It’s official: Costa del Sol is the sunniest spot in Spain

The Costa del Sol in southern Spain enjoys an average of more than 320 sunny days each year, making it the sunniest place in Spain, a report by the national Meteorological Agency confirmed.

It’s official: Costa del Sol is the sunniest spot in Spain
Sunny by name, sunny by nature. Welcome to the Costa del Sol Photo: Raminsky / Flickr

Residents along Spain’s southern stretch of Mediterranean coast enjoy around an average of 2,905 sun-filled hours each year, nearly one hundred hours more than the next sunniest zone, the Canary Islands with 2,822 sunny hours.

Sun seekers should base themselves in Malaga which boasts the most sun-filled hours in the whole of Spain, an average of 3,000.

Nearby Almeria clocks up 2,994 sunny hours and Granada records an average of 2, 917 in the report “A Summary Guide to Spain’s Climate 1981-2010”.

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In fact Malaga was named as the city with the best climate in the whole of Spain by the report, thanks to the mild winters and sea breezes keeping down the mercury during the summer months.

“Malaga has a climate that is very mild in winter, with very mild minimum temperatures and moderate summers due to the influence of the sea,” stated the report.

“The average annual temperature in the city is 18.5 C rising to an average maximum of 25.4 C in August. Rainfall is also low, with an annual average of 469.2 mm. With almost 3,000 hours of annual sunshine and light wind, we can say that Malaga is one of the best cities in Spain to live.”

The report put the cities of Las Palmas in Gran Canaria, Palma de Mallorca, Huelva and Vigo in the top five cities with the best climate after Malaga.

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Spain urges holidaymakers to head home early due to snow and strong wind warnings

Nine Spanish regions were put on alert on Tuesday for heavy snow, rain and strong winds, with the country's traffic authorities calling for people taking holidays this long weekend to head home early to avoid the worst of the bad weather.

Spain urges holidaymakers to head home early due to snow and strong wind warnings
Vehicles stuck in traffic due to a heavy snowfall near Burgos, northern Spain, in March 2021. Photo: Cesar Manso/AFP

Aragón, Castilla y León, Catalonia, Navarra and the Basque Country will be on orange alert from Tuesday for snow storms, while Asturias, Cantabria, La Rioja and La Comunidad Valenciana are on the less-severe yellow alert, Spain’s State Meteorological Agency (Aemet) announced.

A slight increase in temperatures will increase the risk of avalanches in the Pyrenees and the central Cantabrian mountain range.

Some roads in the north of the country are already being affected by snow and are being restricted to some traffic such as trucks and heavy vehicles.

Spain’s traffic authority (DGT) called on residents in the northern half of the country to return early from the puente (long weekend) marked by the public holidays of December 6 and 8, ahead of heavy snow forecast for Wednesday.

Of the 108 main roads affected by the heavy snow in Spain, almost half of them are in the northeastern region Aragón.

Aragón, Catalonia and Navarra are at risk of avalanches, according to data from Aemet, while a storm warning has been issued for the coastal areas of Galicia, Asturias, Cantabria, Catalonia and the Basque country.

Heavy rainfall is expected in Galicia, extending to Cantabria and the western Pyrenees.