Summer in Spain

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With its extensive coastlines, Spain boasts an abundance of beaches, idyllic for a summer vacation. The height of summer in Spain is a prime time for visitors from all over the world, who come to soak up the Mediterranean sunshine. Away from the beaches, you’ll discover the country’s cultural richness in cities like Madrid and Toldedo.

Why should I visit Spain in summer?

Summer is peak season in Spain, but don’t let the crowds put you off. This country comes alive during summer, with brilliant beach resorts buzzing with locals and tourists alike, and its dynamic cities enjoying the sweltering sunshine. There’s a wealth of UNESCO World Heritage Sites here, too, so go beyond the beaches and use the hot summer days to discover a little piece of Spanish history, too. 

Best things to do in Spain in summer

Spain offers so many summer activities and it can be hard to choose where to start. Here's a few tips for making your summer vacation in Spain a memorable one. 

Enjoy some sun, sea, and sand

Spain’s beaches are its biggest summer draw. You might play sports like volleyball on the golden sands, sunbathe, have leisurely picnics, or enjoy various water sports to cool down. The Costa Blanca, Costa del Sol, Costa Brava, and Costa de Valencia are some of Spain's most notable beach areas.

Stay extra cool at Icebarcelona

Having drinks is a great way to spend time during the Spanish summer—but what about cooling off at an ice bar? Believe it or not, one of Spain’s hottest cities is home to a bar made, on the inside, entirely from ice. You can have cocktails at Icebarcelona, a year-round beachside establishment where you might need to bring a jacket.

Head to Malaga’s August fair

The Malaga Fair is one of this city’s biggest events, held every August. During this 10-day festival, the city center is decorated with floral displays and paper lanterns, and numerous performances are held in Malaga’s old quarter. There's also evening fireworks, so don’t head to bed early. 

See Barcelona's architectural wonders

Barcelona is known for its architectural marvels, namely by the famed architect, Antoni Gaudi. The spires of the Gaudi-designed Sagrada Familia church are something to behold, as is its story. The artist’s Parc Guell and Casa Batllo are two more don’t miss sights, so take a Gaudi-themed tour to see some of the city’s best buildings. 

Hike the ‘greenways’

Spain has converted a number of former railway lines into 'vias verdes' or ‘greenways’, which are now used as hiking and biking routes. There’s over 1,700 miles of trails, showcasing some of the country's most beautiful natural landscapes.

What’s the weather like in Spain in summer?

Spain has one of the warmest European climates. Summers in Spain can get very warm, especially in the southern regions with temperatures often ranging between 86-104°F. Sunscreen, lightweight clothing, sunglasses, and hats are a must when traveling in Spain.

When to go in Spain?

You can go to Spain at any time of the year, but depending on what you like, preference should be given to the various seasons: from June through September, it's usually very warm and dry, so it's perfect for those who love the sun and the beach; winter is often cool, but it's still pleasant, except in the North where it rains frequently and the temperatures are very low.
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