The Costa del Sol is one of the most popular destinations for Brits looking to go abroad. 9.4 million tourists flocked there in 2015, which was an increase of 11% on the previous year. So what is it that keeps the tourists coming back? There are glorious beaches, it has wonderful weather, and a huge range of accommodation and activities targeted at tourists from all corners of the world. There’s something for you, no matter what the time of year you’re planning to visit.
In the hot summer months, the average temperatures can hit 26°C (79°F), with August offering the warmest. It’s a perfect time for food lovers to try out a local speciality, gazpacho, at Fiesta del Gazpacho in Alfarnatejo. Of course, there’s plenty of gazpacho to try, but it’s also worth visiting for the flamenco dancers and local artists showing off their skills and wares. It’s a fabulous celebration of local life.
If you’re after something more informal on a warm day, the locals love Playa del Cañuelo, a beach in Cadiz, in the south of the region. Far less commercial than the beaches of Benidorm and Marbella, the grey sand shows off the clear waters beautifully, in wonderfully tranquil surroundings.
Running from the 14th July to 20th August is a recent entry to the Malaga scene, Starlite Marbella, a musical festival not to be missed. This small arena has played host to some big names: Enrique Iglesias, Lionel Richie, and Andrea Bocelli have performed in the past. This year, Santana and Tom Jones take centre stage. International celebrities flock to the charity gala hosted by Antonio Banderas, so it’s a great opportunity to go celebrity spotting.
The wettest month of the year is November, so before it gets too wet, join the locals in celebrating Harvest Festival, or Fiesta de la Vendimia, at the start of September. The harvest here is grapes, and the place to be is Jerez, as they celebrate three great Spanish loves – sherry, horses and flamenco dancing.
December in the Costa del Sol can be a varied affair, with the weather dictated largely by the winds. It might be glorious enough to have your Christmas lunch on the beach, or there might be a strong breeze which means it’s warm coats on all day. Because it’s not the high season, you’ll have far fewer tourists to compete with for space. The beautiful Christmas lights in Malaga city centre will really get you in the festive mood, or take a trip on the cable car up Benalmadena’s Mount Calamorro for the kind of clear, crisp day which only winter can bring.
The coldest month of the year is January, with temperatures still reaching a respectable 12°C. This doesn’t stop the people of Malaga though. Malaga was the birthplace of Picasso, and this last January was a celebration of art. Seasonal, Russian and Modern art were all celebrated in year-long exhibitions which kicked off in January 2016. January 5th annually is the “Three Kings’ Parade” at Benalmadena, when everyone heads to the marina to watch the Kings come in by boat, before getting onto floats and leading a parade through the town, giving out sweets to the cheering crowd.
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