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Climate on Costa del Sol

The area between Marbella and Nerja is usually referred to as Costa del Sol and includes the popular tourist resorts of La Cala, Fuengirola, Benalmadena and Torremolinos.

Costa del Sol has a subtropical climate. In the summer, that is, from May to August, it's always warm with clear skies. August is the warmest month and the temperature is around 30-35 degrees during the daytime. In total there are 300 days of sunshine a year on Costa del Sol. In March, April and November the temperature is around 20 degrees at daytime. January is the coldest month with temperatures around 16 degrees at daytime. In the beginning of September, sea mist sometimes drifts in covering the town like a thick carpet. This usually lasts only for a few hours and only takes place under very special weather conditions.

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 Fuengirola, Benalmadena and Torremolinos.

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 Fuengirola 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.

A sunny day on Costa del Sol
A sunny day on Costa del Sol

Precipitation on Costa del Sol

The precipitation during winter varies considerably from year to year. It is very difficult to tell if you will have lot of sunshine or not if you are visiting Costa del Sol for one or two weeks in the period between October to March. Some winters it can rain for several weeks, while other years there is almost no rain at all. Water rationing has been introduced on a few occasions.

The weather on Costa del Sol

The warm weather on Costa del Sol attracts thousands of tourists every year. In addition, there are many expats who spend the winter on the Costa del Sol giving them a better quality of life. People with certain health conditions experience less pain and more mobility when staying on Costa del Sol for the winter.


Costa del Sol or the Sunny Coast as it would be translated into English. The name says a lot about the place. It is the southernmost area in Europe, and Costa del Sol is the only place in Europe which has a subtropical climate. Here you can see parrots in the trees and turtles in the rivers.

The resort towns are lined up on the Costa del Sol. The most famous towns are Malaga, Marbella, Torremolinos, Benalmádena, Mijas, Calahonda, La Cala de Mijas and Fuengirola.

October in Fuengirola

Aqua Park

Sunrise in Fuengirola

Nikki Beach Marbella

Sunny Benalmadena

Mijas Pueblo

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