30 Jan Winter in Spain: Top 5 plans to rediscover our country
We present a selection of things to do in Spain in winter. Winter might not be the most appealing season to travel and explore the world, but the low temperatures are not an excuse, especially in Spain. The fewer tourist crowds is definitely a plus, there are numerous other benefits to travelling in the cooler months. Spain is warmer and sunnier than the vast majority of Europe. Part of our lifestyle is to enjoy outdoors: “there is nothing best than a nice walk in the beautiful countryside on a chill but sunny bright day”.
Here you have some of the best plans if you are visiting Spain between January and March. Make sure you don’t miss them!
Things to do in Spain in winter
Winter tasting: Jamón Ibérico
The Valle de los Pedroches is a Natural Park located in the Northern part of Córdoba province, Andalucia. Home to the Iberian pig breed, the farmers in Los Pedroches Valley produce our most international delicatessen: the Iberico ham.
We invite you to enjoy a nice walk in the Dehesa (a natural forest of holm oak trees) or visit a local farm, the best place to learn about the curing and aging process of the Iberico. This winter experience will end with delicious tasting. Yummy!!
Tamborrada in San Sebastian
The Tamborrada is San Sebastian’s most important festival and the entire city gathers together regardless of the cold or rain. More than 15,000 Donostiarras (the people of San Sebastian as they are called in Basque) that belong to over 100 bands, actively take part in the drumming.
Its origins date back at the time of the Independence war around 1813. During this time of occupation, it was typical for the women to fetch water at one of the city’s two fountains. All the while, French troops marched around the city, banging on their drums. One of our favorite things to do in Spain in Winter!
Winter sports: ice-skating in Granada
Granada and its famous Sierra Nevada mountains is not all about skiing in winter. We invite you to enjoy a very family friendly activity down town: ice-skating at the Pabellon Mulhacen. Here you can practice but also feel like a professional athlete. Some of the most popular ice-skating venues take place here, so you just need to select the day and we will book the tickets for you!
Hiking the Madrid countryside
Winter is indeed the perfect time to enjoy a nice hike in the countryside. Far away from the hustle and bustle of the city and just an hour drive from Madrid, we find the amazing landscape of the Guadarrama Natural Park. On the outside of the picturesque mountain village of Rascafría, you can reach the spectacular waterfall of Cascada del Purgatorio. The whole area offers multiple options for hiking trails if you get there solo, with friends, family or your pets. One of our favorite things to do in Spain in Winter!
Discover Vielha in the Pyrenees: a fairytale town
Vielha, the capital of Vale d’Aran is a small Pyrenean town with approximately 4,000 inhabitants and located at 974 meters above sea level. It is surrounded by peaks reaching over 2,000 metres and built along the Garona river. Its origins take us back to the Roman period, when it was called Vétula, and when, according to legend, it was home to the giant Mandronius, who fought against the Roman invaders. The perfect winter spot for a weekend escape!
We hope you liked our selection of things to do in Spain in winter! For any other exciting travel plans take a look at our website for itinerary ideas!