How to make the most of the weather in Costa del Sol
02 January 2015
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Weather in Costa del Sol
The beautiful Costa del Sol has never lost its popularity as a tourist destination since the package holiday boom of the 1960s and 1970s. Whilst there can be very few people who have not heard of the Costa del Sol the name is literally a brand developed to support the tourism industry that sprang-up in the Malaga area. This in turn brought recognition to many of the other nearby towns where tourists gathered in large numbers such as Torremolinos and Marbella. The sun sea and golden sands attract tourists to Costa del Sol; the entertainment superb food and services keep them coming back.
Even during the shorter winter months the average temperature in the Costa del Sol remains in double figures on the Centigrade scale. In the high season when the beach is the main draw average temperatures will be in the low to mid-20s centigrade – meaning that many days will be far hotter. With more than 10 hours of sunshine a day average summer sea temperatures are only a little cooler than temperature in the shade on land. This is just the right combination for the perfect beach holiday and you will be extremely unlucky if rain stops play during the summer.
Essential to making the most of the summer weather in Costa del Sol is plenty of sun factor applied regularly to avoid sunburn and plenty of bottled water to avoid dehydration. Remember that the kids’ skin will burn more easily and that they are likely to be less in tune with their body’s needs for hydration so they should be topped-up with water and sun factor more often than you might need. Head protection and sunglasses that offer UV protection are also important and should not be treated as optional especially where the kids are concerned. Light coloured clothing made from natural fibres will also ensure that the family feel as comfortable as possible and offer better protection from the sun than dark coloured synthetics.
If the high temperatures of summer are not what you are looking for from your holiday Costa del Sol still has a lot to offer. As mentioned earlier even mid-winter tends to be very mild and although you may want a warm jacket or coat in the evening you will still only need to pack fairly light-weight clothing for the daytime. The wettest weather is generally between November and the end of February so although you will want to be prepared for this it is still unlikely that the rain will fall for a whole two week low-season holiday on the Costa del Sol. Sea temperatures at this time of year are probably only suitable for the hardier swimmer (averaging about 15° or 16° centigrade) and not really suitable for the little ones.
Although Costa del Sol is thought of as a summer holiday destination it is in many ways a year round destination. True some of the attractions will close down for the winter months but there is still plenty to see and do here even in the low-season. Plan your holiday list essentials for your visit carefully and you will be able to make the most of the weather whatever it has to offer.