Are you planning your winter sun escape? Marbella is certainly an excellent choice!
With over 300 days of guaranteed sunshine per year and pretty tropical temperatures even in December, it is the perfect winter escape.
In this article, I have compiled a short guide with my tips on what to wear in Marbella in December, along with some practical travel advice that will save you quite a bit of hassle and time.
How would I know?
I actually live right next to Marbella! I’ve been living on Costa del Sol since 2020, so I’m pretty familiar with what the winter in Southern Spain entails and how to dress.
Let’s check the guide!
What to Wear in Marbella in December
While it’s far from the snow-capped scenes of northern Europe, December in Marbella has its unique charm, and dressing right is key to enjoying all that this beautiful city has to offer.
Here’s your guide to navigating Marbella’s winter fashion scene.
Weather in December
December in Marbella is mild compared to much of Europe, but it’s definitely winter.
Temperatures typically range from 8°C (46°F) to 16°C (61°F). It’s a season of crisp, sunny days and cooler nights, with occasional rain. This calls for smart layering – you want to be prepared for sunny midday strolls and chilly evening outings.
For daytime adventures, think of casual comfort with a stylish edge.
Ladies might opt for jeans or trousers paired with long-sleeve tops, complemented by a chic scarf and a warm, yet fashionable, jacket or blazer. Guys can go for casual pants or jeans with a sweater or a button-down shirt under a light jacket.
Since the weather can be unpredictable, a versatile, waterproof coat is advisable for those occasional rainy days.
Nights out in Marbella, even in December, call for a touch of sophistication.
Restaurants and clubs might have a dress code, so it’s wise to lean towards smart-casual or semi-formal attire. Ladies can choose elegant dresses with tights and a stylish coat or tailored pants with a glamorous top. Guys can don a blazer or a smart jacket over a shirt with trousers.
Remember, evenings can be quite cool, so layering is still important and you shouldn’t certainly leave your jacket behind.
Comfortable footwear is essential.
Daytime walks along the promenade or through the charming streets of the Old Town call for sturdy, comfortable shoes like boots or cushioned flats.
For the evening, ladies might prefer heeled boots or dressier shoes, while men can opt for smart leather shoes or loafers.
Remember, some streets in Marbella are cobbled, so choose footwear that combines style with practicality.
Accessories in December should be both functional and fashionable. Scarves, hats, and gloves are practical for the cooler weather and can be a stylish addition to your outfit. Sunglasses are a must-have for those bright, sunny days, a common feature in Marbella even in winter.
Shopping in Marbella
If you find yourself in need of a wardrobe refresh, Marbella’s shopping scene has got you covered.
The city boasts an array of shopping options, from high-end boutiques in Puerto Banús to local artisan shops in the Old Town. Shopping centers like La Cañada offer a variety of brands, perfect for picking up any last-minute winter wear.
December in Marbella is a unique blend of mild winter weather and Mediterranean charm.
Dressing appropriately means you can comfortably enjoy everything from sunny beachside walks to cozy, elegant dinners. Embrace layers, prepare for cooler evenings, and immerse yourself in Marbella’s stylish atmosphere.
If you need help planning your trip, you can check my ultimate guide on the best things to do in Marbella or in Puerto Banus, check my recommendations on how to get from Malaga Airport to Marbella, and if you’re planning some day trips, my personal favourites are Granada, Ronda or Gibraltar.
Thank you for reading!