With the name meaning "The Sunshine Coast" it's easy to tell that they have a lot of sunshine along the Costa del Sol! With over 2,800 hours of sun per year Malaga ranks among the sunniest places in Europe, a fact which has led to the popularity of this region. Summer temperatures average about 24°C and highs can push up to 30°C in the shade on the hottest days. Winters are really mild with average highs of 16°C and night time lows of about 8°C so this is a great time to visit if you're more interested in the natural and cultural sides of this bit of Spain. It's not all sunshine, the Costa del Sol does see rain too, just not all that frequently. Rain is rare in the summer and there are an average of six rainy days per month for the remainder of the year.
Summer is when the hordes of sun-seekers flock to the Costa del Sol to lap up the good weather and party until dawn in the numerous bars and clubs. As the Costa del Sol is also a popular family holiday destination the highest prices are between July and September, coinciding with school holidays across Europe. Cheap accommodation mean Costa del Sol holidays are popular with groups of young adults looking for a fun in the sun with their friends. As you can imagine, the resorts can get booked up quite early so be sure to join in and book flights and accommodation ahead! Outside the peak season, it's easier to enjoy the delights of the area away from the beach. The fine cuisine means freshly caught fish and seafood is easy to find all year round, as well as the ever popular tapas. With hotel bargains and cheap car hire you can easily see all the hidden beauty spots of the Costa del Sol with an off-peak break.
It might seem that summer is one long party on the Costa del Sol but there are some events that put these nightly events to shame! Many of them are religious festivals, and quite a lot of people tend to avoid Spain during these periods but if you do head over there you'll be guaranteed a fun and exciting experience. Semana Santa, Holy Week leading up to Easter is perhaps the best time for this as there are plenty of processions, music and food involved even if you don't quite understand what's going on! In addition, every town along the Costa del Sol has its own summer fair (called Feria) so you could theoretically enjoy the party hospitality all season long. The Malaga Feria in August, boasts plenty of sherry, flamenco dancing and all manner of music and decorations, and it lasts a full 10 days! Marbella's San Bernabe Feria is not much less sedate, although it only runs for a week in June, they manage to cram in flamenco dancing, traditional dress, parades and plenty of food.