Winter is coming…but do not worry you will be safe. Malaga in winter enjoy sunny days throughout the year and enjoyment is not limited exclusively to summer but also December and January.
Actually, many tour operators and travel agencies offer very good price-value flights to Malaga Airport in the months between October and March. The same applies as well for the Malaga cruise port which is one of the principal scales in the winter routes of cruise ships through the Mediterranean Sea.
Hotels availability in winter?
Unlike other places in the province of Malaga, many hotels along the coast remain open throughout the year and so do many apartments or rural houses. Some of these establishments even design specific programs for their winter guests.
Need recommendations? Use our forum and feel free to ask about recommended locations to stay during the winter season in Malaga.
Winter activities – Visiting Malaga in November, December and January
Definitely, Malaga in winter has an unique climatic characteristics that contribute to the practice of Golf. Actually this sport has become one of the most attractive activities along the Costa del Sol meanwhile the rest of Europe is shivering with cold.
Other outdoor activities you can practicwe throughout the year are boating and fishing.
Autumn to Spring is a great time to explore the inland and mountainous regions of one of the 5 Natural parks as the landscape around December gets covered in the first fresh green. If you plan visiting Malaga during the Spring you can read my latest post about Malaga in February.
Hiking, climbing or horse riding are some more options.
You can also check for information about Christmas in Malaga and other activities for New Year’s Eve, December is a great month for visiting Southern of Spain.
Autumn to Spring is a great time to explore the inland and mountainous regions of one of the 5 Natural parks
All these activities combine greatly as well with wellness holidays in some of the best Spas and centres for Thalassotherapy.
In the main resorts along the Costa del Sol there are very good municipal sports installations:
- Indoor swimming pool, steam bath and even jet pool in Torremolinos.
- The municipal sport club in Benalmádena has a permanent ice rink of 900 m2 and cafeteria service next to it.
- Those visiting the Corte Ingles mall can also try the ice rink, it is the last stop of the suburban train and you have to take the left stairs exit.
Strolling the city centre of Malaga in winter
Once you are in the historic centre of Malaga, you might want to combine your sightseeing with a relaxing bath in a Hammam (Turkish steam bath). You don´t have to bring anything with you, they will provide a bathrobe and disposable underwear. The Hammam is close to the Picasso Museum in the Calle Tomas de Cozar 13.
The typical and most touristic Hamman is called Spa Al-Andalus and is at Plaza de los Martires. (http://malaga.hammamalandalus.com/en/)
Maybe you feel like a coffee break after your bath? Then you can head for some Chocolate and Churros in the city centre.
Asking for coffee in Malaga can be quite difficult for newcomers, there are at least eight different types of Coffees. For instance: they call “sombra” (shadow) to the half coffee-half milk; “nube” (cloud) is a lot of milk and less coffee. If you want a only a little milk with a lot of coffee, you have to ask for “cortado” (cut).
You can also check for a guide and monument map, those can be useful items for visiting the city centre.
When visiting the city centre don’t forget to check the Christmas lighting in Malaga, one of the most beautiful in Europe. Remember there is the so called 3 kings parade the afternoon of January the 5th.
Typical gastronomy in December
In winter you will find in the square and streets of the city centre posts with roasted chestnuts (very typical here) and potatoes.
Another great thing to do is a stroll through the market square Mercado de Atarazanas. Do not forget to buy some marinated olives and Mangoes from Malaga (they are ripe in winter!).
Winter shopping, you love it and you know it
An additional leisure time option (for bad weather for example) is the Plaza Mayor Commercial and Leisure centre, check a post about shopping Malls in Malaga. It is close to the airport, with bowling, restaurants and bars, cinema, gym with heated pool, nightclubs and children´s corner. The centre is easily accessible with the suburban train.
When visiting Malaga in December you can also find some Christmas markets in Malaga and other municipalities.
Theme parks and other attractions in winter
There are several theme parks and attractions in Malaga, below are some of them:
- Crocodile Park in Torremolinos
- Tivoli World, Sea Life and Selwo Marina in Benalmadena
- Zoo in Fuengirola
- Selwo Adventure Park in Estepona.
- Lobo Park, one hour driving from Malaga in Antequera, with authentic wolves in semi wild reserve.
Are you planning your holiday to Malaga in winter season or already did and want to share your experience?
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