When planning their visit to Marbella and the Costa del Sol, most people envision sun-soaked summers and vibrant beach parties. However, there’s a hidden gem waiting to be discovered during the off-season Marbella. As the crowds disperse and the temperatures become milder, Marbella takes on a unique charm that’s often overlooked. In this blog, Stayhost will unveil the secrets of the Costa del Sol during the off-season and show you why it’s a fantastic time to explore this coastal paradise.
Did you know that in 711 Spain was conquered by the Moors? This has left a remarkable impact on Andalusian architecture and Art. We recommend you to dig deeper into the history of Spain and visit these fascinating sights.
The Alhambra is an iconic example of Islamic architecture. Just a 2-hour drive from Marbella, it’s a must-visit. In the summer, the lines can stretch up to a kilometer, and the entire complex can get very crowded. Reek&Dalli believe the ideal times to explore the Alhambra are in September-October and April-June. During these months, the gardens are in full bloom, and the sunlight beautifully filters through the ceiling carvings.
Entrance Fee: From 39 euros
I was personally excited to visit the Alcázar de Sevilla, especially after learning that it served as the filming location for the renowned Dorne water gardens in Game of Thrones.
Although the complex might be mistakenly confused with the Alhambra, I can assure you that when you visit both, you’ll see the clear distinctions between them.
Recommended time of visit September-November, April-beginning of June.
Entrance Fee: From 30 euros
Setenil de las Bodegas is a charming old Andalusian town, ingeniously built into the cliffs. The entire town is adorned in white, with a hilltop castle/fortress constructed by the Arab conquerors adding to its picturesque allure.
Moors did not leave this town unmarked with their presence. Jerez old town has its own Alcazar, which is located just in the middle of the old town, trust me you will not miss this wonder.
Besides, Moors footprints are not the only charm you will find in there. Jerez is most famous for its Sherry Wines, so do not miss out on it and treat yourself to a nice wine-tasting tour.
Arts and Festivals
Step into a world of musical enchantment at the Candlelight Concert in Andalucia from Malaga to Seville. Set against a backdrop of countless candles, this unique event transforms classical melodies into a magical experience. From Chopin to Mozart, skilled musicians breathe life into timeless compositions, creating an unforgettable evening that will resonate in your heart long after the last note.
Entrance Fee: from 12 euros depending on the concert
Did you know that Picasso was born in Malaga? Your visit to Malaga is a perfect opportunity to discover the artistic legacy. The Museo Picasso Malaga, housed in a 16th-century palace, offers a journey through the artist’s life and work, from early sketches to masterpieces. Furthermore, the museum regularly hosts temporary exhibitions featuring renowned artists from around the globe.
Entrance Fee: from 12 euros
Marbella has a lot to offer to its guests, due to perfect weather conditions and an infinite number of natural parks.
If you are not a newcomer and La Concha is something of an ordinary for you, we are not done yet!
The park is situated a couple of hours away from Malaga. It’s a unique natural wonder known as Karst, featuring a system of underground and above-ground caves.
Torcal de Antequera is UNESCO-protected due to its exceptional natural beauty and its role as a habitat for numerous plant and animal species.
It offers three distinct hiking routes of varying levels and lengths, along with captivating viewpoints.
There’s another mountain range located in Estepona that offers spectacular views of the sea and the Costa del Sol from its peaks. You can easily drive up to catch a stunning sunset or sunrise, or you can opt for a hike. There are approximately five different routes, each varying in difficulty and length
El Caminito del Rey is a unique path that spans about 7.7 km, winding through the Subbetica mountain range. It’s a very safe walk, complete with all necessary safety equipment, and it’s suitable for both adults and youngsters.
However, it’s advisable to purchase tickets in advance, as they can often sell out.
Another marvelous Andalucian attraction! Situated just an hour’s drive from Malaga, these caves extend for almost 5 km, forming stunning amphitheater-like structures.
If you find yourself in Nerja during the warm months, we highly recommend trying another delightful activity: visiting El Cañuelo Beach. Its shoreline features fascinating underwater caves, which you can explore via kayak or guided walking tours, depending on your preference!
Barbate is a charming Spanish municipality situated in the Province of Cadiz. This picturesque town boasts expansive sandy beaches, framed by extensive dunes and lush greenery.
For a breathtaking view of the Atlantic Ocean, head up to Cape Trafalgar Lighthouse. Barbate shares its borders with Zahara de los Atunes, often referred to as the ‘Tuna Village,’ where tuna is freshly caught every day. Additionally, Barbate is renowned for its wide selection of fresh seafood.
Tarifa is a beautiful old port nestled at the point where the Mediterranean Sea meets the Atlantic Ocean. Alongside its delectable cuisine and breathtaking views, Tarifa boasts the perfect wind conditions. People from around the globe gather here to partake in wind and kite surfing. While it might not be the most renowned surfing destination, Tarifa offers some nice waves for beginners to enjoy!
Wellness and Spa
Marbella’s weather lets everyone, locals and visitors, hit the beach and take long strolls all year round. Don’t miss out – get outdoors!
Try some outdoor yoga at sunrise or sunset, take a leisurely walk on the Paseo Maritimo, or rent a bike for a breezy ride around town. The best thing about Marbella is that it’s an active city, offering endless chances to align your mind and body.
To Sum Up
Off-season Marbella is a well-kept secret that deserves to be uncovered. With its cultural richness, outdoor adventures, delectable dining, and tranquil wellness options, it’s a destination that shines year-round. We encourage you to consider planning your off-season getaway and exploring Marbella’s hidden charms. Whether you’re seeking relaxation or adventure, we’re here to assist you in making the most of your off-season experience. Book your stay today with Stayhost to start your journey to Marbella’s off-season paradise.