The top 10 sunniest cities in Europe includes seven Spanish cities

A new study collecting information on the sunniest cities in Europe has ranked seven Spanish cities in the top 10.

A study by Holidu, using data provided by the weather portal, World Weather online took the average number of hours of sunshine per month in each city from 2009 to 2021, analyzing the 300 most populated cities in Europe , to make a ranking of the sunniest cities. The Valencian Community, Murcia and Andalusia are among the top-scoring regions in the study, as Cope reports.

True to its nickname of “City of Light”, Alicante, located in the south of the Valencian Community on the Costa Blanca, occupies the first place with 349 hours of sunshine on average per month.

The millennial city located on the island of Sicily, on the slopes of the Etna volcano, called Catania takes second place with 347 hours. Located just below Alicante, Murcia takes third place but is the second city in Spain in terms of monthly sunshine hours with 346 hours.

Fourth place sees Malaga with 345 hours of sunshine over the Andalusian city each month, the most sunshine of any Andalusian city. The Italian city of Messina, located on the island of Sicily, has the same number of hours of sunshine as Malaga but sees a temperature difference of one degree, losing 19-20 degrees compared to Malaga.

Valencia takes sixth place with an average of 343 hours ahead of the French city of Nice which takes seventh place and the Spanish city of Las Palmas which takes eighth place. Ninth position sees the beautiful city of Granada boast its iconic Alhambra with an average of 341 hours. Palermo, Italy and Seville, Spain are both tied for tenth with a respectable 340 hours of sunshine, with Seville beating Palermo’s average temperature of 21-19 degrees Celsius.

Other Spanish cities that feature in the top 20 include Zaragoza, Barcelona, ​​Palma de Mallorca and Madrid.

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