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Best travel time for Andalusia

Thanks to the mild climate, Andalusia is a great travel destination all year round. Depending on where your interests lie, the best travel time for you can vary greatly in the seasons. Here we give you an overview of when a holiday in Andalusia is most worthwhile for you.
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When is the best time to travel to Andalusia?

The best travel time for Andalusia does not really exist. That depends primarily on what kind of vacation you would like to take in Andalusia. If you want to go hiking a lot, spring and autumn are your best possible travel times, but summer is usually too hot for that. The time from May / June to September is perfect for a beach holiday.

Andalusia in spring

March to May

From March the temperatures in most parts of Andalusia rise to 20 degrees and more during the day. This time is perfect to explore the beautiful nature. You can go hiking in one of the more than 20 national and nature parks, cycling on the coasts or the nearby mountains, improve your handicap on one of the numerous golf courses or simply enjoy a few warm days and lots of light after the dark and cold winter in Germany.

Spring in Andalusia is also the time for some of the most beautiful festivals. The Semana Santa (Holy Week) is a spectacle that you have to experience. The celebrations are really lavish in Seville, but Holy Week is also celebrated pompously in other cities such as Málaga or Granada. Also visit the Feria de Abril in Seville, the Feria del Caballo in Jerez or the Festival of Patios in Cordoba.

For many, spring is the best time to travel to Andalusia. Except during the big festivals in the individual cities, when hotel prices can triple, you shouldn't have any problems finding good accommodation at reasonable prices during this time.

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Andalusia in summer

June to August

In the main summer season, especially in July and August, it gets really crowded in Andalusia. In addition to the many foreign tourists, the Spaniards also have their holidays and spend many of them on the beaches of their own country. The ideal travel time for all bathing vacationers. The temperatures during the day are over 30 degrees and in the evenings and at night it is always pleasantly warm.

If it gets too hot for you, you can visit one of the many wonderful mountain villages. The popular white villages such as Ronda, Mijas or Frigiliana are also quite well visited.

In the summer there are celebrations everywhere in Andalusia. Numerous festivals and ferias take place everywhere. Our tips: The Feria de Málaga in August and the Fiesta de San Juan (summer solstice) in June.

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Andalusia in autumn

September to November

The low season starts in September, although it is still quite crowded until mid / late October (autumn holidays in Germany). Not until November does the number of visitors decrease noticeably. The weather is warm and sunny at least until October, in November you can be lucky or unlucky. Anything is possible between 20 to 25 degrees and sunshine and a week of heavy rain.

It's a good time again for outdoor activities like hiking, climbing, and biking. Autumn is also a great travel time for surfers.

The last Ferias take place in autumn. There are also many festivals around the grape harvest and numerous music and cultural festivals. A highlight is the Fiesta de Pedro Romero in Ronda at the beginning of September.

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Andalusia in winter

December to February

Winter is mostly mild on the coast with many sunny days. Temperatures range between 13 and 18 degrees during the day and 6 to 10 degrees at night. Inland it is cooler and more humid. Snow falls in the mountains.

In the Sierra Nevada, the southernmost ski area in Europe, you can now ski wonderfully. Many hotels offer high discounts during this time, but some sights are closed or at least shorter opening times.

Of course, this time of the year is also celebrated: in addition to the Christmas season, which ends on January 6th with the feast of the Three Kings, the Carnival in Cadiz in particular attracts thousands of visitors year after year.

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The best travel time for selected places in Andalusia

Málaga is a beautiful travel destination all year round. Thanks to the numerous beaches, you can always cool off here, even in summer. It's less busy between November and April (except during Semana Santa), when you can explore the city's great buildings and museums.

Seville in summer is only for the die-hard. When the thermometer approaches 40 degrees, almost everyone loses interest in sightseeing. The inhabitants of Seville also flock to the coasts of the Atlantic or the mountains in summer. The ideal travel time is from October to April. Note: A lot of tourists come to Semana Santa and Feria de Abril and the hotels are expensive and often fully booked.

Even in Granada it gets really hot in summer, but usually only in July and August. On the other hand, it can get quite cold in winter and snow is quite possible. The city is quite full from May to October, after which there are noticeably fewer tourists in the city.

The best time to travel to Cordoba is between October and May. In summer 40 degrees are not unusual here either. Cordoba is particularly beautiful in May for its numerous festivals.

Costa del Sol
It gets really crowded on the Costa del Sol in summer, when many Spanish tourists spend their holidays here. Then the holiday resorts like Torremolinos, Benalmádena or Nerja are full of life. In the off-season things are much quieter. Especially between November and March. Then the hotels are pretty empty, but much cheaper.

Costa de la Luz
The situation on the Costa de la Luz is similar to that on the Costa del Sol. The best travel time for a beach holiday is the summer months. The rest of the year is particularly popular with surfers, golfers and those seeking peace and quiet. The lonely, huge sandy beaches in the off-season are fantastic.

When is the rainy season in Andalusia?

Most of the rain in Andalusia falls between November and April. During this time, heavy rains can sometimes occur, followed by floods. These storms with heavy precipitation then sometimes last a week or longer. However, there are major differences between the individual regions.

While Malaga and the Costa del Sol have seen heavy rain quite often recently, other areas, such as the province of Almería, are much drier. If you want to make sure that it does not or hardly rains in Andalusia, then the months of June to September are the best time to travel.

Conclusion: As you can see, the best time to visit Andalusia depends a lot on your interests. But once you've been there, chances are it won't be your last visit to southern Spain. Whether spring, summer, autumn or winter, a holiday in Andalusia is a great thing in every season.