Climate in the Sierra de Cazorla, Segura & Las Villas Natural Park
The weather is typically Mediterranean, with rainfall spread throughout the year although more abundant during autumn and winter, with snowfall in the latter at higher altitudes. Summers are hot and dry.
Local conditions vary greatly, whereby in the lower valleys frost is practically unknown in winter, at the tops of the highest peaks, snow may last for months.
Rainfall follows a similar pattern: in Hinojares a mere 500 mm is measured, whereas in Acebeas this rises to 1,200 mm, in El Cantalar 1,403 mm and in Puerto Llano, over 1,500 mm. The mountainous area of the Natural Park has an average of between 700 and 1,000 mm per year, making it one of the wettest parts of the country. The varying geography of the Sierra de Cazorla, Segura y Las Villas Natural Park is the reason why there are several microclimates, affected by the moist air arriving either from the Atlantic or the Mediterranean and striking the steep slopes or cliff faces before rising and condensing.
Altitude and orientation are also important, as they influence local temperatures and humidity (sun or shade).