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When to go to Spain

I'm trying to decide which Rick Steves Spain trip to go on - May 19 to June 3 or June 23 to July 8. I was trying to search for festivals or events during those times and the weather, etc. Any advice on where to look or any personal preferences between those dates? Thanks!

Posted by
22612 posts

I vote for May !! Just the beginning of the tourist season and it should be cooler. Spain can get very hot in the summer. Your airfare might be a little cheaper also.

Posted by
3580 posts

I agree with Frank. I was in Spain in 2008 in May and the weather was perfect. There was rain a couple of days, but no cold or hot weather.

Posted by
9110 posts

There's a good chance you'll croak with heat frustration if you go on the later dates.

Posted by
12 posts

I also agree with the May trip. I've been in Spain in both May, June, and July, and the heat is simply exhausting after May. This is coming from a Texan who is used to living in an oven!

Posted by
1178 posts

Spring (May) or fall (September) are less expensive, usually not as full,and the weather is much better each time I have traveled to Spain. Check out and the Moon Guide to Spain, Candy Lee LaBalle, for good travel information.

Posted by
12077 posts

May, definitely. The weather will be great but hopefully not as hot as later on and the crowds will be more manageable. You should save a little money then too.