When Is the Best Time to Go to Spain?
Spain is one of the most popular holiday destinations for Brits and there are some very good reasons why this is the case. This massive country has all of the vibrant cities, great breaches and cultural attractions you could look for but when is the best time to go there?
Summer for a Busy Beach
Summer time is when many of us traditionally think of heading off to a Spanish beach. The idea of soaking up the sun on the beach and taking a dip in the warm water is certainly pretty exciting. The downside to going to Spain at this time of year is that it can be pretty crowded in the main holiday resorts and more expensive as well. Plus, you might find that the heat is just a bit too much for you. Having said all of that, if you love getting a tan and enjoying great nightlife this could be the ideal way to spend your summer. One final point to remember is that a lot of Spanish workers in cities like Madrid and Sevilla take the steaming hot month of August for their holidays. This means that the big cities are often virtually deserted as everyone heads to the sea for a long break.
Winter for Some Warm Sun
In the depths of a freezing cold British winter the thought of some Spanish sunshine can be extremely welcome. The best place to warm up your chilly bones during the coldest months of the year is definitely in the Canary Islands. These pleasant islands are hugely popular with winter sun seekers from the UK and other countries, as the temperature is almost always extremely pleasant in the winter. Other popular destinations like Majorca, Benidorm and Alicante will probably still be warmer than the UK, although you could still find rain, cold weather and grey skies if you are unlucky. Some beach resorts close down almost completely in the coldest months, while Benidorm is a good example of somewhere which stays busy with foreign tourists even when the temperature isn’t as high.
Spring or Autumn for the Best of Both Worlds?
It can be extremely pleasant in Spain in spring or autumn. In fact, the early autumn months can be as hot as summer in a lot of cases. If you want to avoid the really high temperatures then spring could be a good bet. If you avoid peak periods like Easter then you should find that prices are cheaper than in summer but that there is still a lot to do and see. This is probably also a great time to visit Madrid, as it can be stiflingly hot in summer but also suffers from fairly cold winters.
Like all of the planet’s truly great travel destinations, there is simply no bad time to visit Spain. However, to choose the perfect time for your trip you should consider what your budget is and what you want to do while you are there.
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