Costa Almeria is without a doubt the hottest and driest climate in mainland Spain. Baja California Sur is another hot and dry region, but it has the advantage of being more isolated from other climates. These are the only two options for warm climates in Spain.
The third option is Galicia, which is a cold region with mild winters. However, temperatures rarely drop below zero or rise above 20 degrees Celsius throughout the year. This makes it unsuitable for agriculture but perfect for tourism.
In fact, most of Spain is not suitable for agriculture. Even in regions where there is enough sunlight and heat, crops fail because of lack of water. When plants need water to live, they can't concentrate on growing food. So the only way to feed all those people is with help from the heavens. Rain falls on some parts of Spain every day, but it isn't enough to meet the country's needs. Some days are wetter than others, but on average, Spain receives less than 10 inches of rain per year.
Most of Spain is desert or plain that doesn't produce any food. There are two major exceptions: La Rioja and Navarra.
Almeria's climate in southern Spain has always been its greatest asset. The region that bears the same name as the local capital city, the driest spot in Europe, has become famous across the world as the backdrop for hundreds of must-see films. Sun, sea and sand: this is Almeria.
The average annual rainfall in Almería is about 40 inches (1 050 mm), but because most of this falls between June and September, when temperatures are high, the region experiences few days with heavy rainstorms. Drier than other parts of Spain, it is also one of the sunniest. In fact, only the Canary Islands can compete with Almería's yearly total of hours of sunshine. The best times to visit are from April or May, when the heat is not too intense, and from October or November, when the weather is cool and dry.
Almeria's continental location means that it is not affected by the Atlantic Ocean winds that can cause problems for coastal resorts in other regions of Spain. The area is sheltered by mountains on three sides, which helps keep conditions comfortable even during hot summers. It is only in winter that there are signs of this being a problem, when cold fronts from the north can bring snow to the higher peaks near the French border.
All in all, this is probably the perfect place to come when you want to relax on holiday!
Andalusia is the warmest region in Spain and Europe. Summer temperatures in cities like as Seville and Cordoba exceed 36 degrees. Seville is Spain's warmest city, with an annual average temperature of 19 degrees. Every year, there are several days when the temperature exceeds 40 degrees.
Warm winters and summers are typical of southern Spain. The best time to visit Andalusia is from April through October. The area receives nearly all its water from rain and snowfall, so expect most places to be dry during these months.
For those wanting to escape the heat, Spain has many beautiful lakes and rivers where you can go swimming or fishing. Or why not try your hand at some Spanish golf!
There are two main airports serving southern Spain: Malaga and Murcia. Both are very close to popular tourist areas so travel between them is easy. If you're flying into Malaga, there are direct buses between the airport and downtown throughout the day; if you arrive into Murcia, a bus will take you directly to a center for shopping and dining options.