Spain in February: A Unique Perspective

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February, most definitely, is an underrated month for traveling to Spain. The winter season along with hardly any public holidays are the reasons why most people spend February at home. But booking a holiday to Spain in February can be a rewarding experience. Lesser foot traffic means a drop in room prices at hotels and plenty of opportunities to have the attractions for yourself and a select few.

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Spain Weather in February

Cathedral of Burgos snowy during winter in Burgos, CL, Spain
Experience a different side of Spain in winter.

In comparison to other European countries, temperatures in Spain are mild during February. Cities on the south coast, such as Seville and Malaga, experience a warm winter with highs of 18℃ and lows of 8℃. Barcelona, given its Mediterranean climate, experiences a slightly colder but milder winter compared with other European countries. However, winters are colder in inland cities such as Madrid. The mercury in the Spanish capital generally hovers between 12℃ and 5℃ during this time of year. The temperature on the north coast is much more bearable, although the rain can hinder your outdoor plans in that region during February.

For in-depth information, check out our travel guide on the best time to visit Spain.

Weather in Spain in February - Rainfall and Temperatures

Jan Feb Mar
Avg Daily (°C) 10 12 16
Avg Nightly (°C) 1 2 4
Avg Daily (°F) 50 54 61
Avg Nightly (°F) 34 36 40
Avg Rainfall (mm) 40 40 30

Why Visit Spain in February

Sitges Carnival's Carnestoltes, dancing girls in a costume during the 'Disb
The Sitges Carnival is celebrated before the forty days of Lent begin.

Most people visit Spain in the summer months to soak up the sun. But Spain also has a lot to offer during winter. If you have already been to Spain in summer, you will be surprised by how different the country feels during winters. Below are some reasons why you should travel to Spain in February.

Milder temperatures: Spain has a handful of winter escapades. Even though inland cities, such as Madrid, can get frigid, other places like Andalucía, Catalogna, and Valencia are still warm and sunny.

Fewer crowds: February falls in the low season when it comes to Spain tours, and unlike July and August, the country is not overcrowded with tourists. This has quite a few advantages for travelers. You will not only be able to skip the endless queues at main tourist attractions, but you will also have plenty of opportunities to interact with the locals.

Cheaper prices: Another great advantage of visiting Spain in February is that prices are way more affordable compared to the high season. You will surely get cheaper rates for your accommodation and other services, such as city tours, during this time of year.

Plenty of festivals: February also sees lots of festivals and celebrations in Spain. If you are heading to Spain in November, you must participate in the Sitges Carnival. This LGBTQ event is known all over the country for its crazy drag queen parade and night parties. Another great option is to take part in the Jerez Flamenco Festival, where you can watch beautiful shows and even enroll in flamenco classes.

Where to go and what to do

Beautiful view of unique Roque Cinchado unique rock formation with famous v
Standing 3,718 meters above sea level, Teide National Park is a unique composition of craters, volcanoes, and rivers of petrified lava.

In addition to numerous festivities, there are plenty of things to do in Spain in February. For instance, you can visit Granada and ski in the nearby mountains. The Sierra Nevada, which is close to this historic city, sees snow cover for the whole month, making this the perfect destination for winter sports lovers.

There can be no destination better than the Canary Islands for those wanting to escape the cold of the winter. Temperatures in these islands in February easily reach 20℃, seldom falling below 15℃. While in the islands, make sure that you visit Teide National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site, where you can explore the crater of a volcano.

If you are interested in the culture of Spain, make sure to include historic cities like Barcelona, Seville, or Granada in your itinerary. See the monumental Alhambra while in Granada, witness spectacular flamenco shows in Seville, and gaze at the architectural masterpieces of Gaudí in Barcelona.

February has always been an underrated month when it comes to Spain tours. However, this month has its fair share of advantages. From the snowy peaks of the Sierra Nevada to the beautiful national parks of the Canary Islands and the many historical cities in the country, Spain in February will surely not disappoint you.

Wondering how long does it take to cover it all? Check out our travel guide on how many days to spend in Spain for more ideas and insights. If you are in the process of planning your custom trip to Spain and need some help, feel free to reach out to our local travel experts in Spain. You can also browse through our trips to Spain in February for instant inspiration.

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Published by Will Cooper, updated on June 27, 2022

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