Home to popular resorts like Marbella, Benalmadena, Torremolinos and Malaga, with some of the most reliable weather in mainland Spain – it’s hardly surprising why the Costa del Sol region attracts tourists all year round.
However, don’t expect temperatures to stay the same from one month to the next. Due to its Mediterranean climate, this Spanish region is known for its mild winters and sun-filled summers.
So, if you need help planning your Costa del Sol holiday, we’ve compared the weather from one season to the next to make sure you’re not left disappointed.
With spring beginning in March and ending in May, temperatures can vary depending when you choose to go. After March the weather usually starts to pick up, and by the time May comes around temperatures typically average 19°C, while highs have also been known to reach 30°C.
Rain is still likely and night-time temperatures can be cooler, but with less crowds and between 7 and 9 sunlight hours a day, this is a great time to grab an early-season getaway.
There’s no denying it, Costa del Sol sees the best of its weather from June through to mid-September. During these months you can expect temperatures to sit between 25°C and 35°C with little, or no rainfall.
Night-time temperatures can drop significantly, but never usually lower than 15°C. This is the perfect time to take advantage of the region’s stunning beaches with around 11 sunlight hours a day and warm sea temperatures reaching 20°C.
The autumn months – mid-September to November – are a great time to explore the Costa del Sol. Temperatures are pleasant, yet start to cool when it gets to November. This is also when you start to see more rainfall with November being the rainiest month.
During September you’re likely to see highs of 26°C, but by the time you reach November maximum temperatures usually hover around 18 °C. The sea temperatures are still warm, so don’t be put off going for a swim – just maybe avoid going first thing on a morning.
As you would expect from the Mediterranean, the weather from December to February is a little hit and miss. Although days are still mild with average temperatures of 15 °C, you’re more likely to witness wind and rain. But don’t worry – you’ll still see sunny spells and maximums have been known to reach 20°C.
Just make sure you pack accordingly, especially for evenings as the weather can get chilly. Despite the colder temperatures, you’re still bound to experience weather warmer than the UK at this time of year, plus it’s a great time to snap up a Spanish bargain.
So, which month will you be heading to Costa del Sol’s warm shores?