Wondering in which month of the year you should move to Spain? As usual, several factors might determine the best timing to do so.
To begin with, most of job hiring from non-touristic companies takes place after the long holidays in September and January. Although because of the instability in other Mediterranean countries some areas are showing some activity from November through March (the off-season for continental Spain and the Balearic Islands), in touristic places and occupations, the recruitment season usually runs from February through May, with the idea of covering many positions when Easter begins (often at the end of March or beginning of April) or summer is approaching (end May – June) so organisations can operate at full speed during the ‘prime’ time (July and August).
Like in other countries, retail-oriented businesses heavily recruit before the Christmas period so they are properly covered for their busiest time of the year (December and January, the latter with the famous “Rebajas” (Sales)).
For the main cities, moving at the end of August or in the beginning of September will mean difficulties finding accommodation since many people will arrive at the same time coinciding with that peak season for being hired, coming back from holidays (having left their previous residence before), or starting the academic year both for students, teachers, and professors. Following up with those groups, the recruitment will traditionally run from January through July, and right after the August break for last minute hiring, so the ‘homework’ for educational institutions is completed right before the academic year starts.
Trying to avoid when most visitors go to the seaside? Part and full-time retirees come when the peak season is over as of the end of September.
In the continental part of the peninsula, besides observing overall fewer tourists, the huge weather extremes are another variable to consider. The more South you go the more temperatures will go above 40ºC (104ºF) during the day in summer, and the more North you go the more temperatures will drop below 0ºC (32ºF) during the night in winter. If you are looking for a cooler July or August with some rains and green landscapes, the north part of Spain on the Atlantic side can be a good choice although, well, it will not bring you all the sun you might expect but will compensate for it with fewer tourists, more nature, and excellent food.
A different ‘beast’ when taking into consideration the previous factors is the Canary Islands. Facing Africa and considerably more to the South, temperatures show a small variance between summer and winter, and day and night. Peak-peak-peak season is around Christmas time when accommodations prices have sky-rocketed in the last years – and I talk from my own experience having observed so since I have gone there almost every winter in the last 6 years. In case you are lucky enough to be there, be careful because one day one or several islands might even sink because of all the people staying there at the end of the year and beginning of the next one!
What timing do you consider is the best for moving to Spain? In which season did you come? When would you prefer to move? Any other thoughts or impressions on the right timing to relocate here?
Links of Interest
Wheater averages and climate in Spain (World Wheather & Climate Information): https://weather-and-climate.com/average-monthly-Rainfall-Temperature-Sunshine-in-Spain
Housing and Rentals (Your Way in Spain): http://www.yourwayinspain.com/resources/housing-and-rentals/
Photos: Dust at Plaza de Colón, Barcelona; Marbella’s beach in winter.