Visiting the Costa del Sol for ChristmasIt feels like summer only just finished on the Costa del Sol, but now that Halloween is over and the clocks have gone back, we can’t deny that Christmas is nearly upon us.

If the dark, cold weather is getting you down and the endless Christmas songs and ads are already driving you crazy, why not consider a different kind of Christmas this year in the winter sun destination of the Costa del Sol?

Those who can feel bah-humbug about Christmas in the UK, will find a Spanish Christmas refreshing and relaxing. There’s much less emphasis on the commercial side of Christmas, decorations don’t go up until the beginning of December and the events are quite low-key and charity focussed as opposed to a huge corporate marketing machine.

You can choose to indulge in Christmas as much or as little as you wish. Want to feel festive? Head into Marbella’s Old Town or into Malaga’s shopping district to see the lights and sample some chestnuts and vino caliente (mulled wine), visit one of the Christmas markets or go and hear carols at one of the stunning churches. There’s a new synthetic ice rink in San Pedro Boulevard which I am sure will be really popular during Christmas and kids can visit Santa in his grotto either in La Cañada shopping centre, or in Marbella’s Plaza Alameda. A really nice idea is to explore the chapels and squares in Marbella’s Old Town by following the routes to see the traditional “Belen” or nativity scenes, which range from the simple to the incredibly complex and ornate. Check out this page for Christmas activities in Marbella in English.

However, if you want to escape and disconnect from all the festivities, no problem, take a stroll down the seaside promenade, put on your sturdy shoes and head into the beautiful countryside for a hike, or indulge in some water sports such as kite surfing or paddle boarding.

Bear in mind that Christmas Day is not as important as Christmas Eve here, so you may find the day itself quieter than you expect. If you’re renting a self-catering property, then why not cook up a feast in your home from home? You can find all the Christmas favourites from the UK in the international supermarkets, or decide to indulge in stunning seafood and fish as the Spanish tend to do.

If that all sounds like too much hard work for your Costa del Sol Christmas getaway, then there are loads of great restaurants putting on special Christmas menus, with live music, a great atmosphere and delicious 4 or 5 course menus. There’s something for all budgets, check out local press such as the Euroweekly News and Essential to find out what’s going on and choose your favourite.

We can recommend a perfect holiday rental property on the Costa del Sol which will be your home from home this Christmas, but the best properties are already booking up, so please let us know your requirements as soon as you can.