Mainland Spain has a variety of significantly different terrains, from warm, sandy beaches to snow-covered mountains, that attract visitors at various times throughout the year.
The most popular time to visit is during the summer when schools are on break. Winter sees fewer visitors, except during the holiday season. Spring and fall tend to be less expensive as well as less crowded.
- high season: mid-June to mid-September
- low season: December to March
- shoulder season: April to early June, late September to November
Spain is one of the warmest regions in Europe, and receives more than three thousand hours of sunlight a year. Areas such as the Canary Islands enjoy sunny and mildly warm weather all year long, with little difference between day and nighttime temperatures. Snow is common in the Pyrenees and Sierra Nevada mountain ranges, though it is often sunny at these higher altitudes as well.
Fewer tourists visit during the months of October through April, except during the Christmas holidays. Higher traffic occurs during summer and holidays such as Easter.
Many stores and businesses close between 1:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.
When to Save
The best times to visit Spain on a budget are during the low or shoulder seasons. Airlines also tend to offer lower prices from September through October, January through February, and May.
Information provided by the Tourist Office of Spain.