1. No crowds & low prices
While summers on Costa del Sol are often associated with heavy crowds and high prices, a winter trip to Spain’s sunniest coast offers travelers a completely different experience. Hotel rates in low season drop considerably, the queues at major attractions are substantially shorter and, best of all, you’ll have the opportunity to immerse yourself in the local culture to embrace the Spanish way of life.
2. Winter golfing
Mild and sunny weather along with the beautiful terrain, stunning views, and world-class facilities make Costa del Sol number one winter golfing destination. Nicknamed “Costa del Golf”, Spain’s sunniest stretch of shoreline has over 70 golf courses for all tastes and ability levels, from lesser known, great value pay-and-plays to fairways that hosts international championships.
The months of December and January tend to be a little quieter on the courses which means you’ll be able to enjoy a relaxing round without the stress of having to wait at every tee and being able to book your preferred tee-off time. You’ll also find that rates at many of the courses are lower during these months allowing you to take advantage of some great deals.
3. Skiing in Sierra Nevada
Costa del sol is a land of contrasts. They get sharper in winter as the coastal areas keep you warm and the sierras are decorated with snowy peaks.
Sierra Nevada is well known as the sunniest ski resort in Europa. It offers a total of 107 skiable kilometres, with a 115 runs. Natural snow is supplemented by snow cannons on some runs, and many skiers are pleasantly surprised to find that, because of its southerly position, the air temperature is usually warmer than other resorts. Depending on the snow level, the ski season generally runs from the end of November or the beginning of December until the end of April or early May.
4. Christmas lights & markets
Malaga does Christmas like nowhere else, and it’s one of few places on the Costa del Sol with a spectacular display of festive sparkle. The entire city centre is decorated in lights, but the centrepiece is Calle Larios. Every evening there’s a light and sound show when the lights ‘dance’ in time to the Christmas music.
Traditional Christmas markets appear all over the Costa del Sol and make a great place for shopping for gifts. Browse arts and crafts, stalls selling typical local produce and Christmas fare, all with great ideas for that perfect present. The best markets at Christmas on the Costa del Sol are Malaga & Marbella.