Estepona Weather December Averages, Spain
What's the weather like in Estepona in December
And so winter comes to Estepona with lower temperatures, a few mountain winds and a healthy amount of rain, as part of the typical coastal winter in Spain. The average temperature slides down to 14°C (58°F), with the higher end expected to barely reach 16°C in December. The nights and rainy days keep the lower end at 12°C on average, and humidity is constant at 77%, with tolerable dew points.
The days are shorter, with up to just 6 hours of sunshine, and chances of full-on sunny days drops to 22% on average, significantly less than in the previous month of November. Chances of clouds are relatively low at 26%, while chances of rain go up to 37% on average.
Rainfall is quite abundant in December, managing to stay around the 100mm mark on average, over the course of 14 days. Basically, half of December is chilly and wet, while the other half serves a mixture of grey and bright blue winter skies. We also strongly recommend that you bring an umbrella, as the rain in December tends to be quite persistent and covering longer periods of time during the day.
Chances of windy days increase to 59% on average, with speeds of 2.5m/s, so expect plenty of gusts throughout the month, particularly on the third and fourth week. This setting might also favour some winter storms, along with cool and choppy waters.
The sea temperature drops to a more uncomfortable 17°C (63°F), as the southern currents withdraw to the African continent, and the cold season finally takes a hold of the waters as well. We obviously do not recommend swimming at this point in time, but the Mediterranean is a wonderful sight to behold even at time of the year.
Estepona Hotels for December
Coast Golf Apartments
Coast Golf Apartments is a good deal for December, especially if you're interested in a mild and Mediterranean Christmas holiday. Their apartments go for £35 per night for couples, and the complex is situated in Estepona, 9.3 miles from the popular El Saladillo Beach. They offer spacious family rooms, fully furnished and equipped to modern standards, and you'll also have access to free parking on-site, as well as easy access to surrounding golf courses.
Penthouse Mare Nostrum
Penthouse Mare Nostrum is where you go if you really want to spoil yourself for Christmas. By "really" we mean sumptuous apartments for £258 per night, fully furnished and self-serviced suites with modern décor and all the equipment you could possibly need to make your stay as comfortable as possible. There's an outdoor pool and a balcony overlooking some splendid views, as well as a sun terrace and a private pool for your personal enjoyment. The en-suite bathroom features a hot tub and a standalone bath, and for those rainy days when you don't really feel like leaving the house, well, the satellite flat screen TV should keep you entertained.
Entenaranjos Belen Beach I
Entrenaranjos Belen Beach I is one of the few beachfront properties to try out even during the winter. Its units go from £85 to £199 per night for couples price varies based on the size of the accommodation. It's just 100 yards from the superb El Saladillo Beach, Costa del Sol's most coveted Blue Flag beach, between Marbella and beautiful Estepona. The colourful houses feature a private garden, with a furnished terrace which also includes sunbeds. Each house consists of 3 double or twin bedrooms, and 3 bathrooms, as well as a bright living room with a double sofa-bed, a lovely fireplace and a flat screen TV. The modern kitchen is fully equipped, and there is a large selection of seafood restaurants and cafes within walking distance from this complex.
Bars and Restaurants
If you go on a walk on Avenida Juan Carlos, you'll come across the beautiful Parque Central Building, which is home to Ophira, a very hip lounge bar and modern restaurant, which overlooks the old market square of Estepona. Delicious pinchos, tapas, salads, excellent meat and fish dishes are part of its menu, and are often accompanied with pairings from the brilliant wine list. At great prices, you can even order wines to take home.
In the popular Laguna Village sits Terrasana, a beautiful and friendly restaurant dedicated to serving healthy and delicious food soul food mostly, like hearty salads and sandwiches, yummy wraps and special children's menus. They also whip up some great fresh and healthy shakes and smoothies. They're open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, and (weather permitting) you can also enjoy a green smoothie out on the terrace, admiring the old town.
The port is home to many music bars (known as "early nightclubs"). Such as La Pepa and El Duende, which feature live music and dancing, and they're not usually busy before 1am, usually closing their doors at 5am. However a good year-round option is Club Mosaic, on Avenida Juan Carlos, a brand new night club in the building which once held the popular Plato 68.
Things to do in Estepona in December
Watchtowers and Landmarks
There are numerous watchtowers along the coast, and if you've had enough of Estepona's historical centre, you can easily go out and explore the neighbouring shoreline for these precious landmarks. Some of them have Moorish origins, while some date back from the Christian re-conquest, but all serve the purpose of looking out for invaders from the South. They have survived many centuries with great strength, and continue to stand tall to this day. Estepona has seven of these towers, so you're definitely in for a treat!
Whether or not you agree with the sport, getting to know a little bit more about Spain's bullfighting tradition should definitely be an option if you're visiting Costa del Sol. On the outskirts of Estepona you'll find four museums, one of which has an impressive collection of bullfighting memorabilia, part of a colourful spectacle. Of course, the ring is still used for its original purpose, and you can see the underground passages from the museum, the doors, the rope and the pulley systems used to control the bulls. You'll notice the resemblance to the gladiator pits beneath the Roman theatre at Medina.
La Ermita del Calvario
Also outside of town, on the inland side, you'll also find La Ermita del Calvario, a hermitage building from the early 19th century, with records dating back to 1829. It is believed to have been first built for the lepers who were sent out of town, but since 1875, this hermitage has been declared a sacred building. You can also pop by the tourist office in town and ask for directions for Casares, one of the most charming Andalusian towns on this coastline, a typical white-walled settlement set on a hillside.