Marbella enjoys a micro-climate as it is sheltered by the peaks of the Sierra Blanca. This is common knowledge to the locals but is a pleasant surprise for the tourist and people looking for a second home in the sun. This means that when surrounding areas experience cooler, or windier weather, the town is protected from such extremes.
Located in the southern part of Spain, the Costa del Sol boasts a typically Mediterranean climate with hot summers and mild winters. The Costa del Sol covers over 300km, and comprises the coastal towns and communities along the Mediterranean coastline of the Province of Malaga. Situated between the Costa de la Luz and the Costa Tropical, the Costa del Sol was originally made up of small, quiet fishing villages, until tourism hit the Costa in the early 60´s.
Properties for sale in Marbella are popular because of the location, the weather and the abundance of attractions for young and old.
With over 320 average days of sunshine each year and some of the best beaches and the vast amount of golf courses on the Costa del Sol, and Marbella in particular, continues to attract thousands of holidaymakers each year from the cooler climates of northern Europe.
Much of the region offers fine white sandy beaches and clear blue waters, plus average annual temperatures of around 23ºC. There is so much going on in Marbella, Puerto Banus and the other coastal towns along the Costa, that it is easy to see why so many thousands of holidaymakers flock here each year. With exciting places to visit nearby like Ronda, Sevilla and Cordoba one runs out of time!
There is hardly any rainfall in summer, and although rain can be heavy between November and January, some years there is very little rainfall even during this period, and the sun still manages to peek through the clouds after brisk showers. Sea temperatures rarely drop below 20ºC, but although the beaches are accessible all year round, if you decide to take a dip outside of spring or summer, a wetsuit is highly recommended. The waters may look calm around the Costa del Sol but never swim alone, particularly out of season, as strong currents can be dangerous.
The beach clubs, beach bars and port side restaurants in Puerto Banus and Marbella do a roaring trade in the summer months when average temperatures are around 30ºC in July and August. Make the most of the al fresco life style during the summer, and enjoy a cool jug of sangria or a plate of fried fish at one of the beach side eateries.
Average temperatures between May and June are between 24ºC and 27ºC and there is little rainfall. Average September and October temperatures are around 24ºC. The Costa del Sol is surrounded by the Sierra Bermeja Mountain Range which block out most of the cold winds, keeping temperatures mild, even in winter time. December and January tend to be the cooler months, where temperatures hover around 15º.
Real estate in Marbella is some of the most sought after in Europe and includes a choice of new modern developments and resale properties.
If you want to indulge in a spot of sightseeing on the Costa del Sol, make the most of the warm weather, don some cool and comfy clothes and take to the streets. If you are lucky enough to be staying in Marbella, take a trip around the Old Town with its cobbled streets and whitewashed houses, or enjoy an afternoon star gazing at the celebs in Puerto Banus. There are plenty of places to visit, but if you are interested in history and culture, take a trip to the Roman Baths near Manilva, the incredible Nerja Caves or explore the white villages, or ´Pueblos Blancos´ in and around Marbella, including Mijas Pueblo, Ojen and Ronda.