The rain in Spain falls mainly…

The rain in Spain falls mainly…

The rain in Spain falls mainly on the plain” is a song from the musical My Fair Lady. It is a one-liner to practice the correct way to pronounce the diphthong “ai” and has nothing to do with the reality of rainfall in Spain…

Do you know where we have the highest and the lowest rainfall in Spain?

Exactly, in Andalusia! Andalusia includes the area with the highest rainfall of Spain in the Grazalema Nature Park in the province of Cadiz in Western Andalusia with an average of 2,153 mm a year. And it includes the most arid part of Spain in the province of Almeria in Eastern Andalusia. The Nature Park Cabo de Gata with barely 150mm of rain a year is the driest corner in the Peninsula (and probably in Europe!)

Cabo de Gata

Cabo de Gata

Different Landscapes

You can imagine the variety of landscapes you can enjoy in Andalusia! Green forest in the “Grazalema Nature Park”, and semi-desert areas in the eastern part of Andalusia, as in the desert of Tabernas, and the “Nature Park Cabo de Gata”. But also high snowed peaks of the Sierra Nevada, and a “subtropical coast ” full of mangos and avocados!

Tropical coast Granada: avocados

Tropical coast Granada: avocados

More than 300 days of sun!

By the way, do not worry about the rain for your hiking or cycling holidays…Most rain in Andalusia falls in the winter months, which may all fall in a few days! And generally, you can enjoy almost 3000 hours of sun per year, more than 300 days! In Andalusia we really like it when it is raining…, it is something different 😊, we feel nature really needs it and it will be much more beautiful afterwards.

3 Solutions in case of rain

And if it would rain during your holiday there are some solutions:

1)      Wear a rain jacket or poncho, put the rain protection on your backpack or put your stuff in the waterproof pannier of your bike

2)     Just wait…until it gets dry again! Often it will rain heavily maybe for about 1 hour and then it suddenly stops!

3)      Look for shelter. It is amazing how easy you’ll make contact with the Andalusian when it is raining cats and dogs, and maybe it will literally open the door for you to enter in someone’s garage, as people in the authentic Andalusia are very hospitable and might invite you to enjoy a hot tea or chocolate. Maybe you will have an enriched experience because of the rain!


And do not forget: “A mal tiempo, buena cara!”  Literally translated it would mean “to bad weather put a good face” or look at the bright side!

Cobbled Streets Granada

The cobbled streets of Granada: mosaic of pebbles

77 Califato Bici Via Verde Del Aceite Alcaudete

Enjoy Andalusia with absolute security

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A room with a view….

24 Alpujarra Sendero Viajeros

Discover authentic Andalusia on foot!


Tortilla de Patatas

White Villages

Sustainable tourism: Book local!

Camino Mozarabe Sign

Mozarab Way to Santiago de Compostela (St James)

Roman Bridge Cordoba

Why should you come to Andalusia?

Badlands, Desert Of Gorafe

The rain in Spain falls mainly…

Grco. Cycling Espejo Cordoba

From Granada to Cordova on a bike on the Camino de Santiago

Granada Albaycin Mirador 4

Spirit of Granada

Carrera Del Darro Grabado Antigua Granada

At the curve of the Darro River

Granada Ciudad Alhambra

Opposite the Alhambra

Granada Albaycin Mirador 4

At the foot of the Albayzín

White Village Olvera

White Villages of Andalusia on a bike


Hiking between Olives in Andalusia

Palacio De La Alhambra

Hiking in Andalusia with cultural visits

Junto A La Playa De Noordwjik, Ambientazo Navideño

Fotos Viajeras – Corazon Verde de Holanda

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