Beaches, swimming pools, beautiful green parks for sunny mornings, museums for an afternoon of masterpieces, and countless bars for a tapas night.
Spaniards take summer very seriously, and there are some “rituals” or situations that only occur when summer arrives.
Even if in any other country summer is considered from 21st June to 21st September, technically, it’s true that due to the high temperatures summer in Spain can be considered from mid-May to late October. Hot, hot, heat!
And what Spaniards do to welcome the season?
Every 23rd June people meet on the Mediterranean beaches to celebrate the summer festivity. They do a fire on the beach and jump, dance and drink around till midnight thanking the season to come. It is called “The Night of San Juan” and as a tradition at 00.00 people wash their faces with seawater as a symbol of beauty and health for the whole year. The fire will give protection all year round to those who dare to jump over the flames. A ritual you would not like to miss.
Terraces, bars, open-air places and parks gain even more protagonism. Summer in Spain is strictly spent on the streets. Tapas, beers or the most typical summer drink in Spain: “tinto de verano” what means the perfect mix of red wine and sparkling water in a way only Spaniards can do.
Can you already imagine the favourite snack of Spanish people during this season? Right, olives from Spain win!
August is a month to relax for everybody and the city slows down its ordinary rhythm. Make yourself part of them and wait until 20h to jump into the streets.
Finally, we have already said Spaniards enjoy the open-air more than any other human being, so if you wonder where you can find them the answer is: Beach!
– Summing up –
When: From 21st June till 21st September
Where: Beaches, parks, swimming pools.
What to eat: Tapas and of course, olives from Spain.
What to drink: Tinto de verano
What to do: Relax
With all these tips, you are ready to enjoy properly a Spanish summer.