Spain has a Mediterranean climate that is generally warm with dry summers and colder winters. Although it is one of the warmest European countries, Spain has a mild climate that can vary across different regions and throughout different seasons.
The Spanish coast is characterized by an extremely mild climate and stays warm most of the year. The north of Spain, including the Cantabrian coast, is also quite mild but has significant rainfall. Both summers and winters on the northern coast are hospitable. More elevated parts of the country, including the Sierra Nevada Mountains, the Pyrenees and the Cantabrian Mountains, experience colder climates and often see snowfall in both winter and spring. In spite of regional and seasonal differences, Spain still boasts an average of more than 3,000 hours of sunshine each year, according to the Tourist Office of Spain.