This year, this favourable climate has drawn many Brits hoping to beat the cost of living crisis.
Indeed, Spain has also seen a sizeable increase in bills. But thanks to its sunny weather, properties in the Costa del Sol require much less energy to keep them warm. And as such, they’ve become a magnet for so-called ‘energy nomads’ looking to dodge a harsh (and expensive!) UK winter.
Long gone are the hordes of tourists.
Winter in Spain is low season. Which means, not only do you get to enjoy the fantastic weather, you can experience everything the Costa del Sol has to offer – just without the heavy crowds.
The picturesque ‘pueblo blancos’ are particularly slow-paced at this time of year, allowing visitors to enjoy a truly authentic experience. Queues are virtually non-existent. You can visit most major attractions for a reduced cost and will likely have them to yourself. And it’s possible to fully immerse yourself in the local culture and enjoy the real laidback Spanish way of life.
Winter in the Costa del Sol
Just because it’s low season, doesn’t mean everywhere shuts down.
Andalucía is widely regarded as the most culturally rich region of Spain. From its unique architecture to its colourful fiestas, it’s steeped with tradition – and this doesn’t stop just because the weather gets slightly cooler. This tradition and culture is still evident throughout the winter months.
Art galleries and museums remain open. You can see magnificent cathedrals and historic sites. Wander through the whitewashed villages. Visit the prettiest seaside towns and the beautiful countryside. And enjoy al fresco dining at restaurants and chiringuitos morning, noon and night. All without being overwhelmed by crowds of tourists.
If you’re looking for a winter culture fix, it certainly won’t disappoint.
4. Opportunity for winter golf
In most countries, autumn signifies the end of the golf season – but not in the Costa del Sol.
Here, the pleasant climate allows golfers to enjoy their hobby 365 days a year. Currently, there are over 70 stunning courses on the ‘Costa del Golf’ – including everything from value pay-and-plays to fairways that host international championships – with something to suit all preferences and abilities.
These courses all remain open throughout the region’s low season.
Set among the beautiful Andalusian landscape, under the warm winter sun, they’re a golfer’s paradise. Little wonder then, that the Costa del Sol is Europe’s top winter golfing destination.
No need to stay cooped up indoors. Living in the Costa del Sol, it’s possible to stay active and agile throughout the winter months.
The mild temperatures combined with clear sunny days allow for a healthier lifestyle, with lots of outdoor activities to keep you occupied. For example, there are many breath taking natural parks on the doorstep, filled with relatively easy walking and hiking routes for you to try.
You can go cycling, horse riding, play a game of tennis.
Sierra Nevada Ski Resort is also just a short drive away. So if you’re a fan of winter sports, or fancy trying something new, you can hit the snowy slopes with some guaranteed winter sunshine.
Taking a 3 month winter break in Spain doesn’t mean you have to give up Christmas.
Christmas is celebrated in Spain just as much as it is in the UK. And during the month of December, you’ll find there are countless festive activities and events to enjoy throughout the region.
One of the biggest attractions is Málaga’s Christmas lights. You can also find Nordic-style Christmas markets in both Puerto Banús and along the boardwalk of Estepona, as well as pop-up ice skating rinks. And many restaurants and bars offer delicious festive menus throughout the season.
At New Year, large hotels and restaurants also organise special menus and parties.
There’s certainly no need to miss out on the festivities, just because you’re living in sunny España.