What you can enjoy more in Spain when temperatures drop
Beating the winter blues in Spain!
Winter might not be everyone's cup of tea. But not in Spain, where winter means clear skies, mild temperatures and crowd-free cities.
Visiting Spain in the winter is a completely different experience. During this time of year, sightseeing is easier, queues at famous attractions are shorter and the atmosphere is at its most authentic and welcoming.
Discover what you can enjoy even in our favorite winter destinations in Spain:
- The everlasting charm of Barcelona
- The festive atmosphere in Valencia
- The warmest winter in the Canary Islands
- The Almond Blossom in Mallorca
The stunning view of Barcelona from the colorful Parc Guell
The everlasting charm of Barcelona
Barcelona is the ideal vacation destination for your fall or winter vacations. At this time of year, you have the chance to explore and experience the local culture without the hustle and bustle of the high-season. Barcelona's winters are mild, with lows ranging from 10°C to 16°C, making it perfect for sightseeing all year round.
Barcelona has it all: a rich cultural heritage, entertaining activities, a thriving nightlife, and upscale shopping. Winter vacationers who want to avoid crowds and enjoy the warm weather should definitely visit Barcelona. Visit the stunning Sagrada Familia, the largest unfinished church in the world, the charming old Gothic Quarter and one of Barcelona's many traditional restaurants to sample the local cuisine.
If you visit Barcelona in autumn, don't miss the Halloween celebrations held on October 31st in the city's famous bars and enjoy the Catalan tradition of La Castanyada, when people eat chestnuts (castanyes in Catalan) and other autumnal products. The All Saints' Day festival, held each year on November 1st, is also a great time to visit Barcelona, as the city welcomes visitors with a variety of events, music concerts and local markets.
Tip: a stroll around Barceloneta is always a must! But if you want to try something new, go for a picnic in Parc Ciutadella this fall. This time of year, the park's beautiful colors will take your breath away.
Enjoying an autumn picnic with this view
The festive atmosphere in Valencia
Valencia is the ideal winter destination in Europe to chase the sun. Valencia is one of the warmest places to visit in Europe, thanks to its moderate temperatures (with a low of 15°C in winter).
Valencia's Paseo Maritimo is the city's promenade and one of the most beautiful places to stroll around, where you can find stands selling craft items and traditional treats. The city is also home to Unesco heritage monuments such as the Tribunal de las Aguas. Exploring the City of Arts and Sciences is also an unforgettable experience.
Valencia takes on a special kind of magic during the Christmas season. Both children and adults can enjoy the city's many festive markets. Don't leave without trying the mouthwatering dishes and sweet treats that are available in the colorful markets.
Interesting fact: paella originates from Valencia and is one of the most famous Spanish dishes worldwide.
The impressive facade of the Central Market of Valencia
The warmest winter in the Canary Islands
Not a winter person? No problem. Some of the best winter-sun destinations are in Spain and they are still well worth the trip at this time of the year! If you are a true sun-seeker, the Canary Islands are a fantastic choice.
With average temperatures around 20°C, the Canary Islands' climate provides sunshine all year round and the winter months are quite popular for vacation as well. The natural diversity of the Canary Islands will astound you. From the wild forests of Garajonay Natural Park on La Gomera to the desert landscapes of Dunas de Corralejo Nature Reserve on Fuerteventura or the volcanic landscapes of Timanfaya National Park on Lanzarote, these islands are a nature lover's paradise.
If outdoor activities are your thing, there is no doubt that you won't get bored in the Canary Islands. From extreme sports like climbing and paragliding to water sports like diving, snorkeling, and windsurfing, there is definitely something that will get your adrenaline pumping.
Tip: check out the best things to do in the Canary Islands as a thrill-seeker and start planning your winter getaway.
The incredible view from Los Gigantes cliffs in Tenerife
The Almond Blossom in Mallorca
Mallorca has one of the warmest winter climates in Europe. This Balearic Island is known for its hidden coves, limestone mountains and the vibrant lifestyle of Palma de Mallorca (yes, even in winter).
Apart from the magnificent 13th-century cathedral, museums and historic towns, you can also combine your Mallorca vacation with a unique gastronomic experience. The Ta Palma festival is held in Palma de Mallorca each year at the end of November. Many restaurants and bars offer their distinctive tapas during this 5-day gastronomic event and numerous shows and performances are also held.
If you visit Mallorca in the winter, be prepared for the "snow of Mallorca". Mallorca's almond trees bloom in January and February, covering the Balearic island in a delicate blanket of pink and white flowers. The best ways to experience the magical beauty of the almond fields are by walking or biking and there are numerous tours to choose from.
Tip: check out more ideas for your winter holidays in Mallorca.
The historic tram connecting the coastal town of Port de Sóller in Mallorca
Where to book ferry tickets to Spain online?
From bustling cities to tropical islands, winter in Spain has something for everyone! So, what are you waiting for? Check all the available routes on our Map of Ferries and book your ferry tickets online on Ferryhopper with no extra fees.