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Lack of Air Conditioning in the North of Spain

Old Jan 31st, 2012, 02:36 PM
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Lack of Air Conditioning in the North of Spain

Planning a trip to the North of Spain this summer and we are encountering that most places we want to stay at do not have air conditioning. Coming from South Florida where A/C is a necessity we are beginning to wonder if we will be comfortable without it. Please advice?
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Old Jan 31st, 2012, 02:41 PM
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Did you mean to post in the US forum?
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Old Jan 31st, 2012, 02:48 PM
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I was comfortable there without A/C, but I can't vouch for you.

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Old Jan 31st, 2012, 03:01 PM
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Anyone with experience in the North of Spain.
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Old Jan 31st, 2012, 03:06 PM
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We spent some time in th N of Spain several years ago. We are from northern California, so to us it seemed too humid to be comfortable. But we are not used to anything over 30% humidity. My Spanish cousins seemed to not mind it and did not turn on the a/c. Ever. You will probably be ok with some humidity.
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Old Jan 31st, 2012, 03:07 PM
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You're likely to get more responses if you post this in the Europe forum (this is the USA forum, plus your post is tagged "California, Florida, Georgia, New York" -- anyone looking for posts about Spain will not likely be looking here).
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Old Jan 31st, 2012, 03:07 PM
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Where, specifically, are staying in Spain?
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Old Jan 31st, 2012, 03:16 PM
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We are going to Galicia, Santander and San Sebastian.
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Old Jan 31st, 2012, 04:32 PM
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welcome to Fodors maricary. Threads about travel to Spain really belong on the Europe Forum. This is just a heads up -- since the editors have been known to move threads from one board to another. They really like to have threads organized geographically.
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Old Jan 31st, 2012, 05:15 PM
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The coastal area of Galicia, Santander and San Sebastian can be cool even in the summer.

This picture was taken in June:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/mksfca/...57623190654780
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Old Jan 31st, 2012, 07:11 PM
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Thank you for the heads up. This is my first time posting a thread and was not aware. I wanted the thoughts of people like me used to A/C.

Thanks for sharing picture, hopefully will have some sunshine.
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Old Jan 31st, 2012, 07:31 PM
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You should be ok in those areas
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Old Jan 31st, 2012, 07:43 PM
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We were in Galicia for one of the hottest summers on records. In fact the chickens had to be slaughtered earlier than usual becasue they could not survive in the heat.

It was bearable and many from the more southern parts of Spain, espcape the heat by going to Santander and San Sebestian. Galicia also has resort beaches but most for Galegos rather than people from the other cities.
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Old Jan 31st, 2012, 07:45 PM
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Sorry, I spelled San Sebastian/Donostia incorrectly.
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Here in Galicia last year was the driest in 50 years. A lot of locations broke record temperatures too.
Whilst very hot during the day it is cooler at night and this allows you to sleep very well. Older (traditional buildings) built out of stone will never need a/c they are natural cooler in hot weather. You will find most modern hotels have a/c as it is the “thing to have”


I hope you do not see this as a ticking off but maybe you should be aware when asking about Northern Spain, this description covers a wide area if you have any other questions I would suggests you narrow this down by stating the areas you are talking about.
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I know EXACTLY what you are talking about since I have homes in Arlington, VA, and in Fort Lauderdale.

As has been mentioned, a lot depends on exactly where you are in "northern" Spain. For example, I don't care what ANYBODY here SAYS, if you are somewhere that is HUMID, like Barcelona, you will appreciate have A/C regardless of how thick the walls are since they do little to kleep out the humidity.

Where you ARE going you may be more fortunate.
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In summer, I like to open windows in the early morning and let the fresh air cool the house. At noon I close the windows so the heat remains outside, keeping a cool atmosphere inside. It works like that in churches, always cool in the inside. We may have a week or so of very hot temperatures, but it´s not many days and it doesn´t pay to have AC. For us, a rarity (in homes) and considered as something extravagant. As said before, this is good for northern Spain, where I live and where temperatures are rarely extreme.
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