To Siesta or Not to Siesta? Embracing Spain’s Beloved Tradition on Your Marbella Holiday

To Siesta or Not to Siesta Embracing Spain's Beloved Tradition on Your Marbella Holiday

When visiting Marbella, one cannot escape the allure of Spain’s much-loved tradition: the siesta. This cherished midday break offers an opportunity to relax, recharge, and kick back. But what is a siesta anyway? Here we explore the art of the siesta, why it holds such popularity in Spain, and how you can embrace this cherished pastime during your holiday in Marbella even if you’re not one to take naps. Read on and we will have you dozing off in no time…

Understanding the Siesta

The siesta is a traditional midday break that typically takes place after lunch. It involves taking a brief nap or resting period to combat the midday heat, recharge energy levels, and improve overall well-being. In Spain, siestas are deeply ingrained in the culture, offering a dedicated time for relaxation, reflection, and rejuvenation.

Why are Siestas Popular in Spain?

Siestas have long been popular in Spain due to several factors. Firstly, the country’s climate, with its warm temperatures, makes a midday break an appealing way to escape the heat. Additionally, the relaxed and leisurely pace of Spanish life encourages a siesta culture, allowing people to take a step back from their busy schedules and prioritize well-being. Furthermore, the siesta aligns with Spain’s emphasis on work-life balance, fostering a healthier lifestyle.

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How to Have a Siesta if You’re Not Used to It:

If you’re not accustomed to taking siestas, don’t worry – embracing this tradition is easier than you might think. Start by setting aside a designated time for relaxation, ideally after lunch. Find a quiet and comfortable space, such as your private bedroom in your villa or a shaded spot by the pool. Create a relaxing ambience by dimming the lights, playing soothing music, or using aromatherapy diffusers. Remember, the purpose of the siesta is to unwind and recharge, so allow yourself to fully embrace the experience.

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Where to Take Your Siesta

Many spots in Marbella could be the perfect backdrop for your lunchtime nap, but for the novice, we suggest you start your siesta journey on a plush lounger, like this one at Villa Jazmin.

Inviting sun loungers at Villa Jazmin, Marbella
Inviting sun loungers at Villa Jazmin, Marbella

If you are not in a private room, headphones can help you block out the world.

Alternatively, take your pick from interesting and beautiful spots for your siesta, from the beach to the pool.

Keep your siesta nice and Swish with a luxurious feel- envelope yourself in our Swish robes and slippers. Why not combine pampering with relaxation?

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What if You Don’t “Do” Midday Napping?  How to Cope with the Long Day in Spain

Spain is known for its late timetables, with dinner often being served as late as eleven pm in the summer, and nightlife into the early hours.  Without a siesta, it may be hard to stay up so late.

But while siestas are a beloved tradition, not everyone feels inclined to take one. If you prefer to spend your afternoons exploring Marbella’s attractions, engaging in exciting activities, or simply lounging by the pool, there are plenty of alternatives to a traditional siesta. The key is to find a balance that suits your preferences and energy levels. Take breaks throughout the day, stay hydrated, and prioritize self-care in ways that align with your personal style of relaxation.

Frequently Asked Questions About Siestas in Spain and Marbella

Frequently Asked Questions About Siestas in Spain and Marbella:

  1. Is it acceptable to have siestas in Spain? Absolutely! Siestas are not only acceptable but embraced in Spanish culture. Taking a midday break to rest and recharge is a cherished tradition in Spain, and locals fully appreciate the benefits of a siesta.
  2. Does having a siesta make you too awake to sleep at night? Contrary to popular belief, siestas don’t necessarily disrupt your night-time sleep. The duration and timing of your siesta play a significant role. It’s generally recommended to keep siestas short, around 20-30 minutes, to avoid interfering with night-time sleep. This allows you to enjoy the benefits of a siesta without sacrificing your sleep quality.
  3. How long is the ideal siesta? The ideal duration of a siesta varies from person to person. Traditionally, siestas in Spain are around 1-2 hours long. However, if you’re on a holiday and prefer a shorter siesta, aim for 20-30 minutes. Experiment with different durations to find what leaves you feeling refreshed and energized.
  4. Is it dangerous to sleep on the beach in Marbella? Sleeping on the beach in Marbella, or any other location, can present some risks. It’s important to prioritize your safety and be mindful of your belongings. If you plan to have a siesta at the beach, it’s advisable to find a quiet and secluded area, use a beach lounger instead of lying directly on the sand, and keep an eye on your personal belongings.
  5. Can I have a siesta in public places in Marbella? While it’s not uncommon to see people having siestas in public places in Spain, including Marbella, it’s important to be considerate of local customs and regulations. Respect private property and avoid obstructing pathways or creating disturbances. If you’re unsure, it’s best to seek a designated siesta spot like your hotel room, a peaceful park, or the comfort of a beach club.
  6. Can I take a siesta even if I’m not used to it? Absolutely! Siestas are for everyone, regardless of their prior experience. Embracing the art of the siesta is a personal choice, and you can adapt it to your preferences. Start by setting aside time for relaxation, create a soothing ambiance, and allow yourself to unwind. Over time, you may find that siestas become a cherished part of your daily routine.
  7. Are siestas only for older people? No, siestas are not exclusive to older people. While it’s true that older generations often have a siesta as part of their daily routine, people of all ages can benefit from a midday break. Siestas provide an opportunity to recharge, reduce stress, and enhance overall well-being, regardless of your age.

Remember, siestas are a personal choice, and it’s important to find what works best for you during your Marbella holiday. Whether you choose to embrace the tradition or explore the city’s attractions, striking a balance between relaxation and adventure will ensure a memorable and rejuvenating experience. After all, you are here to have fun!

With love,

The Swish team xx



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