Valencia is Spain’s third largest city and is just as vibrant as Barcelona and Madrid, with a wealth of art and culture. This port city is located on the south-eastern Costa del Azahar, or the ‘Orange Blossom Coast’, where the Turia River meets the Mediterranean Sea. Like most of Spain, Valencia experiences typical Mediterranean weather conditions, consisting of warm, dry summers and mild winters, with autumn receiving the most rainfall.
The average temperature in Valencia rarely drops below 10°C even in winter which makes it is a popular destination for tourists all year round – especially as there is a guaranteed minimum of 8 hours of sunshine per day too!
With plenty to see and do, Valencia is a great place to visit if you’re looking for sunshine, warm temperatures and dry weather. Visitors can enjoy everything from tapas to beaches to culture, with the popular City of Arts and Sciences featuring futuristic structures including a planetarium, an oceanarium and an interactive museum.
Aerial view of Valencia, Spain
Spring brings the festival season and flowering countryside to Valencia, so it is a popular time to visit. The crowds haven’t quite picked up in time for summer yet, Valencia’s famed beaches aren’t as full and accommodation prices haven’t reached summer highs. Spring-time weather in Valencia is great too! All in all, this could be the perfect time of year to make your trip.
March sees an average daytime temperature of 13°C moving swiftly up to 18°C in May. Night-time lows will increase from single digits to the low-teens by the end of the season and highs are already 23°C warm by May. There’s also plenty of sunshine for holiday-makers to enjoy with 9 hours a day in March, increasing to a wonderful 12 hours per day by May which is pretty much the annual maximum. The long, sunny days at the end of spring are most definitely marking the start of the glorious summer weather.
Although considerably drier than autumn, spring does still receive some rainfall, so it is worth being prepared and checking the forecast. April is the wettest spring month with 39mm of rain and 9 wet days across the month.
Overall though, the mild weather and sea breeze that Valencia receives in the spring months makes it a great time for wind surfing, parasailing, kite surfing and other wind sports. Just take note – the sea temperatures are only 18°C at this time of year, so not quite bikini-weather yet!
Main square of beautiful Valencia
If you’re looking for pure heat and sunshine for lazy beach days, summer is the ideal time to visit Valencia. There’s an average of 12 hours of sunshine a day in June and August and 13 hours a day in July which is the annual peak. Days tend to be very dry too, with a total of just 20mm a month in June and august and even less in July which sees just 4 wet days.
Summers in Valencia are also hot, but not unbearably so. June sees an average daily temperature of 22°C, July 24°C and August is the hottest month averaging 25°C with an average maximum temperature of 29°C throughout this season. While these temperatures are high and sun-cream is strongly advised, Valencia, like many Mediterranean coastal cities, is cooled down by the local sea breeze. This starts blowing at about midday and begins to calm by 4pm, meaning there is low humidity in the area.
If the heat and humidity do become a discomfort though, do as the Valencians do and hop into the Mediterranean Sea for a dip! During summer, the water temperature reaches an agreeable 26°C.
Cullera beach in the sun, Valenica
In autumn, Valencia, like other cities of a similar climate, experiences slowly dropping temperatures and heavier rainfall. Although high temperatures remain 27°C in September, dipping to 23°C by October, with pleasant averages in the mid-teens, night-time lows have reached single digits by November, which is much colder than summer evenings.
The Spanish weather phenomenon known as Gota Fria (cold drop) arrives in Valencia in autumn, bringing stormy, unsettled weather and periods of rain along the Mediterranean coast. Gota Fria is a cold low which brings air from polar origin causing the region to cool significantly. It also brings several days of overcast, unsettling and sometimes dreary weather so it is definitely worth checking the forecast for approaching rainfall.
Autumn is in fact the wettest time of the year in Valencia, particularly October which sees 89mm of rainfall and a 25% chance of rain, the annual maximum. Despite this, October and November still see an average of 9 hours of sunshine a day and sea temperatures remain warm after the summer months, with an average temperature of 22°C in October.
L'Hemisferic City of Arts and Science, Valencia. Photo by Filippo Diotalevi
Winter in Valencia is relatively pleasant, with mild temperatures, lots of sunshine and clear blue skies. Rainfall falls significantly after the autumn months, averaging 42mm of precipitation in December and falling to 31-32mm come January and February. This means you are unlikely to need an umbrella, however, the weather will get considerably chillier.
January is generally the coldest month of the year, with an average temperature of 9°C and a low temperature of just 4°C. By February though, highs reach 16°C again which is very pleasantly mild. While the temperatures are much lower than summer, winter is still a great time to visit Valencia if you want to avoid the crowds and humidity. Visitors can still enjoy 8 hours of sunshine a day throughout the winter months, making it a perfect opportunity to sight see and explore the city in comfort.
Valencia can experience some weather hazards. A common complaint across Spain is actually the droughts caused by continual dry weather, especially in the summer. This is an issue more likely to affect locals than holiday-makers though. However, as the city is so close to North Africa, dust storms - caused by hot winds blowing across the Sahara - are often a problem in the area. These tend to last on average for 1-4 days and will usually hit Valencia between May and September. Any negative weather occurring will be short-lived at least.