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Spring weather in Spain, Portugal?

Looking for some local knowledge of the weather. The wife and I are planning to take a tour next year. Looking at the averages for the area makes it look like it is a bit cool at the time of the year these tours are scheduled. I have given a link to let you see what areas the tour covers and also general route for the ride. Any thoughts about either what to expect for weather or the areas that the tour will cover?

Tour dates are 19 Feb through 2 March or 29 March through 9 April 2008.

http://www.edelweissbike.com/tours/E...us-Tour/detail

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Looking for some local knowledge of the weather. The wife and I are planning to take a tour next year. Looking at the averages for the area makes it look like it is a bit cool at the time of the year these tours are scheduled. I have given a link to let you see what areas the tour covers and also general route for the ride. Any thoughts about either what to expect for weather or the areas that the tour will cover?

Tour dates are 19 Feb through 2 March or 29 March through 9 April 2008.

http://www.edelweissbike.com/tours/E...us-Tour/detail
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It's unpredictable now, IMHO.
I was in Madrid on business trip end of Feb-beginning of March and it was fantastic!
Two years ago same end of February was chill. The April this year was like summer.
But AFAIK every year there are concerns about weather for Moto GP in Jeres at the same time - because it is located close to the ocean and the weather is rather tricky.

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Under normal circumstances, the weather in late February early March will be cool (even cold) in the morning and pleasant during the day. That is the peak golfing season in the Costa del Sol and Algarve in Portugal with temperatures typically in the 60 to high 70's or even low 80's F.

However, it is also a time of the year when you are more likely to get some rain. And even though that part of southern Spain and Portugal is generally warm year round, you can get a cold front coming in which will bring temperatures down to the 40's or even drop snow. Snow is rare if not downright non-existent so I wouldn't worry about it, but last year they did have a major snow storm around that time on the highway between Malaga and Granada and some bikers (I think from Edelweiss got caught up in it for a day - made the news for some reason). The thing is that two days later it was back up to the 70's.

The trip at the end of March and beginning of April has a bit less chance of rain, but it also will mean higher temperatures - particularly around the Seville area and regions inland. You can expect day time temps in the 80's and higher. It's still Spring and rain is a definite possibility, but in general you can expect sunshine most of the time.

As for the Lisbon area, February is definitely in the wet season for them and chances of rain at that time are higher. Temperatures will also be a bit cooler than in the south. Not cold, but cooler. Biggest issue is that rain will be more likely, but usually nothing torrential, just your typical early spring rain. Temperatures are likely to be in the 60's in and around the Lisbon area.

I lived in Lisbon for three years and commuted to work on my Triumph 30 km. each way. Morning ride to work was chilly, but not really a problem with right gear.

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Thanks for the comments. Since I live in a cool and rain prone area, my preference is warmer and dryer when traveling. So I think I will look into the Rome to Sicily tour and save Spain for another time.

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Don't get me wrong, the March/April trip would probably be dry - certainly no wetter than you might get in the Rome to Sicily trip during the same time. On a fourteen day trip, you'd probably get, on average, no more than a day or two of rain.

Either trip sounds fun. If you go with the Rome/Sicily trip be prepared for some very - how should I put this - colourful driving. Especially the further south you go in Italy.

Enjoy which ever route you pick.
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Hector,
Thanks for the additional thoughts. Here in my little part of the world we are not having much of a summer, even a good summer can be pretty lame.

The wife and I haven't been on a Euro ride in a couple of years and the need to get back and see more is strong. My preferred is to see some of Spain as I have heard much and all of it has been good. Guess I'll just continue to research the tours that are available and see which one we choose.

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Hector,
Thanks for the additional thoughts. Here in my little part of the world we are not having much of a summer, even a good summer can be pretty lame.

The wife and I haven't been on a Euro ride in a couple of years and the need to get back and see more is strong. My preferred is to see some of Spain as I have heard much and all of it has been good. Guess I'll just continue to research the tours that are available and see which one we choose.
Feel free to drop me a PM if you need additional information or details on regions.

By the way, you may want to take a look at these guys for tours of Spain.

http://www.imtbike.com/

They specialize in Spanish tours and have a wide selection of well maintained BMW's.
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Have a look at this, it might help


http://www.worldweather.org/083/c01233f.htm#climate


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