Averages for Costa del Sol in May

What's the weather like in Costa del Sol in May

As the end of spring approaches, a stable climate in the Costa del Sol begins to emerge and the weather becomes reliably warm and sunny.

Temperatures

Sea temperatures start rising; now reaching 17 degrees Celsius. On land, High temperatures can reach 23 degrees Celsius, that's 73 degrees Fahrenheit.

Rain

Only eight days of rainfall are expected, w...

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  • Temperature Temperature 19°C 66°F
  • High Temperature Holiday Weather 23°C 73°F
  • Low Temperature Holiday Weather 13°C 55°F
  • Sunshine Hours Sunshine Hours 8 hrs
  • Rainfall Rainfall 23 mm
  • Rainfall days Rainfall days 8 days
  • Sea Temperature Sea Temperature 17°C 63°F

Daily averages for Costa del Sol

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Day 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31
°C 16 18 19 19 19 19 19 19 21 21 19 20 20 22 21 20 19 20 20 19 19 19 21 21 20 21 22 22 22 24 23
°F 61 64 66 66 66 66 66 66 70 70 66 68 68 72 70 68 66 68 68 66 66 66 70 70 68 70 72 72 72 75 73

What's the weather like in Costa del Sol in May

As the end of spring approaches, a stable climate in the Costa del Sol begins to emerge and the weather becomes reliably warm and sunny.

Temperatures

Sea temperatures start rising; now reaching 17 degrees Celsius. On land, High temperatures can reach 23 degrees Celsius, that's 73 degrees Fahrenheit.

Rain

Only eight days of rainfall are expected, with total rain diminishing to 23mm for the month, almost less than double than April's estimation. Rain is unlikely to occur past May 10. 

Wind

The "meltemi" seasonal North winds have not yet started to blow a gale and the sea is nice and calm.

Costa del Sol Hotels in May

Cheap, comfortable and sociable, The Picasso's Corner Backpackers Hostel in Malaga ticks all three boxes. Budget dinners are served nightly, and those coming to Costa del Sol to enjoy the many art museums – including the art of the eponymous painter himself, check this place out as it's close to many art galleries including the famous Picasso Museum.

To know tourists are staying in history, this hostel is just a minute's walk from the actual house where Picasso was born in 1881. The kitchen is free to use all day, and the common area within the facility will not only serve regular cocktails, but allow tourists to meet new people, and that's one of the best aspects about staying in such a friendly environment.

Hotel Balcon de Europa is a good four-star accommodation in Nerja with a swimming pool and sunbathing terraces located at the top of the hotel. It offers a great sea view, plus is in a handy location for strolling to a good number of decent restaurants.

Due to its location on the Balcon de Europa's rock face, the hotel's main entrance is on the sixth floor, but it does allow direct access from the rooms to the beach. The service is warm and friendly and all rooms offer a private bathroom, air-conditioning or central heating and a minibar. 

Sahara Sunset Club in Benalmadena is fast becoming a number one choice for many families on holiday in the Costa del Sol. Built around a large landscaped swimming pool; leisure facilities on-site include an indoor pool and a whirlpool, while all of the delightfully furnished accommodation in this villa resort comes with either a private terrace or balcony.

Only 10 minutes from Malaga Airport, Suite Novotel Malaga Centro is a good option for those who are dropping in to the resort for a short visit. Perks include a tasty buffet breakfast every morning, and on Thursday evenings between 8pm and 10pm, a free massage. Other facilities on offer include free high-speed internet access, a library and fitness centre. The staff are very helpful, and speak fluent English, and the accommodation is value for money.

Costa del Sol Beach for May

May is when the temperatures really start to heat up. Beach season will have well and truly arrived, and two favourites with many beachgoers are Playa de Benalnatura in Benalmadena and Playa de Los Boliches in Fuengirola.

Playa de Los Boliches is Fuengirola's central beach and is the longest beach in the Costa del Sol (1,000 metres). This is a favourite spot throughout the year with many holidaymakers, especially in the summer months and there is a good range of facilities on offer including water sports such as sand sports like volleyball or even football, dressing rooms and water activities, with surfing a popular pastime. A regular lifeguard is around to ensure no-one gets into any dire trouble. There are some decent shops and restaurants nearby, too.

Playa de Benalnatura is a great place to visit off-season, and if you're looking for somewhere that offers a place to enjoy some peace and quiet and work on your tan in privacy, despite sunbeds not being available to hire.  It isn't the best for swimming due rocky seabed, plus keep in mind that it's a black sand beach – as well as a popular spot for naturists. Be aware that this is a fully nude beach, so be prepared for the unexpected sights. The shady area has a BBQ to enjoy, along with toilets and showers nearby.

Bars and Restaurants

El Balcon de la Virgen in Marbella is up with the best of them in terms of Spanish cuisine in the Costa del Sol. The menu is extensive and varied and the dining experience is cosy and intimate, especially indoors. Favourites on the menu include the swordfish, leg of lamb and roast pork. The young staff offer a professional and carefree service, with exemplary cooking methods ensuring the customer will enjoy a superb meal.  Prices are very affordable for budget travellers, so there shouldn't be any complaints with the value. The property is located full of history, dating back to the 15th century, so this is a popular choice for those wanted a modern dish in a historical setting and environment.

Things to do in Costa del Sol in May

Cuevas de Nerja might not capture the imagination of a tourist when the name is mentioned, but there is a sensational story behind it. This is a group of limestone caves that were first discovered by a group of boys who were out exploring in 1959.

It was a phenomenal discovery, and their legacy is marked by a sculpture outside the entrance. Inside are rock paintings of various animals, and the display of formations enhanced by special lighting effects. In the summer, classical concerts are held within the caves.

May events in Costa del Sol

National

Labour Day

1st May 2018 to 16th May 2018

Labour Day is an annual national holiday, celebrated throughout the whole of the Costa del Sol. Most locals celebrate this holiday by taking the day off work, so expect most shops, supermarkets and banks to be closed.

Religious

Las Cruces de Mayo

13th May 2018 to 25th May 2018

Las Cruces de Mayo is an ancient tradition that is celebrated in certain areas of the Costa del Sol, with the town of Torrox leading the way. The event sees locals decorate giant crosses with flower petals and other adornments before displaying them throughout the streets. The altars found in the Testigos Cristianos de Jehova and Parroquia Santiago El Mayor churches in Torrox are also decorated especially for the day, with religious statues, candles and various food offerings.

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