The Best Places to go on Holiday in Spain (By Month)
Not many people realise this – but Spain is actually the perfect place to visit all-year-round.
It isn’t all about those long, hot summer holidays spent on the Costa del Sol.
Spain is a big country, jam-packed with a variety of different resorts, cities and experiences that can be sampled at any time – regardless of the season.
So, we thought it would be useful to examine Spain through the microscope of the calendar year.
Below you’ll find a breakdown of the best places to visit across all twelve months. It doesn’t matter if you’re a frequent visitor or if it’s your very first Spanish trip – this is the perfect place to plan your next adventure to the UK’s favourite European destination.
Where to go in Spain in January
January is arguably the cheapest time to go to Spain.
The likely explanation for this, is that seasonality drops in the new year following the festive season – which makes flights and accommodation particularly cheaper.
As you’d expect – it can be rather chilly in January, even in Spain. So, this time of year is ideal for city breaks.
Madrid, Barcelona, Valencia, and Malaga – are all ideal when explored in a more moderate climate. Getting around the big cities can be quite intense during the summer heat, so January is a more bearable and affordable time for a Spanish city getaway.
Where to go in Spain in February
February and January are similar in terms of affordability and climate.
Since we’ve already spoken about making the most of the Spanish winter in January – there’s no reason why you can’t still head to Spain for some winter sun during this time of year.
Of course, we’re talking about the Canary Islands.
Tenerife, Gran Canaria, Lanzarote and Fuerteventura are all situated off the coast of Africa, and enjoy a tropical climate for 365 days a year.
This is quite a contrast to the sort of climate you’d find on the Spanish mainland at this time of year – let alone in the UK!
Where to go in Spain in March
March is the ideal time to visit Seville for one very important reason – orange season.
The classic Seville orange trees tend to be in full bloom after the harvest towards the end of February. It’s a truly unique time to visit the city.
The weather is pleasant, as the winter begins to transition into spring – and the city of Seville is just as vibrant as ever, with a number of things to see and do during your stay.
Where to go in Spain in April
The Easter festivities in Spain are a sight to behold.
Semana Santa – which translates to Holy Week, is uniquely celebrated throughout the country.
The charming cities of Castile and León host famous Holy Week processions that attract thousands of tourists worldwide.
The streets are lined with people singing hymns, ancient sculptures and a vast array of colour as the country unites in faith.
Where to go in Spain in May
May is a good time for warmer weather and smaller crowds.
The Balearics are ideal in May for that very reason.
Mallorca, Menorca and even Ibiza have a variety of beautiful and quiet resorts ready to open for peak season. All of these places make for a relaxed weekend away where you can do virtually nothing for a couple of days.
It’s a good time to get a mid-year break in the diary.
Where to go in Spain in June
Spain starts to see the beginnings of the Spanish summertime.
Although it’s probably a little soon for a beach holiday, popular resorts around the southern coast of Spain, such as Marbella, Fuengirola and Torremolinos all start to come to life again.
If you fancy northern Spain at this time of year though, you might still want to consider packing an umbrella…
Where to go in Spain in July
If you want to get the full authentic Spanish experience – look no further than a July visit date.
From the 6th – 14th July the famous ‘running of the bulls’ event takes place in Pamplona.
You can watch this traditional and controversial festival take place from the rooftops as participants weave their way through the packed streets pursued by running bulls.
Alternatively, if you’d rather not get too close to the action, there are a number of matador events that take place inside an enclosed bullring arena in all of Spain’s major cities throughout the year.
Where to go in Spain in August
August is peak season – so if you want a quieter holiday, you’re perhaps best avoiding the big coastal resorts.
Quaint little towns on the Spanish mainland like Bunol (a short drive from Valencia) are great ‘road-trip’ style stop-offs if you like to travel around.
Bunol is known for La Tomatina – one of the most famous and fun festivals in the Spanish calendar. This involves 50,000 people meeting up for the world’s biggest tomato fight.
Even if you don’t fancy participating – it’s still a sight to see (as you can probably imagine).
Where to go in Spain in September
Again, if you want to dodge the summer holiday crowds – the further away you are from the sea, the better.
Granada is well worth a visit at this time of year.
Set in the foothills of the picturesque Sierra Nevada mountain range, Granada is peaceful city that comes to life during summer – as a vast array of floral colours decorate the streets and iconic buildings.
Where to go in Spain in October
Arguably, the best place to visit in Spain in autumn is the Basque country.
San Sebastian is a sophisticated city boasting golden sands and rolling hillsides.
You could even try Bilbao – which has a rich arts and culture scene.
Where to go in Spain in November
November is also a very affordable time of year to visit.
Again, this makes it the ideal time to explore the bigger cities.
The ‘Old Catalonia’ area of Barcelona is an area many tourists overlook when they visit the city. And, although relatively expensive (as you’d expect from a European capital city) – this is a good opportunity to check out everything Madrid has to offer.
Where to go in Spain in December
Ever fancied a real Feliz Navidad?
The Spanish certainly know how to celebrate Christmas – so why not join them?
New Year’s Eve (or Noche Vieja) is also quite the celebration – no matter where you are. There really is nowhere you can go without missing out on the festive cheer, so why not choose to spend it at your favourite Spanish city, resort, or elsewhere?
If you’re relatively unfamiliar with Spain – then look no further than our dedicated guide to travelling Spain.
Besides a few of our ‘top-pick’ destinations, you’ll find a variety of useful information – including everything you need to know about travelling to Spain with a medical condition.