Common Weather and the Best Events in Spain in February

It's cool but not cold and a good time to take advantage of lower rates

Madrid skyline, Gran Vía at dusk
••• Madrid at dusk. Andy Sotiriou / Getty Images

February is the off season for travel to Spain, but if you want to save a bit of money on your trip, it could be a good time to visit since flights and hotels are generally cheaper than in the spring, summer, and fall when the weather is warmer. February in Spain can be chilly, but daytime highs throughout the country range from the high 40s to low 60s Fahrenheit, with nighttime temps dipping into the 30s and 40s.

The weather in Andalusia in Southern Spain is relatively mild, and that might be the top choice for a trip to Spain during February.

    Madrid in February

    As the highest capital city in Europe, Madrid gets the cold in a big way, especially at night. Wrap up warm. The city tends to stay reasonably dry, but you can still expect rain on about one in three days.

    The average high temperature in Madrid in February is 54 degrees, with the average low 39 degrees. 

    Barcelona in February

    Barcelona is a little warmer in February than Madrid because of the warming effect of the sea but not much. It doesn't rain much in Barcelona in February, so expect deceptively blue skies; it might look warm, but it isn't.

    Afternoon highs average 58 degrees, with lows around 42 degrees.

    Andalusia in February

    Andalusia is, generally speaking, an exception to the rule; it won't get anywhere near as cold here as it does in the north.

    It is often a bit warmer inland, such as in Seville than on the coast. It is still too cold to sunbathe in Andalusia in February, but you'll feel significantly warmer here than in the rest of Spain.  

    The average high Malaga in February is 64 degrees, and the average low is 46 degrees. In Seville, it is very similar, with afternoon highs around 64 degrees and lows of 44 degrees.

    Northeast Spain in February

    It's too cold in the north of Spain during February to sunbathe, but that's the least of your worries. You can expect rain every other day in Bilbao and San Sabastian, so an umbrella is as important to pack as a good winter jacket.

    The average high temperature in Bilbao in February is 58 degrees, with the temp falling to 41 degrees at night.

    Northwest Spain in February

    If you thought Bilbao was wet in February, wait until you get to Galicia and Asturias. If you don't like the rain, your days will be ruined more often than not if you visit this month. 

    The average maximum temperature in Santiago de Compostela in February is 54 degrees, with the low right at 40 degrees.

    February Events

    Without a doubt, the most important event in February is the carnival, which usually (but not always) takes place in this month. Check the calendar to make sure before you go. Here are some other top events in Spain in February.

    • Barcelona and Sitges: Sitges carnival is one of the biggest and brashest in the country. Expect lots of colorful costumes and plenty of drinking in the streets. 
    • Jerez and Cadiz: Jerez hosts the Festival de Jerez toward the end of the month, one of the most important flamenco festivals in Spain. If you're in Jerez a bit earlier, it is a good place to base yourself for visiting the carnival in nearby Cadiz.
    • Madrid: The Chueca area of Madrid is famous for its carnival, but it's also easy to avoid if that's not your thing. This month also sees the ARCOmadrid International Contemporary Art Fair, which includes historic avant-garde and contemporary classical works, along with contemporary art.