As the calendar turns toward the second half of September, Marbella gracefully transitions into autumn. The scorching summer days gradually give way to cooler, more temperate weather. Leaves on the trees may not turn vibrant hues of red and gold, but there’s an undeniable shift in the atmosphere.
In Marbella, the end of summer holds a unique charm, a “sweet-spot” where the weather takes a welcome sigh, ready to flirt with the idea of autumn around the corner. Jackets and boots grace the shops but it’s still warm enough for sandals, and indeed to enjoy the delights of the sea.
Here are 9 Reasons Why we Love the Beginning of Autumn in Marbella:
Autumn in Marbella has a unique character. The sun still shines brightly, and the sea continues to delight bathers, but the heavy and humid afternoons of August give way to a more relaxed vibe all- round.
1. Perfect Weather:
Marbella’s autumn weather is simply sublime. With the scorching summer temperatures behind us, the climate becomes milder, making it ideal for outdoor activities. Warm days and cool evenings set the stage for leisurely strolls and al fresco dining. Read our guide to Marbella’s climate here.
2. Beach Tranquility:
While summer sees the beaches bustling with sun-seekers, autumn provides a serene and more private beach experience. You can enjoy the sand and the waves, but without the crowds.
3. Gourmet Experiences:
Autumn is harvest season, and local markets are brimming with fresh produce. Savour the flavours of Marbella’s cuisine as restaurants incorporate seasonal ingredients into their dishes. Check out more tips for visiting markets and gourmet shops in our guide to living like a local in Marbella.
4. Wine Tasting:
The autumn months are perfect for exploring the nearby vineyards of Andalusia. Sip on some fine wines while basking in the warm sun and taking in the breath-taking scenery. There are several organised trips to vineyards in towns set above the coast, such as in the Ronda hills.
5. Festivals and Fiestas:
Marbella’s cultural calendar remains vibrant in autumn. Don’t miss the San Pedro Alcántara Fair in October, which features live music, dancing, and traditional food.
The cooler temperatures make autumn an excellent time for hiking in the stunning nearby Sierra Blanca mountains. There are numerous trails catering to various fitness levels. Novices beware, you need some expert advice, especially if you want to climb La Concha!
7. Peaceful Golfing:
Marbella is a golfer’s paradise, and the autumn season offers an ideal golfing climate. Tee off on lush courses surrounded by stunning scenery without the summer crowds. Many of our properties are located on or near the best golf courses of Marbella.
8. Holiday Economics:
Travelling in ‘shoulder season’ means more vacancies and less travel expense in general. Some of our larger villas offer a perfect getaway for groups, and the cost can be divided by several adults, making it more cost-effective. What’s more, flights tend to be less expensive at this time of year than in the peak of summer.
9. A More Grown Up Affair:
Except for during the ‘half term’ weeks, you’ll see less children on holiday in autumn in Marbella than in the summer. This could mean a more sophisticated, grown-up feel in restaurants and bars. Could this be the ideal time for that adults-only retreat you have been dreaming of?
So if you want to make the most of the autumn, contact us to book your villa in Marbella and enjoy the ‘sweet spot’ as summer rolls into winter. Just don’t be fooled, you will need your sunglasses despite summer being over!
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