Best time to go on a multi activity holiday in Spain

Activities transform with the seasons. Snowshoeing is stirred into itineraries during winter, while white-knuckle white-water rafting is best in spring, when snowmelt lends the waters an extra kick.
April, May and June are the best times to go on a multi activity holiday in Spain. It’s not very busy and the weather is lovely. You get wildflowers in May and the landscape is gorgeously green after rainier weather. May is a great month for hiking and canyoning, while June is much better for white-water rafting. April and October are popular with families; they’re a good time to visit Spain if you’re not a fan of the heat. For July and August, head away from the crowded coast and into the quieter, cooler Picos de Europa or the Pyrenees. Alternatively, explore inland Andalucia in August for shaded pine forest trails and cool canyons.

Multi activity holidays in Spain, month by month

January and February can get very cold in the Pyrenees and Cantabrian Mountains. Head south to Andalucia and you’ll be treated to a mild and dry winter – perfect for cyclists and hikers. The Sierra Nevada’s high southern slopes are often covered in snow throughout February and March, so this is the ideal location for cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and winter walking holidays. Plus, you get to settle down in front of a blazing wood burning stove at the end of the day. Springtime in the Picos de Europa, Pyrenees and La Rioja, however, can be a lot more changeable so make sure you pack for all weathers. April, May and June are considered the best times to visit Spain for multi activity holidays in Andalucia, especially if you’re looking for warm weather and fewer crowds. July and August are often stifling in the south, with holidaymakers making the most of the beach umbrellas along the coast. Follow our multi activity holidays into cooler mountains. September temperatures are still warm, especially in the south. The children will have gone back to school so you will find more space on the coast, as well as fewer families booking into hotels and guest houses. October can be wet in the north of Spain, so pack panniers and hiking bags accordingly. Andalucia is still warm in November although it’s often only the brave who want to go wild swimming and canyoning. Many of our multi activity specialists are open for business all year round, with classrooms, yoga retreats and flamenco dance studios all offering a range of things to do if the weather outside is frightful in December. Or cross-country skiing and snowshoeing adventures if wintry weather is in fact right up your street.
Ana Rodriguez Garcia, founder of our multi activity specialists Peak Me Languages, is based in the Picos de Europa. She recommends travelling out of season if you can: “There are no international chains here – all businesses are local. Because our season is so long we can help them. Many businesses only make money in the 6-8 weeks of summer and Easter. The rest of the year is almost dead. To have people coming in from March all the way to October really makes the difference. We tell people to come outside those busy six weeks in the summer because the experience is so much more real in those months… We try and extend our season as much as we can.”
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Written by Chris Owen
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