Spain is widely considered Europe’s top winter sun destination. Costa del Sol, in particular, feels worlds away from the cold temperatures and dark skies in more wintery regions of the continent.
Here are some reasons to visit Costa del Sol during winter: From its rich culture and rich history to the superb golfing conditions and beautiful Mediterranean sunshine,
It is beautiful outside.
The winters in Southern Spain are mild and pleasant. This makes it a great place to enjoy outdoor activities and sightseeing. Although there is a lot of snow in the Sierra Nevada, Costa del Sol, wedged between mountains and sea, has a microclimate that provides beautiful blue skies and more than 325 days of sunlight a year. It also boasts an average winter temperature of 20oC (70oF), making this one of the best winter sun destinations.
Although the sea is not warm enough to swim in, there might be some opportunity to sunbathe at one of the famous beaches. The clear, sunny days of Costa del Sol’s winter are ideal for exploring Andalusia’s vibrant cities and charming whitewashed towns.
No crowds, no steep prices, no stress
Summers on Costa del Sol can be associated with high prices and heavy crowds. However, winter trips to Spain’s sunniest coastline offer a different experience. Low season hotel rates drop significantly; queues at major attractions take much less time, and this sunny corner of Spain has a relaxed pace of living that only adds to its charm.
The coastal resorts and picturesque villages are far more laid back than the summer crowds, offering visitors a truly authentic experience. You will have all the main attractions to yourself. But, the best part is that you can immerse yourself into the culture and experience the Andalusian charm.
Explore the cobblestone streets and Moorish heritage of Costa del Sol’s inland hilltop communities. Get lost in Malaga’s museums, visit Nerja’s magnificent caves, or stroll through Ronda’s history.
Every turn is filled with culture.
Andalusia is home to Costa del Sol and boasts magnificent cathedrals, beautiful Arab palaces, vibrant flamenco music, and cultural treasures. This is the land where bullfighting, colourful fiestas and free tapas are all part of the daily routine.
From the Phoenicians and the Moors to the Moors, many civilisations have had an impact on local architecture and culture. Artists like Picasso, whose valuable works can be seen in Malaga’s museums or Ernest Hemingway, who fell in love and wrote about Ronda’s beauty, are just a few examples.
Costa del Sol is not only known for its beaches and sunny weather but also boasts a wealth of cultural and artistic offerings. It is home to many remarkable historical monuments. Malaga, a vibrant coastal city, has everything you need: Roman ruins, Moorish fortresses, contemporary museums, and art galleries. Marbella’s Old Town is an intriguing blend of Andalusian architectural styles and Moorish architectural styles; Fuengirola boasts an impressive Arab fortress; Estepona is full of flowers and authentic old-world charm.
The picturesque countryside is dotted with white mountain villages ( Pueblos Blancos), like Mijas and Casares. These charming streets are lined with tiny houses and wind their way up the hillsides, offering stunning views of the Mediterranean Sea or the African coast. Further inland, Ronda, the mighty bullring of Spain, greets visitors with delicious wine and a storybook setting at the edge of a 128-foot river gorge.
Costa del Sol is a top European winter golfing destination.
Costa del Sol and Malaga are Europe’s top-ranked winter golf destinations due to their beautiful year-round climate, stunning views, and excellent facilities.
Spain’s most beautiful stretch of coastline is “Costa del Golf”, and it boasts over 70 courses, from less-known, high-value pay-and-plays to fairways hosting international championships.
Valderrama Golf Club, Sotogrande, is home to some of the most famous courses in the region. The San Roque Club was designed by Perry Dye and Dave Thomas, famed Ryder Cup players. La Reserva boasts an outstanding 18-hole golf course, stunning clubhouse and breathtaking views of the sea and mountains.
Marbella’s Real Club de Golf, Las Brisas and Aloha are excellent choices. Also, the 27-hole La Quinta complex is a great option.