Are you considering a trip to Benalmadena in December?
Do you wonder what’s the weather like in December? Does it get really cold? Does it rain a lot?
I will answer these and many other questions you might have in this article.
How do I know?
I actually live next to Benalmadena (in Fuengirola), so in addition to weather insights I will also share lots of practical tips and insights you will only get from a local.
Let’s take a look at what to expect.
Is December a good month to visit Benalmadena?
December is not the best month to visit Benalmadena, because the weather is pretty unstable and it’s not that warm anymore.
However, if you’re after a travel bargain and want to spend a Christmas break somewhere warm, it certainly ticks both boxes.
Even though December is colder than the earlier months, it is still considered pretty warm compared to most of the places in Europe as the temperatures hover between 10C and 15C.
There is also a decent chance of good weather, but you have to count on the fact that long-term weather forecasts won’t be very accurate and you need to be prepared to change your plans.
Benalmádena Weather in December: Overview
Here is a quick glance view of the weather conditions followed by more details on each.
- Average High Temperatures: 17C (63F)
- Average Low Temperatures: 7C (45F)
- Sea Temperature: 17C (63F)
- Rainy Days: 11 days
- Sunshine Hours: 5 hours
Benalmadena Temperature in December
Benalmadena’s December temperatures generally reach highs of 17C (63F). Lows remain around 7C (45F).
Though the weather will gradually warm up throughout the day, expect chilly mornings and evenings, especially if you are staying right on the coast.
It will feel much colder than the average temperature on windy days, and there will be plenty of those in December.
Rainy Days in December
December in Benalmadena sees more rainfall than other months. Average rainfall in December measures about 75.5 mm, which is nearly 3 inches.
This means you can expect about 11 rainy days throughout the month of December. While that may sound like a lot, the rainy days are usually not an all day affair. Most of them are scattered showers that normally don’t last more than just a few days.
Sea Temperature in December
December is not a great month for swimming, as sea temperatures are bound to be too cold for comfort. The sea is temperature is around 17C (63F).
This may be acceptable for seasoned cold-weather swimmers, but much too cold for most beachgoers.
Sunny Days in December
Despite welcoming the start of winter, December in Benalmadena does see plenty of sunshine, on average 5 hours per day.
Average Humidity in December
With rain comes humidity, and Benalmadena has plenty of both in December.
Humidity in December measures about 73% percent, meaning it may be muggy. However, the month’s cool, mild temperatures counter any discomfort that may be caused by higher humidity.
What to Expect for Benalmádena in December
In addition to the weather overview, below you will find some practical tips that will help you plan your trip for December.
Low Tourism Season
In December, Benalmadena’s tourist traffic is significantly lower than it is throughout the rest of the year.
Most people visit in the warmer months, meaning that in December, you’ll have the beaches, eateries and attractions mostly to yourself.
Less Crowds at Popular Monuments
December is a great time to explore some of the most popular monuments in Southern Spain and plan a day trip from Benalmadena.
If you don’t like the hassle of driving, navigating the local traffic and finding parking in big cities, you can book an affordable day tour with a local company. Here are some of the most popular ones:
- Day trip from Benalmadena to Granada
- Day trip from Benalmadena to Gibraltar
- Day trip from Benalmadena to Ronda & Setenil de las Bodegas
- Day trip from Benalmadena to Seville
The beach rentals (chairs and umbrellas) remain closed from the end of October for much of Costa del Sol, and so are the other beach facilities like showers.
Hotels in the area are mostly open, some smaller ones may close for the winter season. Restaurants will remain fully open, apart from the beachside chiringuitos which tend to close in November.
With smaller crowds come lower prices, especially in terms of accommodation, restaurant meals and other shopping. If you visit Benalmadena in December, you may be able to scoop up a deal that would be out of your price range at another time of year.
Fast Changes in Weather Conditions
Winter on Costa del Sol brings fast changes in weather conditions, so you need to be prepared and have alternative plans for your day ready.
What to Wear in Benalmadena in December
Prepare for rainy and windy weather, with a weatherproof jacket and good waterproof shoes.
During the day it can be very pleasant in the sun, so the best choice is to bring some layers that you can put on later in the day when it gets colder.
Don’t forget sun protection, you can definitely get a sunburn even in December.
If you’re staying in an apartment and not a hotel, I also recommend packing some slippers since almost none of the properties have central heating, and the floors are very cold.
What’s Happening in Benalmadena in December
Benalmadena is well into its off season by December, but that doesn’t mean the city doesn’t keep busy. Local events are a great way to meet people and learn about Spanish culture.
Benalmadena celebrates the holidays in December, starting with a large Christmas Fair that lasts most of the month and into January. The fair includes games, children’s activities and performances, making it a great option for the whole family.
If you are able to take a short drive or train/bus ride into Malaga, don’t miss the city’s Christmas light show, which takes place in Calle Larios. Malaga also hosts markets, performances and other holiday events, so keep an eye out for the city’s celebration calendar.
Malaga is also teeming with music and theater performances at all times of the year- the city is only a short train, bus or car ride from Benalmadena.
Things To Do in Benalmadena in December
Here are some of the most popular activities for Benalmadena in December:
- Visit Paloma Park
- Marvel at the beauty at Butterfly Park (great for rainy day activity)
- Visit Christmas markets either in Benalmadena or Malaga
- See the Christmas lights in Malaga
- Take the views from Stupa Benalmadena
- Stroll through the idyllic Benalmadena Pueblo
- Visit Castillo Colomares
- Book a boat trip from the Marina, if the weather allows
- Visit the LEGO exhibition next to Malaga, if you’re traveling with kids
- Visit Sea Life Benalmadena
- Book an excursion from Benalmadena
- Take a day trip to Malaga
Benalmadena Weather in December: Frequent Questions
Below are some common questions about visiting Benalmadena in December. If you didn’t find your answer there, feel free to leave a comment under the article and I will be happy to answer it.
How hot is Benalmadena in December?
Benalmadena is not very hot in December- temperatures are cool and mild, as opposed to the region’s arid, relentless summers.
What is the temperature in Benalmadena at Christmas?
Temperatures in Benalmadena vary slightly throughout the month of December, but you can generally expect highs to reach 63 degrees Fahrenheit, or about 17 degrees Celsius. Lows will be around 45 degrees Fahrenheit, or 7 degrees Celsius.
Can you sunbathe in Benalmadena in December?
While it may be too chilly to sunbathe, you can still enjoy the sun in Benalmadena in December.
Is Benalmadena good at Christmas?
Benalmadena is a great Christmas destination. Quieter than Malaga, it offers mild weather, a Christmas fair, and plenty of attractions to keep you busy in the days leading up to the holidays. If you’re craving a busier, more festive Christmas, it’s easy to get to Malaga for a day trip.
What is Benalmadena like in winter?
In winter, Benalmadena becomes quieter, meaning you can enjoy lower prices and avoid summer crowds.
It is a mild coastal destination with plenty of opportunities to enjoy beaches, winding streets, and other attractions. It remains busy through the winter, and the off season is a chance to get to know Benalmadena from a more local perspective.