Spain month by month: May

Best things to do in Spain in May

Spain in May

May is an excellent time of the year to visit Spain and in this article we cover the best things to do in Spain in May.

Despite Spain is a large country and the weather differs a lot from North to South, temperatures are mild in May, the schools are busy and Spaniards do nto enjoy holidays and tourists are not queuing at each single local attraction.

There are important festivals that happen in May. We cover some of the most important ones here. 

Andalusian horses
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Andalusian horse and the horse fair in Jerez

The Jerez de la Frontera horse fair is a must-visit for anyone in Andalusia in May and for lovers of horses. Andalusian horse shows, sherry wine, flamenco shows, and food. 200 public booths in which food and wine are enjoyed by locals and tourists alike. One of Spain´s most colorful festivals

Flower and fountain in a patio
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Essential guide to the Patios de Cordoba

The festival of the patios de Cordoba takes place in May. It lasts a bit less than 2 weeks. The festival started as a public competition in 1921. That year, for the first time, the local authorities in Cordoba (the Town-hall) organized a competition. The owners of houses with patios were asked to decorate their patios for this special occasion. Prizes were put in place, besides, of course, the already distinguished honor of winning this prestigious award.

San Isidro Madrid
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San Isidro in Madrid festival, Bulls and Rosquillas.

Each 15th of May in Madrid is the festival of San Isidro, the patron of Madrid. For a period of five days, locals take to the streets to celebrate their pilgrimage in the Pradera of San Isidro and also to enjoy music, dancing and Madrid cuisine in the gardens of the Vistillas.
The day before the party, in the streets of downtown Madrid, you can hear the excitement from the Parade of Giants, announcing the arrival of the Proclamation that occurs on the afternoon of the 14th on Plaza de la Villa.

Girona – Temps de Flors

Every month of May Girona gets covered with flowers. Since 1954 the city has dressed itself in flowers.

Temps de Flo in Girona inr May
F1 car in Jerez de la Frontera

Jerez de la Frontera – F1

Right before the horse fair, Jerez de la Frontera welcomes every month of May the F1 Prix. 

Tuna gastronomy fair in barbate, Cadiz

A perfect plan for Foodies. Barbate dedicates one full week to Tuna. Exhibitions, show-cooking, guided tours…

Barbastro May festivsal
The Caja Magica during the Madrid open in May

Madrid tenis ATP Masters

One of the highlights of Spain during the month of May and a must for tenis fans is the Madrid Open.

It happens before the San Isidro Festival, at a time in which the weather is perfect to enjoy the City of Madrid