Valencia sits on the Iberian Peninsula, midway along Spain’s east coast on the Mediterranean Sea. As such, it has a classic Mediterranean climate, with hot, dry summers and temperately cool, brief winters.
In the summer’s warmest month, August, the mercury in Valencia sways between 70 and 85 degrees—and the average temperature of the Mediterranean Sea is 79 degrees, bringing swimmers and sunbathers out in droves.
Things cool down a bit in autumn, with average temperatures in October between 58 and 74 degrees. During the winter, the city experiences a bit more rain, but not much—and it hardly ever snows. Average temperatures in January fall between 45 and 61 degrees.
Spring can be a lovely time to visit. Valencia warms up as early as late March, though reliably toasty weather doesn’t hit until May, when temperatures linger between 57 and 73 degrees. Plus, the city’s lively Fallas Festival, in March, is worth timing a vacation around. Neighborhood groups hold a parade to present elaborate, firecracker-filled papier-mâché statues they have been working on throughout the year. Afterward, the statues are mounted in prominent places, and a week of block parties ensues. Then, around midnight on March 19, those firecrackers are lit, turning each statue into a huge bonfire. This pyrotechnic celebration to mark the spring equinox has been happening in Valencia since the Middle Ages.