Marbella is well known around the world as a paradise and most people know about its beaches and where to sample the best cocktail as the sun goes down on those balmy summer evenings, but how about the rest of the year?
Anyone who says that Marbella is just a place to visit in the summer clearly hasn’t enjoyed its off peak delights. For those of us that live here all year round, we love the cooler and less crowded months where you can more easily experience the real Marbella and without having to share it with all the tourists. So in this post, we want to share the advantages of travelling to Marbella in the winter and how to make the most of those off-peak trips.
Marbella basks in 320 days of sunshine each year
Thanks to its privileged location under the protection of the Sierra Blanca mountains, Marbella enjoys a microclimate which gives it cooler summers and warmer winters and makes the temperature ideal all year round. The average temperatures during the winter are 18° during the day and it rarely dips beneath 10° even at night. As well as these mild temperatures, it gets an average of 320 days of sunshine per year, so it definitely deserves its place on the “Costa del Sol”.
This microclimate and sunny weather make it a lovely place to spend time over the winter and explains why so many Northern Europeans, Scandinavians and Brits spend their winters here. If you are planning a winter getaway to Marbella, here are our six favourite winter activities for you to try.
Stroll the seafront promenades without the crowds
One of the many pleasures of a holiday on the coast is a stroll along the seafront, and Marbella has a wonderful stretch of “paseo” for you to explore. Our favourite time to stroll is sunset, when you will have the paseo almost to yourself and can admire the beautiful views across the Mediterranean all the way to the Rif Mountains in Morocco. Nature certainly puts a show on for us at this time of year! There is a lovely walk between Puerto Banus and Marbella, where you’ll enjoy designer shops, beautiful beaches and a great choice of bars and restaurants to stop and rest weary feet, or admire the view.
Eat al fresco on your own terrace
Enjoying your lunch or dinner in the sunshine on your own terrace is hard to beat. Winter is the best time to eat outside, when the sun is not as strong, the air temperature is cooler and it’s much more comfortable to be out in the sun. Vacation Marbella’s properties have some incredible terraces for dining, relaxing and sunbathing and they are perfect all year round. Take a look at the terrace in this two bedroom apartment in Ventura Sea Breeze – there’s plenty of dining and sunbathing space and great views too. You will be spoilt for choice for outside space in this Marbella villa including a pretty courtyard, private garden with sunbathing area, first floor terrace and a rooftop deck with comfortable seating and panoramic sea views.
Shop til you drop and get the full attention of the sales staff
Marbella and Puerto Banus are shopping hot spots and definitely a big draw for our visitors. Travelling to this retail paradise in the winter allows you to visit all the shops at your leisure and enjoy the experience without the queues. Shop mid week and during the day and you’ll have the sales team at your disposal and the shops pretty much to yourself.
In Marbella we’d recommend a stroll around the independent boutiques in the Old Town. It’s great to explore the winding streets lined with flowers, discovering pretty plazas and stores selling everything from clothes to jewellery, art to ceramics and local delicacies. But if you love designer labels and international brands, a trip to Puerto Banus is a must. This famous port has all the big names in a very small area including Dior, Cartier, Gucci, Dolce & Gabbana and many more.
Lovers of the beautiful game of golf will be in heaven in Marbella. The sheer number and quality of golf courses in this area is hard to believe and the sunny weather and blue skies provide the perfect conditions for a round. Autumn and winter is the best time of year to play golf here in Marbella, as it’s just the right temperature and the visibility is the best.
As golfers ourselves, we’ve made sure we have a wonderful selection of properties for a golf holiday. Staying in this Los Naranjos Townhouse, in the heart of the golf valley, you are just two kilometres from three fantastic courses – Los Naranjos, Aloha and Las Brisas.
Climb La Concha and enjoy the best views
A winter break is the perfect time to climb the La Concha mountain a truly iconic sight on the Marbella skyline. Leaving from the Refugio de Juana, you will hike 1,200 meters to the top of this impressive peak. Your reward is the most incredible views across Marbella and during the winter you have the best chance of seeing out all the way to the Atlas mountains in Africa – truly stunning. The hike takes around six hours in total, including the climb to the peak and the descent, and you need to be wearing suitable foot wear and take plenty of water, food and sun protection. Are you up to the challenge?
Horse ride on the beach
Many people dream of riding a horse along the soft sand of the beach, splashing through the waves. During the winter you can do just that here in Marbella. There are guides which offer two hour routes along the beaches of the Costa del Sol and keep you and the horses safe and happy throughout the ride.
If you want to start to learn to ride, Marbella is a great place to learn. We recommend the equestrian centre Arrocha Equitación, which offers lessons for different ages and levels. If you love horses, you can also visit the Hipodromo Costa del Sol in Mijas to see the horse racing
This is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to all the incredible activities to enjoy in Marbella over the winter season. We’re here to help you make the most of your visit, so please feel free to ask us for recommendations on what to do in Marbella and the Costa del Sol, the best restaurants or insiders’ advice on all aspects of life in Marbella.
If a winter holiday in Marbella sounds like your idea of heaven, then what are you waiting for? Check out the stunning holiday homes on our website, make your choice and start preparing for your winter sun getaway.