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The image of Spain’s climate abroad has traditionally been one of blue skies and sun, while in reality it is as varied as the country’s geography. At least five different climate zones characterize the Spanish climate due to the Iberian Peninsula’s position between tropical (hot) and polar (cold) wind currents.

Spain’s most predominant climate is continental, as this climate type affects most of the country’s surface area (excluding its coasts and mountain ranges). In Spain’s continental climate zone, winters are cold enough for snows and most of the rainfall occurs in late Spring.

The areas with sizeable mountain ranges, such as in Granada, Sierra Nevada and other mountain ranges in the northeast, northwest (Pyrenees), midwest and southeast (Cordillera Betica) are characterized by cold winters and mild summers, with a predominance of cold temperatures. Snow and strong winds are also common.

The areas with sizeable mountain ranges, such as in Granada, Sierra Nevada and other mountain ranges in the northeast, northwest (Pyrenees), midwest and southeast (Cordillera Betica) are characterized by cold winters and mild summers, with a predominance of cold temperatures. Snow and strong winds are also common.