If you’re planning to visit Spain in September, then you couldn’t have chosen a better time. With lovely weather, it’s perfect for sightseeing, road trips, beach days, and outdoor activities. The cherry on top is September has fewer tourists than July and August, so we saved so much on accommodation.
You’ll find numerous activities that are much more enjoyable during this time of the year, so spending just one week in Spain will get you the most out of your buck. Plus, we got to escape the winter blues and indulge in a few too many sangrias in the sun!
In this guide, we cover everything you need to know about Spain’s weather and climate in September and a few activities you can add to your tour itinerary.
Spain Weather in September: The Temperature and Climate
The weather in September is pleasant throughout Spain, with temperatures averaging around 20°C to 30°C (68°F to 86°F). But with temps this high, we couldn’t go anywhere without cold water bottles and had to stop for drinks often.
We especially enjoyed coastal regions like Malaga and Marbella with their warm temperatures and spent plenty of time sailing and dolphin watching. However, we weren’t prepared for weather variations in northern areas like Basque, so pack an umbrella and jersey just in case.
Weather in Southern Spain in September
Southern Spain in September remains warm and sunny, continuing the summer-like conditions. Average temperatures range from 25°C to 35°C (77°F to 95°F), and it hardly ever rains.
The Mediterranean coast along with cities like Malaga and Marbella is still invitingly warm, so get your sun hats out and hit the beach.
We spent a lot of time exploring beautiful historic sites like Alcazar in Seville, but we must say, it was rather hot. To avoid getting a nasty burn, bring plenty of sunscreen and pair your outfits with summer hats.
September also marks the grape harvest season, so for us, wine tasting and getting tipsy in La Rioja was the order of the day. Jokes aside, it was a great way to learn about the local culture and try some delicious wines.
Weather in Northern Spain in September
Northern Spain experiences milder temperatures in September compared to the scorching summer months. Temperatures range between 15°C and 25°C (59°F to 77°F), and it rains occasionally.
But thanks to that, the landscape is always green, creating picturesque vistas for us to take plenty of selfies. Coastal areas like the Basque Country and Galicia are perfect for hiking and exploring quaint villages, while regions like Asturias showcase their natural beauty.
September allows you to escape from the heat and is ideal for nature enthusiasts and those who want a tranquil Spanish experience.
Things to Do in Spain in September
There’s no better time to visit Spain than September as the summer heat often makes it hard to enjoy your visit during July and August.
As the summer heat finally starts to subside, the biggest tourist crowds at beaches and landmarks thin out, and costs become more reasonable.
We all know Ibiza as it’s one of the most coveted vacation spots in Spain. This island also has a lot of luxury hotels, and because we were in the mood for a real splurge, we spent a night in a castle.
Yet, it can feel a bit crowded during tourist season. Fortunately, we didn’t have to deal with all of that in September, when it’s also the most beautiful.
It’s the ideal time to take in the island’s calmer environment while remaining true to the island’s original character: a perfect balance of beaches and clubs.
Here, you’ll experience the typical summer weather of Spain in September, 26°C to 30°C (79°F to 86°F), with mild temperatures and many sunny days.
Have Fun in San Sebastian
With the commemoration of some of the most significant events on the calendar, September is a busy month in San Sebastian. The city holds a number of fun international events in addition to traditional festivals that are ideal for learning about the area’s distinct culture.
We attended the Basque culture event “Euskal Jaiak,” which marks the beginning of the month. This celebration of local folklore celebrates traditional sports, including lifting stones, cutting tree trunks, and Basque pelota.
Besides a traditional rowing regatta and the popular Bandera de la Concha, the festival highlights the wonderful food of the region, including cider, a local favorite.
Pro tip: While many places accept cards, having some cash in Euros is handy, especially at smaller food stalls and markets.
Experience Culture in Seville
During the summer Seville can be a tough city to visit. The Sevillians themselves have to get relief on the Costa de la Luz’s nearby beaches because of the extreme temperatures.
Even though the summer doesn’t officially end until October, the temperatures drop just enough for us to enjoy it without feeling like we’re in an oven.
If you’re looking for a cultural vacation in a vibrant and pleasant city, renting a vacation apartment in Seville in September is great. As for activities, you’ll have a lot of options.
After visiting the historical district and the most well-known barrios, we saw a flamenco show and it completely knocked our socks off.
Each performance tells a story and offers a window into the Spanish way of life, history, and the personal stories of the artists.
Pro tip: We arrived at the venue a bit early to get good seats and soak in the vibe. We also got to enjoy a few pre-show drinks and get into the mood.
Final Thoughts: Spain in September
Visiting Spain in September gave us a perfect blend of summer’s lingering warmth and the onset of autumn. Unlike the bustling summer months, September brings fewer tourists, lower hotel costs, and a more relaxed atmosphere. It’s best to visit in September if you want to go sightseeing, enjoy beach days, and cultural exploration.
From the sunny coastlines of Ibiza to the historic charm of Seville, there’s something for every traveler. Just pack layers for potential temperature variations and get ready for an unforgettable adventure. Check out this Spain packing list to help you pack along.
Whether you’re strolling through ancient streets or basking on Mediterranean shores, September in Spain promises a delightful and budget-friendly escape