Don’t expect cool weather in September when the days are still long and the sunshine shines bright. But do look forward to balmy evenings and a much quieter city especially after the schools go back mid-month. It’s one of the best times of the year to visit the city because of this and lots of other great reasons. In the next in our month-by-month round-up, we recommend the top things to do in Malaga in September including a seriously long catwalk, fun experiences and interesting activities. Read on and then book your stay in Malaga!
Europe’s longest catwalk
Malaga Fashion Week counts as one of the biggest autumn events in Malaga. It runs for 2 days (12 and 13 September this year) and showcases the city’s haute couture talent. Its signature is the (very) long blue carpet that stretches the entire length of Calle Larios, earning it the accolade of the longest catwalk in Europe. But this year, the event takes place at the Gran Hotel Miramar instead. Read all about Malaga Fashion Week.
See Malaga from up high
With slightly cooler temperatures, September makes a good month for climbing up to Malaga Cathedral rooftops. Choose a clear day for maximum views if you’re planning a day-time visit. If you’d rather go up in the evening, time it for the sunset. Not only do you get sweeping views of the city centre, Malaga Bay and the surrounding mountains, you also get up a close-up of the domes on the Cathedral roof. Don’t miss the flood-lit tower. Read about a visit to the Malaga Cathedral rooftops.
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Feast on muscatel grapes
One of the best things to do in Malaga in September is to try the local grapes, freshly harvested from the Axarquía region to the east of Malaga. The video below shows how local grape growers have to use donkeys in the harvest because of the sloping terrain.
Malaga muscatel grapes are as sweet as they come. Buy them very ripe because the best grapes are the ones that have already turned into raisins on the bunch. Buy them at Atarazanas Market during the first two weeks of September.
Take a stroll in the back streets
September is still too hot to be walking far in the sun, but there are plenty of cool spots in the city centre. The back streets around Calle Andrés Pérez are perfect for strolling and exploring – lose yourself in the labyrinth of alleyways. Look out for the vertical garden, medieval walls and fine architecture. Read our guide to exploring this part of Malaga.
Take in a sunset
There’s something about the September humidity that makes good sunsets and those at this time of the year are some of the best. Top places to watch the sun go down over the city include the Gibralfaro viewing platform, Muelle Uno and one of the rooftop terraces in Malaga.
Admire some aviation
Our museum suggestion for things to do in Malaga in September takes you back to the airport, but to the original terminal (you won’t believe how small it is!). Malaga Aircraft Museum has some excellent exhibits including old planes and you can sit at the controls. A great one for kids and anyone interested in how planes get up in the air and what they used to look like.
Buy some Malaga wine
Seeing as September is grape harvest time it makes sense to stock up on some Malaga wine this month. You can try before you buy at several shops in the city centre and traditional grocery stores also stock local wine. Find out where to buy Malaga wine here.
See the vineyards
And continuing our vino theme, our recommendation for a day trip from Malaga in September goes to Antequera to the Bodegas Gross. The harvest will in full swing with the first pressings of this year’s grapes underway. Find out more about this Malaga wine tour.
Get on two wheels
The less intense heat this month means you can out and about on a bike in Malaga without sweating quite as much. Flat, compact and with plenty of cycle lanes, the city makes a great place to explore from your saddle. If you’re looking for inspiration on where to ride, check out our suggestions for the 5 best bike rides in Malaga.
See the shipyards
Our last suggestion for things to do in Malaga in September visits one of the more unusual spots in the city. The Nereo shipyards (at the west end of Pedregalejo) rank as some of the oldest traditional in Spain and are well worth a visit. Their workshop contains an exact replica of a traditional jabega boat used by the first inhabitants of Malaga, the Phoenicians in the 7th century BC. You can also see the nautical-themed museum plus photos of boats and Pedregalejo as it used to be. Astilleros Nereo open Monday to Thursday 10am to 2pm and 5pm to 8pm, and on Friday and Saturday from 10am to 2pm.
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