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1. Posted by don_kam (Full Member 115 posts) 11y


thinking of visiting Spain in December. There are mainly 2 concerns:

1) Little daylight
2) Weather

Is December worth going to Spain? Looking at the amount of day light you get per day, it is almost seemingly pointless for travel....

Also, is it too cold and rainy?

Any thoughts from those who visited Spain in December is appreciated



2. Posted by coldwarspy (Travel Guru 1108 posts) 11y

aaaah i can tell you from someone who visited Spain in the Summer - I would only go back in the winter!

But my work mate goes often (wife is Spaniard) and he says you may get cold nights but other than its that quite nice.

3. Posted by don_kam (Full Member 115 posts) 11y


but i have read that in places like Madrid and Bacca, you get about 4-5 hours of day light each day... I mean, wont you like have really limited time to so your sight seeing before it gets dark?


4. Posted by coldwarspy (Travel Guru 1108 posts) 11y

ah yeah but in my opinion, the bsst parts of these cities - Barcelona and Madrid anyway (is Bacca = Barcelona?) are in doors stuff anyway - Musuems, Galleries, Bars, Clubs. I didnt find much to do outside - I dont like Gaudí so I didnt bother with him. So with that said - go anyway and enjoy the culture.

5. Posted by don_kam (Full Member 115 posts) 11y

Yupz... Barcelona...

I'm just afraid that it will be like England... rainy, dark and cold... dont really like wet conditions when i travel... cold is ok but not wet..

and cloudy skies really dont make good photos...

will the shops and attractions still follow the normal hours even though daylight may be 4-5 hours only? or do they close once the sun is down?


6. Posted by aminbcn (First Time Poster 1 posts) 11y

Barcelona is great in the winter... crisp air and clear blue skies... if it rains you are very unlucky. Plus all the hostals are really cheap, the christmas markets are starting and the lights make the city look beautiful.

7. Posted by don_kam (Full Member 115 posts) 11y

ya... think i will risk the weather and juz pack up and go!!

have always wanna visit spain (though it is my first winter in europe!!)so why not now....

thanks for all the help people!


8. Posted by monkeycat (Full Member 109 posts) 11y

go to granada. Colder, but sunny.

9. Posted by lauretta (Budding Member 3 posts) 11y

Hi don,
i live in spain, near barcelona, and as for visiting spain now, it's about 5 °C during the day, although quite sunny. i think the best time to visit spain is in spring, around may, then it gets warm and everything takes place outside. barcelona is a must!

10. Posted by mpprh (Full Member 114 posts) 11y


I live in South France, with a similar climate to Barcelona.

The South of Spain is obviously warmer than Barcelona.

Difficult to forecast the weather in December. Currently, we are having cloudless skies, chilly nights, days up to 15C. It can be rainy, but not much colder. The rain tends to be rare, and often overnight.

It was quite warm this year. We had breakfast outdoors on 1 January : not very early I must admit !
This photo taken 4 January this year.
This photo was taken on 25 December a couple of years ago.

I'd say go for it.