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What to do in Malaga in Spring..? Lot of Fun in the Sun!

Sea, sun and shopping!

Spring in Malaga has spectacular parades of religious icons around the city streets packed with people

MINI-BREAK IN MALAGA: February is one of the wettest times of the year. You can expect five days of rain during the month, but the rain never lasts for long. Spring arrives early in Malaga with parks and gardens in full bloom in March. When days are getting longer and daytime temperatures moving up to pleasant 20 degrees – and you can expect just four days of rain. You may ask: What to do in Malaga in Spring..? The answer is partly; February and March are perfect for sunny weekends.

Space on the Beach: This area is La Celeta beach in Malaga.
Space on the Beach: This area is La Celeta beach in Malaga.

You might choose the wrong weekend for a break in Malaga. But don´t worry, there are plenty of things to do. Here is our guide to make the most of a city in the rain – but above all in  the sun.

Malaga in February

February is the month of fun with Carnival celebrations, including parades, for people who need some winter sunshine. Carnival fans have a long wait, until 26 February, but better late than cancelled. Most events take place on Plaza de la Constitución where the action takes place on a giant stage until Sunday 6 March.

Normally February is quite for tourism and you might feel to have the attractions to yourself. But lot of things are happening and days are getting longer, warmer and drier. Malaga celebrates the Day of Andalucía on Sunday 28 February; the public holiday is on Monday 1 March.

The Centre Pompidou Málaga opened in 2015, becoming the first branch of the Paris-based art museum outside of France.

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Music and art in Malaga

Spring comes early in Malaga and especially the evenings are turning more pleasant. Historically you can expect just four days of rain.
The new Port of Malaga is transformed to a trendy promenade with shops and restaurants. Or head to Castillo de Gibralfaro looking over Plaza de Toros, Malagueta Beach and watch sunset.Music goes eclectic in Malaga and even better, there’s a great choice of free concerts too.
Malaga is the city of Flamenco and award-winning flamenco artist Arcangel performs his brand of flamenco at the Cervantes Theatre.
A Jazz Quintet featuring musicians from Malaga Philharmonic Orchestra performs a concert at the Picasso Museum. Free concerts: Flute ensemble at the Carmen Thyssen Museum, Free flamenco concert at the MVA Cultural Centre, and concert at the Museum of Malaga.

Main Street: Marquès de Larios is the shopping Street in Malaga.
Main Street: Calle Larios is the shopping Street in Malaga.

Sun and shopping

What if it´s rain…? The rain never last for long and a shopping centre is never far away, and they are all very dry.
El Corte Inglés is Spain’s flagship department store on the west side of the river has 7 floors in the main building. Treat yourself at some gourmet places on the top floor.

Malaga Plaza is home to lots of smaller shops, and Centro Larios are home to main fashion brands. Try to visit Atarazanas Market, the fresh food market, open from 9am to 3pm.

Meet Picasso all year in Malaga, the city the artist was born.
Meet Picasso all year in Malaga, the city the artist was born.

Make a museum day

Malaga has the most museums of any city in Europe at its size, more than 30 and all showcase world-class art. We all know Picasso, and Pompidou Centre. Our pick is Historical Museum, and check out some vintage models of both cars and cloths at the Malaga Car Museum.
Take a tour of the local wine industry at Malaga Wine Museum, and the Music Museum and Museo de Alborania make perfect for children.

Beach Food: Fish grilles on the beach is a speciality of Malaga.
Beach Food: Fish grilles on the beach is a speciality of Malaga.

Churros and Chocolate - on demand from morning to late night.
Churros and Chocolate – on demand from morning to late night.

Chocolate and churros

Don´t miss churros, the deep-fried dough with hot chocolate, a great breakfast to a very late night out. Here are some addresses that makes the ultimate Spanish comfort food.

Cafe Madrid, in Calle Caldereria 1-3. One of the oldest cafés in Malaga.
Soak up the atmosphere inside or people-watch from the outside terrace. Churros are made in the Madrid style – thinner than the classic. Churros €0.30 each.

Restaurante Bar Ona for early bird breakfast at Plaza del Hospital Civil, 7. Open: Sun-Fri 6am-midnight.
Casa Aranda is a classic venue where the hot chocolate is served in giant metal kettles and the churros come thick and juicy at the price of €0.45 each. Address: Calle Herreria del Rey, 3 – Daily 8am-1pm & 5-9pm

What to do in Malaga in spring?

Spring is warm and sunny – daytime temperatures approaching 25 and rainy days are less likely. Over 320 days of sunshine a year make Malaga an destination any time but there’s something about spring that’s special. But never jam-packed on the beaches.

Spring and Easter in Malaga is the Holy Week with parades one week long.
Spring and Easter in Malaga is the Holy Week with parades one week long.

For many spring is the best time to visit Malaga and Holy Week the religious highlight of the year. So is Easter when Holy Week takes place. This is one of the biggest events in Malaga of the year and a major tourist attraction. Holy Week involves spectacular parades of religious icons around the city streets packed with people. And for thousands it’s all about struggling to get into the city centre where people move like herrings in a glass – for a whole week.

What to do in Malaga in Spring, was the main question? For a weekend the sun and spring is always here – 320 days a year.

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Gudmund Lindbaek
Gudmund Lindbaek
Journalist founded King Goya a few years back. Meeting people, local food and engaging stories are my passion. I plan for ambitious once-in-a-lifetime trips. My delight is the prospect of Future Travels: Longer, Slower, Farther! I just want a tiny slice of adventure to be alive, and then excited to return home.

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