Galicia is the Spain you don't expect, the one out of the common imagination. Forget flamenco, paella and intense heat. In northern Spain, the protagonists are the sound of the wind and crashing ocean waves. It is an extraordinary territory from a naturalistic point of view, a wild and poignant landscape where the struggle between land and sea is eternal, it knows no peace. The calm of the rías, the characteristic inlets that penetrate the coast, is in constant contrast with the rush of the ocean waves.
There are many reasons why it is worth planning a trip to Galicia but, given its very particular geographical position, it is necessary to be aware of the various climatic conditions that can be encountered. Here are all our tips on when to go to Galicia: climate, best period and weather situation month by month.
- Climate, Average Temperatures and Precipitation
- When to go to Galicia: the cheapest period
- Galicia in Spring
- Galicia in Summer
- Galicia in Autumn
- Galicia in Winter
- User questions and comments
Climate, Average Temperatures and Precipitation
- Best time: summer, from June to the first half of September, being the driest and sunniest period. Even in the height of summer, the risk of rain must be considered. The nights are cool on the coast and a little colder in the interior
- Period to avoid: unless you go to the area specifically for skiing, January and February are the coldest and rainiest months; the same goes for November and December even if slightly more tolerable
Being located in the northwest of Spain, Galicia has a mild oceanic climate, with relatively mild and rainy winters, and cool and quite sunny summers, without excluding the possibility of short waves of intense heat with highs equal to or higher than 30 °.
Il wind it is a peculiar feature of the area. It blows frequently and can be stormy in the cold season. It is no coincidence that the beaches are frequented by surfers. There fog on the other hand, it is frequent: it can occur anywhere all year round.
Another characteristic that occurs with a certain frequency is precipitation, generally abundant (they almost everywhere exceed 1.000 mm per year, and even approach 2.000 mm along the west coast and on the slopes facing west). However, summer remains the driest season, the rains are in fact rare in this period but not to be categorically excluded.
On Mountain ranges, in the central area of the region, the climate becomes proportionally colder as the altitude rises, and in winter it snows heavily. For this there are numerous ski lifts. The snow phenomenon is very rare along the coast.
When to go to Galicia: the cheapest period
A good compromise could be the months of May / June and September.
Even if in reality the cheapest period ever for a trip to Galicia is autumn, which is also the "saddest" season from a climatic point of view.
Unfortunately, autumn is not the right time to enjoy the coast and the beaches, nor is it the best time to take the Camino de Santiago or to visit the various towns. In short, it offers attractive prices but also very high risk of not enjoying the holiday. So consider carefully if "the game is worth the candle"!
Galicia in Spring
The climate it's not great but acceptable. The maximum recorded in April is 16 °, it rains often (88mm) but as summer approaches, rainfall begins to decrease. The Vigo area is cooler and rainier. It could be the time to take the Camino de Santiago.
As in all of Spain, also in Galicia Easter is deeply felt; for this reason many are the celebrations organized during the Semana Santa. In particular, the processions of the Via Crucis, the Descent and the Encounter in Viveiro (Lugo) are highlighted, while the Easter celebrations that take place in Ferrol (La Coruña) are considered among the most beautiful in northern Spain.
Also in Ferrol, the Festa das pepitas, dedicated to praising the female figure through music. In the square of Amboaxe, the women of Ferrol ("las pepitas") are courted for several days with serenades from the polyphonic choirs that go out to sing under their windows. In mid-April, gourmets can't miss it Feira do Queixo do Cebreiro in Pedrafita do Cebreiro (Lugo).
Galicia in Summer
Summer is the season warmer and drier, with cool and pleasant nights. Even if the rains are still not to be excluded. In La Coruna the climate is not excessively hot (July and August maximum 23 °).
There are many events and festivals in this period, both religious and folkloric. On 25 July, in Santiago, the Feast of the Apostle, the most important moment of religious life in Galicia. Not only liturgies and functions, but also cultural events, markets and fireworks. Rapa das bestas is a true "exclusive" of Galician folklore which takes place at different times in the various locations. It is a rite in which strong young men lead wild horses downstream to brand them and rap them.
Nordic Galicia evokes the exploits of the Normans in its fjords, simulating one landing of the Vikings by an expertly reconstructed drakar. This takes place in Catoira (Pontevedra) in mid-August.
For gastronomic events we mention the Albariño Festival (first Sunday in August in Cambados, Pontevedra) to celebrate the famous wine; the following Sunday, in Carballiño (Ourense), the octopus, local specialty.
Galicia in Autumn
In the first part of autumn the climate is good (average temperature of 17 ° and it rains about 102 mm per month); from mid-October starts to get worse becoming cooler and above all very rainy.
The first weekend of September, Pontevedra plunges into the th century with the Feria Franca, a feast in remembrance of the privilege granted in 1467 by King Henry IV who authorized a tax-free market lasting one month: 15 days before and 15 days after the feast of San Bartolomeo, on 24 August. In 2000, the festival celebrated its first edition with a dual purpose: to recover the memory of one of the times of greatest economic momentum and prosperity in the city, and to promote the active involvement of citizens in a project to relaunch the historic center.
There are many Galician delicacies. On the second Sunday of October, in O Grove (Pontevedra), the Gastronomic festival, now thirty years old, during which the traveler can taste many specialties, first of all, the mariscos of the rias baixas. On November 1st, in Monterroso (Lugo), the Feria dos Santos remember our Oggnisanti party.
Galicia in Winter
The climate it is certainly not favorable, the temperatures do not drop below freezing but the wind is constant as well as the rains (138 mm of precipitation per month). In the inland mountainous areas it is very cold and can even snow. The period is perfect for those who want to ski.
Before Carnival, in Deza and Lalìn, for over 40 years, the Festa do cocido, an event in which pork is ennobled, which has become a symbol of national identity.
In February, many places in the region celebrate theI enter ,the carnival. On the Sunday before the beginning of the carnival, the cigarróns, the characteristic masks, at the end of the morning Mass, greet the faithful, filling the atmosphere with magic and excitement with dances and the deafening sound of the chocas (cowbells). On Luns de Entroido (Carnival Monday), the battle of the flour takes place in Verín, and on Tuesdays, in various villages, there is the great parade of floats, with extras, masks and cigarróns.
From 28 February to 1 March in Baiona the Party from Arribada by Carabela Pinta, re-enactment of the fact that Pinzón, commander of the Caravella Pinta, gave Baiona the news of the discovery of the New World.
How to dress: what to pack
- In winter: winter clothes including scarf, gloves and hat. Umbrella and raincoat
- In summer: light clothes plus some mid-season items. Sweatshirt and sweater for the evening. Hat, sunglasses and sunscreen. Beach equipment. Umbrella and rain cover for any eventuality
- In autumn and spring: spring / autumn clothes and some heavy clothes. Umbrella and raincoat. Hat and scarf / scarf for the wind
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