September in Spain: Weather, What to Pack, and What to See

 

Alexander Spatari/Getty Images 

September is easily one of the best months of the year to visit Spain. Most of the country still experiences warm, summer-like weather throughout the month, made a bit more tolerable by cooler mornings and evenings. Add that to the slew of late-summer festivities taking place around the country, and you've got all the makings of a perfect Spanish vacation.

Another reason to visit: while September is still considered the tail end of summer high season, there are fewer tourist crowds than in July and August, and accommodation prices tend to drop. It's a great time to experience the best of both worlds: budget-friendly travel and fabulous weather.

Spain Weather in September

Weather in Spain in September can vary depending on where in the country you are. As is the case throughout most of the year, the south tends to be sunny and warm, while things get milder as you go further north. In general, though, the average high temperature for Spain in September is 78 degrees, and the average low is 62 degrees.

Temperatures will feel cooler in coastal areas like Barcelona due to the sea breeze, and mornings and evenings tend to be cooler than in the summer as well throughout Spain. Additionally, while the probability of rain is generally low, it does increase near the end of the month, particularly in northern Spain.

Bird's eye view of a sunny beach in northern Spain
David Crespo/Getty Images

What to Pack

Pack light when visiting Spain in September. The warm temperatures mean that you can still get away with wearing things like shorts or cotton pants; light, breathable shirts (both formal and casual); comfortable, closed-toed shoes; and the like. Throw in a lightweight jacket and possibly an umbrella, especially if you'll be up north, but even though fall technically starts in September, you won't be experiencing sweater weather in Spain.

September Events in Spain

Compared to the summer months, there aren't as many events taking place throughout Spain in September. However, there's still plenty going on around the country, especially in major cities. As locals return from summer vacations and tourists start to leave, the entire country takes on a more genuine, authentic air.

  • Euskal Jaiak: The Basque Country's most emblematic festival highlights the unique culture and heritage of the region. Find the biggest celebrations in San Sebastian. 2019 dates: August 29–September 8
  • Catalan Day: The Catalan people are known throughout Europe for their fierce independent spirit. The region's biggest celebration features street demonstrations and parades, particularly in local capital Barcelona. Date: Wednesday, September 11
  • Santa Tecla Festival: A celebration of Spanish history complete with regional dances, plays, film screenings, sporting events, and concerts. The ancient city of Tarragona makes an especially perfect setting. 2019 dates: September 14–24
  • Festa de la Mercè: Barcelona's biggest September event honors the Roman Catholic feast of Our Lady of Mercy and celebrates the official start of fall. The event is decidedly Catalan, with stunts by the gravity-defying human towers known as castellers being one of the biggest draws. 2019 dates: September 20–24
  • San Sebastian Film Festival: One of the film world's most prestigious events, which brings creators from around the world to San Sebastian for several days of international movie screenings. 2019 dates: September 20–28
    The traditional human towers known as castellers in Catalonia, Spain.
    caracterdesign/Getty Images

    September Travel Tips

    • Keep a water bottle handy. Spain can get very hot, so staying hydrated is key.
    • Spanish schools generally resume in mid-September. If possible, book travel for later in the month, when it's generally cheaper to get to and from Spain due to fewer families vacationing. Many airlines and hotels offer great end-of-summer deals around this time.
    • September is still beach season in much of Spain, particularly Mediterranean coastal cities such as Barcelona, Valencia and Malaga. As a bonus, many beaches will likely be much less crowded than in July and August.
    • That being said, keep in mind that locals don't really wear beach clothes beyond, well, the beach. Be sure to pack appropriate outfits for going out and sightseeing—walking around town in a t-shirt and flip-flops will immediately draw attention to you as a tourist.
    • September also marks the start of the wine harvest season. Take advantage by enjoying a vineyard tour in one of Spain's many excellent wine regions, such as La Rioja.
    Was this page helpful?