Best Time to Visit Andalusia

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On this page, you will find information about the climate and the best time to visit Andalusia. We created climate tables and charts for the locations of Málaga und Córdoba. These contain details about temperatures, precipitation and more.

Furthermore, we analyzed all climate data and provide a recommendation about which months are best to visit Andalusia for your holiday.

Climate Overview

Thermometer Symbol 4 °C to 36 °C
Waves Symbol 14 °C to 24 °C
Rainy Cloud Symbol 0.084.53 in (0 – 8 Days of Rain)
Average Annual Temperature is between 17.5 °C (Córdoba) and 18 °C (Málaga)
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Geographical location

Andalusia is the southernmost region of Europe, only the Strait of Gibraltar separates it from the African continent. Andalusia consists of eight provinces, each named after its capital.

The region of Cadiz is located at the southernmost tip, Malaga to the east and the main province of Seville to the north. About 8.5 million people live on an area of 54000 square miles. The province of Seville is the most populous region with almost 2 million inhabitants and also has the largest land area in Andalusia.

On the south coast you find the Andalusian Folded Mountains, with the Sierra Nevada in the center and the 3482 meters high Mulhacén as the highest peak of the Iberian Peninsula. The famous Costa del Sol in the province of Málaga offers a place to go for all sun lovers and beach holidaymakers. The southernmost part of the European mainland is formed by the Campo de Gibraltar. The Penón de Gibraltar is the tip of this peninsula.

Climate in Andalusia

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License Information available under 'Proof of Image Sources' Already in the spring months the temperatures in Andalusia reach a pleasant 21 °C. The plants begin to sprout and envelop the region in a lush green. Some parallels to the North African climate cannot be denied in the weather in Andalusia, the geographical proximity to Morocco is also clearly reflected in the temperatures. Day temperatures in Málaga climb above 25 °C in May and peak in July and August at over 30 °C. The precipitation values are close to zero during this travel period.

In the province of Córdoba, temperatures even exceed 30 °C by the end of May and can reach 37 °C at the peak of the season. Córdoba is inland and therefore better protected from the wind, so the interior of Andalusia is always a bit hotter than the coastal region. Typical for Andalusia is however everywhere the clear day-night gradient.

At night, temperatures drop below 20 °C, even in high summer, to reheat nature with the onset of the midday sun. This phenomenon is known from North African regions such as Morocco and Tunisia. With summer water temperatures of around 22 °C, jumping into the sea from July to September is a lot of fun.

Best Time to Visit Andalusia: Overview

JanuaryJan
TemperaturesTemp. up to 17 °C
Water max. 15 °C
FebruaryFeb
TemperaturesTemp. up to 18 °C
Water max. 14 °C
MarchMar
TemperaturesTemp. up to 21 °C
Water max. 14 °C
AprilApr
TemperaturesTemp. up to 22 °C
Water max. 15 °C
MayMay
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OctoberOct
TemperaturesTemp. up to 25 °C
NovemberNov
TemperaturesTemp. up to 21 °C
DecemberDec
TemperaturesTemp. up to 17 °C
Water max. 16 °C

When to travel to Andalusia?


The northern province of Cordoba is located inland, where high temperatures can be expected early in the year. The best time to travel in the region is therefore from mid-May to the end of September. A slightly different recommendation applies to the coastal province of Malaga, as in this region of Andalusia, beach holidays in particular are at the top of the popularity scale of holidaymakers:

In Malaga and the surrounding area, such high summer temperatures are only to be found from the beginning of June. However, the water temperature has not yet adapted to the air temperature. Therefore a trip to Malaga is not recommended until the beginning of July. We therefore recommend the summer months of July, August and September as the best time to visit Malaga.

Best Time to Visit the Regions

Find the best time to visit the regions (Andalusia) in the following overview.

LocationBest Time to Travel
MálagaJune, July, August, and September
CórdobaMay, June, July, August, and September
MarbellaJune, July, August, September, and October

Climate Charts Andalusia

In the following, you will find climate charts for the regions.

Furthermore, there are some charts you can use for quick comparison of climate between the regions.

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Málaga

Climate Chart Málaga
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Córdoba

Climate Chart Córdoba
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Day Temperatures

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Night Temperatures

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Average Temperatures

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Precipitation

Hours of Sunshine per Day

Source of Data: German Weather Service (Offenbach) and Wikipedia

Climate Tables Andalusia

In the following, you will find some climate tables for Andalusia, containing information about Temperatures, Precipitation, Water Temperatures, and Hours of Sunshine.
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Temperatures, Precipitation, Sunshine in Málaga (Andalusia)

JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Day Temperature17°18°19°21°24°27°30°30°28°24°20°17°
Night Temperature11°14°17°20°21°18°15°11°
Water Temperature15°14°14°15°17°18°21°22°21°19°17°16°
Precipitation (inch)3.272.952.321.570.940.510.080.20.592.134.534.02
Rainy days644542002456
Hours of Sunshine6677101111108765
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Temperatures
The annual average temperature in Málaga is 18 °C.

For comparison: London 11 °C, NYC 12 °C, LA 17.9 °C

Warmest month: August (25.3 °C)
Coldest month: January (12.2 °C)

The maximum water temperature in Málaga is 22 °C. You can take a bath at these temperatures.

Months with water temperature of at least 17 °C (Limited bathing is possible):
May, June, July, August, September, October, and November

Months with water temperature of at least 21 °C (adequate for beach vacation):
July, August, and September

Precipitation
Overall annual precipitation: 23.11 inch on 42 rainy days

For comparison: London 24.06 in, NYC 41.57 in, LA 12.01 in

There is no rainy season (months with more than 6.9 in of precipitation).

You cannot expect snow in any month in Málaga.

Sunshine
As our climate table shows, July is the sunniest month with an average of 11.2 hours of sunshine per day. Over the year, there are 7.8 hours of sunshine per day on average. For comparison: London has 4.1, NYC has 7 and LA has 8.9 hours of sunshine per day on average.

Temperatures, Precipitation, Sunshine in Córdoba (Andalusia)

JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Day Temperature15°17°20°22°27°31°36°36°32°25°19°15°
Night Temperature12°15°18°18°16°12°
Precipitation (inch)3.233.112.22.521.180.790.20.121.022.723.463.31
Rainy days764753003768
Hours of Sunshine566791012118765
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Temperatures
The annual average temperature in Córdoba is 17.5 °C.

Warmest month: July (26.9 °C)
Coldest month: January (9.5 °C)

Precipitation
Overall annual precipitation: 23.86 inch on 56 rainy days

There is no rainy season (months with more than 6.9 in of precipitation).

Months that have possible snowfall: January, and December

Sunshine
As our climate table shows, July is the sunniest month with an average of 11.5 hours of sunshine per day. Over the year, there are 7.6 hours of sunshine per day on average.

Highlights and Attractions


In Granada is the Alhambra, a popular destination for travellers from all over the world. The important city castle is an absolute”must see” in Andalusia. There is a lot to discover culturally in the capital Sevilla, not only the Plaza de Espana should be visited as an architectural masterpiece. The Cathedral of Seville (Santa Maria de la Sede) is also worthy of your attention.

Nature lovers will be thrilled by Doñana National Park on the Atlantic coast section “Costa de la Luz” near Sevilla, which offers extraordinary experiences with its dune landscape and species-rich swamps. The mountain range of the Sierra Nevada should not be missing on any Andalusia trip, also the Real Maestranza bullfight arena in Sevilla is legendary.

More information about the best things to do: Andalusia

Popular Activities

More attractions

Cordoba Mosque & Jewish Quarter Walking Tour with Tickets | Caminito del Rey Path: Full-Day Tour | Malaga: Caminito del Rey Walkway Excursion with Transport | Cordoba: A Unique Experience Tour | Guided Visit to Azahara Medina in Córdoba | Malaga: Hop-on Hop-off Tour and Experience Cards | Guided Tour of the Alhambra from Malaga |

Current Weather and Forecast

Current Weather in Málaga (Station Malaga)
clear sky     clear sky, 12.1 °C
Clouds: 0 %       Wind: 7 mph W
Air Pressure: 1016 hPa       Humidity: 71 %
Last updated: 26th Mar 2019, 01:55 am
The next days …
26th Mar 201927th Mar 201928th Mar 201929th Mar 201930th Mar 201931st Mar 2019
sky is clear15 °C to 18 °Cbroken clouds15 °C to 16 °Clight rain13 °C to 16 °Clight rain15 °C to 16 °Cheavy intensity rain14 °C to 15 °Clight rain12 °C to 16 °C
15 °C to 18 °C15 °C to 16 °C13 °C to 16 °C15 °C to 16 °C14 °C to 15 °C12 °C to 16 °C
Clouds: 8 %Clouds: 76 %Clouds: 92 %Clouds: 100 %Clouds: 53 %Clouds: 0 %
No PrecipitationNo Precipitation0.03 in of rain0.07 in of rain0.93 in of rain0.06 in of rain
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Important Regions and Cities

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Andalusia is part of the holiday destination Spain. We analyzed the climate for additional regions, in order to provide you with information about the best time to visit and the expected holiday weather:

Andalusia: Experiences of our Visitors

There are 4 reviews for Andalusia holiday already. Average rating is 4.8 of 5 stars.
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    Denise, 35 years old was there in April

    We were at the beginning of April for 1 week at the Costa de la Luz, near Conil, and had mostly nice spring weather, around 18 degrees and only one day with rain. At that time you could already lie on the beach and take great walks on the beach. Especially in the late afternoon it became usually again correctly pleasantly warm and the sun goes down only late, so that one has much of the day.

    Weather Rating: 4 stars – Good

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    Hans-Peter, 56 years old was there in February

    I was at the coast (near Almeria) and in Granada in the middle of February.
    In both places I had continuous sunshine and during the day pleasantly warm (Almeria/coast): max. 24 degrees, Granada max. 22 degrees. At night it cooled down on the coast to ~12/14 degrees, in Granada it became significantly cooler at 7/8 degrees at night. All in all, a very pleasant climate during the day – ideal for an extensive sightseeing programme, a sunny stay in the street cafés or as a spectator with the flamenco dancers and street musicians in the squares of Granada. Next year I plan to visit more parts and cities of Andalusia – again at the end of February/beginning of March. I found this time climatically perfect – especially when it is still damp and cold winter weather in Germany, the stay in warm Andalusia is a pleasure!

    Weather Rating: 5 stars – Excellent

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    Gerhard, 69 years old was there in August

    The weather in August means pure sunshine, warm evenings and next. Not a trace of rain.

    Weather Rating: 5 stars – Excellent

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    Sabrina, 45 years old was there in June

    June was the best time for us to travel, we have already been to Andalusia 4 times (1x April, 2x June, 1x October) and we really liked it. The weather is simply fantastic in June, there is nothing to complain about.

    Weather Rating: 5 stars – Excellent

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