As fresh, floral spring leads into sweet summertime, Spain becomes one of Europe’s hottest destinations—and we don’t just mean temperature-wise. Yes, the weather is plenty warm with enough of that famous Spanish sunshine to go around, but that’s not the only reason to visit Spain in June. You’ll also have the chance to enjoy a handful of exciting summer festivals and events throughout the country, while beating the larger amounts of tourist crowds that tend to arrive in July and August.
Sound good? Here’s your complete guide to visiting Spain in June, including expected forecasts, a suggested packing list, and the events to keep on your radar.
Spain Weather in June
While the specifics of the forecast depend on where, exactly, in Spain you are, you can generally expect great weather throughout most of the country in June. The northernmost regions and Barcelona enjoy average daytime temperatures in the mid-70s Fahrenheit, and Madrid and Andalusia can reach the low 80s most days.
For the most part, rain is unlikely but still very possible, especially early on in the month and in the northern part of the country. A good way to remember this is to learn one of our favorite Spanish phrases: "Hasta el cuarenta de mayo no te quites el sayo" (literally, "don't put your rain gear away until May 40). After June 9 or so, rainy days are few and far between. Sunshine, on the other hand, becomes more plentiful later in the month, especially as you make your way south.
What to Pack
When packing for Spain in June, think light, breathable fabrics that can comfortably be layered, especially if you plan on spending most of your day out and about without heading back to your accommodations to change clothes. While the weather is generally excellent, the early mornings and late nights can still be a bit on the chilly side. As far as footwear goes, consider a pair of sandals or flats with a supportive sole, and remember that locals don’t really wear flip-flops beyond the beach. Throw in a bottle of sunscreen and a stylish pair of shades, and you’ll be ready to explore.
June Events in Spain
Summer is prime festival season, and here in Spain, locals are always ready to party. June plays host to all kinds of cultural events and celebrations all over the country, so no matter where your travels take you, you definitely won’t be bored.
- Pentecost Sunday marks the annual Romería del Rocío pilgrimage in southern Spain, in which thousands of families and individuals head from larger cities such as Seville to the town of El Rocío in the province of Huelva. They dress in traditional flamenco-inspired outfits and sing folk songs as they travel. The date changes every year, but the 2020 event has been canceled.
- La Patum de Berga is a quintessential authentic Catalan folk festival. Expect plenty of fire, dancing, and fat-headed giants. The 2020 event has been canceled.
- Granada’s Festival of Music and Dance, Andalusia’s most iconic performing arts celebration, takes place from June 25 through July 12, 2020.
- Noche de San Juan (St. John’s Eve) on June 23 is celebrated throughout the country with fireworks and bonfires. The largest celebrations take place in Catalonia and the Valencian Community (especially in Alicante).
- Madrid Orgullo, Spain’s largest gay pride event, kicks off in the capital in June, but the 2020 event will not be held in person.
- The Wine Battle (exactly what it sounds like—a giant wine fight. What's not to love?) takes place in Haro, La Rioja, near the end of June.
- Although June is generally not considered "high season" just yet throughout much of Spain, the nice weather, jam-packed event calendar, and thousands of miles of pristine beaches make it one of the most popular months of the year to visit. As a result, accommodation prices may start to rise this month.
- Lines can get quite long at some of Spain's most famous attractions (such as the Sagrada Familia in Barcelona and the Alcazar in Seville) during the summer months.
- If you're still not sure whether or not visiting Spain in June is the right fit for you, check out our full guide to the best time to visit Spain for more insights.