The Weather in Costa del Sol

Costa_del_Sol_WeatherCosta del Sol, the southern part of Spain, is one of the most popular tourist destinations around the world blessed with serene beaches, mountainous surrounding, and a soothing climate in common with a touch of urbanization. In fact, it has a mild climate that allures travellers all around the globe to have their vacation in a relaxing atmosphere.

As the name of Coast del Sol or “Sun Coast” suggests, one can only expect sunny days in summer i.e. a typical Mediterranean climate with warm summer and mild winter. Stretch over a 160-km long coastline, those white sandy beaches are preferred spots to hang on all day long.

Tourists from near and far countries flock to any of the resort towns to enjoy their holidays at a climate with an average annual temperature of 18 degrees Celsius. Only 60 to 65 days in a year remain cloudy while those 300 sunny days keep the visitors busy in exploring the maximum in a plethora of travel options: either on the beaches, golf courses, or a historical tour.

For those sun lovers, the average temperature of Costa del Sol during summer fluctuates between 28 and 29 degrees C with no rain. This is the time when water sports adventure tops the popularity chart among outdoor activities. July and August are the months with maximum temperature; so, make sure to have your sunscreen lotion in your travel kit.

If one asks about the most favourable time to visit Costa del Sol, it is certainly the spring season. Although the temperature remains warm and hot, it doesn’t exceed 24 degrees C; during night, it even comes down in 10-15 degrees Celsius. Golfers took this time to display and try their golfing skills in a pleasant weather.

As far as rain drops are concerned, it is only during the winters that one can experience few uneven days of showers, especially in November and December. Again, it is not such a long period of rainy days but a maximum of 3/4 continuous downpour. January is considered as the coldest month in Costa del Sol region with the minimum temperature dropping to 5 degrees C or less. So, unlike the north, the weather in winter is quite pleasing with no chilling cold or snow.

In view of the overall mild climate, the weather remains tourist friendly all year round, allowing all kinds of outdoor activities and leisure time in all most all the famous tourist places; some of them are discussed below just to help you plan your vacation days.

Marbella: The premier resort town of Costa del Sol, Marbella, boasts a “micro-climate” protected by the Sierra Blanca Mountains and the Mediterranean coastline. A warm sunny summer and a mild winter are its unique selling points while attracting tourists to its long coastline lined with first class beaches, luxurious marinas and world class golf courses accompanied by exquisite natural beauty.

Summer average daily temperature remains below 20 degrees C while it rises about 30 degrees C during July and August being the hottest months. Winter is comparatively cold with an average maximum of 12 to 13 degrees. Spring, on the other hand, is the preferable time to visit Marbella when the temperature rarely gets extreme.

Malaga: Placed in the heart of sunny Costa del Sol and Andalucia, Malaga has a warm climate and one of the hottest areas of Costa del Sol. The average temperature during spring is usually recorded somewhere between 18 and 20 degrees Celsius while it is around 18-29 in summer. The winter temperatures, however, vary between 8 and 17 degree C, which is the best time to visit those beautiful landscape and picturesque villages of Malaga.

Fuengirola: Moving south from Malaga, it is the third largest resort in Costa del Sol which enjoys a subtropical Mediterranean climate with an average annual temperature of 18 degrees Celsius. Here, the maximum summer temperature can go up to 35 degrees C while the winter is quite pleasant with an average daytime temperature of 18 or 20 degrees C. The 8-km long beautiful coastline which offers magnificent views of the sea is very much in tourist attraction of almost all seasons.

Estepona: The weather here is just about the same as other Costa del Sol regions as mentioned above. The summer is comparatively hot with an average day temperature of 22/23 degrees C, though it rises above 30 in few occasions, during July and August. Very often, the coastal Mediterranean breezes simmer down the temperature after the sunset. If you want to experience the rainy days in Costa del Sol, December winter in Estepona is the time with a wet weather.

Sotogrande: Tourists, who come to enjoy the cool weather of Costa del Sol, might find the climate here a bit extreme. Average summer (June to Sep) temperature is recorded around 26 degrees C and reaches to its crest during July and August with 29/30 degrees. Although winter is pleasing with an average high of 16 degrees C, the night becomes quite cold with an average low of 9 degrees, which can even go below 1 degree in the month of January.

Gibraltar: It has all characteristics of a Mediterranean climate with pleasant winter and warm summer. In a sunny and dry summer day, the average maximum and minimum temperature revolves around 30 and 13 degrees C. The climate remains hot and humid throughout summer, and hence the winter attracts more and more visitors with a standard day temperature ranges between 16 and 18 degrees C. Typical drizzling can be experienced in winter season making the weather more enjoyable.

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