Marbella is a year-round destination that’s as popular for its fun summers as it is for its winter sun. But undoubtedly one of the best times of year for visiting Marbella is the spring. The weather is just right and many of the year’s best activities run at this time.
It’s worth discovering what to do and when to make the most of your time here. This blog looks at some of the best things you can do in Marbella in the spring.
Spring truly offers probably the optimal climate to visit Marbella. The days are warm enough to head to the beach and sunbathe; temperatures hover around the 20ºC mark and the evenings are pleasant. Towards the end of spring, Marbella averages around nine hours of sunshine every day.
It is during this time of year that Marbella is perfectly suited to outdoor activities. Whether that’s a full day wine tour exploring a vineyard, a sailing trip from Puerto Banús or a stunning eco tour.
If you’re a fan of golf, Marbella is undoubtedly one of Spain’s premier destinations. There are a number of popular golf clubs in the areas including La Quinta, a nine-hole golf course and country club, Marbella Golf and Country Club, an upscale course designed by Robert Trent Jones, and the picturesque Los Naranjos.
The beautiful climate in spring is perhaps the best time to enjoy the golf courses, especially as the trees and other vegetation are blooming.
As you head along Marbella’s Golden Mile and reach the centre of the town, one must-see attraction in springtime Marbella is the Paseo de la Alameda. This is a relaxed and scenic park in the centre of town – a nice quiet retreat away from the busier parts of Marbella.
With a fountain that dates back to 1792 as well as botanic gardens, benches and lush green vegetation, this is a lovely verdant space that looks at its very best in the spring – truly a destination not to be missed.
Semaena Santa is the Spanish name for the ‘Holy Week’ or Easter Week. It is celebrated across Spain everywhere from the tiniest villages to the largest cities. In Marbella, these celebrations are always an impressive sight.
Processions and parades take place through the week, filled with religious fanfare and elaborate floats. This really is a sight that is worth checking out if you in or near Marbella during the Easter period.
Marbella is famous for its fantastic shopping opportunities, and this is certainly true in the spring thanks to the wealth of markets that the town hosts. La Virginia (link to La Virginia article?) runs twice a year – once in the spring. With stalls offering everything from food and handicrafts to fashion and accessories, this really is a fun place to shop.
This one won’t be for everyone, but for those who are interested in seeing a different side of Marbella, the ascent to the Cruz de Juanar is undertaken every year on 3rd of May. This is a pilgrimage to the cross of Juanar, placed on a hill that overlooks Marbella and the Costa del Sol beyond.
Mass is held after the climb has been completed – but you don’t have to be religious to get something out of it. The views from the top of the hill are stunning.