Best time of year to visit Malaga

One of the questions that pops up most in our Guide to Malaga inbox is when is the best time of year to go to Malaga. That’s a hard one to answer because every month offers something different in terms of weather and events. To make it easier for you to decide when’s the best time of year to go to Malaga for you, we’ve compiled a month-by-month guide. Here, you’ll find a guide to the weather in Malaga and events in the different months.

Did you know our Events section lists all the main events in Malaga and gives you all the essential information?

Why go to Malaga in January

In a nutshell, start the year with some sunshine. Enjoy one of the quietest months of the year in Malaga for visitors so you can see the museums and monuments without the crowds. Make the most of bargain shopping in Malaga at the sales (see below). And the Russian Museum opens a new permanent exhibition. Read about this year’s Exhibition here.

art in Malaga
Splendorous Frost by Igor Grabar

What’s the weather like in Malaga in January

The days are short and it gets dark at around 6pm. Mostly sunny and average daytime temperatures are 17 degrees. January is one of the wettest months in Malaga but even so, expect no more than a few days (the statistics say it will rain on 6).

What’s on in Malaga in January

Three Kings’ Parade is the family highlight of events in Malaga. Leaving from the Port in late afternoon and winding its way through the city centre, the Three Kings’ Parade gives you the chance to see their majesties themselves on elaborate floats and accompanied by dancers, performers…

January also heralds the start of the winter sales – from 7 January to 28 February.

Public holidays in Malaga

  • 1 January
  • 6 January

Why go to Malaga in February

One of the fun months of the year with Carnival celebrations including parades, drag queen competitions and the burial of the sardine. Read about carnival in Malaga here. And of course, you need some winter sunshine.

Malaga carnival 2018

What’s the weather like in Malaga in February

Days are getting longer, warmer and drier. Average daytime temperatures in Malaga reach 18 to 19 degrees. According to statistics, February has 5 rainy days.

What’s on in Malaga in February

Carnival takes centre stage with 10 days of events for all the family. Check out our free Guide to Malaga newsletter for updates, in your inbox every other Friday.

Public holidays in Malaga

  • 28 February

Why go to Malaga in March

Spring comes early in Malaga so if winter is lingering in your home country, book a holiday to Malaga in March. The parks and gardens are in full bloom and it’s peak nesting season at the Guadalhorce Natural Park. Discover lots of other compelling reasons to visit Malaga in spring.

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Parks in Malaga

What’s the weather like in Malaga in March

The days are getting longer especially the evenings after the clocks go forward at the end of the month. Daytime temperatures average a very pleasant 20 degrees and historically you can expect just 4 days of rain.

What’s on in Malaga in March

Malaga Film Festival takes place in March. Read all about this event in Malaga here.

Why go to Malaga in April

For many people this is the best time of year to go to Malaga – spring has well and truly arrived, the days are longer so there’s more time for sightseeing. Don’t miss the wisteria in full bloom at the Concepción Botanical Gardens.

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Wisteria at the Concepción botanical gardens

What’s the weather like in Malaga in April?

Lots of warm sunshine and some spring showers (statistically it rains in Malaga on 5 days in April).

What’s on in Malaga in April

If Easter is late and it is in 2019, Holy Week takes place. One of the biggest events in Malaga of the year and a major tourist attraction, Holy Week involves spectacular parades of religious icons round the city streets. Read our guide to Easter in Malaga.

Public holidays in Malaga in April

Thursday 18 April (Maundy Thursday)

Friday 19 April (Good Friday)

Why go to Malaga in May

We think May is a lovely time of the year to go to Malaga – it’s easily warm enough to go to the beach for the day, evenings start to get long and balmy (perfect for rooftop cocktails). And the rose gardens in the Jardines de Pedro Alonso next to City Hall come into bloom, a stunning display that lasts well into July.

parks in Malaga
Roses in bloom

What’s the weather like in Malaga in May

Warm and sunny. Daytime temperatures are approaching 25 degrees and rainy days are less likely.

What’s on in Malaga in May

Malaga Gastronomy Festival – a week-long event when the city celebrates all the latest in produce from Malaga and how to cook it. Highlights include show cooking by some of the best chefs in Malaga, wine and food tastings, and master classes

International Museum Day takes place on 18 May. To celebrate this, museums in Malaga offer free entry and guided tours, often in English, of their collections.

Public holidays in Malaga

  • 1 May

Why go to Malaga in June

A city break with a beach holiday in Malaga comes into its own in June when the weather is perfect for basking in the sun and not too hot for sightseeing during the day. The parks and gardens are in full spring bloom. And evenings in the city have a real summer buzz to them.

beach in Malaga
Where better?

What’s the weather like in Malaga in June

We’d almost say perfect. Temperatures in the day can reach 28 degrees especially towards the end of the month. Full sunshine is on the cards daily with hardly any chance of rain at all.

What’s on in Malaga in June

Malaga Tango Festival is one of the events. Check out tango concerts (music and dance) at the Cervantes and Echegaray Theatres plus free performances on the street.

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Why go to Malaga in July

High holiday season has arrived and this is a great month for long days at the beach followed by a spot of evening sightseeing. Al fresco dining and cocktails come into their own. And Calle Larios sports its summer shady awnings.

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July sunshine

What’s the weather like in Malaga in July

Along with August, this is the hottest month of the year with average daytime temperatures easily hitting 30 degrees. And absolutely no need for your umbrella at all.

What’s on in Malaga in July

Some of the best cultural events in Malaga take place during July. Lots of music and dance at the Festival Terral held at various venues round the city; classical plays at the Roman Theatre; and open-air cinema at lots of locations in Malaga including the beach.

Why go to Malaga in August

If you love a hot, sunny holiday at the beach with the chance to join southern Europe’s biggest fiesta plus a dash of sightseeing then August is the best time of year to go to Malaga for you. Just bear in mind that it’s high holiday season and you’ll be sharing the beach and everything else in Malaga with lots of other people.

What’s the weather like in Malaga in August

Hot, sunny and often sticky as the eastern Levante winds blow in moist air from the Mediterranean. Temperatures rarely drop below 30 degrees in the day or 21 at night. And rain? Forgot about that one.

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Malaga Fair, a highlight in August

What’s on in Malaga in August

Malaga Fair – probably the biggest event in Malaga, both for things to do and visitors. For just over a week during the middle of August, Malaga becomes one big party all day and all night. In 2019, Malaga Fair runs from Thursday 15 August to Saturday 24 August.

Public holidays in Malaga

  • 15 August
  • 19 August (local holiday)

Why go to Malaga in September

Compared to July and August, September is a much quieter month especially after the schools go back (usually from 10-12 September). It’s cooler and less crowded and for many people, this is the best time of year to go to Malaga. Many temporary art exhibitions open during this month or early October so this is a good time to catch some new culture.

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Art exhibition in Malaga

What’s the weather like in Malaga in September

Still warm – daytime temperatures average a warm 28 degrees so the beach is still a favourite spot and the sea is at its warmest. Evenings are cooler but you still won’t need a jacket when you’re dining outside. The statistics say Malaga usually has 2 days of rain in September.

What’s on in Malaga in September

Malaga Fashion Week takes place during September and is one of the biggest events in Malaga during the year. The highlight is the 2-day catwalk – all the way down Calle Larios – when local and Spanish fashion designers showcase their collections. You can read about Malaga Fashion Week 2016 here.

World Tourism Day on 27 September. Museums and monuments in Malaga celebrate this by offering free entry and (best of all) guided tours, often in English. The Guide to Malaga Facebook and Twitter feeds publicise this in September with a list of everything that’s free to visit on the day.

Public holidays in Malaga

  • 8 September (local holiday)

Why go to Malaga in October

Perfect weather for sightseeing and relaxing on the beach without needing to pop into the shade to cool off. Great art exhibitions and autumn colours in the parks and gardens.

Picasso in Malaga in October

What’s the weather like in Malaga in October

Daytime temperatures average a very comfortable 24 degrees. Evenings become cooler but it rarely drop below 15 degrees so we’re not talking coats yet. One of the rainiest months according to the weather statistics, but still no more than 5 days at the most.

What’s on in Malaga in October

Malaga celebrates Picasso’s birthday in October with lots of events created around the most famous resident of the city. You can read about Picassian events in Malaga here.

Public holidays in Malaga

  • 12 October

Why go to Malaga in November

November is the best time of year to go to Malaga if you like a destination without the crowds – this is one of the quietest months in the city. Days are shorter so less time for looking round monuments and museums in Malaga, but the shops stay open until at least 8.30pm. And this is the perfect season for roast chestnuts – buy them at stalls on street corners – and chocolate and churros.

churros in Malaga
Perfect for winter

What’s the weather like in Malaga in November

Decidedly cooler, although if you’re from Northern Europe or North America you’ll probably find it balmy. Average temperatures in the day hover around 20 degrees so still very pleasant for al fresco dining. November is one of the rainiest months in Malaga, but even that’s relative – weather statistics point to an average of 5.6 days of rain.

What’s on in Malaga in November

Malaga Jazz Festival is the highlight of this month. Check out the programme of concerts held at the two main theatres in Malaga – Cervantes Theatre and Echegaray Theatre. Jazz events also take place at different venues throughout the city.

Public holidays in Malaga

  • 1 November

Why go to Malaga in December

Who doesn’t like a destination at Christmas? This is one of the prettiest times of year in Malaga when the city centre turns into one big Christmas light. Those on Calle Larios are nationally famous and a must-see if you’re on holiday in Malaga in December.

Lights in Malaga at Christmas
Christmas lights on Calle Larios

What’s the weather like in Malaga in December

Daytime temperatures don’t get much above 18 degrees, although that’s still warm enough to sit in the sun. Evenings are cooler and a jacket is a must. You’ll see locals wrapped-up often to the nines, but we never wear gloves or a scarf in Malaga so it isn’t that cold. Statistically this is the rainiest month in Malaga with an average of 6.6 days.

What’s on in Malaga in December

Lots of Christmas events. Christmas concerts, nativity scenes, Christmas lights… During Christmas week, there’s an event every evening at the stage on Plaza de la Constitución. Ask at the Tourist Office for details.

READ ABOUT CHRISTMAS IN MALAGA

Public holidays in Malaga

  • 6 December
  • 8 December
  • 25 December

P.S. We think Malaga has plenty to offer at any time of year and a great holiday is guaranteed whenever you visit. There is a caveat to this, though – you definitely need to take a good look at our website – all you need to know, bang up-to-date and at your fingertips!

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(All Malaga weather data is from the Spanish Meteorological Service AEMET)

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