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What’s new in Malaga in 2024?

Welcome to our ‘traditional’ round-up of what’s new in Malaga in 2024. This January post looks at special events, new developments and tourist news over the next year. All the information comes from official sources, but that’s no guarantee the listed items will actually happen! 

Special anniversaries in Malaga in 2024

Coming up this year are the following: 

Malaga Port turns 150 

Our favourite part of the city celebrates its 150th anniversary in 2024 with special events during the year. No specific details are available yet, but the restoration of the lovely mariners’ chapel is one of them. Expect news on the lighthouse as well.

Orange blossom spring in Malaga

When: Throughout 2024

Where: Malaga Port.

More information: Our monthly what’s on in Malaga articles.

First football match

2024 is the 120th anniversary of the first football match in Malaga. Malaga CF plans events during the first three months of the year, including a match featuring local footie legends.

When: January to March 2024

Where: Rosaleda Stadium

More information: Our monthly what’s on in Malaga articles.

Brotherhood anniversary

Several of Malaga’s giant thrones will be out parading this year to celebrate big birthdays. Look out for Our Lady of Peace on 13 July as she parades in the Calle Victoria area to commemorate her brotherhood’s 100th anniversary; and the Cristo del Amor at the Cathedral on 8 June.

These processions are in addition to those during Easter in Malaga.

New for tourists in 2024 

Malaga enjoyed one of its best years ever in terms of tourist numbers last year. 2024 has already started well. If you’re planning to visit this year, look out for: 

Direct flights connecting New York and Malaga 

United Airlines is again offering direct flights to and from the Big Apple. This year, they’ll be daily and run from 2 May to the end of September. 

Malaga airport runway

New Easyjet flights 

This airline will offer flights between Malaga and Birmingham from April with a twice-weekly service. Easyjet is also introducing flights to Athens, Nante and Nice from June. 

Read our guide to Malaga Airport

New hotels 

2023 saw a couple of newbies open, and 2024 promises more of the same. New hotels in Malaga this year include ME by Meliá Hotels (their first in the city) on Calle Victoria. The 5* establishment will have 128 rooms, and include a convention centre and gym. Expect the opening of this one towards the end of the year.

Discover where to stay when you visit Malaga.

Other newbies in Malaga in 2024 

LEZ 

Malaga has left joining the compulsory Low Emission Zone (Zona de Bajas Emisiones) scheme rather late, but restrictions start this year. The LEZ will be in the city centre (around 4.3km²) and introduced gradually. 

You can read more information about the LEZ in Malaga (in Spanish) here.

Antonio Banderas Musical 

Malaga’s favourite actor is the director behind another musical at Soho Theatre. This year’s choice is They’re Playing Our Song, the 1979 Broadway musical, with libretto by Neil Simon, music by Marvin Hamlisch and words by Carole Bayer Sager.

As usual, the musical will be in Spanish but expect a world-class show from leading actors. And, of course, top directing from Mr Banderas himself. From June. 

The video below contains the main songtracks from the musical to get you in the mood!

Major sporting events in Malaga in 2024

After hosting the European Capital of Sport in 2020 and 2021, Malaga usually has a full calendar of sporting events. And 2024 is no exception. 

Copa del Rey Basketball finals 

Spain’s best basketball teams come together in the country’s top competition. Local Unicaja is one of the eight contenders for the title, so expect plenty of local support (that sea of green, white and purple). 

When: 15 to 18 February

Where: Martín Carpena Sports Stadium on the west side of the city.

More information: Copa del Rey tickets

World Triathlon Championship Finals 

Malaga won the bid to host this top-class sporting event in late October. The world’s best combiners of swimming, cycling and running will come together to prove their athletic prowess. Expect some serious sporting stamina at this event.

When: 17 to 20 October

Where: different venues in the city, with the cycling and running circuits passing through the centre.

More information: website

Davis Cup finals

Malaga will host the final eight teams in this tennis cup for the third consecutive year in November 2024. 2023’s finalists, Australia and Italy, are already confirmed, plus two wild cards (UK and Spain). Expect the world’s top players and some great tennis action. 

When: November (dates to be confirmed)

Where: Martín Carpena Sports Stadium on the west side of the city.

More information: Davis Cup website

And some incognitos for Malaga in 2024 

Finally, some things that may happen in the city this year. 

Will it rain?

We read this week that there’s been a drought in Malaga since March 2016! Obviously, if you’re visiting the city, you want full-on warmth and sunshine, but those of us who live here would really love some rain. At least enough to fill the reservoirs up a bit.

pergola in wet weather in Malaga

Will Malaga Football Club go up a division? 

Malaga CF is currently in the second division and, as our footie experts tell us, is having a reasonable season. But whether that’ll be enough to allow them to go up is another matter. 

Will the old post office building finally get a facelift? 

The iconic building on the Avenida de Andalucia, currently covered in netting and graffiti, is supposed to become a 200-room 5* hotel. But, although the building has a buyer with available investment funds, planning permission is holding proceedings up. 

Hopefully, this year will see an end to the hold-up and start a major facelift in this part of town. Total investment is expected to reach €90 million and the hotel could create 500 jobs. Fingers crossed. 

And what about that skyscraper in the port? 

The 150-metre tower in the cruise terminal has been on the agenda for several years, but 2024 could see the green light for its approval. Malaga City Council gave its seal of approval late last year, and the next step is government approval. The jury is out on whether the cabinet will give the final stamp or throw the project out of the window forever. 

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