IN PICS: A week of winter in Spain

Take a look at the most breathtaking pictures of winter in Spain from this past week.

IN PICS: A week of winter in Spain
Barcelona beach with a dusting of snow last Thursday. Photo: AFP

A week of icy temperatures saw much of Spain blanketed in snow. It brought chaos to the roads, forced the cancellation of flights and became the most talked about topic of conversation.

It also saw hundreds of beautiful images of a winter wonderland shared on social media. Here is our selection of some of the best.

1. This shot of Roque de los Muchachos in Spain's Canary Island, La Palma 

2. This stunning picture of the medieval Covadonga village in the heart of Asturias


Somewhere only we know ?⛪?

A post shared by Silvia Castro (@silviacdc78) on Feb 11, 2018 at 11:04am PST

3. An aerial view of a snowy Valle de Benasque in the north of Spain

4. A breathtaking shot of El Pris in the Tenerife Island


5. The Alcazar de Segovia that inspired Walt Disney’s famous princess castles


6. This picture of the Alhambra fortress surrounded by the snowy peaks of the Sierra Nevada 


7. Unusual sight of snow on Barcelona's beaches



8. And finally, Madrileños who know that the best way to spend a snow day is in a museum



#museoreinasofía #madrid #madridwinter

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Spain urges holidaymakers to head home early due to snow and strong wind warnings

Nine Spanish regions were put on alert on Tuesday for heavy snow, rain and strong winds, with the country's traffic authorities calling for people taking holidays this long weekend to head home early to avoid the worst of the bad weather.

Spain urges holidaymakers to head home early due to snow and strong wind warnings
Vehicles stuck in traffic due to a heavy snowfall near Burgos, northern Spain, in March 2021. Photo: Cesar Manso/AFP

Aragón, Castilla y León, Catalonia, Navarra and the Basque Country will be on orange alert from Tuesday for snow storms, while Asturias, Cantabria, La Rioja and La Comunidad Valenciana are on the less-severe yellow alert, Spain’s State Meteorological Agency (Aemet) announced.

A slight increase in temperatures will increase the risk of avalanches in the Pyrenees and the central Cantabrian mountain range.

Some roads in the north of the country are already being affected by snow and are being restricted to some traffic such as trucks and heavy vehicles.

Spain’s traffic authority (DGT) called on residents in the northern half of the country to return early from the puente (long weekend) marked by the public holidays of December 6 and 8, ahead of heavy snow forecast for Wednesday.

Of the 108 main roads affected by the heavy snow in Spain, almost half of them are in the northeastern region Aragón.

Aragón, Catalonia and Navarra are at risk of avalanches, according to data from Aemet, while a storm warning has been issued for the coastal areas of Galicia, Asturias, Cantabria, Catalonia and the Basque country.

Heavy rainfall is expected in Galicia, extending to Cantabria and the western Pyrenees.