As the winter draws in and the weather turns miserable it’s hard to not dream of blue skies and sunnier climates. You’re probably sitting at home looking outside at the cold, wet, miserable, grey thinking that the sun must be months away. But in reality, it’s just a short flight to Spain and there are so many places here that offer a bit of sunshine in the wintertime.
Why not treat yourself and turn that day-dream into a sunny city-break or beach holiday?
Head to one of the warmest winter sun destinations in Spain and enjoy the great weather. This guide will show the 5 best winter sun places in Spain, with a little info on what the area has to offer holidaymakers and what temperatures you can expect in December.
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Here is a little inspiration to get you thinking about where you could go to get a dose of winter sun and my 5 favourite destinations in Spain to visit during winter, in no particular order…
Where to go for Winter sun in Spain
Marbella is a town on the Southern coast of Spain known as the Costa del Sol. Its South west of Malaga and takes about 45 minutes to drive to from Malaga airport.
Its famous for attracting glamorous celebrities and has well-known areas like Puerto Banus. Where you can spot the super yachts and sports cars by day and go to the glitzy bars and clubs by night.
The beaches are lovely long, stretches of golden sand. All along the coastline here you can walk the beautiful palm tree lined promenade and enjoy the beach views. Some of the smaller Churinguitos (little beach bars) will close during the winter months but the town of Marbella is still very much alive with a wide choice of cafés and restaurants.
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The old town of Marbella has cute, narrow, cobbled streets. Perfect for wandering and admiring the pretty balcony flowers displays and traditional Spanish mosaic entrances. The average temperature for December is 12°c and you can expect a good 6 hours of sunshine.
Marbella weather in December:
Tenerife is the largest of Spain’s Canary Islands, which are situated to the West of North Africa. There are two airports on Tenerife and you can get some great flight & holiday packages.
It’s a very popular choice for winter family holidays as it offers a great all-year round climate. There is a varied and interesting terrain on the island, which means there is lots of things see and do.
You can hike the amazing volcanic, lunar landscape of the Mount Teide National Park or head to the Aqualand waterpark. Spend the afternoon on one of the many golf courses or enjoy lunch at the stunning blue flag Playa Fanabe. Choose from a wide range of restaurants for dinner or party the night away in Playa de los Americas.
The local seafood dishes are delicious and lots of the traditional charm can be found around the old fishing ports. The average temperature for December is 17°c and the sea temperature is 21°c, perfect for swimming!
Tenerife weather in December:
Fuerteventura is one of the lesser known Canary Islands but it has some of the most gorgeous beaches. The huge sand dunes lead on soft white flat beaches and crystal clear turquoise water.
There are more than 150 beaches on the island and the widest stretch can reach up to 30km across! Fuerteventura is popular for surfing, windsurfing and kite surfing and every year a windsurfing speed event is held here.
You can take a boat trip to the nearby Lanzarote and spot geothermal activity on the volcanic rocks and watch lava come through the craters. Take a wild dune buggy ride or visit the local zoo, Oasis Park.
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Towns are little far apart but there are some lovely hotels where you can get dinner or you can hire a car to explore the Island and try more local food. The average temperature in December is a high 19°c and you can expect just 3 days of rain all month!
Fuerteventura weather in December:
4. Costa Tropical
The Costa Tropical is the coast of Southern Spain between Costa del Sol and Costa Almeria. It’s in the province of Granada and is only 1-hour drive from Granada airport.
The Costa tropical is much quieter than its neighboring Costa’s. As such, its far less crowded and touristy. It’s mostly a collection of small towns and villages surrounded by agricultural land. It’s known for its high number of farms producing exotic tropical fruits like mangos, avocados, bananas and guava!
There are a number of pretty coastal towns here that many would pass by on the drive to Granada but it’s well worth a visit to sample the local fruits, explore the history of this area and relax on the beach. Here the beaches are divided into small unspoilt sheltered coves. It’s mostly black sand or pebble with little oasis of grassland, shrubs and trees dotted around.
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You are also within easy reach of the Sierra Nevada, a rugged mountain range. It’s the highest in Europe after the Alps and is perfect for skiing, snowboarding, hiking and mountain biking. The proximity to the mountains gives this area its own micro climate and the average December temperature here is 13°c.
Costa Tropical weather in December:
Seville is the capital of the Andalucia area of Spain. It’s a city crammed full of history with its churches, monuments and Moorish buildings. It’s also known for a buzzing nightlife of flamenco and tapas bars.
You will find one of Europe’s biggest Cathedrals here, which has great views over the city when you climb the tower. Other famous sights are the wonderful Alazar Palace and Plaza de España.
Bull fighting is a tradition that is still practiced across Spain. In Seville you will find the oldest and most important bull ring, the Plaza de Toros de la Maestranza. You can tour the bullring to learn about the history of the tradition.
You can spend the days exploring the old city and admiring the architecture. Then the evening soaking up the lively atmosphere bar hopping and sampling the local delicacies of sherry & tapas. The average temperature in December is 12°c. It gets unbearably hot during the summer months so I think winter is a great time to visit Seville.
Seville weather in December:
All weather info on this post was provided by holiday-weather.com
I hope this has given you some winter sun inspiration 🙂 and reading this blog helped to beat those winter blues!
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