Spring and fall are ideal times to visit Andalusia. May and October are the best months in terms of both weather and crowds. In our view, however, the balmy month of May (with an average temperature of 61°F/16°C) is the choicest time.

In summer it's hot, hot, and hotter in Andalusia, but especially in Seville and Córdoba. Seville has the dubious reputation of being the hottest part of Spain in July and August; the average temperature is 93°F (34°C).

August remains Europe's major vacation month. Traffic into the Costa del Sol from France, the Netherlands, Britain, and Germany becomes a veritable migration, and low-cost hotels along the coastal areas are virtually impossible to find. To compound the problem, many restaurants and shops in such inland cities as Seville close for the season.

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