Spain in Winter: Getting Away from the Cold

One tends to think that Spain is a country where it’s always sunny, warm and dry. But the climate in Spain in winter, and also during other seasons, is very varied. Depending on the proximity of the sea, the situation in the north or the south of the country, or the position in relation to a mountain range (it will surprize many to hear that Spain is the second most mountainous country of Europe, only after Switzerland, but more on that in another chapter), the weather can be mild and relatively dry or cold and relatively humid, even with snowfall.

So that you can get an idea of the complexity of the Spanish climates, here is a map that distinguishes up to 12 different climate zones on the Iberian Peninsula:

zonas climáticas españa


The Weather in Spain in Winter:

There is a wide range of temperatures in different areas of Spain. On the following map you can see average temperatures during the month of January (the orange zones are the warmest and the blue ones the coldest):

temperaturas medias en enero

As you can see, the most pleasant temperatures are to be found on the Canary Islands, off the coast of Africa, followed by the southern Atlantic and Mediterranean coasts (from Huelva to Valencia).


Where to enjoy soft and dry winters:

Nowhere in Spain is it really warm in winter. On the Canary Islands, daytime temperatures are between 20-25ºC with night time temperatures of around 15ºC. But on mainland Spain there is no region where it will be much warmer than 15-20ºC during the day and 10-15ºC at night. These are the temperatures you can find on the southern Mediterranean (Gibraltar, Malaga, Almeria, Murcia, Alicante and Valencia), and on the soutern Atlantic coast (Huelva and Cadiz), although in this latter case the air may feel somewhat colder due to higher humidity in the air and stronger winds. On the Atlantic coast there is also a slightly higher risk of rain.


Houses to enjoy a mild and dry winter:

Luxury mansion with 3 separate houses and pool in Vejer de la Frontera


Where to enjoy a relatively mild winter in Spain:

On the remaining coastal areas (Barcelona and the Costa Brava, Balearic Islands and the north coast) winters are also relatively agreeable, with daytime temperatures of 10-15ºC and night temperatures that are not much colder. And even though it may rain occasionally, it does not do so frequently.


Houses near the coast where you can enjoy a relatively mild winter:

Elegant townhouse with swimming pool in Valldemossa, Majorca

Spectacular house at 3 km from the beaches of Santiago de Compostela

Beautiful historical home

Casa de diseño

19th Century manour house

Charming villa

Oasis close to paradisical beach in Mallorca



En el interior de España, también existen algunas zonas con temperaturas relativamente agradables en invierno. En Sevilla, Córdoba y Extremadura hace alrededor de 15ºC durante el día en enero, y alrededor de los 5ºC por la noche.


Casas en el interior para disfrutar de un invierno relativamente suave

Aquí podéis encontrar una selección de casas en las que durante el día puede hacer temperaturas bastante suaves en invierno, aunque por las noches hace más frío.

Precioso cortijo renovado

Cortijo andaluz


Cerca de Madrid hay una zona con un clima parecido a éste, aunque con más lluvias y algo más de frío por las noches. Se trata de La Vera de Cáceres, situada en la ladera sur de la Sierra de Gredos, que forma una gran barrera contra los vientos fríos del norte.


Casas con clima relativamente suave cerca de Madrid

En estas casas cerca de Madrid es posible comer afuera en un día soleado de invierno, aunque por las noches suele hacer más frío.









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