Summer sees most parts of Spain bathed in gorgeous sunshine and sizzling temperatures – perfect weather to hit the beach. As you might expect, this is also the busiest period of the year for Spain’s tourism industry. Each summer, populations at local beach towns swell to 10 times its usual size thanks to the hordes of European tourists flooding its shores.
Airfares and accommodation prices tend to skyrocket between June and August, making traveling in Spain much costlier in summer. Hostels and hotels also fill up fast, so last-minute travelers might find themselves rather frustrated. But don’t fret, with some pointers in hand, you’ll be able to sail through hurdles and find summer traveling in Spain a thrilling ride. We’ve compiled a summer travel guide here to make your journey smoother, easier and cheaper.
Summer Weather in Spain
In the heart of summer, temperatures can get extremely high and uncomfortable especially if you are inland. The hottest parts of Spain are Central Spain and Andalusia. Further north you’ll find cool and pleasant temperatures although this region is notorious for its year-round rain, even in summer. Summer weather in Spain is also extremely dry, so be sure to hydrate and moisturize yourself.
Getting to Spain
Spain is undoubtedly one of the most popular summer vacation destinations in Europe. With almost all of Europe and the U.S. going on summer holidays, this time of the year is always the most expensive time to travel. Inevitably, airfares to Spain are also much more expensive in summer than fall or spring. To nab good deals, it’s best to research as early as possible and keep a look out for airfare promotions. Last-minute deals are also possible if you’re quick to seize them.
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Most international flights are directed to Spain’s two major airports – the Madrid Barajas and Barcelona International Airports. These two major airports have easy access to the rest of the country, via domestic airlines, train and bus system. Budget airlines also fly to several European destinations from these two airports, as well as the Canary Islands and the Balearic Islands.
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Getting Around Spain
As the second biggest country in Europe, Spain spans over an extensive area. However, with the efficient transport network in Spain, it is rarely time-consuming or tedious to go from one end of Spain to the other. With its famous fast-speed trains and economical bus lines, you can easily navigate its roads without much difficulties. Budget airlines also connect numerous Spanish cities with one another.
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Accommodation in Spain
With thousands of tourists flooding Spain in summer, affordable and quality accommodation can be hard to find. Your best bet is to research and reserve in advance. Popular youth hostels, in particular, get filled up very quickly. Again, accommodation prices shoot up in summer, so be prepared to pay slightly more than usual. Besides the standard hostel and hotel options, a casa rural stay might be a better choice for travelers who like to take time to explore the countryside. Along the coastline, you’ll be able to find numerous all-inclusive resorts options, where food, drinks and accommodation are all included in the deal.
Things to Do in Spain
From joining in Spain’s biggest food fight to walking the Camino de Santiago, you’re never going to run out of things to do in Spain, especially in summer. Besides beach-hopping along its coastline, there are plenty of activities to engage it – from cultural sightseeing to outdoors activities – there is something to fit everyone’s needs.
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>>More information about La Tomatina, the biggest food fight taking place every August
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Eating in Spain
Some say the Spaniards live to eat: be it the outrageously flavorful seafood paella or the diverse selections of tapas, Spanish gastronomy is the pride of the country. Ranging from high-end Michelin rated cuisine to budget tapas platters, food in Spain varies largely in terms of value and presentation. So if you’re a foodie at heart, be sure to get your cutlery ready and tuck in to some of the best foods you’ve ever tasted!
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