Cordoba, located in the South of Spain, is undoubtedly one of the prettiest and most interesting cities in the whole country. It surely deserves a visit all-year-round, but to make an informed decision on when to visit is good to learn about Cordoba weather throughout the different seasons so you can choose the one that better adapts to your plans.
Want to know which is the best season to enjoy the city? Keep on reading!
Its climate can be defined as Mediterranean, but with particularly hot summers, almost African-style. Córdoba is not only the hottest city of Spain during summer, but of the whole of Europe, and often even more so than the nearby city of Seville, also famous for its scorching summers.
Precipitation amounts to around 535 millimeters (21 inches) per year, so it is not abundant; however, it is concentrated between autumn and early spring, as is normal in Mediterranean climates. The rainiest month is December, with 90 mm (3.5 in).
Cordoba is a sunny city in general. The amount of sunshine in Córdoba is great in summer, good in spring, and still decent in autumn and winter when there is a moderate amount of cloudy days, but also sunny periods.
Winters are generally mild. The daily average temperature is about 9/10 °C (48/50 °F) with many sunny days, but there can also be waves of bad weather, with wind and rain. Very cold periods are rare, however, on colder nights, the temperature can drop to freezing or even a few degrees below, but during the day, it remains very rarely below 10 °C (50 °F).
It is the perfect season for a nice Christmas break or to enjoy the Carnival festivities that take place in town during February.
Weather is a bit unstable in March and sometimes in April, with some windy and rainy days, but in general, it’s a mild and sunny season, which becomes warmer and more stable as days go by. Already in April, daytime temperatures often approach 30 °C (86 °F). In May, especially in the second half of the month, the first very hot days can happen.
This is the star season in town, especially May. During this month, you could enjoy the three mayor festivities in the area: the Feria, the Cruces and the Patios. Córdoba is prettier than ever, bursting with colors due to the beautiful flowers you can find in every corner.
Summers are usually pretty warm, dry and sunny, with highs usually about 36 °C (97 °F) in July and August, but with fairly frequent periods in which they reach 40 °C (104 °F) or, in the most extreme cases, 45/46 °C (113/115 °F). The sun beats down, and the rains are usually very rare. September is still a summery month, especially in the first half, when highs usually exceed 30 °C (86 °F) and the sun shines. The sea is not very close, however, a bit of breeze can arrive here providing a bit of relief.
If you are brave enough to visit during this season, you will benefit from lower accommodation rates, to begin with. It is also the perfect time of the year to enjoy the night: romantic dinners at the shores of the Guadalquivir river, cocktail sipping in nice terraces, cultural guided nocturnal visits to the Mosque-Cathedral or Medina Azahara… During the day you could also visit some of its interesting museums (with air-conditioned!) or enjoy some of the water activities that the Guadalquivir offers: kayaking, canoeing or paddle surf.
From mid-September to November, is initially hot and sunny: still in October, especially in the first half, the temperature often reaches 30 °C (86 °F). However, during this season, rain starts to fall. In autumn the city becomes lively again after the summer break when most locals flee the town to the beaches of Malaga and Huelva.
There are also a few interesting festivals that take place during this time of the year: Festival de las Callejas (with open-air theater, workshops, olive oil tasting…) and Sephardic Autumn (this event, organized by the Jewish Neighborhoods of Spain Network, offers many opportunities to get in touch with the Jewish way of life).
As we have just seen, Cordoba is a place that offers endless possibilities throughout the year, so we could not say one month is better than the other, it all depends on what you want to see and do, your tolerance to heat and cold… We can only guarantee this town is going to charm you no matter when you come!