Snow is not something you would expect to find when visiting Spain’s sunny cities, but once you see it covering the old streets, lively plazas, and mighty cathedrals formerly basked in glorious Mediterranean sunshine, you’ll be glad it’s there.

From balmy Barcelona and summery Palma de Mallorca to Madrid, which sizzles in intense heat waves during July and August, here’s how the beautiful Spanish cities and towns look like in winter, when snow falls. The sight is at least unexpected, if not downright intriguing, but you better take a look through the following photos and see for yourself.

Snow in Barcelona
Snowy Passeig de Gracia in Barcelona. Xavi / Flickr
Madrid Royal Palace in Snow
Snow falling over Madrid Royal Palace. Gonzopowers / Flickr
Pamplona in winter
Plaza del Castillo in Pamplona Old Town covered in snow. Joachim Quandt / Flick
Winter in Ronda
Snowy street in Ronda, Andalusia. Jessica Gardner / Flickr
Leon in Winter
Winter scene in the beautiful, historic city of Leon. Raul Villalon / Flickr
Snow in Palma de Mallorca
Palma de Mallorca’s La Seu Cathedral topped with snow. Toni Coll / Flickr
Snow in Caceres
Snow in the 12th century Plaza Mayor of Caceres, Extremadura. Raúl Gómez / Flickr
Burgos in Winter
Fluffy snowflakes in Burgos, Castile. Georgie / Flickr
Valladolid winter
Beautifully decorated winter street in Valladolid. Rod RC / Flickr
Snow in Jaen
Jaen Cathedral decked up in snow. Juan Fernández / Flickr
Winter in Oviedo
Snowfall in Plaza de la Catedral de Oviedo, Asturias. Nextors / Flick
Winter in Valldemossa
Snow in the pretty village of Valldemossa, Mallorca. Toni Coll / Flickr
Segovia winter scene
Winter in historic Segovia. Ilmarel / Flickr
Winter in Salamanca
Snowstorm in Salamanca’s monumental square. Mario Gomez Maestre / Flickr
Granada winter snow
Granada’s majestic Alhambra with the snow-capped Sierra Nevada as a backdrop.
Snow in Soller, Mallorca
Sóller, Mallorca under a blanket of snow. Miquel Frontera / Flickr
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