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jacaranda trees in bloom, 1 of the things to do in Malaga in May

10 things to do in Malaga in May

Spring is now well advanced in Malaga and we think May makes one of the best months of the year to visit the city. Read on for some inspiration on what to do in Malaga in May from unusual activities, foodie experiences and side trips from the city to special things to see and places to discover. All in the 31 days of May!

Enjoy some flamenco

You can catch some authentic flamenco at most times of the year in Malaga. If you’re in Malaga in May, check out the free monthly flamenco concert held at the MVA Cultural Centre on Calle Ollerías (just a few minutes’ walk from Plaza de la Merced). It showcases the best local and regional artists with the accent on song and guitar with some occasional dance performances.

To find out what’s on in the flamenco world in Malaga, check out our monthly round-up of events.

Taste the best from the sea

Sardines on a bamboo cane over a log fire and on the beach make one of the best foodie experiences on the Costa del Sol. And May opens the start of the best sardine season. Those in the know say that you should only eat sardines in months without an ‘r’ in them

eat sardines things to do in Malaga in May
Espetos grilling nicely over olive logs

Make sure you enjoy an espeto or two while you’re in Malaga in May. Most beach restaurants serve them – for the cheapest, head for Pedregalejo or El Palo where 5 or 6 delicious sardines cost from €3.

Discover Malaga like a local

As fans of Guide to Malaga know, we like to get off the beaten track and one of the best ways to do this is to ‘lose yourself’ in a neighbourhood. Our Walking Tours section has some good suggestions and we also recommend exploring the area around the Picasso Museum and the side streets off Calle Andrés Pérez

Need a hotel in May?

Check out our recommendations hotels in Malaga to suit all tastes and budgets. And if you’re not quite sure which area to book in, read our guide to where to stay in Malaga with detailed information about every district in the city.

See some squares

Plazas are an essential part of the city in Spain and Malaga has several lovely squares. They make great places to sit and watch the world go by, admire lovely architecture or simply pass through on your way to one of the monuments or museums.

Plaza de la Constitucion Malaga
Plaza de la Constitución

See which are our favourite squares in Malaga and then add discovering them to your list of things to do in Malaga in May.

Budget stays

Apartamentos Debambu

Apartamentos Debambu are one of the better self-catering options in Malaga city centre. They offer a choice of accommodation, including stu …

Boutique Hotels

Hotel Mariposa

Hotel Mariposa offers a great location in the heart of Soho in exquisitely decorated spaces and with a very personalised service. From the …

Mid-range hotels

Hotel MS Maestranza

The largest hotel in the Malagueta district of Malaga, the Hotel MS Maestranza has the beach and Muelle Uno on its doorstep. As you’d expec …

Take in the jacarandas

May means jacaranda time in Malaga when the city’s hundreds of trees burst into magnificent purple bloom. See the best in Plaza de la Merced where literally the whole square blooms purple and on the walk up to the Gibralfaro via the south side of the Alcazaba.

But there are so many of these trees that almost anywhere you go in Malaga you’ll be admiring the gorgeous purple jacarandas in May.

Shop on local produce

Another idea for things to do in Malaga in May is to stock up on local produce. Think cold cuts, cheeses, olive oil, dried fruit and nuts, jams and preserves, sweets and cakes…

Atarazanas Market has several stalls selling local Malaga produce, but for a change, why not visit one of the traditional grocery stores in the city? They offer personal service and prime products as well as a very different experience.

Walk the seafront

With warm sunshine and light breezes, May offers perfect weather for walking. Make it even better with a stroll along the entire seafront in Malaga. Start in the west at Sacaba Beach (get the No 40 bus from Muelle Heredia) and then make your way east to El Palo.

Stop for breakfast at one of the cafés on the western seafront (we like Moby Dick and Bare Nostrum), lunch at one of the beach bars in El Palo and then enjoy a sundowner at El Balneario on your way back. And if you’re feeling the heat a bit, take a quick dip along the way!

Marvel at the ceilings

Make this month the one where you discover one of the loveliest churches in Malaga. The Basílica de la Victoria (at the north end of Calle Victoria) is home to two very unusual sights – the striking black and white crypt where it’s difficult not to get goosebumps and the Lady Chapel with an ornate Baroque ceiling. (Note that the crypt is currently under restoration.)

Unusual things to do in Malaga in May
Roof in the lady chapel

Read more about this church in our walking tour of Calle Victoria.

Admire Antequera

Not as famous as Ronda, but with a much longer list of monuments and a seriously impressive hilltop castle, Antequera is well worth including on your list of day trips from Malaga. Easy to get to by bus and not too hot in May, historic Antequera offers fine churches, views to die for and some of the best dolmens in Spain.

View of Antequera
View of Antequera

Find out more in our dedicated post below. And why not combine your trip with a wine tasting tour while you’re there?

Enjoy some funky art

Make May the month you check out La Térmica Cultural Centre. Located on the west side of town, near the seafront, this historic building hosts several world-class exhibitions a year. Photography and pop art take pride of place in the exhibition halls.

Entrance is free and the Centre is open from Tuesday to Sunday 11am to 2pm and 5 to 8pm. Don’t miss the tiled floors, interior patios and stained glass windows while you’re there.

Get to La Térmica on the No 7 bus from Plaza de la Marina or walk along the seafront. You can see which exhibitions are on in our monthly round-up of what’s on in Malaga.

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