Off-Season Perks: Why Visit Marbella When the Crowds Disappear

Let’s explore together what hidden delights Marbella has to offer us.

Regarding Marbella and the Costa del Sol, most people envision sun-soaked summers and vibrant beach parties. However, there’s a hidden gem waiting to be discovered during the off-season Marbella. As the crowds disperse and the temperatures become milder, Marbella takes on a unique charm that’s often overlooked. In this blog, Reek&Dalli will unveil the secrets of the Costa del Sol during the off-season and show you why it’s a fantastic time to explore this coastal paradise.

Historic sights

Did you know that in 711 Spain was conquered by the Moors? This has left a remarkable impact on Andalusian architecture and Art. We recommend you to dig deeper into the history of Spain and visit these fascinating sights.

Granada Alhambra 

The Alhambra is an iconic example of Islamic architecture. Just a 2-hour drive from Marbella, it’s a must-visit. In the summer, the lines can stretch up to a kilometer, and the entire complex can get very crowded. Reek&Dalli believe the ideal times to explore the Alhambra are in September-October and April-June. During these months, the gardens are in full bloom, and the sunlight beautifully filters through the ceiling carvings.

Entrance Fee: From 39 euros

Alcázar de Sevilla 

I was personally excited to visit the Alcázar de Sevilla, especially after learning that it served as the filming location for the renowned Dorne water gardens in Game of Thrones.

Although the complex might be mistakenly confused with the Alhambra, I can assure you that when you visit both, you’ll see the clear distinctions between them.

Recommended time of visit September-November, April-beginning of June.

Entrance Fee: From 30 euros

Setenil de las Bodegas 

Setenil de las Bodegas is a charming old Andalusian town, ingeniously built into the cliffs. The entire town is adorned in white, with a hilltop castle/fortress constructed by the Arab conquerors adding to its picturesque allure.

Jerez de la Frontera

Moors did not leave leave this town unmarked with their presence. Jerez old town has thier own Alcazar, which is located just in the middle of the old town, trust me you will not miss this wonder.

Besides, Moors footprints is not the only charm you will find in there. Jerez is most famous for its Sherry Wines, so do not miss out on and treat yourself to a nice wine tasting tour.

Arts and Festivals

Candlelight Concert

Step into a world of musical enchantment at the Candlelight Concert in Andalucia from Malaga to Seville. Set against a backdrop of countless candles, this unique event transforms classical melodies into a magical experience. From Chopin to Mozart, skilled musicians breathe life into timeless compositions, creating an unforgettable evening that will resonate in your heart long after the last note.

Entrance Fee: from 12 euros depending on the concert

Museo Picasso Malaga 

Did you know that Picasso was born in Malaga ? Your visit to Malaga is a perfect opportunity to discover the artistic legacy. The Museo Picasso Malaga, housed in a 16th-century palace, offers a journey through the artist’s life and work, from early sketches to masterpieces. Furthermore, the museum regularly hosts temporary exhibitions featuring renowned artists from around the globe.

Entrence Fee: from 12 euros

Contemporary Art Center CAC 

For many, it’s the highlight of their Malaga museum journey and stands as a major contemporary art center, not just in Spain but on the international stage. The museum boasts a captivating collection of renowned contemporary artists from around the world. What’s more, it is situated within the “Art District,” also known as Soho Malaga, where you can immerse yourself in street art and explore smaller, independent galleries and museums.

Entrence Fee: Free

Museo Carmen Thyssen Malaga 

The museum’s primary focus is on Spanish art from the 19th century, showcasing a remarkable collection amassed by the renowned art collector Carmen Thyssen. This collection prominently features painters from Spain, with a special emphasis on artists from the Andalucia region. The museum itself offers a stunning and inviting space, complete with a charming coffee place on the top floor, where you can enjoy the art and savor a cup of coffee simultaneously.

Entrence Fee: from 10 euros

Outdoor Adventures

Marbella has a lot to offer to it´s guests, due to perfect weather conditions and infinite number of natural parks.

Pico de la Concha

La Concha in translation from Spanish, means Shell, it forms a part of mountain range called Sierra Blanca. La Concha is located 1,215 meters above sea level and has a wide range of unique flora and fauna.

For many, it’s the postcard view of Marbella, but not everyone is aware that from the peak, you can behold an incredible view of both Costa del Sol and the Coast of Africa. While during the summer, not many can conquer the hike in the sweltering heat, October’s weather is perfect for this adventure. You can hike the peak on foot or by bicycle.

For those who simply want to enhance their view, we offer a selection of properties with stunning vistas of La Concha.

 

If you are not a new comer and La Concha is something of an ordinary for you, we are not done yet!

El Paraje Natural Torcal de Antequera. 

The park is situated a couple of hours away from Malaga. It’s a unique natural wonder known as Karst, featuring a system of underground and above-ground caves.

Torcal de Antequera is UNESCO-protected due to its exceptional natural beauty and its role as a habitat for numerous plant and animal species.

It offers three distinct hiking routes of varying levels and lengths, along with captivating viewpoints.

Los Reales Del Sierra Bermeja 

There’s another mountain range located in Estepona that offers spectacular views of the sea and the Costa del Sol from its peaks. You can easily drive up to catch a stunning sunset or sunrise, or you can opt for a hike. There are approximately five different routes, each varying in difficulty and length

El Caminito del Rey

El Caminito del Rey is a unique path that spans about 7.7 km, winding through the Subbetica mountain range. It’s a very safe walk, complete with all necessary safety equipment, and it’s suitable for both adults and youngsters.

However, it’s advisable to purchase tickets in advance, as it can often sell out.

Caves of Nerja

Another marvelous Andalucian attraction! Situated just an hour’s drive from Malaga, these caves extend for almost 5 km, forming stunning amphitheater-like structures.

If you find yourself in Nerja during the warm months, we highly recommend trying another delightful activity: visiting El Cañuelo Beach. Its shoreline features fascinating underwater caves, which you can explore via kayak or guided walking tours, depending on your preference!

Barbate 

Barbate is a charming Spanish municipality situated in the Province of Cadiz. This picturesque town boasts expansive sandy beaches, framed by extensive sand dunes and lush greenery.

For a breathtaking view of the Atlantic Ocean, head up to Cape Trafalgar Lighthouse. Barbate shares its borders with Zahara de los Atunes, often referred to as the ‘Tuna Village,’ where tuna is freshly caught every day. Additionally, Barbate is renowned for its wide selection of fresh seafood.

Tarifa

Tarifa is a beautiful old port nestled at the point where the Mediterranean Sea meets the Atlantic Ocean. Alongside its delectable cuisine and breathtaking views, Tarifa boasts the perfect wind conditions. People from around the globe gather here to partake in wind and kite surfing. While it might not be the most renowned surfing destination, Tarifa offers some nice waves for beginners to enjoy!

Wellness and Spa

Marbella’s weather lets everyone, locals and visitors, hit the beach and take long strolls all year round. Don’t miss out – get outdoors!

Try some outdoor yoga at sunrise or sunset, take a leisurely walk on the Paseo Maritimo, or rent a bike for a breezy ride around town. The best thing about Marbella is that it’s an active city, offering endless chances to align your mind and body.

To Sum Up 

Off-season Marbella is a well-kept secret that deserves to be uncovered. With its cultural richness, outdoor adventures, delectable dining, and tranquil wellness options, it’s a destination that shines year-round. We encourage you to consider planning your off-season getaway and exploring Marbella’s hidden charms. Whether you’re seeking relaxation or adventure, we’re here to assist you in making the most of your off-season experience. Book your stay today with Reek&Dalli to start journey to Marbella’s off-season paradise.

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