Well known for its beautiful landscapes and temperate climate - essential elements in making the country a top European tourism destination - Nearly any time of year is the best time to visit Spain. Many of Spain's most visited locations are in its coastal regions, where the allure of white-sand beaches, tropical breezes, and fresh seafood cuisine is intoxicating. Madrid, though landlocked, shares most of these desirable qualities and enjoys the added advantage of reduced humidity due to its elevation. Madrid is located approximately 2000 ft above sea level and the resulting dry heat coupled with mild temperate weather, makes a trip to Madrid a fantastic idea at any time of year.
Like its Spanish destination counterpart, Barcelona, tourist traffic in Madrid is at its peak during the summer months. Summer temperatures average 75 degrees and precipitation sees its seasonal low during the months of June, July, and August, with less than an inch of rainfall per month. The weather in Madrid is absolutely beautiful during the summer: long hours of daylight illuminate the city's vibrant colors, blanketing the streets in near-perfect warmth. Travelers interested in visiting Spain during the summer should be aware of the steep price hikes that come along with busy tourism traffic, and should make all hotel, airfare, and car rental reservations well in advance. Subscribe to Auto Europe's newsletter and you'll receive special deals and promotions early so you can save big on your next trip!
If you have any doubt about how well suited the weather in Madrid is for year-round travel, you need only look at its immaculate spring weather. Temperatures range from 50 - 60 degrees, and average monthly precipitation rarely goes above 2 inches. For those travelers who desire warmer weather but wish to avoid large crowds, a springtime vacation in Madrid may be the most ideal compromise. Tourism begins to pick up during the latter spring months, most notably May, but savvy travelers can score great deals on a trip to Madrid right before the travel costs start to soar.
It's widely accepted as "travel fact," that visiting Europe during the fall months is far and away the best method for avoiding tourist traffic. Madrid follows suit, and there is a noticeable drop in visitors to the city, despite the all-around good weather. Fall temperatures in Madrid are similar to what you would encounter during the springtime, but you can expect to encounter a slight chill when visiting during the fall. Expect temperatures to range from 40 to 50 degrees. One minor disadvantage to touring Madrid during the fall is the increase in rainfall during the months of September, October, and November. Travelers can anticipate rain for an average of one week during each month. On the other hand, travel prices are reduced drastically as the season shifts away from summer, making fall a perfect time to vacation for the austere traveler.
Traveling anywhere in Europe during the colder months can be hit or miss, but Madrid's winters are decidedly mild in comparison to many other major European destinations - a fact which makes it a fairly safe choice for a winter vacation. On average, the temperature sits around the 40 degree mark and precipitation begins to decline in comparison to the rainy fall season. Despite the colder weather in Madrid, a number of public events take place downtown each winter and travelers visiting Madrid in winter will be rewarded: the city is fully equipped with colorful lights and festive holiday cheer.
Madrid's mild climate makes it a wonderful and pleasant destination no matter when you decide to visit. Timing a trip to Madrid is primarily a matter of budget and what sorts of things you plan to do in Madrid. Each season in Spain offers specific travel advantages and disadvantages so if you're in the early stages of planning a trip to Spain we suggest reviewing our detailed Spain Travel Guide. Check out our list of attractions in Madrid, craft a fun-filled itinerary, and prepare for the best vacation you've had in some time - whenever you decide to go!
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