What to do in Marbella during the winter

Andara Villas Eric and Paula

If you own a luxury property in Marbella then you are one of the luckiest people in the world. There are many reasons why buying luxury Marbella villas or even just visiting the region is so enticing and one of the most obvious attractions is the superb all-year-round sunshine.

The prospect of winter sunshine is particularly pertinent for anyone who comes from colder climates. If you’re from a Northern European country like the UK, Netherlands, Belgium or Scandinavia, as soon as winter arrives it is tempting to turn the heating up and hibernate until Spring. Yet, here in Marbella, you can continue to enjoy a fantastic outdoor lifestyle under dazzling blue sunny skies.

As a popular tourist destination, there are many amenities, fiestas and festivals, some of which take place in the summer, yet there are many wonderful activities that you can enjoy ‘out of season’ too. Imagine world class restaurants, every type of sport and outdoor activity, culture and of course that warm sunshine.

World class Gastronomy

Marbella is a Mecca for anyone who enjoys tucking into tasty fresh produce. The city is blessed with a wide choice of establishments, offering every type of cuisine, something for every taste and budget. How about trying delicious fish dishes at one of the many beachside chiringuitos like the ever-popular La Red Marbella in central Marbella or the charmingly authentic Chiringuito El Abrevadero on the paseo in the nearby beachside town of San Pedro de Alcantara. Alternatively, if your tastes are geared more towards fine dining, there are a number of Michelin starred establishments, including Skina and Messina, to name a few.

Dani Garcia

Of course, it is impossible to mention Michelin starred restaurants in Marbella without including Malaga born celebrity chef Dani Garcia, whose mission statement is clearly displayed on his website, “Local Roots Thinking Global Cuisine”. One of the perks of owning Golden Mile Marbella real estate, is that you will be just a stone’s throw away from Dani Garcia’s restaurant Leña. This latest addition to his gastronomic empire is located at the Hotel Puente Romano and is the holder of the prestigious Restaurant & Bar Design Award in 2021 for the best overall restaurant.

Outdoor activities and sports

When wintering in Marbella, you can take advantage of the warm weather to enjoy some outdoor exercise, whether you prefer cycling, walking, horse riding, water sports…. The choice is yours. When based on the Costa del Sol, you have easy access to lots of opportunities, for example if you have a head for heights you could walk along the famous Caminito del Rey path which traverses the Gaitanes Gorge.

Alternatively, if you like to keep your feet firmly on the ground, you may want to ‘Tee Off’ on one of the many international standard golf courses on the Costa del Sol. There is also the option of enjoying the ski runs in Granada’s Sierra Nevada, which can be reached in around 3 hours from Marbella.

Art and culture

Feeling like indulging in a spot of culture? No problem! There are plenty of art galleries that are worth visiting in Malaga. As the birthplace of Pablo Picasso, Malaga city is the location of the Museo Picasso Malaga which is in fact the house where the artist was born. You can view hundreds of pieces of work that have been donated by the Picasso family. You can do this at your own leisure or if you prefer there is also the option of taking a guided tour.

Another offering is The Ifergan Collection, a private archaeological collection including Egyptian mummies and artefacts from Persia, Greece, Rome and much more. At the Carmen Thyssen Museo Malaga it is possible to view exhibitions by various artists, including the current Belgian art exhibition which will run from November 2022 to March 2023. You can find out more information and book your ticket here.

Explore Andalucia

During the sizzling hot summer months in Marbella, it can be tempting to take it easy. So now when the temperature cools down in winter, this offers perfect opportunity to do some exploring. This could be discovering the hiking trails throughout the countryside amongst the indigenous flora and fauna, or it could be getting to know the surrounding white villages such as Ojen (which is a sought-after for luxury property for sale, due to its close proximity to Marbella) or Mijas. If you fancy going a little further afield, you could also take a trip to the majestic Alhambra Palace in Granada. The historic town of Ronda with its breath-taking gorge is just a short drive from the Costa del Sol, it is packed with history and culture, including the bullring.

Depending upon the duration of your stay in Marbella and how active you like to be, there is something to do every day if you desire, from vineyard and wine tours to canyoning or dolphin spotting boat trips.

There is also the other option of just relaxing and enjoying the wonderful sunshine…

If you are interested in buying luxury real estate on the Costa del Sol, Andara Villas can help you find the best luxury property sales in your desired area. Get in touch on + 31 653 126 026.

Yours sincerely,
Eric & Paula