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We love autumn on the Costa del Sol, the weather is still warm – but not too hot, there’s plenty to do, but the crowds have gone and so you can park, get a table in a great restaurant and enjoy the area to the full without the queues!
October to December are the perfect months to get active, with cooler temperatures but plenty of sunshine. If you’re sporty, you could play a round of golf at one of the 70 golf courses on the Costa del Sol, go and play tennis at the club of Wimbledon legend Manolo Santana, jog along the seafront promenade each day, or take place in a race. Find out more about Golf on the Costa del Sol here.
Alternatively, why not take to your bike, and explore on two wheels? The Costa del Sol is a great place for cycling, with miles of seafront promenades to enjoy, plus lots of great routes for mountain biking.
Another great option is to hike some of the beautiful routes into the countryside, which is so close to the hustle and bustle of the coast. There are wonderful walks behind Mijas Pueblo, around Casares, Estepona, Ronda and Istan to explore, with easy to follow paths and Town Hall organised guided walks too. If you are staying in Marbella, you must go to the Refugio de Juanar, just up from the La Cañada shopping centre. The countryside is beautiful, and you can walk for miles along marked trails, or just wander amongst the trees and find a perfect picnic spot. From there you can do the ultimate challenge, which is to climb up the iconic La Concha mountain, which dominates the Marbella skyline. This is a challenging hike, not to be underestimated, as it takes around 6 hours to climb to the top and back and there are some treacherous sections. There are people who organise group hikes, with experienced leaders and we’d recommend going with them if it’s your first time up. Find out more about climbing La Concha
Get some culture
Andalucia is full of amazing history and culture and the Costa del Sol is a real treat for culture lovers. Take a day trip to Malaga to enjoy some of their amazing art galleries, we’d recommend the Picasso Museum in the beautiful Old Town, the CAC for contemporary art and the Pompidou gallery in the new marina is just out of this world. Marbella also has some lovely galleries to visit, check out the Engraving Museum in a lovely old house in the Old Town and the Museo Ralli on the Golden Mile.
If you like history, visit the Roman villa Rio Verde in Marbella, to see some wonderful remains which date back from the 1st and 2nd century AD. Estepona also has a number of historical and archaeological sites such as the Cunjunto Archeológico Dolmenes de Estepona which is a museum dedicated to dolmens (standing stones) dating back to 3,000BC, artefacts and skeletons, which is an amazing place to visit. There is also the remains of a Roman Mausoleum and an archeological museum in Estepona.
An essential part of the culture of Andalucia is Flamenco, so try and catch a show while you’re here, we recommend Tablao Flamenco Ana Maria in Marbella for a very authentic experience, or ask at your local tourist office for the one nearest to you.
If you love books and literature and you can visit in November, you should go to the Gibraltar Literary Festival a three day event with talks, readings and events taking place in lovely venues around the city. A highlight for any Radio 4 listeners is Just a Minute with Nicolas Parsons, there will also be An Audience with Kate Adie and Ann Widdecombe will be discussing her new book. This year it takes place from the 16th to the 19th of November and tickets are available to buy online.
Did you know, that we’re also just a day trip away from the cultural and historical highlights of the Alhambra in Granada, Seville and Jerez? So a trip to the Costa del Sol can be much more than a beach holiday!
Try a tapas tour
Ask at your local tourist office if they have a tapas tour they can recommend, or where the best tapas restaurants are located and hop from bar to bar, trying one or two dishes in each place. This is a great way to explore the area, try some delicious food and have a great evening. If you’re in Marbella explore Calle Ancho, walking down towards the sea from Marbella café, or if you’re in Estepona explore Calle Real and Calle Mar which runs parallel to it, as they are packed with great tapas bars.
These are just some of the great activities that you can enjoy over the autumn and winter on the Costa del Sol and we have some perfect holiday rental properties for you. Browse our website to find your ideal holiday rental property and follow our top tips for visiting the Costa del Sol off peak to make sure you enjoy your winter sun getaway to the full.