There is a lot to love about a Costa del Sol summer; that isn’t up for debate. What is less obvious to some is that the Costa del Sol can be a wonderful place to spend your days during the winter months too. Not everyone is a fan of scorching temperatures, and if you’ve been baked in sunshine over the summer, sometimes winter temperatures are welcome.
Winter is a great time to view properties in the Costa del Sol, as it’s a little less busy, and very relaxed. In fact, it may just be the perfect time to view that ideal house for sale in Marbella. The Costa del Sol rarely drops to unbearably low temperatures, and its winter breezes can be quite refreshing.
We still get plenty of hours of sunshine, and it beats many European countries hands down for winter temperatures. That is why so many international visitors flock to the region at all times of year. In some ways, coming to the Costa del Sol in the winter trumps coming in the summer. This is why:
- Flights are at their lowest prices
The Costa del Sol is more accessible than ever before, and the good news is that wintertime means cheaper flights. Most places in Europe will fly you in Malaga or Alicante very cheaply and you can easily make your way over to Marbella from either airport. It will only take you between 1.5 and 4 hours to get here… no time at all!
- It’s still the Costa del Culture
Andalusia’s many towns and cities are full to their brims with culture. Each place has its own charm and there is so much stunning architecture here. Tradition is a biggie and there are year round festivals and celebrations for all manner of things.
The major cities can offer you gorgeous churches and cathedrals, parks, museums, alluring boutique shops, stunning harbours and more. The Costa del Sol’s scenery is epic, and you’ll know this as soon as you set eyes on La Concha this winter.
- The white villages are worth a visit
The white villages (pueblos) of the Costa Del Sol are so pretty. They pepper the region and are a major attraction for many people; you can get a real taste of traditional Spanish life in most of them. Whether you’re considering one as a home or not, you really should visit them.
Winter is a good time to do so, as you don’t have to deal with so much hot sun while you’re meandering the streets. These picturesque pueblos are calm, peaceful, and they inspire true relaxation. Some good ones to visit are Casares, Ojen, Ronda (which has a peak you can wander up), and Frigiliana.
- Temperatures are moderate
Even in the winter we get between 6 and 7 hours of golden sunlight each day. You can expect to be met with warm air around 18ºC from November until March. With the heaving summer out of the way, it’s not a bad time to take a relaxing break and check out the region.
- The cuisine is calling
Spain’s food and drink is both legendary and diverse. Although over the winter most of the chiringuitos will have closed their shutters, you can still get amazing tapas and other Spanish delights all over Marbella and the surrounding areas. The region is still full of hungry people who appreciate world-class cuisine, so it’s not as if there’s no demand! Winter is a great time of year for a bit of wine tasting and fine dining.
- The outdoors comes alive
Lower temperatures don’t mean much when it comes to outdoor sports and activities. Some become a whole lot more pleasant, if anything. Golfing is a biggie here on the Costa del Sol, with more than 50 golf courses dotted around the region.
You could indulge in a spot of horse riding, flamenco dancing, hiking, cycling, swimming, or even skiing. Our winter sports article will give you a few valuable tips for making the most of your Costa del Sol winter.
Summer can be a busy time, wherever you are in the world. Winter is a great time to take stock of where you’re at and formulate your plans for coming year. Why not visit the Costa del Sol and get an idea of what your life might be like here full time? Paradise Marbella is here all year round and we’re ready and waiting to introduce you to this wonderful lifestyle.