What to Wear in Marbella in March: Expert Guide

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What to Wear in Marbella in March: Expert Guide

Heading to Marbella in March? Get ready for an amazing experience!

Nestled in Southern Spain’s Costa del Sol, Marbella is a wonderful destination, a delightful mix of winter and spring, boasting plenty of sunshine in March.

If you’re pondering what to wear in Marbella in March, look no further!

I have been living right next to Marbella since 2020, so I’m very familiar with the weather conditions in March. I created this article as your go-to guide to answer all the questions you might have.

Here is a quick recap if you don’t want to read the whole article: March is still very much a winter in Southern Spain, but much warmer than the rest of the country.

The weather can be unpredictable, so your luggage should reflect that. Pack lots of layers with long sleeves, long pants, and warmer dresses. A warm coat is essential, especially for evenings, and you shouldn’t leave your sun lotion and sunglasses behind either.

What to Wear in Marbella in March

Woman sitting on a restaurant terrace in Marbella, Southern Spain
March will be already warm enough for some outdoor dining!

Weather in Marbella in March

Marbella has a unique microclimate with over 320 sunny days each year.

As winter yields to spring, March comes in pleasantly mild temperatures with average highs ranging from 18°C to 20°C (64°F – 68°F) during the day, dipping to around 11°C (52°F) at night.

You can expect six hours of glorious sunshine on an average day. It might rain occasionally, but it’s usually fleeting – Mother Nature dabbing her watercolor brush rather than flinging her paint pot.

Then weather changes can be quite unexpected in March and you can experience two seasons in just one day. You should always carry a warm coat with you, which you can easily take off if you’re sitting out in the sun.

What to Wear During the Day in Marbella in March

In the daytime, the sunshine in Marbella can be quite delightful, so it’s a good idea to bring along some light layers. These are great because you can easily shed them if it gets too warm.

Definitely include long sleeve tops in your packing list, as it’s not quite t-shirt weather. Opting for long pants or dresses is smarter, although you’ll notice quite a few tourists sporting shorts and strap t-shirts.

You’ll mostly find tourists from colder regions (like northern Europe) wearing summer clothes during the winter months. The locals, on the other hand, dress appropriately for the season – sporting a lighter jacket during the day and switching to a warmer one for the evening.

Comfortable walking shoes are essential for strolling through Marbella’s charming streets or along its beautiful beaches. However, as the evenings can still be cool, it’s wise to have a pair of closed-toe shoes or boots for nighttime outings.

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What to Wear in the Evening in Marbella in March

March in Marbella brings with it evenings that are noticeably cooler, especially once the sun sets.

It’s important to be ready for this temperature drop. Carrying a warmer jacket is advisable, and on days when the wind picks up, consider bringing along a scarf and a light hat for extra comfort.

What to Pack for Marbella in March

As March is a transitional month, you might experience a few rainy days.

Packing a lightweight, waterproof jacket or a stylish, compact umbrella will ensure you’re prepared for any sudden showers. This way, you can continue to enjoy the outdoor cafes and stunning scenery of Marbella, regardless of the weather.

Lastly, don’t forget to accessorize appropriately for the season. A pair of sunglasses will be your best friend on those bright, sunny days. Also, a medium-sized bag that can carry your day’s essentials, like a water bottle, sunscreen, and rain gear, will be incredibly useful as you explore the vibrant life and culture of Marbella in March.

If you’re renting an apartment, I also personally recommend taking a pair of slippers from home, or buying some in Marbella. The apartments and houses in Southern Spain don’t have any carpets and the floors are very cold, it’s not pleasant at all to walk around at home with socks only.

Shopping in Marbella

Don’t worry, you won’t freeze in Marbella even if you pack too light. The Canada Shopping Mall is right at the edge of the town, with a big Primark right next to it, and more luxurious shopping options available in Puerto Banus.

There are also smaller boutique shops in Marbella’s old town, so you have plenty of opportunities to buy what you need for your stay in Marbella.

Final Thoughts

March is a wonderful time of the year to visit Marbella as you can enjoy great deals on accommodation and fewer crowds. Even if you catch some rainy days, there are plenty of activities in March that will keep you busy.

While it may seem like it’s much warmer compared to the rest of Europe, it will still feel pretty chilly, especially by the coastline.

Pack plenty of layers, jackets, and comfortable shoes to ensure you can enjoy your stay in Marbella to the fullest.

Thank you for reading!

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Hi, I'm Lucia

The founder and writer of Viva La Vita, a blog about traveling in Spain.

On these pages, you will find many practical tips and recommendations from someone who lives in Spain and travels around Spain often.

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