Weather and Events in Spain in February

As winter comes to an end in Spain, can you expect rain or shine?

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

February in Spain, like January before it, can be cold.

Now is not really the time to come to Spain if you are looking to top up your tan (though it might be possible on the south coast).

While Spain doesn't get as much rainfall as other European countries, some rain is a possibility at any time of year.

Remember that we're talking averages here. Weather throughout the world is unpredictable, so don't take what you read on this page as gospel.

Further Reading: 

Top Event in Spain in February 

Without a doubt that would be the carnival, which usually (but not always) takes place in February (check carnival dates to be sure).

Read more about the best events in Spain in February further down the page.

Weather in Madrid in February

Main article: Madrid Weather 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 maximum temperature in Madrid in February is 54°F/12°C and the average minimum temperature is 36°F/2°C.

Read more about Madrid or find out about Madrid Events in 2014.

Weather in Barcelona in February

Main article: Barcelona Weather 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 (you'll look out the window, think it's warm and go out in a t-shirt!).

The average maximum temperature in Barcelona in February is 57°F/14°C and the average minimum temperature is 41°F/5°C.

Read more about Barcelona or find out about Barcelona Events in 2014

Weather in 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 quite a bit warmer in land (such as in Seville) than on the coast. Andalusia may still be a little cold to sunbathe on most days, but you shouldn't be shivering as you would be further north in the country. Rain is infrequent but does occur.

The average maximum temperature in Malaga in February is 63°F/17°C and the average minimum temperature is 46°F/8°C.

Read more about Andalusia or find out about Andalusia Events in 2014.

Weather in Northern Spain in February

It's toocold  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 a purchase as a good winter jacket.

The average maximum temperature in Bilbao in February is 57°F/14°C and the average minimum temperature is 43°F/6°C.

Weather in North-West 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. You've been warned!

The average maximum temperature in Santiago de Compostela in February is 52°F/11°C and the average minimum temperature is 46°F/8°C.

Read more about North-West Spain

Best City to Visit in Spain in February

1. 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. 

Valentine's Day: no different in Barcelona than anywhere else in the world, but if you want to book something special for your loved one and don't speak Spanish, Barcelona is the easiest place in Spain to do that. See more in my Valentine's Day Ideas in Spain.

Plus, the Guitar BCN  Festival and the Amimac Mostra Internacional de Cinema d'Animació, in Lleida, near Barcelona.

2. Jerez and Cadiz

Jerez hosts the Festival de Jerez towards 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.

3. Madrid 

The Chueca area of Madrid is famous for its carnival, but it's also easily avoided if that's not your thing.

This month also sees the ARCOmadrid International Contemporary Art Fair and  La Candaleria, a celebration of when Mary and Joseph took Baby Jesus to the temple in Jerusalem, forty days after his birth. Read about Candelaria in Madrid.

There's also the Mercedes Benz Fashion Week.

Events in Late-January or Early February 

Almond Festival
Where? Puntagorda, Tenerife
What? Competition to see who can crack open the most almonds in thirty minutes.

Festival de Musica de Canarias
Where? Gran Canaria and Tenerife.
What? Classical music festival

Gastrofestival
Where? Madrid
What? Special meal deals in restaurants, exhibitions on gastronomy in culture and more. 

Flamenco Fashion Show
Where? Seville.
What? See the latest designs in flamenco dresses.

Guitar Festival BCN
Where? Barcelona, Catalonia.
What? A series of guitar concerts, covering all styles. Runs until June.

San Cecilio festival
Where? Granada
What? A gypsy festival in the Sacromonte area of Granada. The whole city converges on the Sacromonte monastery where there is lots of partying and some flamenco performances. There is little online evidence of this festival and I have not attended it in person, so check locally before you get your hopes up! First Sunday of February.

La Endiablada
Where? Festival in Almonacid, near Cuenca,
What? Local festivities where everyone dresses up as devils.

Moros y Cristianos . (the dates in the link are wrong)
Where? in Bocairente/Bocairent, near Valencia
What? mock battle

Santa Agueda women's festival
Where? Zamarramala, near Segovia.
What? Parades, dancing and music and the burning of a straw guy. First Sunday of February.

La Candaleria
Where? Nationwide but especially popular in Madrid.
What? A celebration of when Mary and Joseph took Baby Jesus to the temple in Jerusalem, forty days after his birth. February 2 every year.

Mid-February

Festes de Santa Eulàlia
Where? Barcelona
What? Music and dancing that one would associate with festivals in Spain. This one is geared especially towards children.

Event: Valentine's Day
Where? All over the world!
What? Lovers go out for dinner and buy chocolates. February 14, obviously. If you're a bit more adventurous than that, check out these Valentine's Day in Spain Ideas.

Mercedes Benz Fashion Week
Where? Madrid
What? Series of fashion shows.

Barcelona Half-Marathon
Where? 
Erm, Barcelona. 
What? It's a half marathon!

International Contemporary Art Fair
Where? Madrid
What? Art fair. Often referred to as ARCOmadrid.

Late February

Amimac Mostra Internacional de Cinema d'Animació
Where? Lleida, Catalonia.
What? Animated film festival. See more Film Festivals in Spain

Event Festival De Jerez
Where? Jerez, in Andalusia
What? Flamenco festival. See more Flamenco Festivals in Spain.

Seville Marathon
Where? Seville
What? It's a marathon, through the gorgeous streets of Seville