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Best time of the year to visit Marbella: culture and traditions

The offer of culture and entertainment in Marbella remains active throughout the year. However, the options vary depending on each season, so there are moments in the calendar that stand out, especially for those who want to enjoy the most authentic Costa del Sol. Looking for things to do in Marbella, depending on the time of year you go? Let us help you!

Every season has its own charm

Choosing a single period of the year to visit Marbella is very complicated. Apart from the months between April and October being the best for those who want to take advantage of the beach days, all seasons have their particular charm and something unique to offer visitors. 

  • Spring in Marbella 

The streets are filled with scent and colour during the spring. Marbella blooms again after the winter months, and a full calendar of events begins in the city. In spring, guided visits start from the Roman baths of Las Bóvedas to the Roman villa of Río Verde and the Paleochristian basilica of Vega del Mar. It is one of the most active periods in terms of theatrical shows. 

  • Summer in Marbella

Outdoor life reaches its peak when the temperatures rise and the evenings lengthen. Apart from the exclusive parties in terraces and beach clubs, the San Bernabé Fair inaugurates the summer season between June 6 and 12. Also very popular are the maritime processions on July 16 to celebrate the Virgen del Carmen, the patron saint of sailors and fishermen. Another highlight of the summer is the Starlite Festival, with concerts from June to August. 

  • Autumn in Marbella

Autumn is a good time for golf lovers and mountain excursions. The moderate temperatures allow you to enjoy nature without stress and crowds. In addition, two important events are held in the city now: the Marbella International Film Festival and the traditional San Pedro de Alcántara Fair. 

  • Winter in Marbella 

Marbella's winters are mild, and although it is no longer the time for swimming at the beach, it is still possible to enjoy relaxing walks along the coast. Many visitors take advantage of this time of year to take riding lessons and enjoy sensational horseback riding excursions. It is also a good time to enjoy massages and treatments in the town's exclusive spa centres, tastings, and guided tours of the surrounding wineries.

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