As the summer crowds dissipate and the scorching heat fades away, Spain reveals a different kind of beauty during the off-season. From pleasant weather to budget-friendly travel options, exploring Spanish towns in the autumn and winter months can be a delightful experience.
Conde Naste Traveller recently compiled a list of the top five Spanish towns to visit in the off-season, each offering unique attractions and experiences.
1. Jávea: Embracing the sun until December
Jávea, located along Spain’s Costa Blanca, boasts idyllic coves and a stunning coastline. Even during the winter months, the town enjoys sunny weather, with temperatures ranging from 16-22°C. Travellers can also still indulge in various water activities like kayaking and sailing or opt for hiking and cycling trails in Cape San Antonio and Montgó Natural Park. Food enthusiasts can savour delightful dishes at restaurants like Cala Clemence on the Mediterranean shores, or experience the “devine pleasures at Sileno Gastrobar. For a cosy stay close to the popular El Arenal Beach, Parador de Jávea with its excellent restaurant, and Nomad Hotel Xábia Port are excellent options.
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2. San Sebastian: A culinary paradise
San Sebastian, renowned for its film festival and culinary excellence, welcomes visitors with mild autumn and winter weather. This Basque city offers a gastronomic journey with its famous pintxos (small savoury snacks). Must-try dishes include foie gras, beef cheeks, and razor clams at places like La Cuchara de San Telmo and award winning Bar Txepetxa. San Sebastian also hosts the Tamborrada festival in January, adding cultural allure to your visit. The city’s walkability and scenic attractions, such as La Concha beach and Mount Igueldo, make it an ideal off-season destination.
3. Seville: Beating the heat in winter
Seville, with its scorching summer temperatures, becomes a pleasant retreat in the autumn and winter months. Visitors can explore attractions like the Royal Alcázar and the cathedral without the summer crowds. The city’s El Arenal neighbourhood offers amazing tapas at places such as Bodega Casa Morales which has been established since 1850. For an authentic flamenco experience, Teatro Flamenco Triana is a must-visit. Accommodation options like centrally positioned Hotel Casas de El Arenal, and El Hotel NH Sevilla Plaza de Armas and five star, Hotel EME Catedral Mercer offer comfortable stays and convenient access to Seville’s landmarks.
4. Mallorca: A tranquil winter escape
Mallorca’s mild winter weather and well-connected airport make it an accessible off-season destination. Visitors can explore the picturesque Palma de Mallorca, stroll along tree-lined promenades, and enjoy contemporary art at Es Baluard Museu d’Art Contemporani de Palma. The island also offers vibrant nightlife at places like Wine Lovers Sant Jaume and Bar Nicolás. For accommodation, adults only, Palma Riad offers a blend of Arabic charm and modern luxury, while Meliá Palma Marina provides stunning ocean views.
5. Cadaqués: A Charming Coastal Hideaway
Cadaqués, a small fishing village in Catalonia, exudes charm and tranquility. Although winters can be chilly, the village’s coastal vibe and artistic heritage make it a captivating destination. Visitors can explore the former residences of iconic artists Salvador Dalí and Picasso and enjoy leisurely walks through boutiques and art galleries. Casa Nun offers an excellent dining experience with a view, while the charming Hotel Horta d’en Rahola and beach front Hotel Llane Petit provide comfortable accommodations for a peaceful retreat.
Visiting these Spanish towns in the off-season will allow you to enjoy your break without the summer crowds, making it a perfect time for an unforgettable Spanish adventure.