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5 reasons to spend time on the Costa del Sol during the colder months

5 reasons to spend time on the Costa del Sol during the colder months

The southern Spanish region known as the Costa del Sol doesn’t always tend to get talked about much as a place to spend the winter – especially the first few months of a calendar year, after Christmas. But should it be? 

Below, we’ve set out just some of the reasons you should give serious consideration to whiling away a few days – or even weeks – on the Costa del Sol during January, February, and into the spring. 

There isn’t really such thing as ‘winter’ here… 

…well, certainly not as many people across the rest of Europe would understand it. With even January – the coldest month of the year in the region – seeing average daily temperatures of around 17 degrees C, and about five to seven hours of sunshine each day, the Costa del Sol is a wonderfully hospitable spot for a winter break, almost irrespective of what you plan to do here.  

It’s an excellent place to golf in the winter 

We receive plenty of enquiries about Fuengirola, Estepona, and Marbella golf transfers for the winter here at Simply Shuttles, from people who know all about the Costa del Sol’s gorgeous scenery and excellent facilities for those wishing to tee off in January, February, or March. 

With more than 70 golf courses to be found between Torre del Mar and Sotogrande, the region certainly doesn’t leave golfers bored during the (only slightly) chillier months. 

It’s a great time to explore the region’s cultural and heritage sites 

Even if you do want to spend a bit more time indoors during your trip to the Costa del Sol in the winter, you won’t find a shortage of interesting things to do here. 

Many people from abroad come into the region via Málaga Airport, for example, and the city itself serves up stimulating museums, galleries, and other landmarks ranging from the Museo de Málaga and Museo Carmen Thyssen Málaga to the Alcazaba of Málaga and Teatro Romano de Málaga (Roman Theatre). Meanwhile, Marbella presents the likes of the Museo del Grabado Español Contemporáneo (Contemporary Engraving Museum) and Museo Ralli Marbella. 

You can even go skiing at this time of year! 

It’s not exactly one of the first things that most of us would associate with the Costa del Sol, but a trip to this part of Spain could even take in the Sierra Nevada ski resort, which is the southernmost ski resort on the whole of the continent. 

Situated in the Sierra Nevada mountain range in the province of Granada, the resort offers runs for every level of ability, including 19 green runs for relatively cautious skiers, but also 45 blue runs, 53 red, and seven black. And of course, there is the chance to enjoy awesome views across the mountains as you make your way down from the ski slopes. 

This could be the time for low-key, stress-free inspiration 

Not everyone who visits the Costa del Sol necessarily even comes in order to experience “that” city, resort, bar, golf course, or even art gallery that they’ve heard so much about. Much of the pleasure of being in the region during the first few months of the year can simply be about… taking everything in, at your leisure, in your own time. 

The crowds certainly recede in many of the Costa del Sol’s most ‘touristic’ spots come wintertime, and hotels tend to be a lot cheaper as well. These factors can help make the colder months an excellent time to experience the region in a different, slower way, while feeling slightly closer to the more ‘traditional’ Andalucia. 

Have we got you a bit excited about what your next trip to southern Spain could be like? If so, don’t forget that when it comes to everything from Benahavis restaurant tours to Marbella golf transfers, our private hire services at Simply Shuttles can help make it all so much easier. Give us a call now, on +34 951 279 117, to book any of our in-demand services for the months ahead.