As the festive season approaches, there’s no better place to celebrate Christmas and New Year than the sun-kissed shores of Marbella, Spain. Who can deny that stunning beaches, vibrant culture, and luxurious lifestyle might be tempting for a festive change this year? Marbella offers a unique and unforgettable holiday experience during this special time of year. While it may not have that white, snow topped nostalgia, it certainly does offer a warm and exotic place to spend your festive season.
In this guide, we’ll explore what you can do and see in Marbella during the Christmas and New Year season.
Christmas in Marbella 2023/2024
Do you think of palm trees and sunshine when you’re planning your festive escape? Maybe not, but perhaps you should, as Marbella offers the most stylish winter break and a family-friendly environment to celebrate the festive season with loved ones.
Reasons to Spend Christmas and New Year in Marbella:
1.Festive Atmosphere and Decorations
Marbella truly comes alive during the Christmas season, as the entire town is adorned with beautiful decorations and twinkling lights. The streets are lined with festive displays, creating a magical ambiance that is perfect for getting into the holiday spirit. Make sure to take a leisurely stroll through the Old Town to appreciate the charming Christmas decorations.
2. Christmas Markets
Immerse yourself in the holiday spirit by visiting the Christmas markets in Marbella and Puerto Banus. You’ll find an array of unique gifts, handcrafted ornaments, and delicious local treats. The most popular market is held in Alameda Park, where you can enjoy shopping while savouring the aroma of traditional Spanish cuisine. There is also a small market in Puerto Banus. Enjoy!
3. Weather in December
One of the unique aspects of spending Christmas in Marbella is the wonderful weather. While most of Europe shivers in the cold, Marbella enjoys mild temperatures, with daytime highs averaging around 17°C (63°F). This makes it an ideal destination for those who want to escape the winter chill and soak up the sun during the holidays.
4. Traditional Spanish Cuisine
Indulge in the flavours of Spain during your Christmas stay in Marbella. Many restaurants offer special holiday menus featuring traditional dishes like roasted lamb, seafood paella, and turrón, a popular Spanish nougat. Don’t forget to pair your meal with some fine Spanish wine or cava.
What About New Year in Marbella?
Marbella is famous for its glamorous beach clubs and nightlife scene, and New Year’s Eve is no exception. Many beachfront clubs and restaurants host extravagant parties with live music, fireworks, and a lively atmosphere. Celebrating the arrival of the new year with your toes in the sand is a unique and memorable experience. In Spain, the tradition is to have a family dinner and see in the new year at midnight eating 12 grapes, one for each chime of the clock. After this the party begins!
Where to Spend New Year 2023/2024 in Marbella
Looking for a wonderful plan for New Year? Here are four ideas for where to spend New Year in Marbella 2023/24.
1.Plaza de los Naranjos
For a more traditional New Year’s celebration, head to the picturesque Plaza de los Naranjos in Marbella’s Old Town. Locals and tourists gather here to ring in the new year with the striking of the clock at the historic town hall. The square comes alive with music, dancing, and a vibrant, inclusive atmosphere.
2. The Golden Mile
If you are looking for a dinner show with entertainment in the lap of luxury, head to The Golden Mile on New Year’s Eve where you can take your pick from the wonderful hotels and restaurants offering ticketed events. Check the social media accounts for The Puente Romano Hotel, The Marbella Club and Boho Club Marbella in the run up to new year.
3. The Beachfront: (Marbella New Year with a Sea View)
If you want a new year with a sea view, with the clement weather usually experienced in Marbella, you could spend the new year on the beach with a beach picnic. (Swish can even organise this for you, with a gourmet hamper and blankets!)
4. Private Dining in Your Marbella Villa at New Year
Why not make the most of your luxury rental and spend the new year in your villa with a gourmet meal, prepared by one of our chefs? This gives a special and intimate experience that you won’t forget, shared with loved ones.
Where to Stay in Marbella at Christmas and New Year 2023/2024
Choosing the right accommodation is essential for a memorable holiday experience in Marbella. During Christmas, many luxury resorts and boutique hotels are in high demand, such as The Marbella Club Hotel or the Puente Romano Beach Resort. But many prefer the flexibility of a private residence. At Swish, we offer charming, luxury villas for up to 22 guests and many find that for a truly opulent experience, they prefer the flexibility of having their own space and a “home from home”.
Here’s some recommendations for where to stay at Christmas and New Year 2023/24 in Marbella:
Stay in Nueva Andalucia for Christmas and New Year 2023/2024
Nueva Andalucia is the area above Puerto Banus, slightly raised with hills and stunning sea views. You will find some incredible villas here, and you will be close to the golf courses such as los Naranjos.
Stay on The Golden Mile for Christmas and New Year 2023/2024
The Golden Mile is arguably Marbella’s most sought after area for luxury stays in Marbella. Not only will you find the two iconic hotels, The Puente Romano and The Marbella Club, but you will also find some precious villas nestled away between the leafy lanes of the area.
With one of our villas you can discover all that it is to be in Marbella at Christmas, close to the beach, basking in the sunshine on a luxury lounger or enjoying family time on the terrace, yet footsteps aways from the best entertainment venues in Marbella.
The Swish team xx
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