Is Benalmádena worth visiting in October?
If you’ve been asking yourself this question, you came to the right place!
I live right next to Benalmadena, so I know firsthand what kind of weather conditions to expect and what practical tips to keep in mind when planning your trip.
So to answer your question: YES, October is the perfect time to visit Benalmadena!
Here are a number of reasons:
- pleasant temperatures
- low tourism activity
- affordable accommodation options
- less busy in general
- plenty of sunshine around
- perfect time to explore popular monuments
Let’s get into the details in the post below.
Benalmádena Weather in October: Climate Overview
October marks the slow transition to a more unpredictable and rainy weather conditions usually starting mid or late November.
It’s the last month when you can enjoy plenty of sunshine, good prices and fewer people – the ideal time to visit!
Here is a quick glance overview of the average conditions you can expect in Benalmadena in October:
- Average High Temperature: 26C (79F)
- Average Low Temperatures: 14C (57F)
- Sunshine Hours: 7 Hours
- Rainy Days: 10 days
- Sea Temperature: 21C (70F)
Transition from Summer to Autumn
Summers in Benalmadena are often scorching hot. Much of the time in the summer is best spent cooling off by the hotel pool or beach, both of which get pretty crowded.
As summer turns into autumn around the end of September, the temperature in Benalmadena gradually turns cooler. The difference is slight but can feel significantly cooler, especially in the early mornings and late evenings.
The temperature stays warm enough to enjoy the beach, the city, and everything in between.
The only thing you may not be able to do in the fall is swim in the sea. As autumn approaches, the chance of rain in Benalmadena gets higher, though precipitation doesn’t really pick up until November.
Average Temperatures in Benalmadena in October
Temperatures in October in Benalmadena generally reach highs of 79-80F, or about 26C.
Lows hover around 57 to 60F, or 13 to 14C.
Expect to experience the lower temperatures in the evenings and mornings, and the higher ones at mid-day.
If you’re spending time by the coastline and it’s windy, it will feel much cooler.
When checking the weather forecast, keep in mind that October is one of the first months when the long-term forecasts fluctuate a lot. That means that they can change the prediction within a few days and there can be bigger differences between the forecasted vs the actual weather.
Keep this in mind so you are not disappointed.
Average Rainfall in Benalmadena in October
October usually sees slightly higher rates of precipitation, but it is still not as rainy as Benalmadena’s winter months.
Average rainfall in October measures about 67mm, which is just over 2.5 inches.
This also translates to about 10 rainy days throughout the month, which are usually scattered closer to the end of the month.
In any case, rain in the forecast usually means a few hours of quick showers, followed by clear or slighlty overcast skies.
Extended periods of rain that would last all day long are not very common, although this varies year on year.
Average Rainfall in Benalmadena in October
Though October in Benalmadena is not nearly as hot as the summer months, you can still expect some sun.
The month usually sees about seven hours of sunshine daily, but expect plenty of cloudy weather as well.
Average Humidity in Benalmadena in October
With rainfall, humidity is a given.
In October, the humidity on the Costa del Sol, including in Benalmadena, measures about 74%. This may feel a bit muggy, especially considering Benalmadena’s seaside location.
What to Expect in Benalmadena in October
Planning a trip is always easier when you have some idea of what to expect weather-wise.
Consider the tips below while choosing when to visit Benalmadena.
Temperature Variations Between Day and Night
Like in most destinations, temperatures in Benalmadena dip at night. Temperatures will be highest at mid-day and then gradually cool as evening approaches.
In October, evenings and nights are guaranteed to be cool enough to need an extra layer. The same goes for early mornings.
The Influence of the Mediterranean Sea on Weather
As you can imagine, the Mediterranean Sea has a significant impact on the weather on the Costa del Sol.
Sea patterns bring plenty of wind to the coast, which includes Benalmadena. This can mean a refreshing breeze in the summertime, or powerful gusts in the colder months.
The seaside climate also means Benalmadena’s autumn and winter can be quite rainy and humid. Benalmadena’s proximity to the sea results in rainier autumn months.
As many coastal destinations, the Costa del Sol is vulnerable to damaging storms brought on by its setting and weather patterns.
Storms can happen throughout the year and it’s important to heed storm warnings if you hear them. If there is a large storm in the forecast, you may want to plan your trip around it, as it could be extremely disruptive.
You will likely have to wait out the weather indoors and avoid the beach if a storm descends on Benalmadena while you are there.
Even though an occasional storm may head to the coastline of Benalmadena in October, it’s a rare sight and you’re unlikely to experience it at the beginning or middle of October.
Low Tourism Activity
Benalmadena’s peak tourist season takes place from late May until the beginning of September. During the warm summer months, the region’s beaches, hotels, cities and small towns fill up with tourists from all over the world who are looking to savor the Costa del Sol sun.
After the peak season ends, lodging, activity and restaurant prices decrease steadily, along with the temperature. Visiting in the off season can save you plenty of money and offer more time to yourself as you explore Benalmadena and beyond.
Planning Your Trip to Benalmádena in October
When planning a trip to Benalmadena in October, there are a few things to keep in mind as you’re packing your suitcase. There’s a chance it will rain during your trip, so rain gear is a must.
You don’t have to go all out, as October is not the region’s rainiest month, but a compact umbrella and rain jacket might come in handy. A pair of shoes that are somewhat water resistant can be a big help as well.
October still sees plenty of sun, so make sure you’re well-protected when you go to the beach in Benalmadena.
A stinging sunburn is the last thing you want to disrupt the perfect Costa del Sol getaway, so pack sunscreen of SPF 50 or higher, a wide-brim hat and lightweight clothing. Your rain umbrella can also protect you from the sun in a pinch.
There is plenty of hiking around Benalmadena and Malaga, so if you anticipate exploring the region’s landscapes, bring suitable footwear.
A sturdy pair of hiking boots or sneakers should keep you covered in case you want to hit the trails. Even exploring Benalmadena or Malaga’s winding streets can take a toll on your feet, so make sure you pack comfortable walking shoes that will see you through hours of wandering the city.
If you want to bring a bathing suit just in case, it may come in handy, but October is generally too cold to swim in the sea.
Water temperatures in the area range from 59 to 75F in October, or 15 to 23C. However, some hotels have heated pools, so keep that in mind when looking for accommodation!
Be sure to also pack some layers, as evening and morning temperatures can get quite cool in October. A few long sleeve items, sweaters and a light jacket will keep you warm when layered up.
Events in Benalmádena in October 2023
Though Benalmadena’s peak season will be over by October, the city will be busy planning a range of events.
Keep the ones listed below in mind as you plan out your itinerary. Local events are a great way to meet people and learn about Spanish culture.
There are always live music performances going on in and around Benalmadena.
The area also hosts fairs and festivals year round.
This October, you can also visit the nearby Fuengirola Fair (Feria), which is well known in the region as being one fo the best ones. It comes with carousels, rides, horses, carriages and plenty of food, drinks and live music. This year the Feria in Fuengirola is held from 9 to 13 October.
When planning a fall trip to Benalmadena, also keep an eye out for the region’s Fried Fish Fair, Columbus Day festivities, and any Halloween- related events, which may fall on varying dates in October.
Rainy Day Tips
If the weather catches you by surprise, you can make the best of your getaway by improvising your itinerary.
If multiple storm warnings are forecasted over the time frame of your planned trip, it may be best to reschedule. However, if you find yourself experiencing bad weather in Benalmadena, consider the many indoor activities the region has to offer.
Spending a few rainy days in Malaga is a great idea, as the city offers museums, indoor historic sites, restaurants, and shopping destinations. Benalmadena’s beaches are its greatest draw, but when they are unavailable, it’s worthwhile to get to know the Costa Del Sol from a different angle.
If you booked tours or excursions with a local company, be sure to contact them to see if you can reschedule your activity or replace it with an indoor tour.
Things To Do in Benalmadena in October
If you’re ready to plan your trip, here are the best things you can do in Benalmadena:
- Visit Paloma Park
- Marvel at the beauty at Butterfly Park
- Take the views from Stupa Benalmadena
- Stroll through the idyllic Benalmadena Pueblo
- Visit Castillo Colomares
- Book a boat trip from the Marina
- Visit Sea Life Benalmadena
- Book an excursion from Benalmadena
Benalmadena Weather in October: Frequent Questions
Is Benalmadena warm in October?
It sure is! Temperatures can reach highs of 79-80 degrees Fahrenheit, or about 26 degrees Celsius.
Can you sunbathe in Benalmadena in October?
You can definitely spend time on any of Benalmadena’s gorgeous beaches in October. The sun will not be as strong or warm as it is in the summer months, but that can be a plus, as it makes sunny days less scorching.
It is also possible that the skies will be cloudy during your October trip, so plan plenty of other outdoor activities. Hiking is a great idea, as the mild weather and lack of scorching sunshine will make it easier to explore nature.
What is the coldest month in Benalmadena?
January is the coldest month in Benalmadena, with temperatures reaching a high of just 61 degrees Fahrenheit, or 16 degrees Celsius. December and February are usually not as cold, but still quite cool.
Is Benalmadena Busy in October?
Benalmadena won’t be completely empty in October, but it will definitely be less busy than it is in the summer. You will likely see plenty of fellow travelers enjoying the off-season atmosphere and mild weather. However, both prices and crowds tend to be lower in October- peak tourist season usually dwindles down by September.
What is there to do on a rainy day in Benalmadena?
Benalmadena has plenty of rainy day activities that are bound to be just as memorable as soaking in the sun at the beach. Benalmadena’s Old Town, for example, can be fun to wander with an umbrella, and offers eateries and shops to stop into.
For an indoor child friendly activity, I highly recommend the Butterfly Park or the Sea Life in the marina.
If you enjoy historic attractions, consider spending the day at nearby Colomares Castle. Benalmadena’s Enlightenment Stupa is another quirky indoor destination that is easy to reach from the center of town.
A rainy day might also be a great time to visit Malaga, the Costa del Sol’s most popular urban hub. Located slightly inland, this historic gem is filled with museums, shops, performance venues, bars and eateries serving local cuisine. Malaga is about a 30 minute drive from Benalmadena.
A train or bus ride will take roughly the same amount of time and is a convenient way to take a day trip if you don’t have a car.
What is the wettest month in Benalmadena?
Considering average rainfall, November is the wettest month in Benalmadena. November sees about 72mm or nearly 3 inches of rain, which translates into about nine days of precipitation throughout the month.