Averages for Marbella in December

Weather Lowdown

December in Marbella, Spain might not see the best weather the resort has to offer, but with its mild winters it's still a great option for a December holiday. The average temperature, average highs and lows, average sea temperature, average sunshine hours and the average rainfall all decrease from November.

The average temperature seen in December is 12°C (54°F). Average highs get up to 16°C (61°F) and are mostly seen the last ten days of...

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  • Temperature Temperature 12°C 54°F
  • High Temperature Holiday Weather 16°C 61°F
  • Low Temperature Holiday Weather 8°C 46°F
  • Sunshine Hours Sunshine Hours 6 hrs
  • Rainfall Rainfall 98 mm
  • Rainfall days Rainfall days 5 days
  • Sea Temperature Sea Temperature 17°C 63°F

Weather Lowdown

December in Marbella, Spain might not see the best weather the resort has to offer, but with its mild winters it's still a great option for a December holiday. The average temperature, average highs and lows, average sea temperature, average sunshine hours and the average rainfall all decrease from November.

The average temperature seen in December is 12°C (54°F). Average highs get up to 16°C (61°F) and are mostly seen the last ten days of the month with daily highs in the beginning of the month rising to 18°C (64°F). Average lows get down to 8°C (46°F) which are also most likely in the last ten days of the month with the beginning of the month seeing daily lows getting up to 9°C (49°F). December as a whole sees gradually falling highs with only one day in ten going over 21°C (69°F) or going under 14°C (57°F). Daily lows only go under 4°C (40°F) or go over 13°C (56°F) every one in ten days.

The average rainfall seen in December is the second highest average for the year with 98mm. This translates to on average 5 days of rainfall or every 1 in 6 days. The most common form of rainfall for December is moderate rain which most likely to fall at the end of the month. Light rain and thunderstorms are less common forms of rainfall for December with both most likely to occur at the beginning of the month.

The average humidity seen in December is 73%, which ranges from 54%, mildly humid, to 91%, very humid. The humidity rarely goes under 37%, comfortable, but can get as high as 100%, very humid. The beginning of the month is the most likely to be the least humid, while the middle of the month the most likely to be the most humid.

The average sunshine hours experienced in December is 6. This is the lowest average sunshine hours for the year which is also seen in January and February. As the month goes on, the daily sunshine hours decrease very slowly with the beginning of the month the most likely to have the most daily sunshine.

The average sea temperature for December is 17°C (63°F). This is the second lowest average sea temperature for the year, which is also experienced in April.

Where to stay

For a top four-star hotel rated by previous guests, check out La Fonda Hotel located in Bealmadena. This charming boutique hotel was recently restored but has kept many original details, giving the hotel a unique personality. There are 28 rooms available that are decorated with a Mediterranean influence. A buffet breakfast is included in the price of the stay and there is a cocktail-bar, patio and outdoor swimming pool available, too. 

The Finca Cortesin Hotel Golf & Spa provides a luxurious five star stay near Sotogrande. This grand hotel has 67 large suites that include options such as a junior suite, executive suite, pool suite and private villa. All suites include a daily a la carte breakfast, welcome drink, free high speed Wi-Fi, LCD TV and iPod docking station. There is an enormous spa that features separate areas for face & body treatments, massages and thermal baths. 

If you are looking for a boutique stay for your holiday, look into the Hotel Pueblo in Benalmadena. This is a family run bed & breakfast with only 10 rooms. The rooms all include free Wi-Fi, LCD TV with satellite channels, an in-room iPad, iPod docking station, air conditioning & heat and bathrobes with slippers. You'll be sure to have a good night sleep on the orthopaedic mattress.

The Marriott Playa Andaluza beach resort in Estepona is the perfect three star budget stay. This resort is family friendly and provides two and three bedroom apartments with views of the sea. The apartments have fully equipped kitchens, separate dining & living areas, washers & dryers and the master suite features an oversized soaking tub. 

Things to do

Tennis enthusiasts should head to the Royal Tennis Club, which was founded more than 40 years ago by a group of professional tennis players. This is one of the best places to play tennis in the region with 8 clay courts and 1 hard court. There is also professional lighting so you can play at any time of the day. Individual and group lessons are offered.

Another great active option is booking up for a sailing cruise with Alboran Sails. Boat hire is available with or without a captain. Trips are completely customisable with cruises lasting as little as an hour all the way to a couple months. Some options include bringing fishing or diving equipment or just sunbathing on the boat for a couple hours.

Hit the beach

Beeline for Las Chapas Beach – a great option for families and enjoyable, safe swimming. The water is shallow and clean, so ideal for kids. Normally this beach is one of the most crowded in the area, but during off-season you should have no issues. The sand is fine and golden and you'll will find plenty of handy amenities here, too. 

Eating & drinking out

If you are celebrating a special occasion, a wonderful option is El Lago Restaurant. Here, you will find a beautiful backdrop of rolling hills and a golf course with a lake. The cuisine is creative and the service is very personalised thanks to highly attentive, friendly staff. The on-site wine cellar contains over 300 wines to choose from. Try the tasting menu to experience a little bit of everything.

For one of the best meals of your holiday head to The Orange Tree. Located right in Old Town off of a cobblestoned street, this restaurant is perfect for a romantic night out or a celebration. The owner serves as head waiter to make sure you truly feel welcomed and are enjoying your meal. The extensive wine list provides value while the food provides quality. Some menu items include a lamb rack, goat's cheese & chicken liver pate and confit of duck.

December events in Marbella

Public Hoilday

Spanish Constiution Day

6th December 2017

Spanish Constitution Day is a patriotic celebration and public holiday that marks the anniversary of when Spain became a democracy. Since it falls on a Sunday, many businesses and organizations may also close on Monday the 7th. The large patriotic parades and festivities mostly take place in Madrid. In Marbella, Spanish flags are proudly hung on homes and businesses and many locals take the day to relax and spend time with family and friends. Restaurants, attractions, and shops should remain open, but call ahead before heading out.

Immaculate Conception

8th December 2017

The Immaculate Conception is considered a holy day of obligation, so churches all around the city will hold special religious services in honour of the event. The Divine Mercy Church in Marbella will provide an additional English speaking service. The day is also observed as a national holiday so many businesses and shops may be closed, so call ahead before heading out. Restaurants and cafés will mostly remain open to the public.


Christmas Eve & Christmas Day Celebrations

24th December 2017 to 25th December 2017

Elaborate Christmas decorations and nativity scenes (naciementos) literally take over the city of Marbella during the holiday season. Christmas Eve is celebrated in Spain with large feasts including fish or seafood starters, roast turkey with truffles, sparkling ciders and turron (an almond candy), which will all be featured on menus at many restaurants around the city. After dinner, many locals and tourists gather around nativity scenes (just about every church and private home will have one), sing carols and wait to hear the church bells at midnight. The entire country of Spain attends Midnight Mass services which are held at every Catholic Church in the city. On Christmas Day the feasts and festivities continue. Mostly everything in the city is closed, but many restaurants remain open to the public. Families gather together, eat more food, and may exchange small gifts, but the real gift giving day isn't until the eve of Three Kings Day on January 5th.


New Year’s Eve

31st December 2017

There is definitely a long list of parties, gala dinners and outdoor celebrations to choose from to celebrate New Year’s Eve in Marbella. Large restaurants, popular bars, and nightclubs all host New Year's Eve parties, but reservations need to be booked in advance. Just before midnight many people migrate down to Old Town Square where they anxiously await the countdown and then a fantastic show of fireworks. Bring your own bottle of champagne, kiss a loved one, wish each other a “Happy New Year” and don’t forget the grapes! - it is a New Year’s tradition in Spain to eat 12 grapes for every chime of the clock at midnight for good luck in the New Year. The rest of the night is spent partying until the wee hours of the morning.



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