When to go to Bilbao: climate, best time and tips month by month

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Martí Micolau

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Bilbao, located in the north of Spain in the Basque Country, is a gritty, joyful and constantly moving city. It is known all over the world for the celebrated Guggenheim Museum, to which the city is particularly grateful as seen as a sign of "revival".
Here is all the info on the climate and advice on the best time to visit Bilbao.


  1. Climate, Average Temperatures and Precipitation
  2. When to go to Bilbao: the cheapest period
  3. Bilbao in the Spring
  4. Bilbao in the Summer
  5. Bilbao in Autumn
  6. Bilbao in Winter
  7. User questions and comments

Climate, Average Temperatures and Precipitation

  • Best time: summer (June-September). The climate in Bilbao is rather uncertain despite never rigid temperatures, but in these months it rains less, the temperatures are warmer and the days longer. Also there are several events
  • Period to avoid: winter and autumn are very rainy and gray, with always uncertain weather, and spring is rather windy. If you want to swim, these are all seasons to be avoided

The climate in Bilbao is mild oceanic, rather rainy and humid. Winters are temperate and dull, with temperatures between 5 and 13 degrees, summers are unusually cold compared to the rest of Spain, with lows of 14 ° C and highs of 26 ° C in August. Spring is cloudy, cold and with frequent rains as is autumn, which has a pleasant time only in September.
Rainfall is abundant and frequent from October to May, from June to September it rains less, about 7 - 8 days a month. The amount of sunshine is not that great, since the sky is often gray, especially from October to May when Atlantic disturbances arrive. Finally, as regards the sea, bad news: the water is cold and reaches a maximum of 20 - 21 degrees between July and September.

When to go to Bilbao: the cheapest period

The low season in Bilbao runs from October to March, excluding holidays. The best compromise to save is late May or September.

Bilbao in the Spring

Spring, from March to May, is rainy (about 12 rainy days per month), cool with lows of 7 ° C in April and cloudy. In addition, wind and humidity accentuate the perceived cold. Sometimes the winds blow from the south, which can lead to sudden increases in temperature and, only in this way, the first warm days finally occur, perhaps for one or two days.
March and April are still cold months, however, you can easily go and discover Bilbao, with an umbrella always at hand!

May is certainly the time when you will find the first really pleasant days. You can stroll along the Nervión river, cross the picturesque Zubizuri footbridge and the Santiago Calatrava bridge, admiring particular sculptures and architecture. Pay a visit to the traditional Ribera Market and, from the Casco Viejo, go to Plaza Nueva, the main one in Bilbao.
Being a very Catholic country, here Easter is felt with various celebrations: Bilbao could be an alternative destination for the Easter weekend!

Bilbao in the Summer

Summer, from June to August, is generally hot during the day with an average of 25 ° C, while the nights are cold, the lows are around 15 ° C.
Some disturbances can pass, bringing rains and drops in temperature, but everything always depends on the years, there is no real "rule". It rarely exceeds 30 degrees for a few days and even more sporadic are the days when they reach 40 ° C (when southern winds blow). However, even in these cases, the nights remain averages below 20 degrees.

In the summer you can sunbathe on the beaches, the more daring can enjoy a swim in the sea.
It is also an excellent time to get to know Bilbao from the "estuary of Nervión", by taking a boat or kayak excursion.
Summer is full of events: from late June to early July there is Kalealdia, a festival of music, contemporary dance, cabaret, theater and modern circus. In July the famous BBK Live Festival, with three days of unmissable concerts by renowned groups of the music scene, while in August the Great Week is staged, in which the festival in honor of Our Lady of Begoña is celebrated with concerts, shows, theater, fireworks and children's activities.

Bilbao in Autumn

Autumn from September to November is similar to spring, with cool averages and regular rainfall, especially in October and November. A distinction must be made for the month of September, in particular the first half, in which temperatures are pleasant and almost summer, the rains less frequent.

As in the spring season, you can dedicate yourself to exploring the city and visiting museums: once in Bilbao, it is impossible not to enter the beautiful Guggenheim Museum, which preserves precious works by important artists, such as Warhol and Casquiat. But there are others such as the Bilbao Fine Arts Museum, the Archaeological and Historical Museum and the Museum of Sacred Art.

Bilbao in Winter

Winter from December to February is mild, with January averages of 9 degrees, and characterized by rain and clouds, due to regular Atlantic perturbations. The cold spells are rare, as well as snow. Light frosts sometimes occur during the night, usually one or two degrees below zero.
During the winter season it is nice to observe the city, where you will find a Christmas market, visit the Museums and have fun in the various clubs, including the renowned "Bilborock", near the Ponte de la Mercede. Take a relaxing walk in parks like Casilda Iturrizar and Etxebarria Park, from which you can admire a splendid panorama.
On 21 December Santo Tomas is celebrated, one of the most heartfelt holidays in which many inhabitants and tourists participate. The famous Santo Tomas market is organized with vegetables, fruit, bread, flowers and typical dishes of the area. The party continues with parades, dances and theatrical performances.

How to dress: what to pack

  • In winter: warm clothes, down jacket, scarf, umbrella or raincoat.
  • In summer: summer clothes, a sweatshirt and a light jacket for rainy days. Umbrella or raincoat.
  • In autumn and spring: spring / autumn clothes, sweatshirt and heavier sweater, jacket, umbrella or raincoat.

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