There are different types of people in life. For example, there are people who love cold, rain and bad weather, and others who prefer sun and heat, as if they were lizards. Probably everything is a little bit related to the place of origin and its climate. This makes everyone get used to what they live with the longest. 

People from the north like cold and rain. In fact, in summer when it hasn’t rained for several weeks, there is always someone who says: “Well, it was good that it rained a little now”. Joking aside, this is a post aimed at those sun and heat lovers who are a little sceptical about making plans when it rains. We want to invite you to discover the magic and beauty of the rainy scenarios, we assure you that you will end up liking them as much as we do. 

What’s so special about rain?

There are characteristic landscapes that we can only find at this time of year: on the back of autumn and winter. There are also landscapes, which have been generated by the action of rain. With the arrival of October and November, temperatures start to drop, but it is not yet cold, it rains from time to time and the sky turns grey. In addition, the air smells different, with that characteristic smell of the first rains, falling leaves and damp earth. It is an idyllic time of year and perfect for putting on a raincoat, putting on your boots and going out to enjoy these wonderful sensations.

Which places to visit when it rains?

We offer you a small list of places to visit when it rains. These destinations are perfect for a weekend getaway. Take note!

Grazalema

You are probably thinking: “Grazalema, really? Well, yes friends, who would have thought that the rainiest spot in Spain would be in Andalusia? Grazalema is a white village located in the province of Cadiz. It is a very beautiful and special place when it rains, precisely because the rain is what gives it its impressive natural environment.
The Sierra de Grazalema has some impressive karstic landscapes: gorges, gorges, caves and dolines, generated by the action of water over the years. It also has a spectacular forest of pinsapos. The pinsapos are an ancient species of fir tree, which has been preserved in this area thanks to its environmental conditions. In the surroundings of the Sierra de Grazalema, you can also take advantage of the opportunity to visit the villages of El Bosque, Benamahoma and Zahara de la Sierra.
Grazalema

Selva de Irati

This natural paradise is located in the north of the province of Navarre, very close to Roncesvalles. The Irati forest is the second largest and best preserved beech and fir forest in Europe. It is only exceeded in size by the Black Forest in Germany. Specifically, it is located in the eastern Pyrenees of Navarre, in the Aezkoa and Salazar valleys.

It is a perfect place to visit at this time of year, due to the exuberance of the colours of its vegetation with rain. You can also visit characteristic villages in the north of Navarre, such as Orbaizeta or Ochagavía, with their typical architecture.

selva de Irati

Combarro

It is said that the area around Vigo and Pontevedra is one of the rainiest in Spain. Combarro, is a small fishing village located in the estuary of Pontevedra that deserves to be seen on a rainy day. This place preserves among its streets, the traditional architecture of the seafaring houses and an endless number of typical hórreos, where food was stored in the past. The peculiarity of this beautiful town is that it is full of narrow streets that run between the houses and lead directly to the sea. For these reasons and because of its entire construction in carved stone, it is impressive to visit it when it rains and there is high tide.

Orbaneja del Castillo

Orbaneja del Castillo is probably the most beautiful town in the whole province of Burgos. This fairytale town enjoys a privileged natural environment. It consists of a waterfall of approximately 25 metres high, which is of course much more impressive to see when it rains.

Located in the canyon of the river Ebro, this small medieval village also has different forms of natural architecture associated with water, such as pools and caves.

Orbaneja del Castillo

Santiago de Compostela

Santiago de Compostela is that place where it is said that “rain is art”. In fact, many inhabitants of Santiago consider that the city is much more beautiful when it rains. The truth is that this is very true. I don’t know if it’s because of the stone of its historic centre, its characteristics as a fairytale town or its buildings, but the rain in Santiago is cool.

As the historical centre of Santiago is entirely made of stone, when it rains the water accumulates in the different blocks of the ground and generates pools that reflect the light and the buildings. It is as if the city was filled with a multitude of mirrors and contrasts. For photography lovers it is simply perfect.

We hope you enjoy some of these escapes at this time of year. If you are sunny and warm, we hope you have a taste for rainy places. Without a doubt, it is worth a little water.

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