What is Spain Like in Winter?

Should You Plan a Trip to Spain in the Colder Months?

Christmas on Plaza Mayor
••• Christmas on Plaza Mayor in Salamanca. Jose Antonio Caravaca / Getty Images

Spain is famously a summer destination. To most, Spain conjures up images of sitting at a beach restaurant, drinking sangria and eating paella. But what is Spain like in winter?

Spain is great in winter - if you had a choice between visiting Spain in August or December, I'd choose December.

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    What Spain is like in Winter (and Why Spain is Better in Winter than Summer)

    There are two ways in which Spain is better in winter than in summer - the weather and what you can do.

    Winter Temperatures in Spain Are More Pleasant Than in Summer

    Though temperatures vary across the country, summer in Spain can be hot - often too hot. Cities like Seville and Madrid frequently reach temperatures in excess of 100°F (40°C). In winter, temperatures are much more manageable. It can get very cold in the center and the north but Andalusia is pleasantly mild throughout the winter months.

    For example, Madrid in December usually reaches a high of around 50°F (10°C), rarely falling below freezing at night.

    Read more about Winter Weather in Spain.

    In Winter You Can Ski in Spain

    Not a lot of people know that it snows in Spain and that Spain has more mountains than any other country in Europe. And what does snow and mountains mean?

    Skiing!

    More Happens in Spain in the Winter

    A by-product of the heat of Spanish summers is the fact that many businesses close as staff flee the hot cities for cooler parts of the country. This is especially the case in Madrid and Seville. This means you'll find that many of the best restaurants and bars are closed.

    There are also fewer art exhibitions and special events because there's no one there to see them! In winter, everything is open and there will be plenty to do.

    Apart from beach and water activities, there's little you can do in the summer that you can't do in the winter.

    Events in Spain in Winter

    Winter in Spain is obviously dominated by Christmas and New Year, though there are a number of other events going on too. Check out these links: