Averages for Benalmadena in December

Weather lowdown

December is one of the coolest months of the year in Benalmadena. Most of the resorts are now closed and the area is very quiet.

Daytime temperatures can reach 16°C (61°F) but can drop as low as 8°C (46°F) in the evenings.

December is also a fairly wet month in Benalmadena, with rain (98mm) on an average expected over 13 days during the month. This means you will likely experience some showers if you choose to visit now, so pack ...

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Daily averages for Benalmadena

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°C 14 12 12 13 14 14 13 13 13 14 14 13 14 14 15 14 15 14 13 13 15 15 14 12 14 14 13 13 13 12 13
°F 57 54 54 55 57 57 55 55 55 57 57 55 57 57 59 57 59 57 55 55 59 59 57 54 57 57 55 55 55 54 55

Weather lowdown

December is one of the coolest months of the year in Benalmadena. Most of the resorts are now closed and the area is very quiet.

Daytime temperatures can reach 16°C (61°F) but can drop as low as 8°C (46°F) in the evenings.

December is also a fairly wet month in Benalmadena, with rain (98mm) on an average expected over 13 days during the month. This means you will likely experience some showers if you choose to visit now, so pack accordingly.

However, the sun still shines for 7 hours a day, so a dry, clear day will be much milder than most parts of Europe at this time of year. So, why not escape the bitter cold back home and enjoy a warmer Christmas in Benalmadena? Even the sea water temperature isn't too bad at 17°C. Go on, brave a festive dip!

Where to stay

Hydros is an impressive spa resort located on the outskirts of Benalmadena. The hotel is small but impressively equipped with the latest spa equipment. At the premises, tourists will find an incredible sushi restaurant, a fitness centre and many other attractive facilities. The Hydros also organises frequent experience nights.

Unarguably Benalmadena's most luxurious resort, the Vincci Seleccion Aleysa Hotel Boutique & Spa is the definite five plus star destination for all discerning tourists who do not shy from spending a bit extra to enjoy an impeccable holiday experience in Benalmadena. The hotel boasts one o the best spa's in Spain and its restaurants are staffed by world class chefs who are ready to prepare dishes tailor-made to each visitor's requirements.

Dates for the diary

Don't miss the Christmas Fair from December 6 to January 5 in Benalmadena - especially if you have kids. Located at the entrance of Puerto Marina, this festive fair features all kinds of fun stuff including bouncy castles, nativity cribs, table games, clowns, face painting, giant children's cinema, storytelling, magic, theatre and more.

Where to eat & drink

La Sirena is a very popular fine dining restaurant in the heart of Benalmadena specialising in Spanish and Catalan dishes. The atmosphere is friendly and casual despite the restaurants incredibly high standards, making it one of the most family friendly fine dining eateries in Costa del Sol.

That Canadian Place is a whacky Canadian eatery that specialises in hamburgers and Canadian specialities. The restaurant has a funny theme but serves seriously delicious food for all the family to enjoy. Many of their ingredients are imported straight from Canada (like maple syrup) to recreate an authentic Canadian dining experience.

Overlooking the eastern side of Benalmadena's marina, Restaurante Angus is an internationally inspired eatery that combines American, European and Asian cooking styles in an exciting menu. The food here is a hit with locals and tourists alike for its diversity and reliable deliciousness.

Elegant and romantic, the Restaurante La Fuente is a Spanish themed restaurant that serves dishes from all around the world in a very warm and enchanting atmosphere. This is fine eatery to sample all kinds of delicacies, from European to Southern American and beyond. The prices are decent for the quality of food provided but may put off budget tourists.

La Gintoneria is well-known for its amazing selection of cocktails. You'll be hard pressed to find a poky combination that can't be rustled up by the capable barmen, furthermore, they won't break the bank.

Things to do

The Flamenco Show Tirititran is a popular live music and dancing extravaganza that takes place almost every night during high season at Muscat Street, in the heart of Benalmadena. The show is characterised by its definite Hispanic flair and definitely earned its top international reputation.

The well established local horse riding group known as Club El Ranchito organises the famous Rhythm on Horse show, which is one of the most impressive horse riding shows in Spain. Often covered by the media and internationally known for its impressive and distinctive horse 'dancing' moves, the show is considered one of the most impressive tourist attractions in Benalmadena.

Seemingly timeless and definitely imposing, the Buddhist Temple in Benalmadena is actually the largest of its kind in the western world. The temple is located next to the popular butterfly park and attracts tourists from all across Europe who wish to peak at the rich Buddhist culture that is locked away in the far-east. 

Benalmadena is home to the largest ice rink in Spain and it can be found at Club de Hielo. This would be a fun and suitably festive activity for all the family to enjoy over the Christmas season, not to mention the perfect opportunity to show off your best figure of eight.

December events in Benalmadena

Fair

Christmas Fair

6th December 2017 to 1st January 2018

The Christmas Fair is a long stretch of festivities and attractions in Benalmadena from December 6th to January 5th. At the entrance of the Puerto Marina, the Christmas Fair is opened between 11am and 8pm. Locals and visitors bring along their children for the funfair. Attractions will be a bouncy castle, a magic show, giant air bubbles, clowns, table games, and face painting. There is also a children's cinema, a theatre and a children's Christmas Party at the Plaza de la Mesquita. The Christmas Fair in Benalmedena, is a fun attraction in the lead up to Christmas festivities.

Public Holidays

Constitution Day

6th December 2017

Constitution Day is the day Spain became a democracy. On the 6th of December, 37 years ago (in 1978), the Spanish people approved the Constitution (Contes Constitutyentes) by a referendum. This was triggered by the demise of Spain's dictator Generalissimo Francisco Franco in 1975 and then the country began transitioning into a democracy. Yearly in Benalmadena, the occasion is commemorated in Parque de la Paloma in Arroyo de la Miel attended by hundreds of the local people. After the customary flag hoisting by the Mayor with the local councilors and a speech by the Mayor, there is a reading of articles from the Constitution. All in all, the event is a reminder of the invaluable significance of the Spanish Magna Carta in everyday life and in the nation's future. Visitors ought to know that this is a national public holiday.

Culture

Christmas Eve & Christmas Day

24th December 2017 to 25th December 2017

Christmas Eve is more significant than Christmas Day itself in Spain. It is commonly hosted in grandparents' homes where the meal is cooked. The meal is sumptuous and, of course, large. It is so large that is can begin by 10pm and last until the early hours. Christmas carols may be sung around the nativity scene at home or families go out for the midnight Mass (La Misa del Gallo) in the local church. Many still stay at home for the Christmas shows on TV over turron (nougat) and matecas (butter biscuits). It is not done until a sharing of Cava, the Spanish equivalent of champagne. While typical dishes vary from region to region, in Benalmadena, the staple is turkey or duck, and seafood, being a coastal town. And on Christmas Day, a relatively quiet one, another large meal is served at midday and friends are invited. Some gift-giving goes around, but the real one happens on the 6th of January, The Three Kings' Day.

New Year's Eve and New Year's Day

31st December 2017 to 1st January 2018

The Nochevieja ('Old Night) or New Year's Eve is celebrated in Benalmadena as like in the whole country - with family and friends. Crowds come for the open party at the town Plaza of Mesquita and count down the minute until midnight. Tradition is, that the Spanish down 12 grapes at the stroke of midnight or eat one grape per stroke of the bells to make a wish for good luck.

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