Toledo – Kastilien-La Mancha
Cíes-Islands – Galicien
Dunes of Corralejo – Fuerteventura
national park Picos de Europa – Kantabrien
Cliffs of Zumaya – Baskenland
Activities in Spain
Destinations in Spain
Attractions in Spain
Discover the region
Climate in Spain
Climatically, Spain is one of the warmest countries in Europe with over 3000 hours of sunshine per year. A predominantly Mediterranean climate with dry summers, mild winters and balanced temperatures provides ideal conditions for outdoor activities. However, the climate varies within the country depending on the geographical location and particular landforms.
Take advantage of the warm spring and autumn days and mild winter months of the Mediterranean climate for hiking in the Mediterranean region and the Balearic Islands. Or experience the green landscapes of the north from spring to autumn: The Atlantic climate, which extends from the Pyrenees to Galicia, has given rise to lush deciduous forests there. If you are looking for pleasant temperatures all year round, the subtropical climate of the Canary Islands is a real guarantee. Amazing volcanic moonscapes and extraordinary ecosystems await you. Snow can also be found in the Spanish mountainous regions, especially during the winter months: Enjoy the beauty of the snowy landscapes created by the mountain climate in such spectacular places as the Pyrenees or the Sierra Nevada, or in the many almost unknown mountain worlds in the inland of the country.
Immerse yourself in Spain's millennia-old culture and get excited about the country's cultural richness.
Are you interested in art? More than 1,500 museums offer some of the most exceptional collections in the world. They range from the classicism of the Prado Museum in Madrid to the avant-garde of the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao. In almost every town and village you visit, you'll find little museum treasures that are well worth a visit.
Are you a history buff? No less than 15 cities have been declared World Heritage Sites by UNESCO for their architectural, artistic and cultural value. And most of the other Spanish cities have almost completely preserved historic centers that make history tangible.
If you want to get to know Spain's traditional folk culture, immerse yourself in one of its lively festivals. The spring festival Feria de Abril in Seville, the Carnival in the Canary Islands or the Fallas in Valencia will delight you. But there is much more to discover in all regions of Spain!
And hardly any other country offers so many excellent festivals for music, theater and film. Some top events are the International Film Festival of San Sebastián, the FIB in Benicàssim or the Festival of Classical Theater in Almagro. And if you come in the summer, look forward to the many outdoor festivals.
Spanish cuisine is now a world leader. The combination of avant-garde Spanish cuisine, the Mediterranean diet – which is part of UNESCO's Intangible Cultural Heritage – and the diverse gastronomic traditions of the different regions make the Iberian Peninsula a gastronomic hotspot. With some 260 Michelin stars, Spanish cuisine is now among the most prestigious in the world.
Spain's traditional regional cuisines are defined above all by the quality and freshness of their ingredients. That's why Spaniards still like to shop in the many market halls. Here, they can find local vegetables, fruits, meat, fish and seafood necessary for the preparation of all kinds of tapas or traditional dishes such as paella, gazpacho and the typical meat and fish dishes. Why not try a tasting of quality Spanish dishes in one of the many gourmet market halls, of which there is now a large number throughout Spain, offering unique culinary experiences for visitors.
Among the top products of Spanish gastronomy are the air-dried Jamón Serrano (mountain ham) and the ham of the black Ibérico pig, Jamón Iberico, which is a true delicacy. The acorn fattening of the free-range Ibérico pigs gives the ham its special aroma.
Spain is one of the largest producers of olive oil in the world. Try the wide range of virgin olive oils from all over the country. Regularly awarded prizes, they represent one of the most important components of the Mediterranean diet.
Spain is also an international leader as a wine producer. Wines of many different types are produced throughout the country, including some of the best in the world. In total, there are 68 own designations of origin. A true paradise for wine lovers! Find the wine that suits your taste as you tour the wine country of Spain on one of the 30 wine routes.
Discover the culinary highlights of Spain! Spain will take your heart by storm.