All about time change in Malaga and Spain

In Spain there are two time changes, one in March and one in October. Know when and why we change our clocks and what is the time difference between Malaga and UK.

When do the clocks go back in October?

When is the time change in Spain?The clocks go back on the night leading up to the last Sunday in October. In 2017 the change will be early in the morning from Saturday 28 to Sunday 29 October.

The exact time the time changes is at 3:00 a. m., which will change to 2:00 a. m. So from then on it will get dark and dawn earlier.

Therefore from the last Sunday in October the clock will be moved backward by one hour. We now have the well-known winter time.

The official regulation of daylight saving time would not come into effect until 1981. It was then established the hour change would be on the last Sunday in March and last Sunday in September, although the latter would eventually change in 1996 to the last Sunday in October.

When and how is the time change in March to daylight saving or summer time?

In March, the clock change in Spain is in the early morning from Saturday to the last Sunday of the month. In 2018 it will be the night of Saturday the 24th to Sunday the 25th of March.

The clock change in March at 2:00 am, will change to 3:00 am. From that Sunday, dawn and dusk will arrive later, so it is called summer time.

Why do the clocks change in Spain?

The first clock change proposal came from the UK with the aim of saving electricity on the longest days of the year. In 1918, the so-called ‘daylight saving’ was approved worldwide.

In Spain however, this decision was not taken unilaterally. During the civil war, the two parties at war had different timings. This clock difference would be unified at the end of the war.

The official regulation of daylight saving time would not come into effect until 1981. It was then established the hour change would be on the last Sunday in March and last Sunday in September, although the latter would eventually change in 1996 to the last Sunday in October.

Why is the time zone in Spain wrong?

The time zone in Spain should correspond to others like United Kingdom, Portugal or the Canary Islands due to its geographical location.

On March 16,1940 and under a dictatorship, the clocks were set at 12 pm instead of 11 pm. But why did this happen?

According to a report of that time it was to be in accordance with other European countries, but it seems that it was more of a gesture towards Berlin. This change is something England and France also did, although at the end of the war England returned to its natural time zone, while France and Spain did not.

What is the time difference between UK and Malaga or Spain?

Spain and Malaga are 1 hour ahead of the United Kingdom. In Spain only Canary Islands have the correct time zone.

In a near future is possible that Malaga and UK will share the same time zone, when it happens I will be here to tell you.

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 in 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. It would be a good idea to do a review of interesting activities you can do during these months.

autumn-trees

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?

If you are wondering about climate in Autumn, you can check my other post to know what is the average temperature in October, November and December in Malaga.

Autumn activities when visiting Malaga in October

While for an European going to the beach while at Malaga 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 when visiting Malaga in October. Temperature is perfect for walking outdoors and the few raining during these months will help for vegetation to take a showy colour.

What if you visit Malaga in November?

During the month of November in Malaga temperatures can drop especially at night. During the daytime the temperatures are usually pleasant and you can enjoy a sightseeing tour of the city or visit some of the inland villages.

If you want to do some hiking routes we recommend that you are aware of the weather. It is best to avoid the hiking tour if there is a chance of rain on that day, something that could happen when you visit Malaga in November.

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. 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. 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 and it might be a good choice.

One active group I found is:

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

We also have some posts where recommending easy hiking routes in Malaga, you could also be interested in having a thermal bath now the temperature is lower than in summer, don’t you?

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.

You can check in other post about Malaga festivals in October.

Do you have any recommendation for those who visit Malaga in October?

Hiking routes, strolling the city centre, visiting the white villages and enjoying the gastronomy. What is your favourite choice during October in Malaga?

Malaga Fairs and Festivals in October

October in Malaga brings us a large number of fairs and festivals. The province has much more to offer beyond the summer months, as we proved with the recommended activities in September.

Join us to discover what you can do during October in Malaga.

Festivals and Fairs in October

Main events in Malaga in October

If you are one of those who like to get to know the villages during the celebrations of their traditional activities, read on.

Day of Perota Soup

This important culinary event in Álora has its own blog entry, you can learn more about Perota Soup Day here.

7th in October, free rations of food are distributed in a town with its own character, who would miss it? There are many things you can do after enjoying this gastronomic day.

traditional soup in Alora

Torrox Fair

The Torrox fair begins the first weekend of October with a cavalcade where giant puppets of big heads parade before the lighting of the fair that night.

The fair lasts 5 days during which you can eat, drink and have fun. There are musical performances, booths and mechanical attractions for the little ones.

The daytime fair takes place in Plaza de la Constitución. To know how to get there, consult the following map.

Algatocín Fair

During the first week of October the Algatocin fair takes place. This fair offers the visitor typical dishes of the region as well as workshops and sports activities.

On October 4, the municipal music band travels around the town house by house and they receive typical sweets and drinks in compensation.

To plan your route by road to Algatocin you can consult this map.

Fuengirola Fair

The Fuengirola fair, one of the most popular events in the province, takes place from 6th to 12th October.

The main activity of the fair, both during the day and at night, is in the fairgrounds, with artistic performances and access to different stands and mechanical attractions.

In the fair booths you can enjoy good dishes, drinks and dances. The Plaza de la Constitución is another of the places where there is a festive atmosphere of the fair with dances and other activities.

To get to Fuengirola you can consult our guide.

Yunquera Fair

The Yunquera fair is a traditional celebration. Its origins link it to the return of many of its inhabitants from Cadiz after the harvest season.

After the grape offering, there is an event in which you can participate by stepping on grapes to commemorate the production of the typical wine of Yunquera.

Visiting Yunquera during its popular festivals is an opportunity to taste its rich typical gastronomy typical in some of its restaurants.

To get to Yunquera you can consult this map.

Nerja Fair

Between October 8th and 12th, is celebrated the Nerja Fair. The fair is characterized by its flamenco singing festivals, sports activities, horseback riding and verbenas among other activities.

During the Nerja Fair, the election of the Queen of the fiestas as well as Mister and Miss Nerja takes place.

If you want to know how to get to Nerja you can read our guide.

Feria de Nerja

Ojen Fair

The Ojen fair occurs between 9 and 12 October. It begins with a procession through the streets that ends in the square, after which the day fair begins.

The fair features live concerts and crowning of the queen and bridesmaids of the fair. Among the activities there are family games and mechanical attractions a few meters from the square for the enjoyment of the little ones.

Ojen Fair

Celebration of Monfi in Cutar

Cutar festivalThe second weekend of October is celebrated the Festival of Monfi in Cutar municipality. This event presents the visitor with cultural, gastronomic and leisure activities.

The Fiesta del Monfi has been declared of tourist interest. During this weekend the narrow white streets of this municipality are dressed for the occasion with ornamentation and handcrafted souks in an attempt to relive their Moorish past and commemorate the resistance of those who refused to be expelled from their lands.

In the municipality you will find workshops of all kinds, from dance to forging or coin-making. Among the events you will find live music, parades, donkey rides, fire shows and much more.

This party is suitable for families because of the variety of attractions available. In addition to the cultural activities of the town of Cutar, you can also enjoy the architecture of the place dating back to the first centuries of Muslim domination.

Villanueva de Tapia Cattle Fair

This traditional cattle fair is held on 10,11 and 12 October. The origin of the fair dates back to 1860 and concentrated a large number of farm animals.

If you want to visit it, this is one of the oldest fairs in Andalucia, also a great opportunity where you can buy typical products of the area.

There are cultural activities and varied shows, a gastronomic fair, tastings and an exhibition of horses.

This fair takes place in the municipal sports pavilion and the ‘Explanada del Nacimiento’. If you want to know how to get to Villanueva de Tapia you can take a look at this map.

Fiesta en el Aire in Arriate

During the second or third weekend of October, from Friday to Sunday. In 2017 the date is the 15th in October. The streets of this town of Malaga are decorated for the occasion and presents numerous activities for all audiences.

The youngest children will find handmade games in some of the streets, although the elders will also be able to make use of them. An event that offers art, culture, musical shows and a varied cuisine to anyone who visits Arriate this weekend.

The townspeople’s effort to participate in this event of artistic expressions and gastronomic traditions is outstanding. The streets are filled with flea markets where you can find a wide variety of typical products.

Arriate village photo

If you want to join the activities that take place in this municipality I recommend you to go by car. You can take a look at the map of Arriate to plan the best route.

San Pedro de Alcantara Fair

Every October around the 19th, they celebrate the San Pedro de Alcantara Fair. A fair that you will find during the night in the fairgrounds (same place where every Thursday you will find the flea market). The day fair takes place on the streets of the village.

During the fair you will find the typical inaugural procession, booths where you can eat and drink or dance, different types of events and outdoor activities.

Every year the fair brings a guest artist to perform a live concert.

San Pedro de Alcántara Fair

To get there you can take a look at this map. If you are driving during the fair, it is advisable to park in Marbella and take the bus to San Pedro de Alcántara.

Yunquera Wine and Chestnut Fair

The last weekend of October on the one before (in 2017 the fair is the 21st and 22nd in October)  if you want to visit the village of Yunquera you can come to discover the wine and chestnut fair.

The fair offers the visitor a handicraft and commercial area, you can buy products from the town and participate in contests and tastings.

It is a festival declared of Provincial Tourist Singularity, so if you want to get to Yunquera you can look at this map to plan your route by car.

Fair of the Chestnut in Pujerra

On October 28th, the Chestnut Fair is held in Pujerra. You will find a whole series of products and dishes made with chestnuts and that precedes the procession of the Virgin of Fatima on November 1st.

On the night of October 31st, there is a verbena and roasted chestnuts until 1 am. It’s a night of music and dancing, plus during the day you can learn all about chestnut harvesting.

If you want to visit Pujerra, I recommend you plan your route with this map.

Halloween Night

costume-halloweenMultitude of municipalities in Malaga are invaded by ghosts and spooky creatures during the night of October 31st on Halloween.

There are special events and activities during the evening for all ages. Some establishments and other places including zoos or botanical gardens may offer discounts or prizes to those in disguise.

To learn more about Halloween events and activities in Malaga, I recommend you visit our other blog post.

 

Autumn in Malaga – Average temperature and climate

These days autumn officially begins on the Costa del Sol. Far from the typical image that might come to mind, with rainy, gray days and falling leaves, in Malaga and the Costa del Sol the sun still shines with strength and delight in a blue sky.

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Malaga is not only the southernmost coast of Europe but is also protected by mountain ranges from the cold winds coming from the north, giving a mild climate in winter. In fact, winter as we know it, on the Costa del Sol is virtually nonexistent, as autumn changes directly into spring.

Temperature the last week of September

What are the typical temperatures of the Costa del Sol in autumn? We consult the State Meteorological Agency (AEMET): During the last week of September will come the first rains after a long, hot summer. During these days we are also beginning to notice a descent in morning temperatures to around 18º C (64.4º F), while during the day they increase to 26º C (78.8ºF).

Temperature in October, November and December

By October it is expected a decrease of 4 degrees Celsius. Thus, thermometers register on average 19º C (66.2º F) in October, 15.4º C (59.7º F) in November and 12.9º C (55.0º F) in December. This basically means that mornings and nights are becoming cooler, while during midday and afternoon temperatures can rise without problem to 20º/25º C (68º/77º F) on sunny days.

Rain in Autumn

Estimates suggest that precipitation will be within the average and thus it will not be a particularly rainy season. The rainiest of those months is November, but it doesn’t mean it will rain much during that month.

For those who like long walks on the beach, from now on we can enjoy a beautiful performance of colors in the clouds at sunset.