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Weather Averages for Costa del Sol in July
Averages for Costa del Sol in July
July is the hottest month in the Costa del Sol. High temperatures come perilously close to breaking the 30 to mid 30s, with 29 degrees Celsius the hottest at peak times, and even the temperature lows are still at a very warm at 19 degrees. Average temperatures hover around the 24 degrees Celsius mark. Sea temperatures are now at 22 degrees, making it the best time of year to enjoy watersports and swimming. Sunshine hours stay as they did in June at 11 hours per day, and rainfall is non-existent – with just 2mm expected throughout the whole month.
Windy and very hot, July and August signal the arrival of the ‘meltemi’ seasonal North winds to Crete.
Dates for the diary
The 54th Nerja Caves International Festival of Music and Dance takes place in July, with a scheduled 2013 date of 24th July. This year’s festival will see performances from clarinet expert, Ferdinand Steiner, singer Pastora Soler, and a spectacular demonstration from the Victor Ullate Ballet, which is celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2013. Soler represented Spain at last year’s Eurovision Song Contest in Baku, and finished in a creditable 10th place.
Eight days earlier on the 16th July, Nerja, Marbella and Torremolinos will celebrate the annual La Virgen del Carmen day. This fiesta sees the patron saint of the fisherman being paraded through the streets, followed by music and dancing on various beaches. Estepona is an excellent place to enjoy this event, where the Virgen del Carmen is one of the town’s highly celebrated saints.
Things to do
Looking for fun in the sun in July? Then, head to Tivoli World theme park. The park is ideal for younger members of the family, with an area called Tivolandia specifically created for little ones and an approach very much tailored for a younger audience. This is the only permanent theme park in the Costa del Sol and it provides rides such as the Techno Jump which is an attraction to test the jumping stamina of kids and go-karts to see who really the best driver in your family is. Adults meanwhile will enjoy the flamenco shows and the chance to explore the park’s lovely gardens and fountains.
The whole family will enjoy the Crocodile Park in Torremolinos. With 300 different species of reptiles and crocodiles of all types, a visit to this unique attraction is a guaranteed enjoyable and educational day out. Facilities within the park include a visit to the African didactiva room to understand the history of dinosaurs and other inhabitants include peacocks, alligators and ducks. Kids under 12 must be accompanied by an adult in the park at all times.
Hit the beach
Torremolinos’ main beach is Bajondillo, situated right in the middle of the prominent heartland of the town. The area is lively, particularly with the wide choice of accommodation just moments away. It is safe to swim in the sea here and the beach itself is in perfectly clean, so this beach is popular with families. There’s a host of good beach bars, too, along with own free parking and the beach has also been adapted for people with disabilities.
Playa Palo Beach is a good beach in Malaga, although it can get pretty busy. Located next to the El Candado marina, this beach offers good sailing conditions as well as some nice diving and snorkelling sites. The major sport on this beach is angling, which is ideal for the moderate waves in the sea. 1200m in length, there is good space to get about on the black volcanic sand, but without European Blue Flag status, so stick to sports rather than swimming in the sea. Umbrellas, sunbeds and yachts can be rented on request.
Where to eat & drink
For an exotic dining experience, The Kathmandu Nepali Indian Restaurant ticks all the boxes in terms of attentive service and tasty authentic Indian and Nepali cuisine. In fact, it is the only Nepali-Indian restaurant on the Costa del Sol. Open from 1pm in the afternoon until late at night, there is a wide time range to come and sample the food, which is made from freshly cooked ingredients. The choice of meals is endless, ranging from Kathmandu House Specials and Tandoori sizzlers to curry and vindaloo dishes. The prices are very good value, with a small discount for those who prefer to takeaway, rather than eat in.
The Vine in Benalmadena serves good old British grub, including a lovely Sunday roast for those who miss their meat while on holiday. The menu is well priced and caters for little ones, as does the park next to the restaurant. The food is freshly prepared along with homemade chips and they cater for all. One of the Vine Specials worth trying is Chinese chicken curry, rice and chips. They will also have the majority of live sport on the TV’s, so those preferring a snack while watching the best of the English Premier League abroad are warmly welcomed.
Both locals and tourists enjoy a drink or few in Heaven’s Gate in Fuengirola. The venue gets pretty busy in July, but that only adds to the enjoyable atmosphere. A starry light and sound system completes a superb summer clubbing experience. This venue is very popular with the young crowd, and has been part of the Fuengirola nightlife scene since 2001. The top music genre played here is modern dance tunes.
ZZ Pub in Malaga plays host to live bands on Mondays and Thursdays. On other nights, this venue is a relaxed pub where the whole family can enjoy a drink or two and watch the sun set for the day. Located in the heart of the city, this is a great meeting place to see out the night, or start the evening if a club is the early morning destination. The music trends range from contemporary classical and rock music, to easy listening jazz and soul hits.
Where to stay
Hotel Cabello in Torremolinos is a great choice for holidaymakers sticking to a budget. It might look as basic as an overnight Premier Inn in the UK, but the rooms and rates are good in the small village of La Carihuela. Away from the irritating traffic noise, this stay will provide plenty of peace and harmony. All the rooms have the expected standard amenities, plus an en-suite bathroom. The hotel itself also has a 24-hour reception service and a lovely Bar-Cafeteria.
Another excellent budget option is Hostal Andalucía in Nerja. This hostel is not in the main part in town, so the noise levels in the area permit a good night’s sleep. The staff are friendly and helpful, to, plus the rooms are comfy and clean. Being close to the Balcon de Europa isn’t far away from a good selection of restaurants and bars.
For a touch more luxury, check in at El Oceano Beach Hotel in the quaint town of Mijas. Perfect for couples in search of a romantic getaway, there are 40 well-maintained rooms on offer. Privately owned and operated, this hotel boasts amazing sea views and excellent service. In addition to clean and comfortable rooms, the Polynesian Pool area, well stocked bar and top quality Waterfront terrace restaurant should keep even the most discerning of guests happy.
Malaga’s Hidden Valley Glamping destination is a good choice for camping accommodation, and is also a caravan park. Located 40 minutes away from Malaga airport, this is a terrific base to do enjoy plenty of outdoor activities including climbing, hang-gliding and bird watching. Guests’ privacy is respected with well-spaced out plots; the views aren’t bad either.
Elements Bed and Breakfast in Marbella is the place to head for total peace and privacy. Only two rooms are available for rent, one is called Fire and the other named Air. Both rooms have views to the shared garden and access to the kitchen. The only difference is Fire has two single beds and a sofa, and is slightly bigger than Air, which has a double bed room. This accommodation is seven kilometres away from the main Marbella town, so you may want to sort out your own transport if you want to get into the heart of the action.