Dinosaurs in Malaga with Jurassic World in February

Until February 26th children can enjoy the exciting Jurassic world with animatronics dinosaurs in an area of more than one thousand square meters.

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Meeting dinosaurs in Malaga

Indeed it is a special occasion for making activities with children and knowing more about these majestic creatures that once walked on our planet.

The exhibition shows us 10 real size dinosaur figures, some of them are animated simulating breathing and other details of their behaviour.

The representations have an appearance similar to what they think they might had in the past.

One of the latest discoveries shows that many of the dinosaurs may have been covered by feathers. Probably the common ancestor had them also.

Among the species in the exhibitions you can find the great and feared Tyrannosaur Rex in real size. In addition you will see Triceratops, Spinosaurs, Diplodocus and Protoceratops among other species.

Activities for children

The animated figures are represented in habitats that simulate their natural environment.

There are information panels in the dinosaur exhibit that show very interesting facts about those animals and theories of their extinction.

Undoubtedly an ideal way to teach children how they were and where those amazing creatures lived.

 

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For adults it is possible that this exhibition is a little light as I have found many negative opinions that report the reduced space and the very poor quality of the exhibition. If you want to contribute with your opinion you are invited to use the comments section below.

Price and time

The dinosaur exhibition is available until February 26 for the price of 7€

Children under 3 years have free admission.

The opening hours are:
Monday to Friday from 5pm to 9pm.
Saturdays and Sundays from 10am to 2pm and from 5pm to 9pm.

Address and how to get there

Address: Camino de S. Rafael, 121, 29006 Malaga (Fair grounds)

You can get there using public transport or by car.

The train stop is Victoria Kent if you are getting there by commuter train.

February – The month of the Almond Blossom and Springtime in Malaga

The cold season is gone, now we can see the increase in temperatures as February approaches. It is late January and early February when we find the first signs of spring in Malaga.

almond-blossom-ronda

One of the first signs that let us know of the imminent arrival of spring is the Almond Blossom.

Spring weather in Malaga

The cold season experienced in mid-January is uncommon on the Costa del Sol. In the province of Malaga, whose shores are caressed by the Mediterranean Sea and a benevolent climate all year round, winter is practically non-existent and at worst  usually lasts a few days.

While even a good part of the peninsula is covered with a white blanket, autumn changes almost imperceptibly into spring; a spring that begins to take shape at the beginning of February.

One of the first signs that let us know of the imminent arrival of spring is the Almond Blossom.

A hiking trail can show the walker landscapes where the colour that stands out is the soft pinks and whites of the almond trees. A true delight for your senses.

Spring hikes while visiting Malaga in February

If you visit Málaga in February, whether it is during Valentine’s Day, the Carnival, or just to escape for a few days from the firm grip of the winter in your place of origin, I recommend to visit some of the white villages to enjoy the Almond Blossom.

Especially recommended are the regions of the Axarquia, the Guadalhorce Valley, Sierra de las Nieves and Montes de Malaga in February, all only a few kilometres from the coast.

The so-called Ruta de los Almendros (Almond route) runs along some picturesque places and villages of the Guadalhorce Valley, also known as the Orchard of Malaga. Towns along this route are Almogía, Alora (Natural Area Desfiladero de los Gaitanes) and Cartama, where you can also enjoy products made of almonds.

Almond route in Malaga

Another route takes us through the beautiful valley and the mountains of Guadalteba, to the municipalities of Carratraca or Ardales; or Sierra de las Nieves (north of Marbella) and the villages of Tolox and Guaro.

Also the easternmost Costa del Sol, with its highest mountains in the province offers at this time of year beautiful countryside in white and pink. In the so-called Axarquia, we can see fields of almond trees in the villages of Arenas and Daimalos (northeast of Velez-Malaga) or Totalan (east of Malaga capital).

Other towns in the Axarquia, where you can enjoy beautiful views of almond blossoms are Moclinejo, Macharaviaya, Comares, Riogordo, Periana, Alfarnate, Colmenar (to the north between Malaga city and Velez-Malaga ) and Algarrobo or Sayalonga (east of Velez-Malaga).

Activities during February in Malaga

Those who come to Malaga in February can find interesting activities:

Soup of the 7 branches in El Burgo on February 28

On the 28th, February, an event scheduled for the Day of Andalusia takes place in the municipality of El Burgo. The traditional event ‘Sopa de los 7 ramales’, is very interesting for all of you who want to enjoy the most typical gastronomy of this white village. This festivity has been declared Tourist Singularity of the province of Malaga.

This typical dish of El Burgo served in the past as food for the peasants, is made with the following products of the municipality: traditional bread, garlic, potato, tomato, asparagus, egg and pepper.

The name of this soup comes from the 7 fresh ingredients used in the cooking.

In addition to the tasting of this soup there will be various activities scheduled for all audiences. Guided tours or musical activities as well as a craft market, everything you need to spend a day in this picturesque town of Malaga with family and children or with friends.

The village, in the Sierra de las Nieves, is an ideal place for practicing hiking. Some of the highlights that I recommend you to visit if you like nature is the waterfall of the river Turon and the recreational area of ​​La Fuensanta.

Day of Andalusia on February 28

In addition to El Burgo festival there are many events and activities that you can do on February 28, Andalucia day and holiday in this autonomous community.

Torremolinos, Marbella, Malaga and many other municipalities celebrating the Andalucia day with food and handcrafted stands as well as live music and traditional dancing.

Original ideas for Valentine’s Day in Malaga 2017

Although there are those who decide to make a gift during February 14th, lovers’ day, others opt for a romantic getaway. There are also free Valentine’s Day options. Which one are you most interested in?

The getaway is in my opinion much more advisable in a relation to a simple gift since it will bring nice memories, what do you think about planning with us your Valentine’s Day in Malaga?

If you are single do not worry, there are certainly some ideas that you might like. Who knows, you may know your soul mate during any of these activities.

Valentine’s Day is not something born in darkness by large shopping centers.

Let’s go back to the origins of this event, when did it begin?

Valentines day

Origin of Valentine’s Day

Contrary to what many think, Valentine´s day is not something invented secretly by large shopping centres. It is a celebration of pagan origin (native religion of Europe) held by the Romans as the day of Lupercalia (god of fertility and agriculture).

During Valentine´s Day took place an important celebration in honour of the god Lupercus. There were dances and games, one of those games was to write down on paper the name of the favourite couple… the result was an engagement for one year which often lasted.

After the arrival of the church in Rome and due to the resistance of the people to end the celebration they decided to rename it Valentine´s Day. They prohibited couples so many young people choose to send instead romantic notes. Those notes during the centuries became increasingly popular. Who has not played the game of love notes in the school during the Valentine’s Day?

A cheap or free Valentine’s Day

Those who do not let the consumerism feeling to dominate them or those who can’t afford opening their wallet can always opt for free or cheap, but original ideas for Valentine’s Day.

Calendar should not lead this special day that you can celebrate at any time or date.

If Valentine’s Day is on weekend it might be easier to plan something special. When it is any day of the week such as Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday, it might be harder to find a perfect moment for the two, but everything is possible.

Anyway you can always celebrate the lover’s day any other day of the week. Calendar should not lead this special day that you can celebrate at any time or date. If it is a business day you can move it to the Friday, Saturday or Sunday…or even take several days to plan a romantic getaway to some town or area of Malaga.

I’m pretty sure that the love you feel for your partner will inspire a romantic idea, however if you need some help or you are planning to declare your love to someone special then here you are a few of free and cheap ideas:

Love has the virtue of being able to transform the most common instant of a day into a unique moment.

6 free or cheap original ideas for Valentine’s Day

Here I bring you a light top of original ideas for him or her:

  • Stroll trough the city centre and declaration of love inside Alcazaba’s garden place. The cost would be only the entrance to the fortress.
  • Love poem next to your partner’s pillow for FREE.
  • Romantic route by road to discover that magical place to remember at any of the beautiful natural environment in the province of Malaga.
    Price is from 20€ to 50€, depending on the deposit and consumption of your car.
  • Declaration of love in the Malaga’s Ferris Wheel.
    The price is around 20€ for a couple.
  • Spread love notes throughout the house as a treasure hunt.
    The cost is from 0€ to several thousands of billions if you decide to put a real treasure at the end. Instead you can also place chocolates along with the tip notes.
  • Telling your partner ‘I love you’ at the most unexpected moment can be more than enough. Love has the virtue of being able to transform the most common instant into a unique moment.

Things to do on Valentine’s Day. Romantic weekend getaway to Malaga

Now you know more about Valentine’s Day, we can go to the next step: Things to do for Valentine’s Day in Malaga; How about a romantic weekend getaway?

There are many places you can visit, from a romantic retreat in a village of Malaga to a hotel with Spa along the Costa del Sol.

If you don´t have plans you can always find a cheap deal for a romantic getaway to Malaga, many hotels usually include some extras on this day as a Spa adorned with flowers or a romantic dinner by candlelight.

Are you in Malaga or planning to come? then you can choose to invite your partner to a romantic dinner. Many restaurants in Malaga usually adapt to this special night decorated for the occasion and some even include a children’s menu.

helicopter-rental6 original ideas for Valentine’s Day in Malaga

If you don´t have enough with a hotel and a romantic dinner there are also more original activities in Malaga:

Helicopter Flight along the Costa del Sol
http://www.worldaviation.es/en/

Spa circuit and massage
http://www.amaragua.com/en/spa.html

spa-massage

balloon-rondaRomantic plan including spa, dinner, music and other activities
http://www.belife.be/ (Only in spanish)

Balloon flight over Ronda
http://www.gloventosur.com/en/

Skydive, quad, kayaking, hiking and other activities
http://www.team4you.es/adventure-outdoor-activities/

parachute-tandem-malaga

Additionally websites like Groupalia offer discounts and offers at restaurants or activities during Valentine´s Day.
http://es.groupalia.com/san-valentin/ (only in spanish)

I’ll keep updating this list as I find more original ideas for this special days…we still have time to plan something different.

Offers for lodging and transportation for your romantic getaway

Fuerte Hoteles pages offer free accommodation for children under 12 during your stay.
http://www.fuertehoteles.com/en/offers/

Malagacar.com offers discounts and special offers on car hire if you book for Valentine´s Day. 15% discount on certain groups with the discount code we’ve found, “LOVE2017”.

In their Facebook page they usually post the latest coupons:
https://www.facebook.com/malagacar/

If you plan to visit the Costa del Sol, it is a good idea to use both offers and benefit from a substantial discount.

Have you thought about doing something special for Valentine’s Day?

Cold wave and snow in Malaga in January

January brings cold temperatures from the next Wednesday 18th until Sunday; this cold bring snow in Malaga to lower altitudes.

Snow in Malaga is an exceptional situation that you can take advantage of. How about a snow getaway this weekend?

Continue reading for an update at the bottom of this page…I will continue posting the latest information about cold and snow Malaga this week.

Low temperatures this week

The lowest temperatures expected in Malaga are between 1ºC and 3ºC while the maximum temperatures are between 10ºC and 12ºC.

In towns like Antequera or Ronda temperatures at night can reach – 4ºC and snow can even reach those or other areas like Malaga Mountains.

Temperatures are too low and it is not the normal weather in the south, from Monday in advance temperatures are expected to be back to normal.

winter-is-coming
After all low temperatures will happen during the night, the daytime temperatures are mild.

Snow in Malaga

The famous snow in Malaga the 3rd in February in 1954 is in the memory of many locals. One day when they woke up with snow covering the streets up to 1 meter deep.

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Locals enjoying the morning throwing snow balls.

This situation is very strange to happen and before 1954 the only notice about this happening again goes back to 1882. The temperature registered the famous snow day was between 0,5ºC and 5ºC.

Those who were young by that date have very funny memories of the day. A free school Wednesday by surprise when they could enjoy the day by throwing snow balls and a cinema afternoon without homework.

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Guadalmedina river in the morning was a picture more likely from Nordic countries than from southern Spain.

Snow reached other municipalities in Malaga like Marbella and Estepona.

Is it likely to snow in Malaga again?

It would be a very strange success that the snow weather from 1954 happens again. This week could it snow but from 300m above the sea level.

It does exist the possibility of snow over the Malaga Mountains during the next days.

In an exceptional situation there could be snowy roads connecting the interior villages with the coast. I recommend to pay attention to the weather forecast if you are driving this week.

snow covering mountains next to Malaga airport
Photo taken this morning, look at the mountains next to the airport

It is going to snow in Malaga, although it is a very strange success to happen it did in the past. Logic makes us think that at some point the event will happen…but we don´t know when.

Snow in Malaga is an exceptional situation that you can take advantage of. How about a snow getaway this weekend?

Update

It has snow in Marbella, Mijas Pueblo, Ronda, Antequera, Nerja and Malaga Mountains. It will continue to snow until the Sunday on the Axarquia region above 600 or 800 meters.

Torremolinos and Benalmadena have received snow at 600 meters above the sea level in areas such as Monte Calamorro and la Cañada del Lobo.

The temperature feeling the 19th of January morning at Malaga airport has been -1ºC while the real lower temperature has been 4ºC.

Weekend getaway with snow in Malaga

This weekend could be perfect to enjoy the beautiful snow landscapes in the province.

Although this is not the great snowfall produced in 1954 on the city and the coastal zones, snow has been produced at low altitudes. If you go by car you will not have to drive long to enjoy a snowy day in Malaga.

If you are looking for snowy places in the province for this weekend you should head to Ronda and Sierra de las Nieves or Sierras de Tejeda, Almijara y Alhama. As the weekend progresses the fallen snow will melt, although it will be conserved in areas close to 1000 meters of altitude.

Weather forecast

The weather forecast show that snowfall will continue today from above 600 meters in some areas of the Axarquia region. Snow under that altitude will not last long as it is melting already.

This weekend will continue to snow but above 800 meters high.

Don’t be afraid if coming for holiday in January or February to Malaga

Don’t be afraid, news about the cold wave coming to Malaga and lower temperatures are more related to the night than to the day and this situation will last not long, only until the Sunday or Monday.

You can check the actual weather and temperature in Malaga from our website.

If you are looking for snow activities you can go to Sierra Nevada, very close to Malaga by car.

5 Easy hiking trails in Malaga for family trips

Malaga is surrounded by mountains, all kind of hiking trails ideal for nature lovers. In this article I will recommend some easy hiking trails that can be made all year round and even with children, perfect routes for going with family or spend a nice day with friends.

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Winter, autumn or summer activities, a chance to teach your children the beauty of this province by practicing any of the trails below. Those trails have a common characteristic, they are not difficult nor too long, perfect hiking trails for all ages.

Sharing hobbies and activities with children is important, memories they will keep for all their life. Activities like hiking will teach them to understand and respect nature.

Hiking trail in Sierra Bermeja

There is an easy path on this mountain range where you can enjoy a beautiful Pinsapo forest; a Pinsapo is a tree specie that has managed to survive millions of years.

The hiking path ‘Paseo de los Pinsapos’ (Pinsapos walk). It is well signed and starts with a descent; pay attention, you might be able to spot any of the species that live in this area: mountain goat, chameleon or Andalusian lizard among others.

  • Collection of plants is not allowed.
  • One way distance is 4.1 km.
  • The best way for getting there is from Estepona heading to Jubrique. La mejor ruta para llegar es desde Estepona tomando dirección a Jubrique). At the road cross at the mountain port ‘Puerto de Peñas Blancas’ you must take the road signed to Pico de los Reales, the hiking trail begins from one of the curves of this road.

Sierra Bermeja

How to get there and map of the area: https://goo.gl/maps/dhQSFfjiJpv

Hiking path in Marbella

In the Dunes of Artola begins this hiking trail, exactly at the parking where you must leave the car.

Along the route you will be able to see some fossils dunes, others are the moving dunes that can change their place depending on weather factors.

  •  Surface is tough and without unevenness, it is a path recommended for everyone.
  • Because being close to the beach you can take a bath if it is too hot.
  • For getting there you must take the road exit to Cabopino from the highway between Mijas and Marbella.

Dunas de Artola en Marbella

How to get there and map of the area: https://goo.gl/maps/LtVbKgU1tkF2

Visiting the Guadalhorce river mouth

In the past it was a Phoenician port and actually it’s a natural place with its own flora and fauna.

It is a perfect place for going with family and walk enjoying the day.

  • The route has bird spotting stands.
  • For getting there you must head to Guadalmar, between Torremolinos and Málaga.

Desembocadura del río Guadalhorce

Map and how to get there: https://goo.gl/maps/2VZF3EbbPcr

Fuente de Piedra Lagoon

The perfect season for visiting Fuente de Piedra Lagoon is between autumn and spring, a place where enjoying this natural reserve and finding an important population of aquatic birds.

This lagoon has been an important salt resource since Roman times until the middle of the 20th century. Actually it is a wetland where you will find one of the most important flamenco colonies in Europe.

For getting to this lagoon you must head to Casabermeja from Malaga, drive surrounding Antequera by the North driving through the A-47 and the A-92 roads until you get to the Fuente de Piedra exit.

Foto de flamencos en Laguna de Fuente de Piedra

How to get there and map: https://goo.gl/maps/LNBVxwpq73t

Hiking in Malaga Mountains

Lagar de Torrijos place is at the North of the Natural Park of Malaga Mountains. It is an area from where you can have a nice walk by a dense pines forest.

It is a nice family route, you can make a round day if you try the typical ‘Plato de los Montes’ dish.

Montes de Malaga

How to get there and map: https://goo.gl/maps/CPsG3pzERV92

More hiking trails

Sharing hobbies and activities with children is important, memories they will keep for all their life. Activities like hiking will teach them to understand and respect nature.

Those are just some of the easy hiking trails in Malaga for going with family or friends, there are many more. If you want to know more about Natural Parks and hiking routes in Malaga and Andalucia check our guides.

Best places for shopping – Malls in Malaga

Today’s entry is for all those who love Shopping Malls, a relaxing activity for many, but be careful, especially if you bring your credit card. Do you dare to join me on this shopping day in Malaga?

Shopping in the city centre

The centre of Malaga is a must see for anyone who visits the city during any time of the year. It does not matter if it rains or it is cold, the street Calle Larios is the shopping area in Malaga.

I will dedicate another blog entry to the shops in Calle Larios coming soon.

Shopping Malls in Málaga

Could we live without Shopping Malls? Actually the number of people who prefer to shop online is rising, but the entertainment centres still provide something that attracts not only the typical teenager meetings but those who plan a full family shopping day with activities.

It’s not only about perfect climate inside and being a rainproof multi-purpose centre. Shopping Malls offer many activities along the year, from ice rinks in Christmas to Halloween activities. Those of you planning a quick shopping can end spending hours in the mall, specially if you end eating at a restaurant and watching a film in the cinema.

If you are looking for Shopping Malls in the city of Malaga, the opening times or find out if your favourite is open the next Sunday, then continue reading:

Malaga Plaza

Shopping centre located near ‘Corte Ingles’, some of the brands you will be able to find there: Fnac (technology), Fashion Premamá, Burger King, Primor (perfume and beauty), Movistar, Imaginarium (children) …

malaga-plaza

Reviews and map: https://goo.gl/maps/TGpd4o4v5dN2

Hours from Monday to Saturday
1 October – 31 March: 10:00 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.
1 April – 30 September: 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.

Corte Ingles

Shopping centre in ‘Avenida de Andalucia’. Difference with other malls is mainly because the products are categorized by floors and not by different stores inside.

There are two buildings connected underground and there is a public parking on the backside of the main building for customers.

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This mall has the latest in fashion brands, accessories and electronics, as well as beauty products and jewelry.

If you visit Malaga in winter, there is an ice skating rink next to El Corte Ingles.

Where is it

Address: Avenida de Andalucía, 4 y 6 Málaga, Andalucía
Telephone: 952 076 500.

Opening times

Except special days the schedule is from Monday to Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.

You can check if it opens next Sunday here.

How to get there: https://goo.gl/maps/h4WiSjdHywx

Vialia Shopping Mall

Vialia is the shopping centre at the María Zambrano train station in Malaga. It has established stores like Media Markt, Mercadona or H & M among many others.

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There are places to eat like Burguer king or McDonalds as well as a cinema with the newest films released.

Inside this shopping centre is the Hotel Barceló Málaga **** and a bowling.

Opening time

Shopping hours are from 10:00am to 10:00pm.
The leisure area is open from 12:00am to 1:00pm

How to get there? https://goo.gl/maps/bDgz2dA4vmq

Address: Explanada de la Estación, s / n
Tel: 952 040 915

Does it open holidays and Sundays?

This shopping centre opens some holidays and Sundays throughout the year. During the month of December they open every Sunday of the month, this year they also open the first Sunday of January.

For more information about the rest of the year you can visit the official website of Vialia.

Larios Centro Shopping Centre

Halfway between Vialia and Corte Inglés is situated this mall with cinema and parking.

larios-centro-malaga

Opening time from 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. from Monday to Saturday.
On Sundays, the leisure area opens from 11:00 to 0:30.

Larios Centro opens some Sundays and holidays, you can check if it will open this Sunday by following this link: http://www.larioscentro.com/horarios/

Address: Avda. De la Aurora, 2529002 – Málaga
Tfn: 952 36 93 93
How to get there? Https://goo.gl/maps/bmiK9jgcmRp

Plaza Mayor Shopping Mall

Between Malaga and Torremolinos, close to the airport and with its own commuter train stop, is situated the Shopping Mall Plaza Mayor.

Plaza Mayor Shopping Mall in Malaga

It is one of the favourite places among the young people, an open space with two different areas, one for entertainment and the Shopping Mall.

There are different brand stores inside the mall, fashion and accessories or perfume, beauty products or casual clothes for all ages.

For eating or drinking you should head to the entertainment area, the one closer to the train stop.

There is a mechanical workshop, a Mercadona supermarket and a fuel station outside the main building.

How to get there? You can go by car and use the free public parking or by train, the stop is ‘Plaza Mayor’.

Does it open in festivities or Sundays?

Some festivities or Sundays the Shopping Mall can open:

Mall Opening

Mon – Thu, Sun from 10:00 to 01:00
Fri – Sat from 10:00 a.m. to 03:00 p.m.

Shops and supermarket
Mon – Sat from 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Closed sun

Restaurants
Mon – Thu, Sun from 12:00 to 24:00
Fri – Sat from 12:00 to 01:00

Coffe and Icecream shops
Mon – Thu, Sun from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Fri – Sat from 10:00 a.m. to 01:00 p.m.

Midas Workshop
Mon – Sat from 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.

Fuel station
Mon – Sun from 06:00 to 00:00

Cinemas
Mon – Thu, Sun from 16:00 to 01:00

For updates or latest modifications I recommend taking a look at their website (however they don’t look to update any language…)http://www.plazamayor.es/horario/)

Mall Pier 1 in Puerto de Málaga

Malaga port mall has a large number of shops available. You can visit the link to know them all.

Pier 1 has private parking, some shops or services can offer discounts or free parking vouchers for guests.

Shopping Hours:
Monday to Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.

Dining Hours:
From Monday to Sunday from 12:00am to 12:00pm.

More shopping

When visiting Malaga during the winter, you might want to visit the Christmas markets in Malaga.

Winter is coming…things to do in Malaga

Malaga in winterWinter 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.

beach christmas 2015

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.

WINTER IN MALAGA

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.

roasted chestnuts in Malaga

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.

christmas-markets
In winter there are many street markets where shopping

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?

Christmas in Malaga: Experience the lights, markets and New Year’s Eve.

This year the Christmas lights was switched on the 24th in November, did you miss it? Don’t worry, you will find a video of the lighting and all the information you may need about Christmas in Malaga if you continue reading.

The lighting decoration and switching date change every year, however in 2016 it will be the same as in 2015. In past events they used up to 600.000 led lights in Larios street, the most centric street in Malaga. Nevertheless this city is one of the best places to enjoy the Christmas lighting in the world.

The company in charge of Christmas lights in Malaga also make them for different companies and cities worldwide. Many visitors from Europe come to enjoy not only the Christmas lights in Malaga, but the unique festive environment present in the city.

Lighting is switched off on January the 6th.

malaga christmas lighting 2016/2017

The centric area of Malaga is decorated for Christmas with a beautiful lights offering a spectacle you should not miss.

Lighting and Christmas tree at Marina Square
Constitucion Square with Christmas lighting tree from a past event.

Switching on Christmas lights in Malaga in video – 2016

Torremolinos chrismas lighting switching on is the Friday 2nd of November at Plaza de la Nogalera.

Christmas Markets in 2016

Many locals enjoy the Christmas environment by visiting any of the many Christmas markets in the province.

There are usually every year markets at Soho district and Alameda park. I will update the list as new information is coming.

Initially I think the list will not be much different than the previous year one so you can check our past year list of Christmas Markets in Malaga.

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Torremolinos chrismas lights and markets are available from the Friday 2nd of November

Update

Christmas Market in Torremolinos (near train station) from the Friday 2nd of November.

Chrismas Market in Fuengirola is already available at Plaza de la Constitución.

Christmas charity bazaar in Malaga

Located at the English Shop ‘The Old Curiosity Shop’ at Paseo de Sancha, 48.

This charity market will open in January on Monday 2nd, Tuesday 3rd, Wednesday 4th and Thursday 5th.

For donating the opening time is from 10am to 2pm and from 5pm to 8:30pm.

Invisible handcrafters market

At Calle Andres Perez, 8. Opening time is from 5pm to 10pm.

Visiting Traditional Nativity Scenes

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Every year they organize traditional nativity scenes, some of the most popular are the one inside Malaga Cathedral and at the Town Hall in Malaga.

Cathedral opening time: 10am to 2am and from 5pm to 8pm

Town Hall opening time: 10am to 2am and from 5pm to 9pm

New Year’s Eve in Malaga

You can find a wide variety of hotels for the New Year’s Eve party with dinner included . If you prefer, you can celebrate in one of the main squares of the cities of Malaga, there typically meet a large number of people to celebrate the arrival of the New Year.

In adition if you want to celebrate New Year’s Eve with more people you can visit one of the following locations:

Malaga: Plaza de la Constitucion and Calle Larios
Torremolinos: Auditorio Municipal Principe de Asturias
Benalmadena: Plaza de la Mezquita
Fuengirola: Plaza de España
Marbella: Plaza de los Naranjos

Procession of the Three Kings 2017

Night of the Three Kings

The Three Kings in Malaga during 2017 will spend the night in the Alcazaba. The parade will leave from the city hall on Monday 5 January.

The parade will begin at 5 pm on January 5th and the route is as follows*:

  • City Hall Malaga
  • Avenida de Cervantes
  • Plaza General Torrijos
  • Paseo del Parque
  • Plaza de la Marina
  • Alameda Principal
  • Puente Tetuan
  • Avenida de Andalucia
  • Nazareno del Paso
  • Puente de la Esperanza
  • Manuel Jose Garcia Caparros
  • Pasillo de Santa Isabel
  • Carreteria, Alamos
  • Plaza de la Merced

Do you plan to spend this Christmas in Malaga? We hope you enjoy and don´t forget to share your experiences or questions in the forum.

*Route from past year should be the same, should it change I will update it.

Halloween in Malaga, terror takes over the city

halloween-2015On October 31 arrives the terrifying night of Halloween at our city. Do you have any plan? Malaga is ready and features events in which you can already register.

If you have not yet decided what to do, we offer interesting activities for both adults and children so prepare to survive the terror on Halloween in Malaga. Still without costume? Check the top costumes for Halloween and get ready!

The scariest night of the year approaches in Halloween, we hope you survive as we wouldn´t want to run out of readers.

Halloween at the Historical Botanical Garden La Concepción

If you want to visit the Botanical Garden, perhaps would be a good time the night of October 31; Full of frightening beings from the beyond waiting to give you a good scare among the darkest shadows of the garden.

If you go in disguise you can take part in a costume contest in three categories available: children, adults and groups.

Price for the guided visit is at 18 Euros for adults and 15 Euros for children under 16; There is also a family pack for 40 Euros that allows entry of 2 adults and two children.

Guided visits starts at 8pm and the duration is for 1 hour and a half.

For reservations or information you just have to call +34 951 92 61 80

Scary night at the English Cemetery

This mysterious place is open for anyone who wants to venture at night and discover some of the characters brought from the darkest corners of the ultra-world and spread throughout the English Cemetery in Malaga. Are you brave enough?

There is a confirmation that they will not organize this event.

halloween lanternHalloween with children

Kids love Halloween, dressing up is an activity with which they are comfortable all year round without the need for a special day.

When this day comes they are willing to go out disguised and enjoy activities or visit the houses in search of sweets with the typical trick or treating.

Recommendations for families

Theme Parks like Selwo Marina in Benalmadena and Selwo Adventure in Estepona told us in past events the habits of animals as terrifying as tarantulas, snakes, piranhas, poisonous frogs or bats among others. In addition decoration is be adapted to this event and children wearing costumes between 3 and 10 don’t have to pay entrance.

Benalmadena cablecar will have a special decoration in both stations of the trip.

Sea-Life offer free entry for those children under 10 years old wearing costumes, there will be handcrafts and workshops between 11am to 5:30pm.

cartel-halloween-tivoliTivoli World will also organize a special event for this night and there is free entry for children wearing costumes.

Rosaleda shopping centre will organize a workshop for creating tenebrous baskets between 6pm and 9pm the next friday and saturday, the entry is free.

The mall Malaga Plaza will also organize an event for any age the next Friday 28 from 5:30pm to 8:30 pm. Entry will be free and makeup artist will make-up the children for converting them into terrifying creatures, as memory you will will get a polaroid photo of the event. There will be a costume contest as well.

There will be a special event in Automobile Museum on Saturday 29 from 12:30 hours with chilling surprises, tickets cost € 7.5 per person.

Larios street in Malaga centre will be a meeting point for people with amazing costumes, a good place for walking with family.

Halloween at Pier 1 in the Port of Malaga

On October the dead, witches and ghosts will invade the Port of Malaga from 6 pm. Visitors can learn to make halloween baskets and use them later for picking up sweets.

There will be a costume contest with different category prizes and photos.

Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 5pm to 8pm, free entry.

Halloween in Torremolinos, Marbella and other municipalities

cartel-festival-cine-fantastico-torremolinos-2015In addition to the clubs and discoteques with themed decorations and costume parties in Marbella or Torremolinos, in November ends the sixth edition of the Fantastic Film Festival in Torremolinos at the Congress Centre with a contest of short and feature films.

The duration of the festival is from 27 October to 1 November.

Terror in Torremolinos

First of all the Nogalera square area in Torremolinos will organize a terror attraction the next Monday 31st, do you dare?

Several events and a costume contest from 5pm in advance. Especially relevant a terrifying event called ‘Terror Mansion’ will await for those who dare. The minimum recommended age is 8 years old.

In addition terror will be present the next Saturday at Molino de Inca. This beautiful botanical garden will be one of the most terrifying places in Torremolinos with magic and face-paint workshops from 6pm to 8pm. There will be also an event called ‘searching for the mystery’ from 5pm to 6pm.

Scary night at Rincon de la Victoria

At Rincon de la Victoria they are getting ready for the Terror Tales the Friday 28th and Monday 31st at the Public Library. There will be also a scary street at ‘El Cantal de La Cala del Moral’ from 8pm to 2am.

Furthermore the main mall at this municipality will have a scary area for children at the second floor the next Friday, Saturday and Monday with free entry for groups of 6 people (you must inscribe in advance)

Finally a costume contest will take place the Monday from 5pm to 9pm with different prizes for participants.

Terror activities in other municipalities

Villa street in Estepona will be themed in a scary way.

In Maro they organize Maroween, a gastronomy event.

Pedrizas district  in Churriana  is decorated in a special way during this night, as a result it will be a scary place to stroll around.

Soho district will celebrate Halloween with workshops and activities for everyone. Come and join the face-painting workshop or any of the handcraft. If interested a free inscription is required at Tomas Heredia, 7 street.

Do you know more events I forgot? Feel free to comment if you want to recommend it.

Halloween ideas

If you want to invite your zombie friends to home, nothing better than a good brain cake…browsing Internet I have found a tasty recipe, wanna try?

It is just an idea, there are many more ideas you can use, feel free to suggest yours in our comments area.

Halloween in Andalusia and Spain

The growing interest in this celebration is unstoppable in Spain, especially in Andalusia and Malaga, both show the largest number of Internet searches looking for upcoming celebrations.

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Halloween and ghost stories

Paranormal activity looks like to happen more usually by the end of October or beginning of November…coincidence? Did it happen to you or anyone you know?

Some people say during this night the living and dead world are closer…should we be afraid? Seems like not a bad idea to be, at least during the Halloween night.

Activities in Malaga in October and November

While this month temperatures are around 13ºC in cities like London or 9ºC in Munich, on the Costa del Sol you can enjoy a warm 20ºC today. A pleasant temperature that helps doing many activities in Malaga during the months of October and November.

According to statistics from the major airlines operating at Malaga airport there is expected significant growth in both domestic and international flights. I thought it would be a good idea to do a review of interesting activities you can do during these months.

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The first rains of the autumn and the pleasant temperature invite us to meet with the natural and rural environment of the province, feel like trying?

Autumn activities in Malaga

While for an European going to the beach in October or November still a good choice, the Spanish might want to try the sunny days with some rural or monumental tourism.

My older blog post about some of the best places you can visit in Malaga during the year is a clear example of the wide variety of choices in the province, but there are many more.

Nature lovers can enjoy the magnificent Natural Parks of the province. The temperature is perfect for walking outdoors and the few raining during these months will help for vegetation to take a showy colour.

Sierra de las Cabras and Torcal de Antequera

In this environment you can appreciate the colourful landscape I wrote about in the paragraph above. The autumn raining paints the mountain with beautiful colours for the enjoyment of those who fancy walking on any of its paths.

Don’t know how to get there? https://goo.gl/maps/zv6s17MyMuP2

El Torcal is one of those places which will amaze you, but there are many other places to visit in Antequera.torcal-antequera

Ronda

Ronda in my opinion is a must visit, the landscape view from there is simply amazing and you need to see it in person.

Recently I meet a French couple walking back to the airport for a departure check-in. It was their first visit to Malaga and they were lost so asked me for helping. We had a little conversation about their visit feelings while walking to the airport, they indeed loved Malaga and visited many places…but they missed Ronda!

Don’t make the same mistake as them and do not forget to visit the ‘Puente Nuevo’ for taking some of the representative images of this municipality, from there and from the viewpoint near the park you will enjoy amazing views.

Caminito del Rey (King’s Path)

I think the best season to enjoy visiting and walking Caminito del Rey is during the Autumn or Spring. You must book online and it’s worth your time, but take in consideration that those who fear the heights may have to think twice about visiting it.

Hiking and rural tourism

Autumn is without any doubt the perfect season to discover the interior of the province and enjoy all it has to offer. Unique places to visit and recommended also to the own locals who can do it on any weekend.

You can go to visit the ‘Cueva del Gato’, ‘Treasure Cave’, ‘Nerja Caves’…each of those caves have their own story and legends, including hidden treasures.

If what you like is walking and exercising, some paths like the one from Benaojan to Jimera de Libar will gift you a little of magic for your memories.

In Facebook some groups organize hiking routes from many of the white villages in Malaga, if you don’t have someone to go with it might be a good choice.

One active group I found is:

https://es-es.facebook.com/senderismopormalaga/

Sierra de las Nieves

What is better than a video to show you what Sierra de las Nieves has to offer during the year.

Autumn festivals and celebrations

There is a festival every month in Malaga at any of its villages, you want to know them?

Beginning of October is the Fuengirola Fair, a festivity week.

Middle of October is the San Pedro de Alcantara fair, next to Marbella.

First of November is the popular festivity ‘Dia del Toston’ in Marbella

Halloween is celebrated in Malaga province with many events, you can check further about this festivity in my other post.

Do you have any recommendation?

Hiking routes, strolling the city centre, visiting the white villages and enjoying the gastronomy…what is your favourite choice during autumn in Malaga?