Andalusia is a year-round destination, with both tourists and second home owners attracted by its year-round sunshine, rich culture, excellent food and friendly, welcoming people. Whilst it’s hard to choose the best time of year to visit Andalusia, there’s no denying that the region really comes to life in the spring time. The weather is warm but not sweltering hot, beautiful flora and fauna is in full bloom, and there are plenty of festivals, fairs, and events to enjoy during this period too.
We might well be bias, but we just love Andalusia in Spring! Here are some of the reasons why:
Andalusia in Bloom
When winter ends and spring arrives in Andalusia, the whole region comes back to life. The flora and fauna of the region is highly regarded as some of the most beautiful in Spain, and you’ll be amazed at the diverse
- In the peaks of Negratin, El Portillo and San Clemente (a region perhaps better known as the Altiplano of Granada), the thawing snow will lead reservoirs to form: these temporary huge expanses of water are a great place to visit and explore. If you’re not ready to let go of winter then you could also visit Sierra Nevada, which retains its snow (and winter feel) for much longer than anywhere else in the region.
- If you are looking for a more traditional spring feel, then the Axarquia region of Malaga is well worth exploration. Here you will find an abundance of almond and cherry trees with their large sprays of pink and white blossoms. When viewed alongside the lush greenery of the Andalusian countryside, you’ll be guaranteed postcard worthy, picture-perfect views at every turn.
- For a countryside landscape that undergoes a complete transformation during the spring time, head to Sierra Magina in Jaen. Here it is almost impossible to find an area that isn’t in full bloom with a wide range of floral colours everywhere you look. Many people visit here to enjoy the flora and fauna during the springtime.
- Between Malaga and Cadiz, you can find the Sierra de Grazalema, which is a rural location most famous for being the home of more than forty different variations of orchid. Over 70% of fresh flowers in Spain are harvest during the month of March, a statistic which should give some indication of just how vibrant and beautiful the region is during this period.
- If you’re more excited by trees than flowers during the spring time then head to Sierra de Aracena in Huelva. Here you will find holm oaks, chestnut trees, and an abundance of rich and ripe olive groves.
- Finally, Seville is rightly famed for its orange trees, so it should come as no surprise that you will find an abundance of these here. During the spring time the city blooms with white flowers and the characteristic scent of orange blossom.
The Season of Festivals and Fairs in Andalusia
One of the best things about visiting Spain is the opportunity to mingle with the local people and enjoy the abundance of the festivals and fairs that are regularly celebrated in the country. And there are many of these that take place in Andalusia in the springtime. Some of our favourites include:
- The festival of courtyards in Cordoba. This is considerably more exciting than it sounds, and is an event with a wonderful, vibrant, community spirit. Both residents of Cordoba and visitors from all over the world visit the city and enjoy watching it in full bloom. Those residents who choose to enter the festival will fill their courtyards and patios with flowers in a wide range of colours, creating a vibrant burst of sunshine. The event is a fun and exciting one, and well worth exploration.
- April fairs pop-up all over Andalusia during the spring, but perhaps the biggest and most popular of these is found in Seville. April fairs are large social events where people get together to eat, drink, enjoy flamenco dancing displays and socialise. Often visitors will wear traditional costumes, and there will be fairgrounds, shows and demonstrations appropriate for the whole family. If you’re in Andalusia in April then visiting an April fair really shouldn’t be missed.
- The Great pilgrimage of the south is celebrated in Andalusia in the spring. Known as the pilgrimage of El Rocia, this is a celebration that is hundreds of years old, and travels through the vicinity of Guadalquivir. Each Andalusian province will have their own Holy Week processions, and celebrate the pilgrimage in different ways. It’s worth checking out what celebrations will take part in your nearest town or village.
- In Jerez you will find the famous Spring Horse Fair. This is a fun celebration of horses, flamenco and delicious wine.
- Finally, the viewing platform of the Alhambra in Granada reopens in Spring, closing again during the Autumn months. This is a wonderful place to view the whole community from above, and enjoy the splendors of this Andalusian treasure.
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