Spain has a varied climatology although generally speaking it benefits from favourable climatological conditions. Temperatures can go below 0 up in the snow-capped mountains in winter, 15°C average in coastal areas and up to 40°C in the interior, particularly in summer. Highest rainfall shows more than 2600mm in eastern areas with a Mediterranean climate while the lowest are in Cabo de Gata (Almeria, Cadiz), with 200mm annually.

However, there are some general features about the climate in Spain that can be summarized in the following points:

  • Temperatures increase from north to south, January is the month with the lowest average temperature, while August is the month with the highest temperatures.
  • Waters of the Mediterranean have an average temperature of 18ºC which are higher than those of the Cantabrian Sea, around 15ºC.
  • Generally speaking the climate of Spain is quite varied and has 4 different climates: the mediterranean which covers the interior lands and the east of the peninsula, the oceanic covers the northwest area and the semiarid, which is mixed with the mediterranean covering Extremadura and Andalusia. Canary Islands have both a semiarid and a tropical climate.

Now we want to focus on Marbella, which is located in the south of the Iberian Peninsula, 78 km northeast away from the Strait of Gibraltar. Although all months are fabulous to visit Marbella, weather in Spain as well as in Marbella can be divided in 4 different seasons over the year: winter lasts from December to February, spring goes from march until may, summer covers the following months: June, July, August, and autumn; September, October and November.

A wide temperature range can be experienced in interior areas of mainland Spain among its different seasons, being that difference slighter in coastal areas like Marbella. Beside that, this beautiful city in the south of Spain boasts one of the best weather conditions in Europe, with an average of 320 sunny days a year in Marbella.

In winter Marbella has an average temperature of 12ºC, being able to reach 18ºC and going down to 6ºC the coolest days, during the night temperatures may reach even 3ºC up in La Concha, which is the highest mountain in Marbella area. As you may see those temperatures are common of mild winters, months like December and January are mainly cold with few rains while February is the month when rain definitely falls here. In those months you can expect to see around 7 hours of sun per day.

This season offers a wide array of options for travellers visiting Marbella. It is one of the best dates of the year to visit Granada and the stunning Alhambra with one of our private tours from Marbella to Granada. This season is excellent as there are not so many tourists as in other seasons of the year, so you can delight seeing this fantastic site without tourist overcrowds. You will surely be amazed by this fantastic palace and fortress that for centuries has been overlooking Granada from its privileged position. Apart from this world heritage site you can also visit the snow-capped mountains of Sierra Nevada, practicing some snow sport or tasting some delicious tapas and wines at night.

Spring is one of the best times of the year for visiting Marbella. It is a warm season although it is not a scorching heat as it may be during summer. It is ideal for outdoor activities like bbq parties and going out at nights. Some days temperatures are warm enough for going to the beach and get a wonderful tan with temperatures around 20ºC and few rainy days. In those months the sun is getting ready for summer and the amount of sun a day increases: from 7 hours in March, 8 hours in April up until 9 hours in May.

This flowering season is perfect for outdoor plans, what better than visiting the amazing Ronda Valley and tasting some of its dense and elegant wines? With our Ronda wineries tour you will visit different wine cellars and learn about the wine production process and how this ancient tradition has changed over the centuries. A visit to the oldest bullring in Spain and a walking guided tour around Ronda is also included in this visit.

Summer is the time of the year when temperatures may reach 30ºC during the day, with temperatures reaching 20ºC at nights and the average humidity experienced in July is around 65%. In this time of the year some days can feel hot when Levante, the wind from the east, blows and brings with it the hot air from the Mediterranean and Africa, while in those days in which there is Poniente, the wind from the west can bring a blast of fresh air that may be more than welcome during these summer days. Up to 11 hours of sun a day you may get in these months while rainy days are a really unlikely event.

What better plan for summer than having a private barbecue at home with your family or friends? Marbella in Style offers a private chef service that organizes everything, from setting the table, cooking your favourite food to doing the cleaning afterwards. This service is perfect for enjoying a great gourmet experience at home while having the same services as in a top-quality restaurant.

Autumn is a fantastic season for visiting Marbella, temperatures may vary from 28ºC at the beginning of the season in September to 17ºC at the end of November. Beside this, hours of sun a day can be reduced to 7 hours at the end of this season. Temperatures at night can go from 19ºC in September to 10ºC in November. Months like February, March and November have some of the most rainy days over the year.

Autumn is also a great season to visit some of Andalusian beautiful and historic cities like Seville, Cordoba, Jerez or Malaga. Here you can have a look to our private tours from Marbella to those cities. Is one of the most favorable seasons for travelling and tourism as temperatures are particularly soft in these months.

Although most tourists come to enjoy Marbella during summer, all seasons are fabulous with lots of things to do like: renting a boat in Marbella, trekking in the mountains, walking in the beach, going shopping, tasting its fantastic cuisine, booking a tour to cities like Seville… Countless are the plans and things to do in Marbella all over the year.

The main advantages for coming to Marbella apart from in summer, among others can be: lower prices and promotions when booking your accommodation, visiting beautiful towns without crowds, best weather conditions for travelling, no need for last minute bookings and neither for queuing for attractions.