Andalusia, Spain Weather and Climate
Andalusia is the southernmost region of Europe, only the Strait of Gibraltar separates it from the African continent. The region can be reached by plane from Germany in 2.5 to 3.5 hours by flight. Andalusia consists of a total of eight provinces, each named after their capital.
The region of Cadiz can be found at the southernmost tip, Málaga to the east and the main province of Seville to the north. About 8.5 million people live in an area of 87,268 square kilometers. The province of Seville is the most populous region with almost 2 million inhabitants and also has the largest land area in Andalusia.
On the south coast you will find the Andalusian Fold Mountains, with the Sierra Nevada in the center and the 3482 meter high Mulhacén as the highest point on the Iberian Peninsula. The famous Costa del Sol offers a point of contact for all sun lovers and beach holidaymakers in the province of Malaga. The southernmost part of mainland Europe is formed by the Campo de Gibraltar. The Penón de Gibraltar forms the tip of this peninsula.
Climate in Andalusia
Even in the spring months, temperatures in Andalusia reach a pleasant 21 degrees. The plants begin to sprout and envelop the region in a lush green. Some parallels to the North African climate cannot be denied in the weather in Andalusia, the geographical proximity to Morocco is also clearly reflected in the temperatures. The daily values in Malaga climb above 25 degrees Celsius in May and peak at over 30 degrees in July and August. The precipitation values approach zero during this travel time.
In the province of Cordoba, temperatures rise above 30 degrees by the end of May and can reach over 37 ° C at the peak of the season. Córdoba is located inland and is therefore better protected from windy influences, the inland of Andalusia is therefore always a bit hotter than the coastal region. Typical of Andalusia, however, is the clear day-night gradient everywhere.
At night, even in midsummer, temperatures drop below 20 degrees in order to heat up nature again with the setting of the midday sun. This phenomenon is known from North African regions such as Morocco and Tunisia. With summer water temperatures of around 22 degrees, jumping into the sea from July to September is a lot of fun.
When to go to Andalusia
The northern province of Cordoba is inland, where high temperatures can be expected early in the year. The best travel time in the region is therefore from mid-May to the end of September. A slightly different recommendation applies to the coastal province of Málaga, since in this region of Andalusia, beach holidays in particular are at the top of the popularity list for vacationers:
In Málaga and the surrounding area, such high, summer temperatures can only be found from the beginning of June. However, the water temperature has not yet adapted to the air temperature. So a trip to Malaga is only recommended from the beginning of July. We therefore recommend the summer months of July, August and September to be the absolute best time to travel to Malaga.
Optimal travel time for the regions
In the following overview you can see the best travel time depending on the region (Andalusia).
|Place||Best travel time|
|Málaga||June, July, August and September|
|Cordoba||May, June, July, August and September|
|Marbella||June, July, August, September and October|
Temperatures, precipitation, sunshine in Málaga (Andalusia)
|Daytime temperature||17 ° C||18 ° C||19 ° C||21 ° C||24 ° C||27 ° C||30 ° C||30 ° C||28 ° C||24 ° C||20 ° C||17 ° C|
|Night temperature||8 ° C||8 ° C||9 ° C||11 ° C||14 ° C||17 ° C||20 ° C||21 ° C||18 ° C||15 ° C||11 ° C||8 ° C|
|Water temperature||15 ° C||14 ° C||14 ° C||15 ° C||17 ° C||18 ° C||21 ° C||22 ° C||21 ° C||19 ° C||17 ° C||16 ° C|
|Precipitation in mm||83||75||59||40||24||13||2||5||15||54||115||102|
|Hours of sunshine||6||6||7||7||10||11||11||10||8||7||6||5|
The annual average temperature in Malaga is 18 ° C. For comparison: Munich reaches an average of 8.6 ° C, in Berlin it is 9.6 ° C. The warmest month is August (25.3 ° C), coldest month of January with mean values of 12.2 ° C. The maximum water temperature in Malaga is 22 ° C. Comfortable bathing is possible at these temperatures. The months of May, June, July, August, September, October and November have a water temperature of at least 17 ° C. Bathing is then possible to a limited extent. The months of July, August and September have a water temperature of at least 21 ° C and are therefore suitable for a beach holiday.
The annual precipitation is 587 mm on 42 days with precipitation. For comparison: In Munich, 967 mm, in Berlin 570 mm, precipitation is measured annually. There is no rainy season, i.e. months with more than 175 mm of precipitation. You cannot expect snow in any month in Málaga.
As our climate table shows, July is the sunniest month with an average of 11.2 hours of sunshine per day. On average over the year the sun shines for 7.8 hours per day. For comparison: In Munich and Berlin, the sun shines an average of 4.7 hours per day throughout the year.
The following major towns are nearby and have a similar climate: Marbella.
Highlights and attractions
The Alhambra is located in Granada, a popular destination for travelers from all over the world. The important city castle is an absolute “must-see” in Andalusia. There is a lot to discover culturally in the capital Seville, and not only the Plaza de Espana should be visited as an architectural masterpiece. The Seville Cathedral (Santa Maria de la Sede) is also worth a visit.
Nature lovers will be delighted with the Doñana National Park on the Atlantic coast section “Costa de la Luz” near Seville, which offers extraordinary experiences with its dune landscape and species-rich marshland. The mountains of the Sierra Nevada should not be missing on any trip to Andalusia, and the Real Maestranza bullring in Seville is legendary.
Andalusia weather in March, April and May
Average daily temperatures between 19 ° C and 27 ° C can be expected over the next three months. It gets warmest in May in Cordoba, while March is noticeably cooler in Malaga.
Do you want to go on a beach holiday? The water temperatures are in March, April and May 14-17 ° C.
Rainfall is expected on around 4 days in March, 5 (Málaga) to 7 days (Córdoba) in April and 4 (Málaga) to 5 days (Córdoba) in May.
In the period from March to May , the sun shines an average of 6 to 10 hours a day. The sunniest weather is in May in Malaga, but with less sun you will have to get by in March in Cordoba.