5 Things to do in Marbella in winter
Marbella has no less than 320 days of sunshine a year and an average temperature of 19ºC, so its good climate invites you to do sports and other outdoor activities during the winter as well. We invite you to find out about 5 things you can do in the city during the winter season:
1. Play golf
Costa del Sol, Costa del Golf. Marbella is internationally known for the quality of its golf courses and the possibility to enjoy them practically all year. Within its surrounding area alone, it has more than 10 high-quality courses. Some of them are well-known, such as the Golf Rio Real, just a five-minute drive from the city centre, or the Aloha Golf Club, both designed by the legendary Javier Arana, who is considered the best Spanish designer of all time.
Another renowned course is Las Brisas, created by Robert Trent Jones in 1970. Englishman Gerald Hurgan was commissioned to design their gardens right after arriving from his trip to Kenya, where he had designed the gardens of Nairobi and where he took the inspiration from. The course is full of botanical species from all continents like the chestnut from Eel Cabo or the thorny acacia.
Last but not least we have Los Naranjos, also designed by Robert Trent Jones. This is a classic long course with wide fairways and large greens. It is found in a very nice and pleasant area for all levels of players. Besides these four, Marbella has 8 more 18-hole golf courses.
2. Walking along the promenade
Marbella’s promenade is over 10 kilometres long, linking the town with the most famous and glamorous European marina, Puerto Banús (7 km) and San Pedro de Alcántara (10 km). This is mainly a coastal walk on soft ground, allowing you to enjoy fantastic strolls along the sea, either on foot or by bike or skates. We recommend you have a look at an earlier post talking about the benefits of the sea in winter.
Marbella offers three main shopping areas for visitors. The Old Town is possibly the most beautiful place, with all kinds of boutiques dotted along narrow, white streets full of flowers. On the other side, there is Puerto Banús, one of the major shopping centres with great designer shops arranged around the marina designed in the purest Mediterranean style. Finally, we find La Cañada, a modern shopping centre in the north of the city. Considered one of the largest in Andalucia, it was elected Best Shopping Centre in Spain in 2003.
Gastronomy is always strong in Andalucia. The city of Marbella offers travellers a world of restaurants catering for all tastes. Unlike other destinations, most bars are open all year round.
On sunny winter days you can enjoy the terraces and the typical bar restaurants (“chiringuitos”) on the seafront. At night, it is ideal to get lost in the charming Plaza de los Naranjos in the centre of the old city, where you can discover the hundreds of tapas bars. Once again, Puerto Banús also has a good selection of restaurants that we shouldn’t miss.
5. Nearby excursions
Marbella’s strategic location makes it an ideal base from which to visit other nearby destinations. Just an hour away is one of the most beautiful cities in Andalucia, the romantic and spectacular Tajo Ronda. At the same distance, we find Malaga, the capital of the province, which offers many points of interest to see, such as the Picasso Museum, the Thyssen, the cathedral or the Muelle Uno port. Also, after a three-hour drive, we reach Seville and Granada, which are well worth a winter visit to admire their beautiful heritage.
Who said holidays are for the summer?