In Andalucia the cooling-off process during early autumn is typically slow, and September is generally a hot month with a typical average daytime temperature of 32°C (89°F). Temperatures generally fall to 18°C (64°F) overnight, but are often higher near the Mediterranean coastline, though the Mediterranean coast also sometimes experiences cooling sea breezes during the daytime. Sea temperatures in September are around 24°C (74°F)--great for swimmers and other water enthusiasts.
Skies over Andalucia are mostly clear, gradually becoming more cloudy as the month progresses. Rainfall is rare during a typical September although it crops up more frequently than during the summer months, with a long-term regional average of about 25mm which falls on two days. On the rare occasions that rain falls, it is likely to be heavy and thundery. The north of the region and the Sierra Nevada mountain range are the most likely places to catch some thunderstorms, while the Mediterranean coastline, especially in the south-east of the region, is most likely to stay dry throughout a given September. There are typically 9 hours of bright sunshine per day.
Humidity ranges from dry (28%) to very humid (94%), the air becoming more wet the later in the month. Wind speeds range from calm to moderate breeze, blowing in from the west.
In September, temperatures drop rapidly. Around the beginning of the month, averages are at 23°C (73°F), with highs of 32°C (89°F) and lows of 15°C (59°F). By the end of September, averages are at 17°C (62°F), highs at 26°C (78°F) and lows at 11°C (51°F).
Where to Stay
Hotel Vereda Real
For accommodation that is both high quality and affordable, you are best off heading to Seville. The Hotel Vereda Real (Centra Gines a Valencina) is situated on the fringes of Seville itself in the Aljarafe Sevillano region and offers cosy, wood-furnished accommodations. The hotel offers parking or free transfer service to Seville's city centre.
Villa Alicia Guest House
The Villa Alicia Guest House to the north of Malaga offers good inexpensive accommodation. Villa Alicia is a small, budget-minded guest house with a quiet, pleasant atmosphere. Each of its 12 rooms are kept in an early 1900's building with original tile floors and mosaics. The rooms are spacious and the windows large. Onsite services and facilities include free wifi, fully furnished kitchen, bar service, continental buffet breakfast, communal living room and patio.
Pension la Parma
The Pension la Parma lies near the city centre. Pension La Palma is a simple, calm guesthouse that offers rooms with private or shared bathroom. Rooms are spread over two floors, some with balconies that overlook calle Martinez. The hostel is in the heart of Malaga, within short walking distance to the Cathedral, port, Alcazaba, Alameda, and a succulent food market. On the roof guests will find a spectacular sun terrace.
Hit the Beach
Playa del Cristo
Playa del Cristo lies just outside of Estepona in Malaga province. It is especially catered to small children, with its soft sands and a car park.
Torremolinos is one of the oldest resort towns on Costa del Sol. The coast is lined with sunbeds and high-rise hotels, giving off a wave of 1970s charm. Head here if you want to socialise--you'll find everything from an active nightlife to bar patrons shouting at football matches on the TV.
Eating & Drinking Out
Milk Away (Hernando Colon Street 3) in Seville is the place to head for a tasty refreshment in the hot afternoon. They offer delicious smoothies and milkshakes, a great stop after exploring the cathedral.
Jacaranda (Plaza de la Constitucion s/n, Higuera de la Sierra) is a lovely restaurant in a small village. They offer fine dining in a relaxed setting--from mushroom risotto to marinated sardines to foie-gras tapas.
Things to Do
Feria de Pedro Romero y Corrida
Most towns and cities within Andalucia have local festivals and events during the month of September. The Feria de Pedro Romero y Corrida Goyesca is held in Ronda, Malaga during September and features a week long party, including bullfighting (the last two days of the feria feature one of Spain's main bullfighting events) and amusement parks.
Casa Natal Picasso
Those interested in art can visit the Casa Natal Picasso which is Pablo Picasso's birthplace and contains numerous exhibitions and displays relating to Picasso and his works of art.
El Chorro Gorge
For those after outdoor activities, close by to the north lies the El Chorro Gorge which offers stunning limestone scenery and opportunities to go rock climbing.
Museo de Bellas Artes
There is plenty of entertainment on offer within Seville, including the Museo de Bellas Artes, a fine arts museum exhibiting a large amount of local paintings. The impressive Cathedral de Sevilla is also well worth visiting.