Due to the proximity of the Gibraltar Strait, the wind conditions can change quite quickly in the winter. The Gibraltar Strait emits cold Atlantic waters and, depending on wind direction, the ocean temperature can also change within an hour both in summer and winter. When it's blowing from the south-west cold Atlantic water can be brought all the way to Benalmadena.
The climate in the winter can best be described as autumn in Northern Europe, and lasts from December to January. Spring starts in February and the trees start blooming again. In the mountains around Benalmadena and all of the Malaga province you can find hills with beautiful almond forests. Even though the weather can be really warm and nice during daytime, it usually gets chillier in the evening. A good tip is to bring a warm jacket if you are going to be sitting at an outdoor cafe or restaurant in the evening.
Benalmádena is at first glance a typical seaside resort. The place is a bit coloured by all the tourism and it is densely packed with hotels and pools. Upon closer inspection you will still find that the area also has many other great things to offer. Benalmádena is actually an area composed of three parts: Benalmádena Costa, Benalmádena Pueblo and the town of Arroyo de la Miel, each of which are quite different.