christmas on the costa del sol

If you’ve recently relocated to Spain, or you’re thinking about doing so, the upcoming holiday season can seem really daunting and unfamiliar. However, even though the Costa del Sol is best known as a summer destination it’s a fantastic place to be over the winter as well, especially over Christmas and the New Year.

However, it is different in a few important ways that you need to understand to enjoy the festive season to the full:

Christmas Eve and Christmas Day are probably the quietest days of the whole year in Spain as it’s primarily a family holiday. If you want to go out to eat, look for places catering to the expat market as they will have the best atmosphere.

If you want to prepare your own Christmas feast, you can get all the traditional ingredients you need here. Supersol and Iceland supermarkets are favourites for food, as well as Dunnes Store for accessories like crackers and decorations and a trip to Gibraltar’s Morrison’s is a Christmas tradition of many families here.

Unlike a normal British Christmas, you can work off that Christmas lunch with a walk on the beach or exploring one of the lovely towns along the Coast. Why not take some snacks and drinks down to the beach after lunch and enjoy the great winter weather, take a walk down the Paseo in Marbella, Estepona or Fuengirola and see kinds trying out their new Christmas toys, or take a walk in the beautiful countryside nearby?

Fiesta de Los Reyes – Christmas in Spain continues well into the New Year! In the evening on 5th January, most Spanish towns and cities grind to a complete standstill to hold a parade or “Cabalgata” throughout the town especially for kids, in which local men dress up as the three kings and ride about town on floats in a procession, scattering sweets to the crowds.

It’s a wonderful chance to see Spain in full celebration mode. Most little ones can’t wait until the next morning, The Day of the Kings, or El Día de Los Reyes when they get to open the presents brought by the real three kings during the night. The 6th of January is a public holiday across the whole of Spain.

HomeRentalontheWeb is an English-run company based on the Costa del Sol that offers a fantastic selection of long-term rental accommodation all along the Costa del Sol. Their experienced and helpful team are based in Elviria and can help provide advice and local knowledge throughout the year. They’ve produced a guide to Christmas on the Costa del Sol which can be downloaded on their website. Click here to download it.

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Lisa Sadleir

Founder at Family in Spain SL
We love Family Life In Spain. Join us as we share experiences and essential updates, advice & assistance related to living in and moving to Spain. ¡ Olé !

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