Spain has a varied climatology although generally speaking it benefits from favourable weather conditions. It is a very common to think that Spain is an everlasting summer but in fact the temperatures can go below 0 up in the snow-capped mountains in winter, as well as marking an average of 15°C in coastal areas and up to 40°C in the interior, particularly in summer. Highest rainfall shows more than 2600 mm in eastern areas with a Mediterranean climate while the lowest are in Cabo de Gata (Almeria, Cadiz), with 200 mm annually.

However, there are some general features about the climate in Spain that can be summarised 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 any time is fabulous to visit Marbella, the seasons here are a bit different to a major part of Peninsula due to unique local microclimate and can be divided accordingly: 2 relatively short mid-seasons of spring and autumn, from early March till the end of April and from mid October till early December respectively, very mild and quite short winter and almost endless summer that lasts about 6 months from May till mid October.

A wide temperature range can be experienced in the 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.

Marbella in Winter

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 so you can delight seeing this fantastic site without tourist overcrowds and get the tickets easier than in a high season. You will surely be amazed by fantastic palaces and fortress of Alhambra that for centuries has been overlooking Granada from its privileged position.

Apart from touring Andalusia and visiting world heritage sites you can go for a nice and cosy option right in Marbella. We invite you to enjoy a Wine & Olive oil tasting in the very heart of the Old Town. You will have an exquisite opportunity to make a enological journey through the whole province of Andalusia trying new and trendy vines from Sierras de Málaga along with well known and rewarded traditional wines like Cherry from Cádiz.

Things to do in Marbella in Winter

Marbella in Spring

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.

Things to do in Marbella in Spring

Marbella in Summer

Summer is the time of the year when temperatures may reach 30ºC during the day and an average of 20ºC at night along with a bit elevated humidity, particularly in July it reaches up to 65-70%. 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 could be a better plan for summer than having a private party at home with your family or friends? Marbella in Style offers a private chef service that organises 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.

Things to do in Marbella in Summer

Marbella in Autumn

Autumn is a fabulous season for visiting Marbella and September could easily be considered the fourth month of summer with its´temperatures around 25-28ºC, and then the heat gradually fades away and marks about 17ºC at the end of November. Consequently the number of sun hours per day reduces to 7 hours at the end of fall. 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 make more out of your vacation rather then just laying under the sun. Andalusia has a very rich history and hosts 7 UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Compliment your sunny vacation with a Private day tour from Marbella to any destination you like, the offer is vast from Seville and Cordoba to Malaga and Jerez. In our opinion the fall is one of the most favorable seasons for travelling and touring due to particularly moderate temperatures during 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, go shopping, tasting it’s 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 summer, among the 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.

Things to do in Marbella in Autumn