Weather in Spain in July
Spaniards from Spain’s sizzling cities join the throngs of northern Europeans on the country’s beautiful beaches in July, as the summer holiday season heads for its peak, bringing long, languid days of fun under blazing sun and blue skies. Heat and moderate humidity are the order of most days, and even in the cooler northern areas of Spain the weather is good enough for sun-bathing a good deal of the time. Sultry nights are lit up with neon strips and scantily-clad party animals. Spain in July is one of the world’s hottest and most happening vacation stations.
Climate in Spain in July
Along the Costa del Sol in Spain in July, rain is virtually unheard of and temperatures rise to around 30°C and beyond, tempered slightly by the cooling effects of the Mediterranean Sea. Likewise, the Costa Blanca with its holiday city of Benidorm, bakes under blue skies. Up the coast in Barcelona things are a mite cooler, but no less sunny, with the city and surrounds offering magnificent holiday weather with average maximum temperatures of 27°C and lows of around 19°C.
Most locals desert the capital, Madrid, during July to escape the uncomfortable heat, with the mercury soaring to 32°C and above, the buildings exacerbating the situation and increasing the humidity.
What’s on in Spain in July
Flamenco dancing, running with the bulls, music, drama, religious festivals – all are on the cards across Spain during July, for anyone who has the energy to spectate or participate despite the hot weather.
Probably the most famous event in Spain in July is the Pamplona Bull Run, part of the San Fermin Festival in Pamplona town which takes place in the second week of the month.
One of the biggest rock music festivals in Europe takes place mid-month at Benicassim, about an hour’s drive from Valencia.
What to pack
Bring out the bathing suit, shorts and sarongs and prepare to work on your suntan when you holiday in Spain in July. The hot sun can be extremely dangerous so high factor sun protection is vital.