Spring in Andalucia is a special time for a visit – even though the summer temperatures haven’t yet hit their peak the locals are finally ready to shrug off their winter woollies, something they do like clockwork as soon as the clocks go forward.
Read on to find out why spring in Andalucia is such a glorious time of year.
We might lose an hour’s sleep when the clocks spring forward at the end of March every year, but the longer days mean more time to enjoy walks on the still uncrowded beaches, explore the great outdoors, and, of course, eat tapas al fresco without the need for a coat or a patio heater.
It’s blooming marvellous
Spring in Andalucia arrives just as the almond blossom is starting to fade and it does so in the most colourful way.
After the winter rains the fields and mountains are greener than ever and the streets near me are lined with the yellow blooms of the mimosa trees and the occasional pop of purple wisteria.
Out in the campo the fields and hedgerows are dappled with Mediterranean buttercups – considered a pest by many but very pretty especially when interspersed with bright red poppies.
For a real riot of colour in Andalucía, Cordoba is the place to be in May when the city holds its annual Fiesta de los Patios. Locals in the city’s oldest neighbourhoods decorate their courtyards ready to welcome visitors and, potentially, win a prize for the prettiest patio.
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The scent of orange blossom
You don’t have to venture far to find orange trees in Andalucía. Just about every town and village has tree lined streets and plazas and, when the orange blossom starts to appear, you’ll certainly know about it as the smell floats on the breeze and lingers in the air.
Known as azahar, the orange blossom has several uses including for perfume, honey, and orange blossom tea.
Easter celebrations in Andalucía are big news – a chocolate egg here just doesn’t cut it!
For a full week there are daily parades throughout most towns and cities where, under normal circumstances, religious brotherhoods carry effigies of the Virgin Mary and Jesus.
Easter is also when some of the smaller towns hold the traditional ‘running of the bulls’. We watched it in Gaucin in 2018 and, while not as barbaric as bullfighting, it’s safe to say that it’s not for everyone.
Feria season starts
Andalucians love to party, and the feria calendar gets underway in spring with Seville’s Feria de Abril being the first and biggest. This is followed in May by the famous Feria del Caballo in Jerez de la Frontera and, from this point and throughout the summer months, almost every town and village has a feria with fairground rides, eating, drinking and general merry making.
I love to head out into the Campo de Gibraltar at this time of year as it’s stork nesting time. Telegraph poles and electricity pylons become nesting sites as do church spires and, on the relatively short drive up to Castellar de la Frontera it seems that every available space has been taken over by a pair of nesting birds.
My other favourites are the swallows – always too quick to get a good photo though.
If you want to enjoy the beauty of Andalucía when the weather is pleasantly warm, but the summer crowds haven’t yet arrived I can highly recommend spring as the season to visit.