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PostSubject: BEST TIMES TO VISIT SPAIN   Tue Jun 08, 2010 7:04 am

Summer in Spain

The weather is the key factor attracting millions of north European holidaymakers to Spain during the summer months. The Balearic and Canary Islands as well as the popular Costas all along Spain's Mediterranean coast are completely packed with tourists.
Most Spaniards take their holidays in August but their choice of resort tends to be different than the ones catering to the foreign market.

If you're thinking of heading for the southern cities remember that the temperatures can be unbearable. The town of Écija (on the road between Seville and Cordoba) is known as "La sartén de Andalucía" (the frying pan of Andalucia) where temperatures have been recorded up to 52°C (125.6F)..

A particularly pleasant area to visit during the summer months is the Atlantic coast of Spain including Galicia, Asturias, Cantabria and the Basque Country. The scenery is quite stunning and if you're lucky the weather will be very pleasant, however, places do get busy as many Spanish tourists head this way to escape the heat of the interior.

Autumn in Spain

The south of Spain in September and October is the place to be in autumn as the mass tourism from abroad comes to an end and Spanish people return to work. The beaches are more relaxed (so are the waiters at bars and restaurants) yet the weather tends to be very pleasant with warm temperatures and clear blue skies and even the previously scorching cities of August become much more welcoming to the visitor as the heat is no longer unbearable.

A surprising number of people seem to be under the impression that the weather in Spain is always fabulous which is far from the truth. Bear in mind that Spain is Western Europe's second largest country after France and the second most mountainous after Switzerland so you can imagine the enormous range of weather around the peninsula.

Winter in Spain

Winter escapes to the Canary Islands are your best bet to get some sun and you've got a good chance of fine weather on the Costa del Sol. The Balearic Islands and Costa Blanca often enjoy fine winters but you're more likely to get cold and wet spells there at some point during the winter months. Winter breaks to the great Moorish cities of the south (Seville, Granada, Cordoba) are normally accompanied with clear blue skies though temperatures aren't guaranteed, especially in Granada which lies below the popular ski resort of Sierra Nevada. Skiing is also practiced in the Pyrenees and in the mountains around Madrid. Excursions from Madrid in winter to the likes of Toledo, Segovia, Salamanca and Avila can be freezing. The north coast across to Galicia tends to experience very wet conditions during the winter months.

Spring in Spain

Along with the autumn the spring has the same mild climate with glorious clear skies and few tourists around. On occasions you can enjoy your first swim of the year in March though that's become less appealing in recent years with the invasion of jellyfish that have hit many of the south's beaches. Easter is the time of the enormous Holy Week celebrations (Semana Santa) which is an amazing time to be in the cities of Andalucia though the amount of rain arriving during this special week in recent years has put quite a dampener on the occasion.

It is always best to dress according to the weather, getting into shorts as early as possible however in Madrid it's fascinating to see how people dress according to the date rather than the conditions. In fact, there's a saying in Spanish ... "hasta el cuarenta de mayo no te quites el sayo" ... which warns you not to stop wearing a coat until 10th June as they believe that not doing so will give you a cold.

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