Most people associate Marbella with sunny Mediterranean summers, producing visions of sandy beaches, luxury resort hotels, poolside gatherings, trendy beach clubs and the buzz of the town during the holiday season. However, for the many who own a second home here or call Marbella home, the town and its surroundings are a joy throughout the year.
Each season brings its own charm, and winter is no different. While the temperatures are cooler and this is officially the rainy season, with occasional spells of showers, the climate is generally mild and pleasantly punctuated with lots of sunny days. For many this is a great time of year to go for walks in the country, hiking through the beautiful countryside around Benahavís, La Concha Mountain and the village of Cancelada.
Those a little less keen on exercise and wanting to be close to a café or lunchtime restaurant often opt for the Paseo Marítimo, Marbella’s elegant beachside pedestrian boulevard. Here and in charming squares across the town the café society is pleasant, especially when combined with savoury tapas or delicious confectionary. Marbella’s Old Town is a particular pull at this time of year, when the Christmas lights add lustre to Marbella and the coffee shops, tapas bars and boutiques of the historic quarter make it even more charming and inviting.
For shoppers this is also a special time of year, and in addition to the main avenue and Old Town, the modern shopping mall of La Cañada is a popular mecca, along with the grand department store of El Corte Inglés in Puerto Banús and the many Christmas markets that are held throughout the area. Venturing a little further afield is especially popular during the weekends, when families head off to country Venta restaurants for a hearty meal in a cosy rustic setting. Many also find their way to Málaga, the local cultural jewel of a city less than one hour east of Marbella.
Málaga offers wonderful shopping and dining complete with big city atmosphere, and its Christmas decorations and lights are among the finest in Spain. With a plethora of first-class museums, beautiful historic buildings, tapas bars and restaurants to discover and explore, the city is also apopular weekend destination, proving that you needn’t travel far to enjoy a whole new experience in these parts. This is never truer than in the case of the Sierra Nevada, whose snowy ski slopes are little more than two hours removed from Marbella’s sunny beaches. It boasts the longest ski season just as the Costa del Sol offers the longest golf season in Europe, and as evening falls, the restaurants, bars and spa hotels add classic après-ski to the sporty fun.
From snow to beaches and beautiful country scenery, this region has it all to offer. If you would like to know more about the lifestyle and Marbella properties for sale, please contact FM Consulting. With many years of experience in Marbella real estate, we will be able to help you find the ideal lifestyle home.