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Warmest Places in Spain: 9 of the Hottest Cities in Spain

Think of Spain and sun, sand, and sangria all come to mind. Well, this guide is all about homing in on the first of those quintessential ingredients: Sun. It will outline the nine warmest places in Spain to help you pick a vacation spot this year that all but guarantees Vitamin D and plenty of rays.

Spain actually has a much more varied climate than many people might realize. The north of the country sees a fair amount of rain and relatively mild high temperatures, even in the summer. Still, the warmest places in Spain are among the warmest in Europe. They regularly see thermometers soar to over 30 C, and extreme highs can even climb into the 40 Cs! 

As a general rule, the hottest parts of Spain are located in the south of the country, in the regions of Andalusia and Murcia. Then, of course, you have the far-flung Canary Islands, which are closer to the coast of Africa than they are to mainland Europe. There’s gotta’ be some scorching temps down there, right? Right!

Montoro

Montoro, the warmest place in Spain
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Most people would probably struggle to point out the small city of Montoro on a map of Spain. Home to just under 10,000 people, it sits about an hour’s drive from Seville and Malaga, located in the north of Andalusia

There, you’ll find it on a jagged bluff overlooking the Guadalquivir River. A pretty and historic city with roots stretching back to Roman times, Montoro is also officially the warmest place in Spain. Yep, the temperature ever recorded in Spain was set and then set again here in the space of just five years!

In July 2017, the temperature in the city hit a high of an almighty 47.3 C, at the time the highest temperature ever recorded in the entire country. Just a few years later, in 2021, Montoro shaded its own record as the city reached a new high of 47.4 C. Bring the sunscreen, folks!

Murcia

murcia in southern spain
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Murcia is the largest city in the region of Murcia, of which it is also the capital. That puts it just to the east of Andalusia in the south of the country, which, as any regular holidaymaker will know, is the perfect spot for chasing high temps come the summer months. 

Not one to disappoint, Murcia clocks up average daily temperatures in the high 20s C throughout the whole summer. By July and August, the daily average is around 27°C with typical highs reaching up to 34 C. The average low for the same months is a very warm 20 C. And then there’s the record: In July 1995 the temperature in Murcia hit a whopping 45.7 C!

You’ll want to wear good sandals and bring a handheld fan for this one. There’s oodles to see in the city itself. Take to the streets and you can wonder at the glorious Baroque Murcia Cathedral, sit for sangria cocktails on the Plaza de Las Flores, and walk the lovely parks along the Segura River, where things are usually just a degree or two cooler!

Seville

The city of Seville, one of the warmest places in Spain
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Back in Andalusia, the historic city of Seville is easily one of the warmest places in Spain. With an annual average temperature of 25.4 C, Seville is one of the sunniest and hottest cities in the whole of Europe. The reasons for the high temps is that Seville is located inland and away from the cooling seas, giving it dry, hot summers that last from around May to October.

The average daily maximum temperatures in Seville during the peak of summer are just over 36 C. What’s more, you can expect eleven to twelve hours of constant sunshine a day. The highest official temperature ever recorded in Seville is 46.6 C, and temperatures above 40 C are not uncommon. 

Another jewel on the River Guadalquivir, Seville is a masterwork of medieval construction. It’s topped by the great Royal Alcázar and has a maze-like old town that’s spiked by the gorgeous Giralda Tower, a Moorish-era UNESCO site that towers over sunny plazas. We love this city. It’s hard not to!

Cordoba

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Perhaps unsurprisingly, the city of Cordoba, just a couple of hour’s drive to the east of Seville, is also one of the warmest places in Spain. It’s wedged inland and hidden from the cooling effect of the coastline and Cordoba shares a very similar climate to the nearby big city. 

In fact, Cordoba could even claim to be slightly warmer than Seville. Average daily highs in the summer months here nudge 37 C. Plus the town’s weather stations regularly put it up there among the top 10 warmest spots in all of Europe.

Summer in Cordoba runs from late May to mid-October and is usually sweltering from get-go to finale. During July and August, the average daily temperature is 28 C, whilst the average high is typically around 36 C. 

Basically, you’ll have stacks of sunshine and warmth to help you enjoy all that the town has to offer, which is lots. Once the capital of the Moorish caliphate of medieval Spain, the town has a strikingly opulent Alcazar with fountain-spurting pleasure gardens, plus one of the most impressive mosque-cathedral complexes in the world. Not our summary; UNESCO’s.

Malaga

the city of malaga, one of the warmest places in spain
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Staying in Andalusia, the city of Malaga is next on our list of the hottest places in Spain. As with Seville, Malaga enjoys comparatively warm winters but the temperatures really ratchet up during the long and sweaty summer months. 

Situated on the Costa del Sol and overlooking the Mediterranean Sea, Malaga is a major tourist destination in its own right. Whilst also close to many famous holiday destinations, such as Torremolinos and Marbella, it boasts its own Blue Flag beaches and old town charm.

Like most of southern Spain, Malaga’s summers are sizzling. From June to September, the daily average temperature in Malaga is over 23 C, reaching as high as 26 C by August. The actual highs are often even hotter again, with the maximum temperatures typically hitting 32 C. Don’t be surprised to see the temperatures soar into the low 40s C either, especially around June and September. 

Thankfully, there’s a beach smack dab in the town center where you can go to cool off, plus the whole length of the Costa del Sol to get stuck into. Behind the town, the great sierras of south Spain rise in a medley of white-painted villages. They’re fantastic hiking spots, so long as you don’t mind getting sweaty!

Granada

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As with Seville and Cordoba, this gorgeous and historic city is located inland and away from the cooling influence of the Mediterranean Sea. This means that temperatures creep up and up during the summer, often peaking at around 40 C. Whilst winters in Granada are cool and often see a surprising amount of rainfall, the town gets toasty hot between May and September…

During those times, the city’s average monthly daytime temperatures tend to sit in the mid 20 Cs, though in reality the actual daytime temperatures will be nearly 10 degrees higher. During the heatwave that hit the south of Spain in 2017, Granada set a new maximum high temperature of 45.7 C.

Of all the sights here, it’s the stunning Alhambra that takes center stage. A onetime palace for the Moorish rulers of south Spain, it’s now fantastically preserved on its hilltop, with leafy cloisters, arabesque court rooms, and spectacular views of the sometimes-snow-capped Sierra Nevada in the distance.

Zaragoza

Zaragoza in Spain
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The next city on our list of the warmest places in Spain takes us north to Zaragoza. This one can get incredibly hot during the summer months, especially since it’s set deep inland on the plains around the  Ebro River, with not a hint of tempering breezes coming off either the Med or the Atlantic. Its region – some 200 miles north of Barcelona – is famously dry and dusty. And hot.

Daily average temperatures in Zaragoza during the summer rival those seen anywhere in the south of the country, particularly around July and August. Here, the daily average is around 25 C, with highs climbing up to around 31 and 32 C. The highest temperature ever recorded in Zaragoza is a red-hot 44.5 C.

There’s something special about the place, too. It’s been inhabited continually since the age of the Romans. You’ll sense that 2,000 years of history when you gaze up at the amazing Cathedral-Basilica of Our Lady of the Pillar, Zaragoza’s landmark cathedral. There’s also a museum packed with masterworks by Goya, and the ruins of Roman bathhouses alike.

Lanzarote

Beach in Lanzarote
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Lanzarote whisks us all the way to the edge of the Atlantic Ocean. This is 650 miles from mainland Spain, but only 92 miles from the closest point in Africa. Now, if that screams scorching temperatures, then that’s because the temperatures really are scorching! Yep, this the hottest of all the Canary Islands, with regular summertime highs in the 40s.

But what really marks arid Lanza out from the crowd is the consistency of it all. There’s a mere 10 C in variation between winter mean daily temperatures and summer means. You get 17 C in December and 25 in June. That means it’s usually balmy enough to laze on the beaches of Caleta or Playa Honda in the days just before Christmas. Nice!

Just one glance at Lanzarote should be enough to reveal that it’s surely among the warmest places in Spain. The backcountry here is virtually treeless from tip to toe. The whole place is Mars-like, with huge volcanic craters and dusty mountain slopes that are scorched by the sun. 

Almeria

Almeria beach
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One part gritty port town, one part historic Moorish castle town, Almeria has a few sides. For a long time, it was simply that place where you got the boat to Morocco from. But that’s changing now thanks to all-new urban developments along the seafront, a burgeoning Western movie trail (A Fistful of Dollars was shot here back in 1965, you know?), and – of course – a positively balmy climate.

Officially, Almeria gets some of the warmest summers of any city with over 100k head of population in Europe. It’s almost guaranteed to peak above 40 C here in June and July. And there’s a whopping 3,000 hours of sunshine throughout the year. Oh yea, and the folk here haven’t seen a single day below freezing; ever!

A car hire is a great idea if you choose this one for your next vacay. That will let you shoot out of the harbor and port area to the glorious beaches that await nearby. They include the likes of Mónsul Beach and Los Genoveses. They’re wild, untamed places that aren’t as touristy as on the Costa del Sol or Costa Brava.

What is the hottest town in Spain?

The hottest town in Spain is Montoro, which has twice set the record for the highest temperature ever recorded in the entire country. This small Andalusian city has seen temperatures peak above 47 °C in the space of five years.

Which part of Spain is the warmest in winter?

Malaga is the warmest part of Spain during the winter. The average daily temperatures in Malaga during the winter months is typically around 17 and 18 °C. That makes Malaga one of the warmest cities in Europe during the winter.

Where in Spain is warm all year round?

The cities and towns of Andalusia are typically warm all year round. Cities such as Seville and Malaga enjoy incredibly hot summers and mild but warm winters. In winter, daytime temperatures in cities such as Seville and Malaga are usually between 16-18 °C and most days are sunny for long periods. Then there are the Canary Islands, which have temperatures between 17-20 C in mid December.

Jamie

Founder of the Travel Snippet blog, travel and nature lover. I share with you all my best tips and tricks to help you plan your next adventure.

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