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Reasons to Visit Spain in the Fall - Solo World Wanderer

As a professional travel planner specializing in Spain, another common question I am often asked is “what is the best time of year to visit Spain?”

Because Spain is large and the climate and geography vary, there is not a simple solid answer to this.  It really depends on where in Spain you are wanting to go and what you want to do.

But generally speaking early fall and late spring are the best times to travel to Spain.

So let’s focus on fall in Spain since it’s just around the corner.

And now is the time to start planning your fall trip to Spain.  (Hey, I can help with that)  But to get you inspired, here are four reasons to travel to Spain between September and November.

It’s off-season

Spain is a popular destination for travelers and for many good reasons.  That means it can be very crowded during high season (summer and around Christmas and New Years).  But it becomes much less crowded during September.  This means that you can often get great bargains on accommodation and even some transportation.

And with fewer people at the main attractions, you will not always be fighting for that spot for the perfect photo.

Alhambra Fall Colors Granada, Spain

The Alhambra in Granada, Spain (November). Fewer people with views just as stunning

The weather is generally still pleasant

Summers in Spain can be boiling hot.  And although it’s known for its warmth and sunshine, the winters here can get brutally cold, especially inland and in the mountains.

But if you plan a trip to Spain in the early fall, depending on where you go, the weather should still be quite pleasant.  Sometimes you can get really lucky; I’ve been able to swim in the Mediterranean as late as early November (but don’t count on that).

Nerja in October

The beaches of Nerja, Spain in October. Not at all crowded (empty!) and warm enough to swim.

Those fall colors though…

Spain may not be world renowned for fall foliage, but perhaps it should be.  During the fall months, the trees all over the country turn brilliant shades of reds, oranges, and yellows.  Everywhere from Madrid’s Retiro Park to the Pyrenees to Granada, nestled in the foothills, Spain can give New England and Japan a run for their money when it comes to gawking at the fall colors.

Be sure to take some time to visit Spain’s natural wonders or at least its urban parks, if you come during the fall.  Chances are you will find that peak foliage time somewhere in the country.

Pyrenees in the Fall (Spain)

Fall colors in Spain’s Pyrenees Mountains

Fall is the start of the cultural season at museums and theaters

Hoping to see the latest exhibition at one of Spain’s world-class museums?  Looking to catch the hottest show at the theater? Fall is the time to do all of that. Did you know that in all of Europe, Madrid is second to London when it comes to the number of musicals and plays running?

The autumn months are when the new exhibitions and shows begin.  If you’re interested in theater and museums, fall really is the best time to travel to Spain.  Be sure to check the websites of the museums and theaters early; you can usually secure tickets to the more popular ones far in advance.

Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao, Spain

Be sure to check out what exhibitions will be at all the museums as fall is the perfect time for that! (Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao)

Convinced to visit Spain in the fall yet?

Great!  Now is the time to begin planning your autumn trip to Spain.  As a professional Spain travel planner who lives and works in Madrid, I can handcraft customized itinerary just for you as well as give you personalized Spain travel tips and tricks.  Let’s get in touch!  Please use the form to contact me, and I will get back to you within a few days.


My name is Karen & travel is not only my passion but also my profession.