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Best time to visit Andalucia
Andalucia is Europe's hottest area – home to the continent's only desert.
Yes, it is possible for it to be too hot... With temps often well above 40°C, summer (June-August) isn't the best time to visit Andalucía for anything bar sightseeing in shady historic interiors or watery fun on the coast. Spring and autumn are great – pleasantly warm for activities, quiet beaches, lovely natural colours, especially February-April floral blooms. Bird migrations in autumn and spring are brilliant for twitchers. The soaring Sierra Nevada range from arid to snowy, depending on season and altitude. The rugged Almeria desert is a great midwinter (or Christmas) getaway – generally sunny, dry and warm by day.
Andalucia, Month by month
Andalucía Weather Chart
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What happens when in Andalucia
Paul Fellows, from our supplier Walk Andalucia shares his best time to visit Andalucía – especially the south: “For walking in Andalucia, we’d recommend coming between September and May, as it’s too hot between June and August. December and January are the coldest months, but worst case scenario you’ll be down to 7-8°C. But if the sun is out during the day, it can get up to 20 or 25°C!”
Andrew Appleyard, from our supplier Exodus, shares his best time to visit Andalucía for bird lovers: "The best part about going to southern Andalucía is watching the bird migration. All the birds get up into the thermals above Africa or above Spain, then they just glide the seven miles across the Strait of Gibraltar in May on the inbound, and September to October on the outbound. You’ll see all the big birds of prey going up, then they just glide all the way across and land on the beach on the other side. It’s beautiful.”
Festivals & events in Andalucia
Feria de Abril – Seville (April)
Spring brings not only the scent of orange blossom to Seville but also a wonderful week of carriage parades, fine costumes and joyful carousing in a 24/7 whirl of colour. An amusement park dubbed Calle de Inferno (Hell Street) springs up along with casetas (giant tents) where drink and tapas are accompanied by non-stop flamenco music and dancing.
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