amount of precipitation is not more than 33 millimeters. Most of the month is cloudy weather, the sun shines only every third day.
The sunny island of Mallorca in January is not so sunny. At the beginning of the year, clouds hang over the island most of the time. If the sun is shining, the air still does not warm up to summer temperatures. During the day it is up to +16 degrees, at night it is not higher than +6 degrees. You can’t swim in the sea, the water is very cold. Its temperature is only 16 degrees Celsius, and on the vast coast of Mallorca you will not find a single person who would have the desire to swim.
Most of the rain this month falls in Seville. Here 7-9rainy days, and the amount of precipitation is more than 82 millimeters. Due to the high cloudiness, the air temperature in the resort is somewhat lower than in neighboring cities. Here, the thermometers show +15 during the day, +5 during the day.
Spain in December
In general, winter in Spain is not considered such a tourist season, especially among those who like to relax on the seashore. But fans of winter sports will easily find something to their liking. The Sierra Nevada ski resort opens its doors in early December, inviting skiers from all over the world to enjoy the groomed slopes.
Excursion tours to Seville, Madrid, Barcelona will not interfere too much with cool winter weather. Moreover, during this period, excursions will be even easier for many – there is no suffocating heat and huge crowds.
Such resorts as Tenerife and Gran Canaria are also popular. At this time, of course, no one bathes (except Russians), but the entertainment program with walks, discos and an inimitable atmosphere attracts tourists all year round. The temperature range ranges from +15 +20 ºС.
It must be said that December is a rather expensive month for traveling to Spain. The cost of vouchers often skyrockets, which is not at all surprising – Christmas and New Year make adjustments to the price tags of any goods. This is especially noticeable closer to the holidays. But whoever looks for and buys cheap air tickets in advance will always find how to save the budget.
A trip to Spain in December, depending on the direction and dates, will cost 600-1000 euros.
Holidays, events and festivals
At the beginning of the new year, people usually make plans and make wishes.
Holidays in Seville in January, it turns out, are quite capable of helping to fulfill these desires, one has only to come here during the winter holidays.
On January 1, Spain celebrates New Year . In fact, this is just an official holiday, when all shops, restaurants, pharmacies and government agencies are completely closed.
The celebration takes place at night, at a family dinner and fireworks at night, and by morning everything calms down, the city is empty and comes to life again only on the morning of January 2nd.
The most favorite holiday of the year for Spanish children is Feast of the Three Kings , which is celebrated on January 6th. It is to them (and not to Santa Claus) that children write letters with the most cherished desires with the hope of their fulfillment.
Magic Kings appear in the city on the night of January 5-6, marching festively and greeting the city’s population. Moving bright platforms follow them, scattering sweets, which indescribably delights the kids.
Children’s playgrounds are set up all over the city with all kinds of entertainment, and the celebration ends with the distribution of gifts that children are waiting for.
Spain in January
After the New Year holidays and the end of the holidays, prices for tours are significantly reduced. Now, not lovers of New Year’s Eve in another country, but ordinary tourists come here. Most go to Spanish ski resorts. In January, Baquera Beret and La Molina are considered to be one of the most popular, and other resorts of the Catalan Pyrenees and the Cantabrian Cordillera are not far behind.
January is not only skiing, but also the season of big festivals. For example, a march of drummers is held at this time in San Sebastian. Very colorful and memorable action, which is worth a visit.
The cost of the tour in January is 500-650 euros.
Spain in February
Spanish February will remind residents of the middle zone more likely their native April – temperature +8 +15 ºС, rains and nature waking up after hibernation.
In February, the ski season gradually ends. The Sierra Nevada and the Catalan Pyrenees continue to receive guests, here the season lasts until March and even longer, but some resorts stop working.
On the other hand, the excursion program is starting to work actively. It’s time to get acquainted not only with popular cities such as Barcelona or Madrid, but also visit Zaragoza or Bilbao.
When you go to Spain in winter, don’t forget to take warm clothes with you. The climate of Spain is much warmer than the climate of the middle zone in Russia, however, it is quite cool here, and sometimes frosts occur. The unstable climate of the planet, which has been changing in recent years, may surprise an unprepared tourist.
Spain in spring
Perhaps most people will agree that the most magical and beautiful time of the year is spring. It is incredibly beautiful in Spain, when almonds, apple trees, peach trees, cherries, plums begin to bloom violently. The weather at this time is also pleasing: in the south of the country, in March, the air warms up to +20 ºС, in the north at this time the temperature reaches +16 ºС.
This time of year is ideal for tourists – many festivals, the tourist season begins at seaside resorts.
When is the beach season in Spain
The swimming season in Spanish resorts lasts from May to October. At the end of spring, sea water is still not warm enough, so there are few tourists. Most vacationers come in July and August. In the Canary Islands (eg Tenerife) the season lasts all year round, but the warmest time here is from May to November. In the Balearic Islands (Majorca, Ibiza), the best time to relax is from mid-May to the end of October.
For more information about the weather and seasons in Spain, read the article weather in Spain by months.
Spain in March
If you’ve been waiting for discounts on ski resorts, then March is the time to catch a discounted tour, because the main ski season is coming to an end. In March, you can rent a cottage for half the winter price, and in April the price will seem completely ridiculous compared to high season prices. Only you can’t guess with snow, so you have to take risks.
But in popular tourist cities like Seville and Barcelona, prices are gradually starting to rise. The cost of housing increases by 5-15% compared to winter. And will continue to grow as the warmer days come.
For those who are attracted by the beach holiday, it’s time to go to Tenerife and the Balearic Islands. To touch the history and nature, go, for example, to Granada and Cordoba.
The average cost of a trip to Spain in March is about 500 euros, but it is quite possible to find tours with discounts.
Spain is not limited to beach holidays and shopping, in addition, it offers a rich cultural program: gastronomic excursions, flamenco and bullfighting, various attractions, medieval castles and cities. There are so many fascinating things here that it’s hard to immediately understand where to go and what to see.
So, you can go to the south of Spain, where you will find a temperamental Andalusian region that combines Arab and Spanish blood and character. Or to the northwest with its unique Basque culture, or maybe to the west with measured Galicia. The central part of Spain will surprise you with the furious Castile, and the northeast with the unique Catalonia.
Wherever you go in Spain the best time for excursions is April and May, also September and October are warm but not hot months.
Spain in April
Perhaps April can be safely called the beginning of the tourist boom. Usually in April, Semana Santa – Holy Week takes place. Every day, many processions are held throughout the country, in large cities their number can reach 30. Each region has its own characteristics of the Holy Week and its customs associated with it, as well as each religious brotherhood organizing a procession.
There are many traditions and festivities associated with the Easter holidays. Every year in April, the Seville April Fair is held, lasting a week. Each day begins with a parade of wagons and horsemen, followed by a bullfight at noon.
The cost of vouchers during this period is growing, especially for holidays in sea regions and can be 450-900 euros.
Spain in May
May is already quite a hot month, the season of mild weather is coming, full of sun and the water in the sea is starting to warm up. The temperature on the Mediterranean coast is +23 +25 °С, in the Spanish Atlantic it is a little cooler – +21 +24 °С.
Tourists in May can see amazing festivals in Seville, Madrid and Barcelona. At this time, seaside resorts become popular. The season begins in Ibiza, where the first tourists come in May. In May, the resorts of Mallorca, such as Port de Pollensa, begin their work. It’s a bit quieter here than in Ibiza.
Ski resorts stop working at this time, by May the snow has time to melt even on the peaks. But housing is still rented, and its price drops significantly in May, you can find tours for 250-300 euros. If you have always dreamed of visiting the mountains in the summer, feel free to go to Spain. The journey will not be too expensive and very exciting.
Holidays in seaside resorts in May will cost about 500-800 euros. Tours to regions far from the sea will cost much less. Barcelona, Sevilla, Granada, Marbella Numerous historical sights of the Catalan capital attract millions of tourists every year. Guests are advised to start exploring the city with a visit to the Gothic Quarter, the oldest in the Old Town. Its buildings date from the 14th-15th centuries. The most visited location is the Cathedral of the Holy Cross and St. Eulalia. It houses the residence of the archbishop. White geese live in the chapel of the cathedral, their color symbolizes the purity and purity of Saint Eulalia. Please check catedralbcn.org for hours of operation. A visit to the choirs and an observation deck on the roof for 3 euros.
Fans of secular architecture will certainly appreciate the Grand Royal Palace (adult ticket 4 euros, reduced ticket 2.5 euros, children under 6 free), the unique concert hall of the Palace of Catalan Music (55-minute tour 18 euros, reduced ticket 11 euros), the Jewish Quarter of Cal and the Gothic Fountain in Sant Just Square.
The most popular museum in Barcelona is the Picasso Museum museupicasso.bcn.cat. This is a whole complex that occupies 5 Gothic buildings on Moncada Street. The ticket price is 12 euros, children under 18 are free.
It is simply impossible to visit Barcelona without touching the legacy of the great inventor Antonio Gaudí. It was according to his drawings that the construction of the Sagrada Familia Cathedral, still unfinished, began. This fact does not prevent the enchanting building with many towers from playing the honorary role of the visiting card of the city. The cost of tickets to the Sagrada Familia is 15-29 euros (self-guided tour, with a guide, with an audio guide). It is better to check the timetable on the website. In addition to the Sagrada Familia, Senor Gaudí’s creative collection also includes secular buildings – the Guell Palace, Vicens’ House, Mila’s House, nicknamed the “Stone Quarry”, Calvett’s mansion. All these eccentric buildings are included in the UNESCO World Heritage List.
The area of Montjuic deserves special attention. Its most striking sights are the fortress of the same name and the National Museum of Art of Catalonia museunacional. cat (admission ticket 12 euros, children under 16 years old, visitors over 65 years old – free of charge). Tourists love to see the Magic Fountain and the exposition of the João Miro Foundation (adult ticket 12 euros, reduced ticket 7 euros, children under 15 free of charge). It was on Mount Montjuic that two world-class events took place at once – the World Exhibition (1929) and the XXV Summer Olympic Games (1992).
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The capital of Andalusia is known for its outstanding historical quarter, one of the largest in Europe. Tourists like to start exploring the city with a visit to the catedraldesevilla.es Cathedral, where the remains of Christopher Columbus are buried, who set off from the local harbor to the New World. Entrance ticket for adults 9 euros, preferential – 4 euros, children under 14 years old – free of charge.
An equally popular place among visitors to the city is the Art Museum, the second largest collection of paintings in the country. The visiting card of the city is the bell tower of the cathedral, the Giralda.
This imposing building once served as the mosque’s minaret. Now at a height of 98 meters there is an observation deck. The ticket price is 8 euros, students and pensioners pay 3 euros. It is better to check the opening hours on the website. Another evidence of the Moorish invasion is the Alcazar palace-fortress alcazarsevilla.org with many galleries, waterfalls, fountains, patios and cozy gardens. An entrance ticket will cost 11.5 euros, a reduced ticket – 3 euros.
There are night tours (€14) and free visits on Monday evenings. Don’t miss the “Golden Tower” visitasevilla.es (entrance ticket 3 euros, concessionary – 1.5 euros) and the magnificent observation deck, Triana Bridge. In Seville, you can admire the spectacle that made Spain famous all over the world – bullfighting. The venue for the fights is the arena above the Plaza de Toros de la Maestranza.
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The pearl of Granada is the “Red Fortress” or Alhambra, the only example of Moorish architecture in the city. The Alhambra rises above the city, crowning a steep ridge above a wooded hill. The official website of the architectural complex is alhambra-patronato.es. We recommend booking a ticket in advance through the hotel administrator, so as not to stand in line. Entrance ticket – 14 euros (includes visits to the Nasrid palaces, Alcazaba, Generalife), children under 12 years old are free.
An equally interesting location in Granada is the old summer palace of the Arab sultans, decorated with fountains, pools and the stunning Generalife gardens. Ticket to the gardens – 7 euros, in the evening – 8 euros. Among the Christian sights, I would like to mention the Church of St. Jose, the Abbey of Sacromonte, the Basilica of St. Juan. If you want to try the Arab cuisine of the Maghreb, head to Calle Calderería (Calle de las Teterías). And for lovers of bathing in Granada, there is the Arabian Baths (Hammam) – this is an upscale spa complex, made in the style of traditional Muslim baths.
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The Spanish Mediterranean city of Marbella is a fashionable and very fashionable resort. In the high season, its population increases by 2.5 times, reaching 200 thousand people. It is here, on the Golden Mile, that the most prestigious Spanish hotels and villas are located, in which celebrities from all over the world and even members of royal families regularly rest. The most comfortable beaches on the Costa del Sol include Bounty Beach, Playa de Rio Real, Playa de Alicate, Playa Hermosa Playa Real de Zaragoza Playa Fontanilla and Playa de Nueva Andalucía. The city has 4 operating ports – one of them is fishing and three are sports.
The most famous of them, the largest sports port on the Mediterranean Sea, Puerto Banus. It is decorated with the Victory monument – a bronze giant, a gift from the sculptor Zurab Tsereteli. It is a stele crowned with a figure of a man with his hands raised up, looking at the sea. The locals dubbed him “Russian, who first came to the sea.” Among the historical sights of the city there are many interesting ancient buildings: the ancient Roman mosaic in Villa de Rio Verde and the baths of the 3rd century AD in the town of San Pedro, the Paleo-Christian basilica of the 3rd-4th centuries AD. in Vega del Mar, the fortress of the Alcazaba with the Thieves’ and Royal Towers. A walk through the old town will give many unforgettable impressions – the Ermita de Santiago Chapel on Orange Square and the Corregidor’s House, made in the Gothic and Renaissance styles, will be remembered by travelers for a long time.
Those wishing to admire the wonderful Mediterranean nature will love the parks and botanical gardens of Marbella – La Alameda Poplar Alley, one of the oldest parks in the city and the Arolho de la Represa Garden, which cascades down to the waterfront itself with an amazing Bonsai Museum, which boasts the most impressive collection of mini -trees in Europe.
If you feel like you’ve already explored Marbella well, take one of the Costa del Sol sightseeing tours. Such a trip will take 2 days and will cost 200-250 euros per person. Another interesting pastime option is an excursion to Morocco. A one-day tour with the crossing of Gibraltar and a visit to Tangier costs 70-80 euros.
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Spain in June
As mentioned above, the first summer month in Spain is the most comfortable for tourists. The air warmed up enough to put on shorts, T-shirts and start sunbathing already, the water also becomes comfortable (although not everywhere, for example, in the Malaga region, the Atlantic currents do not allow it to warm up all June). Especially popular this month are the clean beaches of Barcelona. Nature at this time will delight tourists with flowering vineyards.
Summer Spain is not only about the sea. In June, bullfights are held in Cordoba, San Sebastian, Bilbao, and flamenco festivals are held throughout Spain at this time. The season of excursions and exhibitions begins in Madrid.
The cost of the tour in June depends on the destination. Beach resorts will cost 600-1000 euros, excursion programs are slightly cheaper – up to 800 euros. It is logical that the price of the most popular destinations is growing, for example, the cost of tours to Barcelona increases by almost a third.
Spain in July
The hottest and driest month in Spain is the peak of the influx of tourists. The air this month warms up to +34 ºС, and the water temperature reaches +25 ºС, real “fresh milk”. In July, a dry and burning wind from the Sahara reigns over the Canary Islands. But it does not prevent life from boiling and sparkling with delightfully bright colors.
July is the month of holidays and festivals in Valencia and Zaragoza, where bullfights and flamenco await tourists. On the beaches of the Costa Brava, Costa del Maresme, Costa Dorada, life is in full swing, full of endless fun. Fans of active nightlife and dancing will appreciate Ibiza and Mallorca.
Fans of sightseeing in July should pay attention to Aviles and Gijón in Asturias. Here you can see the ancient cities that remember the distant past of Spain, walk along the narrow streets and get acquainted with the history of this delightful country.
Depending on the destination, prices for holidays in Spain in July vary quite a lot. Excursion tours will cost 350-500 euros, and holidays on the sea coast 500-900 euros.
Outskirts of Madrid: where to go?
Warner Brothers Movie Park
If you’re a movie buff or traveling with kids, include a visit to Warner Brothers Movie Park in your travel itinerary. It is quite easy to get to it: a commuter train of the C-3 line departs from the Atocha station. On the way 25 minutes. Your Pinto station, then you will need to take bus number 413. We advise you to check the bus schedule so as not to be late for the last one. A taxi from the park to the train stop will cost 20 euros.
The area of the amusement park is 250 hectares, it is divided into thematic zones – Cartoon Village, Hollywood Boulevard, Super Heroes World. It will be interesting for children to get acquainted with their favorite cartoon characters, and for adults to ride on numerous roller coasters and tickle nerves in haunted houses. The entrance ticket on the site for all categories of visitors is 25.9 euros, on the spot it is much more expensive. The schedule can be found on the park’s website.
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A trip to Escorial is recommended to visit the stunning 16th century monastery and palace of San Lorenzo del Escorial. Here you will meet with the monumental paintings of Bosch, Velasquez, Veronese, Tintoretto, Titian and El Greco, acquaintance with tapestries made according to the sketches of Rubens Goya. A visit to Escorial is completed by a walk to the marble mausoleum of the Spanish kings, in which only two tombs are free.
El Escorial also attracts with its atypical climate for Spain – it is always cool here, even if the air temperature in Madrid has risen to an uncomfortable +30 degrees. An hour trip to Escorial will give you not only a meeting with the beautiful, but also the opportunity to relax from the scorching Spanish sun. The complex is open for visits from 10:00 to 20:00 except Monday, from October to March until 18:00. Entrance ticket – 10 euros for adults and 5 euros for beneficiaries. A trip from Madrid will cost you 7-20 euros, depending on the chosen transport. You can travel by bus or train.
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Flamenco deserves special attention. Andalusia is considered to be the birthplace of this dance, but the shows of groups that perform on an ongoing basis can be seen in all major cities of the country. If you want to see how flamenco is danced in Madrid, go to one of the “tablaos”, as the scenes where the dancers perform are called. The oldest tablao in the capital of Spain is called El Corral de la Moreria
performances have been held here since 1956. Graceful dancers in rustling scarlet skirts, who passionately and selflessly dance a hot dance to sonorous guitar chords, will surely conquer you.
This location is listed as one of the 100 Places to Visit in Your Lifetime. Music critics claim that El Corral de la Moreria is the best venue not only in Spain, but also in Europe. Concert organizers invite talented musicians and dancers from all over the country. A ticket to the show will cost you 50 euros (this price includes 1 drink).
Given that El Corral de la Moreria is a restaurant, you can also order dinner, but we advise you to book tables in advance and choose seats closer to the stage. If you are not lucky enough to visit this Madrid institution, it does not matter if you follow the link you will find information about the most interesting venues where Flamenco is danced in Barcelona
Spain in August
In August, the air temperature rarely drops below +30 ºС. Tourists are advised to observe a siesta, do not forget about sunscreen and glasses. Exhausting heat is still in the south of the country, part of the central regions suffer from drought and heat. However, rains in August happen much more often than in other summer months. But the rain here is not the same as in the middle lane, here it is rather a blessing.
The beaches are incredibly crowded this month. And it’s not just that the flow of tourists is still huge. It is time for vacations in the country, and the Spaniards themselves go to the water, where it is easier to endure the August heat.
But the influx of tourists is still huge, especially since in some regions in August the peak of the season, for example, in Ibiza. However, the decline in the high season is beginning to be felt – some hotels are starting to give discounts, and prices for tours are gradually decreasing. Holidays in sea and island resorts are still quite expensive – 500-900 euros depending on the direction, but sightseeing tours are falling in price, you can find a route with several cities for 100-300 euros.
We can hardly reveal a secret if we say that no trip is complete without shopping.
Souvenirs, clothes, shoes, jewelry – this is not a complete list of what tourists usually bring from trips.
Shopping in Seville is especially attractive in the second half of January, when all the shops of shopping centers vying with each other please with discounts of up to 80%.
And given that there are at least two or three floors with shops, a large selection of food courts and play areas for children, we can safely say that it will take a whole day to visit the shopping center.
Do not forget about the opportunity to return 10-15% of purchases when crossing the border of the European Union.
Tax free is charged on purchases from 90 euros, you just need to ask the store to issue the necessary documents.
Luxury and mid-range shopping can be done in boutiques located in the city center on Cierpes Street.
Spain in autumn
In autumn, Spain experiences a real velvet season. The high season is gradually coming to an end, tourists are leaving. Autumn Spain is an ideal place for lovers of a calm and measured holiday.
In autumn it is nice to walk the streets of Spanish cities with a guided tour. There will no longer be such huge crowds as in summer. It’s time to get acquainted with the rich historical past of the country.
The weather at this time of the year will delight you with a pleasant temperature of +28 +30 ºС, and the sea retains summer heat of +23 +24 ºС. There are rains, especially in the north of the country, but warm and mild weather of the velvet season remains in the southern part.
Spain in September
In all European countries, the school year begins in September, schoolchildren and students go to study. And the beaches are emptying, which only plays into the hands of lovers of the velvet season. At this time, the weather is still warm, the sea is warm and gentle, but not so crowded and noisy. Well, small rains are such a trifle!
There are still quite a lot of tourists in the popular tourist destinations of the Mediterranean coast of Spain, but they cannot be compared with the summer influx. In September, the Flamenco Festival is held in Seville, it is definitely worth a visit if you happen to be in Spain. At this time of the year, you can find many excursion offers that combine boat trips and city excursions.
Prices for tours and accommodation are falling in September, a seaside vacation this month will cost 500-600 euros. Many hotels offer good discounts. The weather in September is similar to the end of June – the beginning of July.
Regardless of the season, Spain harmoniously coexists with beach and ski resorts, excursions and shopping, as well as gastronomic tours and dynamic modern life.
Where is the best place to go?
Holidays in Spain are beautiful at any time of the year , but it is in winter that it is better to spend your vacation riding in the ski resorts of the country. During this period, the holiday season is already closed, but outdoor activities are in full swing.
Frosty fresh air can be enjoyed in the Pyrenees, located on the border with Andorra and France.
Here the skiing season is in full swing , and the “trick” of these places is the opportunity to go down from the mountains directly to the sea.
There are five great places to ski in Spain:
- Iberian mountain range ;
- Central mountain system ;
- Catalan Pyrenees ;
- Aragonese Pyrenees ;
- Cantabrian Cordillera .
Thanks to this choice, you can finally decide where to ski on the spot.
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Benefits of a holiday at this time
A holiday in Spain in January is a great opportunity to celebrate the main holidays of (New Year and Christmas) abroad, surrounded by palm trees and exotics. Prices at this time are much lower than for summer tours, and the quality of service remains the same.
The weather is favorable for traveling around the country, sightseeing, shopping and Christmas sales, which start in Spain on January 2nd.
Spain in October
In October, the beach season officially ends, which does not stop many tourists who swim with pleasure until the end of the month. And not surprisingly, the air temperature in October fluctuates in the range of +23 +24 ºС, and the water temperature is about + 18 +19 ºС. For a resident, for example, of central Russia, where there has been practically no summer in recent years, this is quite comfortable weather for swimming.
But still, before buying a tour to the seaside, it makes sense to get acquainted with the weather forecast. The most favorable for a beach holiday will be the Canary Islands and Ibiza, but even here the temperatures are gradually falling, after all, the middle of autumn.
In general, the rest is gradually moving from the beach to the sightseeing. It’s time to go to Barcelona, Cartagena and Toledo. This month you can have time to look at the bullfight, the season of which is also coming to an end. Major bullfighting festivals are held in Madrid, Zaragoza, Bilbao, Cordoba, San Sebastian. Of the significant events of October, it is worth noting the day of Spanish culture and traditions of the Hispanidad, which is held on October 12th.
The cost of beach tours in October ranges from 300 to 500 euros, and an excursion trip for two will cost about 700-900 euros, depending on the direction and route options.
Relatively warm, sunny and sometimes rainy winters in Seville are explained by the fact that the city is influenced by the Mediterranean climate.
There were seasons when the air temperature in Seville in January reached its possible limit – +24 °C, and it happened that it dropped to -5 °C.
Of course, such phenomena are rare, and the temperature usually stays between these indicators.
Air temperature in Seville in January
Thus, the average temperature during the day in the middle of winter is about +15. 9 °C, and at night – about +7.7 °C.
Jacket, comfortable shoes and an umbrella in reserve – everything you need to feel comfortable on any walk in the magical city.
January is one of the rainiest months after November and December.
The total rainfall is about 32.3 mm and there are 3 to 10 rainy days during the month.
As for snow, it is quite rare, even exceptional, in Seville. It can fall out in the form of grains, but does not linger on the ground.
Sunny, cloudy and overcast days
Despite the peak of the winter season, the sun is not a rare guest in the Andalusian sky.
In total, about 16 – 21 sunny days are issued per month. There are 4 – 5 overcast days, and 5 to 7 days with variable cloudiness.
Spain in November
The last autumn month is not the most favorable in terms of climate – the water is already too cold, the air temperature barely warms up to +20 ºС. You can still catch the joys of swimming in Tenerife, the beaches of mainland Spain are empty. But the streets and squares of ancient cities are filled with tourists who want to touch the history, traditions and amazing Spanish cuisine.
In November, it makes sense to visit Granada in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada and go on city tours. By the way, in November there is a festival of olives and olive oil in Baena (Andalusia).
In conclusion, it is worth noting that Spain is good as a seaside resort in June-September. The first tourists appear already at the end of May, and the most persistent ones boldly enter the waves as early as October, and in the Canary Islands even in November. But still, the high season is definitely summer and September. In the off-season, Spain is good for lovers of excursions and leisurely walks to explore the country on their own. Winter is the season for winter sports. Depending on your preferences, you can choose the most suitable month for your holiday. Fortunately, in any season you can find the most suitable tour in terms of price and conditions.
Sightseeing holidays: what to see in January
It is not difficult to make a sightseeing tour of Seville – everything is interesting here.
It is difficult to fit the entire list of attractions in one trip. Therefore, we will only talk about some of the most striking and suitable excursions for this time of year.
Undoubtedly, at the beginning of January you can choose a fine sunny day to go on an amazing walk along Plaza de España .
This is one of the most unusual squares in the world today, despite the fact that it was built in 1928 for the opening of the Ibero-American Exhibition.
In the center of the round square paved with tiles there is a large fountain, and on one side the territory is framed by a huge semicircular building, made in two styles at once – Art Nouveau and the local original Mudéjar style. Really impressive place.
You can continue your walk in the Marie-Louise Park, where the square passes.
Orange and olive trees, a variety of buildings that fit perfectly into the landscape, playgrounds, a pond – everything is here to win the love of visitors. Entrance here is completely free.
And if during the day the park is filled with tourists, then in the evenings local residents join them – they love to walk here with their children.
Well, the time to come for a walk can be found in mid-January – palm trees are still green, and orange trees delight with bright fruits.
If you are traveling with little inquisitive why-do-it-yourselfers, they just need to find out why an 8-meter-high whale is hanging from the ceiling, why comics are drawn on the walls and check whether the exhibits in the museum can really be touched.
Answers to these and many other questions are waiting for them in the House of Science. You can come here at the end of January or at another time, if it suddenly rains outside the window.
In addition, it has its own planetarium with adult and children’s programs, so the tour is suitable for any age group.
Children under 5 years old are admitted to the museum free of charge, admission for an adult costs 3 euros, and a ticket to the planetarium costs 3 euros.
One cannot fail to mention the next unusual place, and even more so, it is impossible not to visit it, having been in the capital of Andalusia.
Metropol Parasol (approximately translated as “city umbrella”) is a complex of buildings in the form of giant umbrellas (the townspeople call them mushrooms), based on huge columns, interconnected and consisting of four levels.
The underground floor houses the remains of Roman ruins, the ground floor is reserved for the Central Market, the first level houses an open area for events, and the second and third are equipped with viewing terraces, from where a stunning view of the city opens.
There are no analogues to this innovative building in the world, so this item is probably one of the main ones on the list of visits.
- Family tours in Seville
Tours to Spain – cost of holidays in Spain
Sunny and cheerful Spain awaits tourists on the beaches of the Mediterranean, ski resorts and winter holidays in Tenerife. Entertainment and attractions from Madrid to the Canary Islands, from Dali to Gaudí, from Real Madrid to Barca.
Regions and resorts in Spain
Spain is a diverse and multifaceted country, even officially it is divided into autonomous regions. Catalonia, which has not lost hope of separating from the country for many years, is famous for its capital Barcelona with its city beaches and Gaudí architecture.
The southern region – Andalusia – is considered the most “Spanish” Spain. Here you can see bullfighting banned in Catalonia, flamenco and ancient original Spanish cities with history: Seville, Granada and the birthplace of Antonio Banderas – Malaga.
Valencia is famous for its widest sandy beaches in the country, as well as authentic paella with beans. Well, in the Basque Country, you should definitely visit Bilbao with its museums and restaurants, the beach-surfer San Sebastian and small port towns on the coast, where other tourists rarely get.
The trained eye of a meteorologist divides mainland Spain into three distinct climatic zones at once. The north of the country (from Galicia to Catalonia) is influenced by the Atlantic Ocean: there are mild, wet winters and moderately warm summers. The southeastern coast (Andalusia and Extremadura) is, of course, a Mediterranean climate with very mild, short winters and dry, hot summers. Precipitation is scarce, falling mainly in autumn and winter. In summer in coastal Spain, it is usually around +25 … +32 ° С, the swimming season lasts from June to October. Finally, on the central plateau of the country, the climate is sharply continental, with a noticeable difference (sometimes up to 15 ° C) between day and night temperatures. Summers are hot and dry, winters are dry and cold. As for the Canary archipelago, the climate there is warm, mild and very stable. The average annual temperature is +20 °C without extreme heat even at the height of summer, the water is warm all year round.
Visa and Customs
Spain has long been a member of the Schengen Agreement.
Transport of Spain
Traveling around the regions of Spain is very convenient, intercity transport is very well developed here. Spain is considered a fairly large (by European standards, of course) country, so it has developed domestic air traffic. There are airports in almost all major cities: Madrid, Barcelona, Malaga, Granada, Valencia, Alicante, Seville, Cordoba, Bilbao, Zaragoza. The most low-cost flights are offered by Vueling, which is considered the main low-cost airline in the Spanish market.
Public transport in cities
In the role of public urban transport in Spain are the subway, buses, taxis, local and intercity trains. Transport runs on schedule. The fare for the metro and the bus is the same. Electric trains are worthy competitors of buses when moving over medium-distance distances. They are not only more than two times cheaper, but in many cases – noticeably faster.
Car rental in Spain
To rent a car in Spain, you need to show your passport and international driving license. Some companies require the driver to be at least 21 or 23 years old, and the license issued at least one or two years ago. Often companies require a deposit (sometimes equal to the cost of the entire rental) or a credit card.
The country’s monetary unit is the Euro (EUR), in 1 euro there are 100 euro cents.
Communication and Wi-Fi
In Spain, communication services are provided by 4 mobile operators – Movistar, Vodafone, Orange and Yoygo.
In general, the situation with the Internet is this – Wi-Fi is almost always available in hotels, occasionally in bars, and almost never in apartments. To connect to the McDonald’s network, like any other public network, access registration is required. There are also so-called Locutorio – these are places of public use of the Internet through a computer connection.
The beaches are the wealth of Spain. This country boasts countless beaches of all kinds – sandy, pebbly, rocky, and even volcanic black sand. There are resort beach areas both on the mainland and in the island parts of Spain. In the country, all beaches are municipal and free – access to them is not limited.
From the east, Spain is washed by the Mediterranean Sea, many kilometers of coastline includes the Catalan resorts of Costa Brava, Costa del Maresme, Costa del Garraf and Costa Dorada, as well as the Valencian resort region of Costa Blanca. The southern Spanish coast overlooks the Strait of Gibraltar. Here is Andalusia with its resorts Costa del Sol and Costa de la Luz. On the stretch of coast between France and Portugal, which is washed by the waters of the Bay of Biscay of the Atlantic Ocean, there are 3 beach areas – Galicia, Costa Verde and Cantabria. In the Mediterranean Sea are the beach resorts of the Balearic Islands – Mallorca, Menorca, Ibiza and Formentera. The Canary Islands attract beach lovers all year round. In total, more than 480 beaches throughout Spain have been marked with the Blue Flag of the European Ecological Association.
Spain is not only sea and sun, but also mountains and snow. The country has places with a variety of conditions for ski holidays. The most famous ski resorts are located on the border with France in the Pyrenees. They are divided into the Catalan and Aragonese Pyrenees. Catalan resorts are famous for their impressive landscapes with mountain rivers and lakes. The most famous of them are La Molina, Port del Comte and Baqueira Beret. The latter is famous for the fact that it is here that members of the royal family and the Spanish president ride. The Aragonese part is the highest mountain region of the Pyrenees, the land of national parks with an abundance of thermal springs. These are Astun, Kandancha and Boi-Taul.
The highest ski resort in Spain is the Sierra Nevada. It is located in the south of the country just an hour from the Mediterranean Sea. The Alpine Skiing World Championship was held here and the skiing conditions correspond to the highest international level. There are also winter resorts in the vicinity of Madrid and Barcelona. They do not have a long season and large elevation changes, but they boast additional recreational opportunities – there is a wide range of entertainment and accommodation options, gastronomic and wine tours are offered. Near Barcelona are Espot-Esqui and the same Baqueira-Beret, and with Madrid – the Central mountain system: La Pinilla, Navacerrada, Valdeschi.
The Iberian mountain system is located in the province of Zaragoza. There is not a deep snow cover in this area, but interesting high-mountain routes are laid among picturesque coniferous forests. Here is the largest ski resort in Spain – Formigal. The mountain system of the Cantabrian Cordillera covers Asturias, Cantabria and the northern part of León. There is a lot of snow here, but the skiing period is short. The best resorts in the region are Alto Campo, Valgrande Pajares, San Isidro and Manzaneda.
5 things to do in Spain
- Visit Salvador Dali.
- Taste the legendary wine Vega Sicilia.
- Watch a fight between a matador and a bull.
- Walk around tapas bars.
- Feel the magic of flamenco.
Attractions and attractions in Spain
In Spain, as in a good fairy tale: if you go to the right, you will get to the gorgeous coast, if you go to the left, you will find countless sightseeing treasures. And in any case, wherever you turn, delicious food, friendly locals and beautiful nature await you everywhere. And if you consider that a trip to Spain sometimes costs only a little more than to the same Turkey, to a hotel of a similar level, you can really believe that you have fallen into a fairy tale. Among other things, holidays in Spain can easily be combined with language courses: the language of Cervantes perfectly “lays down” when the beach is a stone’s throw away, and in the evening a glass of cava awaits.
Mainland Spain is a storehouse of excursion riches. Guests who come to conquer the peaks of the Sierra Nevada have a direct route to day trips to Granada, Cordoba or Seville. Well, vacationers in the north of the country, in addition to the “standard” Barcelona, can go to Santiago de Compostela, one of the most significant cities of medieval Christianity and just a very beautiful place. In addition, Spain is famous for its religious shrines. For example, the monastery of St. Pilar (Zaragoza), the monastic ensemble of Torresyudad (Huesca), Montserrat and Lourdes (France). Every year, these world-famous monasteries are visited by 10 to 12 million tourists. Let’s also mention the excellent museums of Spain, where even the most fastidious tourist can find an exposition to his taste.
Spanish cuisine and restaurants
In Spain, a real cult of food – many restaurants and taverns offer to join the cuisine and wines of Spain. Some cafes, in addition to national dishes, have Italian, Mexican and Asian menus. In addition, the country has a huge number of markedly different regional cuisines.
There are international eateries in the country – McDonald’s, KFS, WOK TO WOLK. For a reasonable price, you can have a snack with national sandwiches in fast food establishments 100 montaditos. A good way to save on food is to take advantage of a business lunch. In Spanish, it is called “Menu del dia” and is offered from 12:00 to 16:00 in almost every restaurant. Many cafes work on the principle of a buffet without limiting the number of approaches.
A large number of visitors is the main sign of the popularity of the bar. If there are already a lot of people in it by lunchtime, then very tasty tapas are served here.
The national gastronomic culture of tapeo and its strongholds – tapas bars deserve special attention. For the Spaniards, this is not only a way to eat and drink, but a lifestyle and the process of communicating with friends. Before the main course, restaurants also serve tapas – a variety of snacks that are often drawn to a hearty meal on their own. Traditional soups are not very common, but gazpacho can be found almost everywhere.
The most famous Spanish dish is paella (pilaf with seafood), you should also try jamón, dry-cured pork. Fish and seafood dishes are very common. From alcohol, Catalan white wines Penedès and Ampurdan are popular, sherry from the city of Jerez de la Frontera in the southwest of Andalusia is considered the pride of the country, and in the Canary Islands, excellent semi-sweet wine Malvasia is made from Lanzarote grapes.
Another “alcoholic symbol” of Spain, sangria, is made on the basis of ordinary semi-sweet red wine or red carbonated “cava”, adding ice and chopped fruit to the wine.
Shopping and shops
Provisions are usually brought from Spain (cheeses, wine, jamon ham) and souvenirs with the symbols of the country (fans, skirts, flamenco shoes). Other popular crafts are wooden caps (hair bands, if anyone doesn’t know) and other wood carvings, as well as clay products – from whistles to sets. Spanish craftswomen weave amazing (and expensive) lace, as well as skillful embroidery on silk. It is also worth taking a bottle of sherry, sangria or malvasia with you from the country.
Siesta in Spain lasts from 13:00 to 16:00: at this time, most banks, shops and government offices are closed for lunch. There is no siesta in the Sierra Nevada.
Store hours are from 9:00 to 13:00 and from 16:00 to 20:00 (large department stores often work non-stop). On Saturdays, shops are usually open until 13:00, Sunday is a day off. Discount period (Rebajas) in Spain happens twice a year – from January to March and from July to September.
Especially interesting shopping in the capital of the country and in Barcelona. In Madrid there is a whole fashionable quarter – Argüelles. It is located near the Parque del Oeste and the Temple of Debod. In this quarter, modern shops organically fit into the ancient architecture 19century. In the heart of the capital, in the Preciados and Sol area, you can buy everything from souvenirs to wedding dresses, and at the same time visit the Avenue of Arts.
In Barcelona, a whole bus route has been launched for shopaholics – the blue Barcelona Shopping Line buses run around the city and stop at shopping centers.
Holidays in Spain
Holidays in Spain has been one of the key positions in the list of the most popular tourist destinations for many years. Every year the resorts of Spain are visited by thousands of tourists from all over the world. You can go here at any time of the year and with any composition – together, with children, a cheerful and noisy company. In Spain, like nowhere else, you equally get guaranteed pleasure from all existing types of tours: sightseeing and educational, beach and combined, gastronomic and wine, sports and skiing.
Spain is located in the southwest of Europe and occupies the main part of the Iberian Peninsula, the Balearic and Pitius Islands in the Mediterranean Sea and the Canary Islands in the Atlantic Ocean. In terms of area, Spain is the second after France in Western Europe, it occupies about 505 thousand square kilometers. It borders France, Portugal and Andorra. The Strait of Gibraltar can safely be called the gateway to the Mediterranean. The life of the country has always been inextricably linked with the sea – the total length of the Spanish coast is about 3200 km.
The capital and largest city of the country is Madrid.
The population of Spain in 2012 was 46.772 million. Four languages are spoken here: Spanish, Basque, Catalan and Galician. Spanish is the official and most widely spoken language. On the territory of the country, only euros are accepted for payment.
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Spaniards share the day differently than we do. They have early morning – madrugada (before 5.00 – 6.00), morning – maňana (before 10.00 – 11.00), noon – mediodía (from 12.00 to 14.00), evening – tarde (from 14.00 to 18.00) and the afternoon and night – noche (after 18.00).
It is difficult to find another country in Western Europe with the same unique climate and nature. Spain shares the first place in the number of sunny days, along with Italy and Greece. Although the whole country is located in the subtropical zone and is close in its natural conditions to other Mediterranean countries, it still differs greatly from them. The proximity of the African continent, the influence of the mountainous terrain, the Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea affect.
As we have already said, Spain is surrounded by seas on three sides and separated from Europe by the high Pyrenees. Maybe in a good location is her main secret?
Pyrenees, Spain with children on holiday!
Extreme heat is rare, the sun is pleasantly warm, but rain is rare. Breezes that change their direction depending on the time of day (during the day the breezes blow from the sea to the land, and at night – from the land to the sea), bring fresh and cool air in the hot season. Winter is characterized by mildness and average temperature in January in the northern part from +8 to +10, and in the south up to +12.
Sea holidays in Spain
Mild and warm climate, clean beaches, an abundance of fresh seafood, vegetables and fruits, as well as a large selection of comfortable hotels and apartments of any level make this amazing country a popular beach holiday destination, as well as a favorite vacation spot with children in Spain. Spain offers holidays by the sea in famous Mediterranean resorts (Costa Brava, Costa Daurada, Costa Blanca, Costa del Sol) and popular islands (Ibiza, Mallorca, Menorca, Tenerife, Gran Canaria, etc.). On the Mediterranean coast, you can traditionally relax from late spring to mid-autumn, and in some places, for example, on the beaches of Tenerife, all year round.
Holidays in Spain with children, amusement parks
Holidays in Spain with children – a favorite place for tourists. At family resorts you will find hotels with excellent infrastructure for children, as well as excellent beaches with a gentle and shallow entrance to the sea, without waves. The quality of service is at a good European level. And not far from the beaches of the Costa Daurada, just 800 meters away, is one of the largest theme parks in Europe, PortAventura, which is the main center of attraction not only for children of all age groups, but also for their parents.
Holidays with children in Spain – Port Aventura Park – Costa Dorada
Spain is beautiful in all seasons. Here, a beach holiday can be easily combined with sightseeing tours. And in winter, for example, in Barcelona it is about +15 degrees, the sales season opens, there are no queues and all attractions are available. Some specialties are worth trying at this time of the year. The most famous is Escudella de carn d’olla – a soup with meat, vegetables and Galets pasta. The advantage of visiting Barcelona “out of season” is the excellent prices for domestic flights to the Canary Islands. The cost of the flight Barcelona-Tenerife-Barcelona can be 50-100 euros.
As a country with an interesting history and culture, Spain is rich in sights, museums and monuments. By the number of cities that can be called cultural and architectural capitals, it practically knows no equal. This is dynamic Madrid, where one of the world’s largest museums, the Prado Gallery, is located. And amazing Barcelona, on the streets of which you will see truly fabulous buildings of the architect Gaudi. And Toledo is the city of the great El Greco, which has preserved its medieval center almost unchanged. And the cradle of passionate Spanish flamenco Seville. And Girona with two thousand years of history, called “the last bridge to Africa.” The list can be continued for a long time.
Toledo, Spain rest, hotels are cozy and modern.
Fans of ski holidays and snowboarding are advised to visit the resorts of Sierra Nevada, La Pinilla and others.
Spain has long been a transit point on the way to Andorra. We recommend staying in Barcelona for at least a couple of nights at the beginning or end of your trip.
Among other things, it is more profitable to rent a car for a trip to the mountains in Spain, and refuel in Andorra.