Best time to go to Spain

Summer in Spain ranges from hot to sizzling. Temperatures on the mainland during July and August regularly hit 30°C, and in the Balearics, you can expect around 11 hours of sunshine a day. Spring and autumn are warm, too, with temperatures in the mid-20s. Down in the Canaries, the mercury sits comfortably in the high 20s. If it’s winter sun you’re after, this is the place – the mercury tends to stick at around 20°C. And on the mainland, winter temperatures on the Costa del Sol and Costa de la Luz can reach the high teens and low 20s, too. Bear in mind that you might see a bit of rain, though.

Passports and Visas

British citizens don’t need a visa to enter Spain but must have a valid passport. For the most up-to-date passport and visa info, visit

Don't forget to arrange your travel money and insurance before you go.

Health and safety

You should take out comprehensive travel and medical insurance to cover you while you’re away. If you’re travelling to the EU and you apply for a card now, you'll get a new UK Global Health Insurance Card (GHIC) instead of an EHIC. This entitles you to emergency medical treatment on the same terms as Spanish nationals. It won’t, however, cover you for medical repatriation, ongoing medical treatment or non-urgent treatment. Visit for full details on what it covers. You do not need to apply for a GHIC if you already have an EHIC. Your EHIC remains valid in the EU until it expires. An EHIC or GHIC is free of charge. For the latest health and safety information, visit

Further Reading

  • Overview
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  • Key Facts

    • Capital - Madrid
    • Language - Spanish
    • Timezone - GMT +1
    • Population - 46,081,574
    • Currency - EUR:Euro
    • Flight Time - 2 hours to 4 hours 15 minutes from Gatwick

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