The best time of year to visit Marbella

Marbella, Spain, stands as a quintessential destination for holidaymakers all year round. Situated along the expansive shores of the Mediterranean, Marbella boasts a coastline that stretches as far as the eye can see, adorned with golden beaches, rugged cliffs, and crystalline waters that shimmer in the sun’s embrace. With an enviable average of 325 sunny days annually, this jewel of the Costa del Sol embraces visitors with its warm embrace, inviting them to explore its hidden treasures and experience the magic of each passing season. From the vibrant energy of summer to the crisp tranquility of autumn, Marbella captivates the heart and soul with its unique charm and timeless elegance, offering a sanctuary of serenity and splendour amidst the beauty of the Mediterranean landscape. Join us as we embark on a journey through the ideal seasons of Marbella, where every moment is infused with the promise of discovery and the allure of adventure awaits.


As the summer crowds dissipate, Marbella reveals a quieter, more serene side, with tranquil beaches, readily available tables at sought-after restaurants, and an inviting autumnal warmth.The 10km coastal promenade stretching from Puerto Banus to Cabopino becomes an ideal path for walking, running, or cycling in the cooler, gentle weather. 

For those preferring a more leisurely pace, Marbella’s Old Town beckons. Especially enchanting during the Autumn, its less crowded streets offer a perfect backdrop for an afternoon stroll. Autumn also presents an opportune time to explore beyond the coast, with a visit to the breathtaking city of Ronda. Situated atop dramatic cliffs and encircled by ancient settlements dating back to the Neolithic era, Ronda stands as one of Andalusia’s most picturesque cities. Its longstanding tradition of olive oil production, dating back centuries, is celebrated by LA Organics. Utilising age-old methods, this company, which plans to inaugurate a Philippe Starck-designed center focusing on ecological agriculture, gastronomy, and culture, continues to produce premium organic olive oil from the region’s ancient groves.


Marbella’s winters are notably mild, courtesy of a microclimate shielded by the nearby mountains, with temperatures comfortably ranging from 8 to 17 degrees Celsius. This season is a golfer’s delight, taking advantage of the gentle climate amidst the world’s highest concentration of golf courses stretching from Malaga to Sotogrande, totaling 64. Los Naranjos Golf Club, among others, comes highly recommended for its exceptional course. Winter also opens the door to alpine adventures; the Sierra Nevada Mountain range, hosting Andalusia’s largest ski resort, is just a 2.5-hour drive from Marbella. This unique geographic advantage allows for a morning on the slopes and an evening beachside, witnessing a breathtaking sunset.

The festive season in Marbella is imbued with spirit and joy. The town celebrates with a charming Christmas market, and the Marbella Club Hotel invites guests for al fresco dining beside a crackling open fire and warm heaters. Embrace the local New Year’s traditions at Plaza de los Naranjos in the town center, where sipping Cava and savouring grapes at midnight precedes a spectacular fireworks display over the coast, ushering in the new year with a blend of luxury and tradition.


The arrival of spring in Marbella brings with it clear, warm days ideal for outdoor adventures in the stunning landscapes that surround the city. La Concha mountain, part of Sierra de las Nieves Natural Park and resembling a conch shell, offers breathtaking hiking trails with views that extend to Gibraltar and Africa on clear days. The mountain village of Benahavis, situated between Marbella, Ronda, and Estepona, is known as the culinary heart of the Costa del Sol, making it a perfect destination for dining out after a day of mountain biking. For tennis enthusiasts, Puente Romano Tennis & Paddle Club provides excellent facilities, including clay and plexipave courts, a gym, sauna, Turkish bath, and a massage room, for a perfect blend of activity and relaxation.


As summer unfolds, Marbella truly embodies its moniker as the Sunshine Coast, with temperatures soaring into the mid to late 30s during July and August. The vibrant atmosphere is palpable as the streets buzz with visitors flocking to the beaches, lounging on sunbeds, and reveling in the gentle Mediterranean waves. This season is prime for water sports, thanks to the inviting mid-20 degrees sea temperatures, making it ideal for a refreshing swim. The warmth of summer also signals the start of the party season, highlighted by the Starlite Festival, a two-month extravaganza of music and culture held at the Cantera de Nagüeles. Here, attendees can enjoy live performances in the auditorium, savor fine dining at the Starlite restaurant, and dance the night away in the vibrant sessions area, capturing the essence of Marbella’s summer spirit.

Enjoy marbella all year

In every season, Marbella beckons with its timeless charm and boundless beauty, inviting travelers to embrace the magic of the Mediterranean and write their own chapter in the city’s storied history. Whether exploring ancient traditions or savoring the simple pleasures of sun, sea, and sand, there’s no shortage of adventures to be had and memories to be made in this enchanting corner of Spain. So why wait? Invest in a luxury holiday home with Amrein Properties today and experience the magic of Marbella all year round.

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