Valencia in May: Weather, Things to Do & What to Wear
May is the best month to visit Valencia. The weather is not too cold, nor too warm – just perfect, and the city is bustling with activity. There are parks in bloom and music concerts everywhere and tourists are still few and far in between. But is it possible to swim in Valencia in May? And how warm does it really get? These are all valid questions that I’ll answer below.
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Is May a good time to visit Valencia?
May is one of the best months to visit Valencia, if not the best, as the weather is warm and pleasant with mostly clear blue skies.
Several popular events and festivals are organized during this month, which can make your visit even more magical.
On top of that, May in Valencia is considered to be a shoulder season for tourism, which means fewer crowds and lower accommodation prices compared to the peak summer months.
This usually translates into shorter lines, especially when it comes to the top tourist attractions.
Also, hotels in Valencia tend to have more availability, which means you may potentially stay in one of the best areas in Valencia on a lower budget.
Since May in Valencia sees low rainfall levels, this is a great time to explore the city and spend time outdoors. Popular activities range from biking through Valencia’s beautiful parks and gardens to lounging on a terrace and even on the beach.
An added bonus is that the days are longer and you can enjoy a beautiful sunset from one of these rooftop bars or from a boat cruise (book here) without having to layer up much.
Weather in Valencia in May
May weather in Valencia is generally warm and pleasant, with average high temperatures around 25ºC (77ºC), and average low temperatures around 15ºC (59ºF).
However, it’s important to remember that temperature is measured in the shade. This means that in the sun, the temperatures are much higher.
May in Valencia is usually sunny with moderate humidity. It’s possible to experience the occasional rainfall, but it’s not something to worry too much about.
Given the warm weather Valencia enjoys in May, you can definitely pack your bikini. While the seawater might not be warm enough for you to go for a swim, sunbathing on Valencia’s beautiful beaches certainly is an option.
It’s important to note that weather can vary from year to year though. So if you’re visiting Valencia at the end of May, you might be surprised to find that the sea water is warm enough to go for a quick swim.
One thing to take into consideration though is that swim season in Valencia doesn’t start until June and most beaches won’t have any lifeguards and a number of other facilities available until then.
What’s on in Valencia in May
There’s so much to do in Valencia in May, from seeing highly-rated flamenco shows to exploring the best shops and markets in the city. If you’re traveling with children, you cannot miss these activities for kids. And if you’re on a budget, this list of free things to do in Valencia is your friend.
However, May also sees some unique festivals you might find interesting.
Varying dates – April 28th to May 7th, 2023
Drawing inspiration from the renowned Feria de Abril in Seville, Feria Andaluza is organized in Turia Park, between Puente la Exposición and Puente de las Flores. With daily performances featuring traditional dances and music, as well as colorful parades and equestrian exhibitions, this is an opportunity to experience the rich traditions of Andalusia and taste some typical Andalusian cuisine while in Valencia.
Festival of Our Lady of the Forsaken
Second weekend of May
The Virgen de Los Desamparados or Geperudeta, as she is affectionately called, is the patron saint of Valencia (one of three, mind you). During the second weekend of May, masses, concerts, fireworks, and a mascletá are organized in her honor. But the most striking event is the traditional procession taking place in the city center on Sunday afternoon.
International Museum Day & Long Night of Museums
18th of May & third Saturday of May
Two days when state owned museums, and some private ones too, offer free entry, extended opening hours and exclusive guided tours.
Varying dates – May 19th, 20th and 21st, 2023
Deleste Festival is an annual Indie music festival organized in the beautiful Viveros Gardens. It counts with the participation of Spanish and international artists. Purchasing tickets in advance is highly recommended.
May bank holidays in Valencia
Valencia has one bank holiday during May and that is May 1st, which is when Labor Day is celebrated. Most businesses will be closed, including shops and supermarkets, although some cafés, bars, and restaurants will likely open.
What to wear in Valencia in May
Since Valencia typically experiences warm weather during the month of May, I suggest you pack light and breathable clothing made of natural fibers such as cotton or linen.
Casual but stylish clothes, such as T-shirts, shorts, skirts, and dresses are all great options for the day.
Besides, sunglasses and a hat are a must to protect yourself from the sun, which can be quite strong in Valencia in May.
If you plan to go to the beach, don’t forget to pack your favorite swimwear and sunscreen. I recommend you use sunscreen with a high SPF to keep your skin safe from sunburn. However, if you forget to pack it, drugstores and supermarkets in Valencia will have plenty of sunscreen options available as early as May.
Valencia is a city that’s best explored on foot, so make sure to bring comfortable walking shoes. Sandals, loafers, or breathable sneakers, such as these sneakers for men or these sneakers for women are all great options.
I highly recommend you avoid heavy, padded, or plastic shoes as they will make your feet hot and sweaty which will likely lead to uncomfortable swelling. Also, it should go without saying, that you should break in any new shoes before you travel with them. This is especially true for loafers.
Although Valencia is generally warm in May, evenings can still be cool. Packing a light jacket or cardigan is advisable for cooler evenings or if you plan to be out late.