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.


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

Spring in Malaga: What is the weather like in February?

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 in Malaga.

One of the first signs that let us know of the imminent arrival of spring weather 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.

Does it rain in February in Malaga? What is the temperature?

Temperature is usually around 18/20ºC during the day, although during the morning or at night it might reach 8ºC or lower. February might start with the cold weather from the end of January. It is the month when the temperature start rising.

It could rain around 5 days during this month according to historical registry, but it will be for no more than 1 or 2 days in general.

In 2018 by the 9th of February the temperature was 3ºC at 7 am, 9ºC at 9am and around 18ºC in the afternoon. This situation will not last long though and temperatures will rise before the month ends.

What clothes should you bring in February to Malaga?

Before packing up check online the weather of Malaga in the morning, midday and night. Spring could arrive earlier or later this month, better to be sure what clothes you will need so you can save space in your luggage.

If you are coming by the end of February don’t forget your swimsuit. The water is still cold for locals but not for those of you who live in the North and a few who dare. It is not strange to see foreigners enjoying a beach day in February.

Recommended clothes:

  • Closed shoes
  • Jacket and long-sleeved shirts for the evening.
  • Shorts and t-shirts if coming from mid of February in advance.
  • Long pants.
  • Swimsuit and sandals if you plan visiting the beach.

Spring hikes while visiting Malaga in February

If you visit Malaga 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. It 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 is holiday in this autonomous community.

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

Erotic Tapas Route in Fuengirola in November

tapa-eroticaFrom this Friday until November the 19th there is a new appointment for those who enjoy tapas. The called ‘Ruta de la Tapa Erótica’  will be celebrated again this year ¿will you join?

This event had a great success among the locals and foreigners visiting Fuengirola in past editions.

This is an original way for bringing the tapas with an erotic, sensual and funny touch. It offers the visitor a wide range of tastes in imaginative small dishes which catch the attention from the first moment.

This year the ‘Ruta de la Tapa’ event have 77 bars participating where you can go to try the tapas. The price however rises again, this time its 2,5€ per tapa and drink (It did cost 1,5€ few years ago and 2€ in past event). If you don’t mind avoiding the event and prefer some normal and cheaper tapas, check our guide of the best tapas bars in Malaga.

Tapa Erótica in Fuengirola
Winner last year

Featuring this year, 8 of those bars will be offering tapas without gluten in Fuengirola, sweet tapas and one vegan tapa.

Tapas contest

If becoming an expert taster sounds interesting to you now you can be one. You just have to pick up a special passport made for this event, the different bars will stamp it with every tapa you order.

Image of passport used in past events

Passport is available in Spanish and English. This popular event receives visitors from different countries so you don’t have to worry about not speaking Spanish. You can pick up the passport at the tourism office or at any of the bars participating on this promotion.

Once you fill the passport with 10 stamps you have to bring it to the tourism office. With each passport you bring you will take part in a raffle with some prizes. There is a cruise, smart tv, dinning, hotel nights…and more.

The winners will be announced at the Casa de la Cultura at 8:00 pm.

Are you going to miss it?

Among the available tapas you will find names like ‘Chipirón Picantón’, ‘Memorias de una Geisha’, ‘Tetanic’, ‘Tu rollito nos va’…

This event will take place also in Twitter with the hashtag #Fuengirolamepone.  You can share your epic moments and photos using it.

In past events they sold near half a million of tapas, will you miss yours?

Tango show on December 16th at Centro Cultural de Nerja

On Saturday 16th December at the Centro Cultural Villa de Nerja from 21:00 hours onwards this show takes place by the company’ La Porteña Tango Trío’.

The title of this show by Eugenia Giordano and the finalist couple of the World Tango Championship 2015 is ‘Que me van a hablar de Amor’.

Those interested in attending the show can book their tickets by following the link at the bottom of the page.

About the show

La Porteña Tango Trio, with a show dedicated to classic Argentinean tangos directed by the guitarist Alejandro Picciano, delivering an exquisite journey through time that ranges from the old Creole waltzes of the 1920s to the vanguard of Astor Piazzolla.

The show, supported by screenings, tries to recreate the unique atmosphere of Buenos Aires in a beautiful concert where stories of love, passion and jealousy are told and where of course there is no lack of fun. Because it is never forgotten that tango is a genre of suburban and nearby origin, current and popular with which people from all over the world identify.

Tango show in Nerja in 2017

The show brings the most modern and innovative sound of Argentine tango today. The great poetry of the genre coexists with the beautiful melodies of the old instrumental classics and intertwines with the most beautiful and sensual dance.

Alejandro Picciano, Guitar, direction and staging
Federico Peuvrel, Piano
Matías Picciano, Bandoneon
Eugenia Giordano, Voice
Damián Roezgas and Amira Luna, Dance
Duration: 80 min.
Public: Adult

More information

  • Centro Cultural Villa de Nerja
  • C/ Granada 45 – Nerja
  • Title: Que me van a hablar de Amor
  • Company: La Porteña Tango Trio
  • When: Saturday 16th December at 21:00h
  • Price: 15€
  • Advance sale from 10:00h to 14:00h at the ticket office and at www.mientrada.net
  • More info: https://www.laportenatango.net

If you are interested in the show we might have some invitations for you, ask us for availability.

Discovering Malaga Park

Malaga Park (Parque de Malaga), also called Alameda Park (Parque de la Alameda), is in the centre of Malaga and was built during the late nineteenth century.

Parque de la Alameda en Málaga

In March 2017, the Alameda Park was requested to be declared a Property of Cultural Interest. A park that underwent a major renovation in 2007. The 19th century environment was adapted to the 21st century. This refurbishment improved the experience of walking through the park and added small areas to rest.

Below the park are the remains of the numerous houses that once were attached to the Alcazaba and that were demolished for restoration of the monument.

History of Malaga Park

Before the construction of the Alameda Park
Before the construction of the Alameda Park the big ships couldn’t get too deep into the bay.

Initially, the entire area corresponding to Malaga Park was sea. The port at that time covered much of what is today Alameda. At first the idea was to build houses in this intermediate zone but thanks to a resolution of 1896 the works were conditioned to the realization of gardens.

Below the park are the remains of the numerous houses that once were attached to the Alcazaba and that were demolished for restoration of the monument.

In 1897 it was decided to bring tropical and subtropical species to the park. It wasn’t until 1899 that the plantation began, turning it into what would be the lung of the city. A place had been made where today you can relax under the shade of large trees and subtropical palm trees.

Malaga Park Construction
Using this space to create the park instead of building more houses was a very wise decision.

Throughout history it has been a place of celebration and events, from the August fair to Carnival. A meeting point for Malaga residents and a cultural showcase.

Visiting the park

A walk through Malaga Park will show you not only its varied flora. You will find romantic spots ideal to take in together with your partner, fountains and sculptures that honour different personalities that marked a milestone in the city’s past.

Alameda Park in Málaga

Among the oldest monuments in the park are the Caracola Nymph (1878) and the Nymph fountain of Cántaro (1878) in the Parque de Malaga.Fuente de la Ninfa del Cántaro en el Parque de Málaga

The Park has a municipal auditorium where different events take place throughout the year.

In the harbour-facing area is the so-called’ Pond of the Ducks’. There were many children who after growing up their pet decided to release them into this place, I’m one of them.

Malaga Park is a place to rest and recharge your energy under the shade of a centenary tree. A green space in the city inviting you to visit it.

Where is Malaga Park?

Very close to the Cathedral of Malaga, the Alcazaba and the Pompidou Centre.

Visiting Malaga in September – All you need to know

packing up for holiday to Malaga in SeptemberWe are already at the end of August, while many of you are returning to the routine of work or planning to, others are packing up to begin their vacation in Malaga in September.

Many tourists prefer September over August to spend their vacations. Towards the end of August there is already a drop in the number of towels on the beach, a clear indicator of the ending of the high season.

Those who have been able to experience the transition from August to September are witness of how summer seems diluted between taxis and suitcases on their way to the airport. Don’t be wrong, it is just an illusion and there is still good weather and temperature for everyone. The distance between towels on the beach expands past the border of August 31 day, there may be a mathematical formula to calculate that space between tourists on the sand but it has not yet been discovered. The temperatures do not seem to leave Malaga with the tourists who leave the Costa del Sol which is a good notice for those who arrive.

Without any doubt there is still good weather and pleasant temperature for enjoying beach and pool still in September.

Is it hot and is there good weather in September?

Without any doubt there is still good weather and pleasant temperature for enjoying beach and pool in September. The only thing that ‘seems’ to get lost during this month are the strong Terral days. I say it seems, because it is less likely that the thermometer exceeds 35ºC but not impossible, it may occur some other day throughout the month.

Strolling the sea shore

The weather accompanies to continue enjoying the beach and sunbathing. The water is at a pleasant temperature although we lose those days of warm water that happen sometimes in August. If it’s hot and you want to cool down, then the cold water is welcome, so it is not a big deal.

Do you want to know more about the weather in September? Visit this website: http://www.holiday-weather.com/malaga/averages/september/

Does it rain in Malaga in September?

September is not a rainy month. Like any other month it can rain but it is not usual, when it happens it is usually a light rain that surely ends the same day. Maybe by the end of the month when Autumn is more advanced the raining chances are higher, but It still not a rainy season.

Feel free to check another blog post where I propose ideas to do in Malaga on a rainy day, although it is more focused to the winter still valid.

What clothes to bring if you visit Malaga in September?

If you come early in the month you can still wear the same clothes you would in summer. Shorts and short-sleeved shirts are a good option; beside I would recommend bringing some long sleeves in case of a cold evening, something that if you are next to the shore can happen equally in August.

If you come in late September I recommend to bring long pants and some jacket just in case you need. Do not forget also your swimsuit and summer clothes, you’ll still need them.

Are there fairs or festivals in September in Malaga?

Of course there are activities, festivals and fairs in September. In Malaga I think there is not even a single month where there is not any relevant event or festival. Although Malaga Fair is one of the biggest tourist attractions in the city in August, my favourite is in September.

Luna Mora de Guaro festival

For those interested one of my all-time favourite events is the festival of Luna Mora de Guaro. Among the reasons to recommend it is that when I went I enjoyed a lot the food stalls. The candles lighting the streets are charming. It was a night with many special corners where taking nice photos for memories.

There is a blog post dedicated to the festivals and fairs of Malaga in September, it is worth a check if you are interested in visiting Malaga this month.

The million dollar question, is September a good month to visit Malaga and enjoy your vacation?

Is September a good month to visit Malaga?

The million dollar question, is September a good month to visit Malaga and enjoy your vacation? Undoubtedly, I explain below the reasons that lead me to affirm it.

Malaga next to the sea

I lived in a tourist development where 90% of people were not Spaniards but tourists. I know main dates they usually visited Malaga for holidays. Although they do it all year round, there are some more auspicious dates depending on what type of tourist you are.

August is the month for everyone as well as July. Youth abound and seek to have fun. The beach and pools become the central meeting points during the day while at night the promenade becomes a long fashion catwalk of different nationalities.

Malaga in September still a popular destination, but without many of the young tourists, already getting ready for getting back to school. Let’s say it’s a similar month to August but a little quieter. The further we move from high season, the lower the prices, which is a great incentive for many.

Those looking mostly to enjoy the beach, sunbathing and good weather prefer September over later months.

Those who value saving and culture above everything else would prefer to wait for later months. October, November or December are among the cheapest months to visit Malaga. Those looking mostly to enjoy the beach, sunbathing and good weather prefer September over the later months.

During this month I can especially recommend this blog post about natural pools and rivers in Malaga.

If you are traveling with children Iit is more likely that they will make friends in the pool or beach during August. Although it is not a relevant factor it is true that there are more young people during that month.

What do you do when you get stung by jellyfish?

jellyfish-tipsIn summer, especially the hot days and usually in August, the presence of this annoying animal can ruin anyone day, so I think it is a good idea to talk a little about them and what to do when a jellyfish stings you.

Luckily in Malaga there is no presence of dangerous species of jellyfish for humans.

The called ‘Portuguese Caravel’, without being actually a jellyfish but acting as one, can be dangerous but it is actually very rare to see one in the Mediterranean sea.

portuguese caravel
The Portuguese Caravel is not common in the Maditerranean although some have been seen near our coast eventually. It is visible on the sea surface and can be confused with a plastic bag.

About the jellyfish

The jellyfish, these gelatinous organisms are not particularly dangerous (at least the ones we have here), but their stings cause itching and stinging pain. Jellyfish do not attack, but move slowly, floating and they are drawn by the currents. Because they are highly translucent, they are relatively difficult to see in the water and therefore, sometimes bathers get accidentally in contact with them. This is when the cells of the tentacles release a poison, used for hunting or defence.

Sometimes the jellyfish can be found on the sand or on the shore after being dragged by the water . Even after dead they are still dangerous. It is better to remove or bury them so that no one can be injured.

jellyfish on sand

These “stings” produce instant pain and burning sensation radiating to the root of the affected limb, itching and edema (swelling). The intensity of symptoms varies depending on the affected area and can also have symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, muscle spasms or allergic reactions in some severe and very rare cases.

In the most popular beaches of Malaga there is usually a lifeguard station nearby. However, we leave you some useful tips on first aid. For example, on the beach where I go there are no lifeguards, and there the “regular swimmers” bring a little “first aid kit”, a folk remedy to relieve the sting of the jellyfish: A small bottle with ammonia or vinegar diluted to 50%. To me, it worked great!

What to do when you’ve been stung by a jellyfish

Wash affected area with seawater. NEVER with freshwater because this activates the remaining nettle cells attached to the body.
Do not rub the area or touch with your hands.
Local application of ammonia or vinegar (diluted to 50%)
Remove the remaining fragments of tentacles attached to the skin (with gloves or tweezers) and reapply ammonia or vinegar.

removal of jellyfish

Some tips to avoid being stung by a jellyfish

Pay attention to the flags that indicate their presence. Do not bathe or walk barefoot on the shore if there are jellyfish on the beach.

There are sunscreens containing an extract of plankton preventing jellyfish stings (in pharmacy)

Do not touch a dead jellyfish or its fragments. Be very careful because although the jellyfish is dead, it keeps releasing its venom, so you better don´t touch it.

If you remember, take a little bottle of vinegar in your “Beach Kit”. It may come in very handy for you, your children or a towel neighbour.

Malaga in August – Weather and all you need to know about the summer

What is the weather like in Malaga in August? Should you wear warm clothing when going out at night? Is it raining or cloudy? Many more questions will come in your mind as your plan your vacation. I will try to answer all the thoughts you might have about weather and visiting Malaga in summer.

Sunny weather in Malaga in August

Especially hot are the Terral days in Malaga. When it happens pool or beach are both excellent options

Is it always sunny at the Costa del Sol?

Temperature in August is high, without any doubt the weather is perfect to enjoy the beach or the pool. The name ‘Costa del Sol’ (Sun Coast) was not given without a reason.

The temperature in Malaga during August ranges between 23ºC at night and 35ºC during the day. This range can go lower or higher throughout the month.

Especially hot are the Terral days in Malaga.When it happens pool or beach are both excellent options, temperature can go as high as 45ºC. It could be the perfect night for swimming in the pool.

Does it rain in Malaga in August?

Throughout the month of August in Malaga there could be the called summer rain. This is usually a short and light rain that will not interrupt any of your plans, people keep enjoying the beach or pool in any case.  You can have a look at another entry about what to do on a rainy day in Malaga, however this entry is more recommended for winter rain.

Is it usual that it is cloudy in August? No, it is not usual the presence of clouds and when it does is for a short period. Although…if this happen why not taking advantage of that less hot day to do some sightseeing?

Do not forget that even though if it is cloudy, the sun’s rays continue going through the cloud layer and reach our skin. While we feel less heat we are more likely to have an overexposure and a sunburn. Do not forget the shade and the sun cream even when it seems that there is no sun. You can read my other post about tips for safe sunbathing.

Is it cold or hot at night?

brisas-marinasThis question is very relative as it depends where are you coming from and what is the average temperature there. Nights in August use to be pleasant to walk in summer clothes and sleep peacefully on the bed. Some days air conditioning or opening the window may be useful, but beware of mosquitoes when opening the window all night.

If you plan to walk along the beach at night, especially by the end of the month, it is advisable to wear something light with long sleeves. Although not usual, if you are very close to the sea some nights the temperature exchange and the sea breeze can make the air colder near the coast.

My recommendation is to at least enjoy one sunrise over the sea from the beach and a sunset over Malaga from Gibralfaro, near Alcazaba Castle.

When does the sun rise or set in August?

In Malaga dawns in August around 7:20 am and the sun sets at round 9:20 pm. This schedule will be shortened towards September.

My recommendation is to at least enjoy one sunrise over the sea from the beach and a sunset over Malaga from Gibralfaro, near Alcazaba Castle.


Atardecer desde Gibralfaro en Málaga
Sunset over Malaga, port and cathedral

Recommended activities in August

If you found this article looking for information about August in Malaga I think you might be also interested about things you can do this month.

Río ChillarYou can visit any of the top natural pools in Malaga. There are natural ponds fed by rivers in different locations of the province. Some of them will allow you to hike through the riverbed, a recommended activity during the hot summer.

Going to the beach or pool is a classic in summer, anyway be careful not to get stung by a jellyfish. Baywatch and local newspapers announce a warning when they detect jellyfishes. Natural beaches that do not have public services do not have this type of warning.

You can go shopping in Malaga to any of the malls or going to cinema, the temperature inside is always perfect.

You can go to Malaga fair in August or any of the many festivities or fairs available in the province at any of the many municipalities.

More information about weather in Malaga in August

If you are looking for live weather information or weather forecast in Malaga you can visit the following website: weather.com/malaga/

Media Markt in Malaga – All you need to know

Forgot your photo camera or lost your phone? If you need to buy a technology article you would be interested in visiting one of the stores of Media Markt in Malaga. Do you want to know where they are?

In Media Markt stores there are usually special promotions, if you plan to visit any it is advisable to have a look at their official website.

It is a good idea to know where you can buy a camera or mobile phone during your holiday when visiting another country. What if you forgot or lose yours?

Media Markt in Vialia Shopping Centre

On the 3rd of December took place the inauguration of a new shop of Media Markt in Malaga.

The shop is at Vialia Shopping center, and stretches over a surface of 2.500 sqm on two floors, at Malaga city centre, near the train station.

The space consists of two floors where the customers can find products of the best brands (up to 700 different ones) in the sectors of communications, domestic appliance, photography, audio-video and IT (Information Technologies).

The slogan of the advertising campaign by MediaMarkt before the grand opening was “Malaga is very expensive” to tell about their intention to lower the prices.


Media Markt Vialia

More information About Media Markt in Malaga

  • Address: Calle Explanada de la Estación, Lc F0-21, 29002 Malaga
  • Phone: +34 951 94 02 00
  • Opening time: Monday to Saturday from 10:00 am. to 10:00 pm. (Can open some Sundays or close some holidays)
  • Map: https://goo.gl/maps/6Pha3wcP5t42

¿Want to know if Media Markt in Malaga opens this Sunday or holiday?


Media Markt in Plaza Mayor

Media Markt en Plaza MayorAt the end of September in 2015 opened the eleventh store of Media Markt in Andalusia.

This shop, the second in the province, is in Plaza Mayor Shopping Centre and features the pick-up option “Stop&Go” with which you can buy online and pick up your order without getting off the vehicle.

Its large customer service area stands out over an area of 2500 square meters full of tech articles.

The “Stop & Go” collection area is in front of the Plaza Mayor suburban train stop. The main entrance to the shop is in front of the parking area.

More information about this shopping centre

  • Address: Plaza Mayor P. de Ocio, Alfonso Ponce de León, 3, 29004 Malaga
  • Phone: +34 951 29 98 00
  • Opening time: Monday to Saturday from 10:00 am. to 10:00 pm. (Can open some Sundays or close some holidays)
  • Map: https://goo.gl/maps/xFhDpk5T6CT2

¿Want to know if Media Markt open this Sunday or holiday in Plaza Mayor?

More information

You can find the latest deals available in their website at: https://www.mediamarkt.es/

If you want to know some other malls you can visit our other blog post.

Other shopping centres for technological articles:

  • El Corte Ingles
  • Worten in Malaga, it is located next to Ikea at Parque Comercial Bahia Azul.


Pure air and sea: Health benefits in Malaga next to the coast

Not many tourists use to ask themselves  about the air and sea quality in their holiday destination. What about if we talk about air quality in Malaga, the sea and the health benefits they bring to us?

Sea breeze health benefits

Sea breeze brings many benefits for health, strolling along the seashore has a great therapeutic effect.

Air quality in Malaga

The company Urban Clouds has made public a study from many areas of the city with a positive result. The air quality is good or normal in 95% of the city. Only a 5% left shows a low quality air, usually in industrial areas or the airport.

Pollution in pedestrian areas in city centre is zero. It is absolutely secure to stroll the streets while visiting monuments or the Calle Larios.

Since old times the Romans said the seawater cure all the diseases, and they were not that far from the fact.

Sea breeze and sea: benefits for your health

Since old times the Romans said the sea water cure all diseases and they were not that far from the fact.

Being near the coast is beneficial for those who are very sensitive to changes in temperature due to health problems. The large body of water acts as an excellent climate regulator.

The minerals found into the sea provide are beneficial for our organism. Let’s see some of them:

Benefits of swimming into the sea

Sodium is the most abundant element in the ocean water, it gives the salty flavour to the water, but it also has another 75 elements needed for the human metabolism.

Benefits of diving in the sea

If you bath in the sea you can try to submerge up to 1.30 meters deep. This is the perfect balance between internal and external pressure exerted by water, which has positive effects:

  • Improves respiratory capacity and increases red blood cells.
  • It favours the elimination of liquids by the pressure on our lymphatic system.
  • A refreshing bath activates the blood circulation.
  • It favors the work of the heart that has to work less.
  • The trace elements that can be breathed in the sea breeze are also found in the water and are absorbed in small amounts by our skin. The regeneration of tissues and even fractured bones are up to 3 times faster, thanks to calcium, silicon and sulphur which also helps other functions of our body.
  • The iodine present in sea water has direct influence on the thyroid gland as well as acting as a disinfectant of our skin.

Benefits of Sea Breeze or Salt Air

The Mediterranean has an ideal climate to enjoy the benefits of Sea Breeze during most of the year.

sea breeeze

Take in consideration that benefits of Sea Breeze are obtained being near the coast, if possible closer than 100 meters to the beach. A simple stroll along the seashore will benefit you by breathing a purer atmosphere.

  • Pregnant women may feel less nauseous near the sea.
  • The sea gives off a lot of micro particles loaded with trace elements that we absorb when breathing and benefit the regeneration of our lung alveoli.
  • The sea acts as a producer of natural ozone that purifies the air. The number of germs present in air is lower than in inland populations.
  • Those with allergies can breathe normally, the sea breeze does not have any pollen or mites.
  • Sea air boosts immune system
  • The low atmospheric pressure on the coast makes the amount of oxygen much greater. It slows the breathing rate and helps recovery in people who have been convalescent.
  • Water and sea breeze are good for relieving or treating skin problems like psoriasis, acne or dermatitis. The water composition has antibiotic properties.
  • Strolling along the seashore and bathing in the ocean has therapeutic effects thanks to its high content of magnesium and negative ions. It favours the creation of serotonin which is linked with the feeling of well-being, so it helps you calm anxiety, depression and stress.

Sunlight helps your body to assimilate vitamin D and will make you feel relaxed, but too much of the sun’s warm rays can be harmful to your skin.

When is it better to walk along the seashore?

Do not forget that sunbathing, especially at certain times, can become harmful to our skin. It is quite common to see foreigners walking with burned skin, do not let that happen to you.

Sunlight helps your body to assimilate vitamin D and will make you feel relaxed, but too much of the sun’s warm rays can be harmful to your skin.

Strolling the sea shore

The ideal and most relaxing activity is a walk along the seashore at sunset, you can finish the stroll with a dip in the water. Sunset is when there are fewer people on the beach and there is still some sunlight to enjoy.


Calle Larios: Shopping day in Malaga city centre

With the opening of the new store of Victoria’s Secret in Calle Larios I want to take the opportunity to make a guide of the main brand’s stores in the centre of Malaga. But before, what about knowing a little more of the main commercial street of the city?

In another entry of the blog I wrote about malls, visit the link if you want to have a look at opening times and available shopping centres in Malaga.

History of Larios Street

The fifth most expensive street in Spain was not always known as Calle Larios. After the Second Republic in Spain it became Calle 14 de Abril, a name that was again reversed after the civil war.

The street was inaugurated on August 27 in 1891, although its planning goes back to May 1, 1880. The project was taken over by the Larios family, the lack of funds from the city council made the government unable to handle such a work of this magnitude.

Calle Larios in 1890
Photograph taken in 1890, one year before the inauguration.

Larios Street was one of the few streets in Malaga with sanitation system, water tubs and 2 bathrooms per house. A luxury within the reach of very few people back then.

Calle Larios in 1891

Currently most of the buildings belong to two families, the Larios and the Quesada family. This street is one of the most beautiful in Europe, and where however almost nobody lives. Prices and noisy background could be some of the reasons, as this is one of the main streets where most of the festivities take place.

Most old commerces there were paying an old rental contract, affordable and cheap enough to make some profit. After the expiration of this old rental contract the prices did rise by more than a 1000%. This price increment caused small family business to close in favor of international brands. Calle Larios is among the 50 most expensive streets in Europe with prices that exceed 20.000 euros per rental month.

Calle Larios evolution over time

Events in Larios Street

This street features many events along the year, with a cultural identity it is one of the places you should not miss when visiting the city.

During the Malaga Film Festival the street dresses its best finery with a red carpet.

In August and during the Malaga fair, this street is one of the main meeting points during the day. There are people drinking and dancing and the streets are ornamented for the occasion.

During September it takes place the Larios Malaga Fashion Week Runway. Two days of fashion couture with around 30.000 people visiting it.

At Christmas the Larios Street dresses up with lights. Every year the Christmas lights in Malaga are a surprise. It becomes one of the most beautiful Christmas lights in Europe.

Easter in Malaga is a very popular event. Many of the balconies are rented, they put chairs on the sides of the street also for rental. It is one of the streets that the Easter Parade never misses (Procesión de Semana Santa)

Main shops in Calle Larios

Some of the shops in Calle Larios: Primor, Intimissimi, Scalpers, Massimo Dutti, Bershka, Victoria’s Secret, Oysho, Mango Man, Etam, Swarovski, Roberto Martín, Desigual.

shops location in Calle Larios

Opening hours for shopping in Malaga

Although all shops open at 10:00 am. the closing time or breaks at noon may vary. Almost all stores close on Sundays, those that do not close have the opening time specified for that day.

  • Stores opening times may be different during holidays.

Fashion stores

Desigual Malaga Larios: Men, women and children clothing, shoes and accessories.
Calle Marqués de Larios, 1
Phone: 952 60 23 85
Opening time: 10:00 am to 9:00 pm.

Scalpers: Men clothing.
Calle Marqués de Larios, 3
Phone: 952 22 15 34
Opening time: 10:00 am to 9:00 pm.

Massimo Dutti: Clothing store.
Calle Marqués de Larios, 6
Phone: 952 60 39 03
Opening time: 10:00 am to 9:00 pm.

Mango Man: Clothing and complements for women and men.
Calle Marqués de Larios, 6
Phone: 952 60 77 50
Opening time: 10:00 am to 9:30 pm.

Bershka: Youth clothing for women.
Calle Marqués de Larios, 9
Phone: 952 21 31 71
Opening time: 10:00 am to 9:30 pm.

Springfield: Youth clothing.
Calle Marqués de Larios, 3
Phone: 952 21 03 13
Opening time: 10:00 am to 10:00 pm.

Perfumes, toiletries and cosmetics

Primor: Perfumery shop.
Calle Marqués de Larios, 4
Phone: 952 33 26 06
Opening time: 10:00 am to 1:30 pm. and from 5:00 pm. to 8:30 pm.

Kiko Milano: Shop specializing in cosmetics.
Calle Marqués de Larios, 2
Phone: 952 12 16 57
Opening time: 10:00 am. to 10:00 pm.
Open on Sundays.

L’Occitane: French shop with natural products for bath, skin and hair.
Calle Marqués de Larios, 3
Phone: 952 60 81 44
Opening time: 10:00 am. to 9:00 pm.
Open on Sundays from 12:00 am. to 3:00 pm. and from 4:00 pm. to 8:00 pm.


Roberto Martín: Glasses shop.
Calle Marqués de Larios, 10
Phone: 952 22 80 18
Opening time: Closing schedule is not specified.

Swarovski Boutique Larios: Luxury shop with jewelry, watches and decoration.
Calle Marqués de Larios, 2
Phone: 952 22 19 74
Opening time: 10:00 am. to 9:00 pm.

Jewelry Aurelio Marcos
Calle Marqués de Larios, 2
Phone: 952 21 38 93
Opening time: 10:00 am. to 8:30 pm.
Saturdays from 11:00 am. to 7:00 p.m

Lingerie and underwear

Intimissimi: Shop specialized in lingerie and wedding lingerie for women, men’s underwear and pajamas.
Calle Marqués de Larios, 6
Phone: 952 22 36 35
Opening time: 10:00 am. to 10:00 pm.
Open on Sundays from 10:00 am. to 8:00 pm.

Etam: Shop specialized in lingerie.
Calle Marqués de Larios, 1
Phone: 952 06 00 73
Opening time: 10:00 am. to 9:00 pm.

Oysho: Lingerie, pyjamas and casual clothes for women.
Calle Marqués de Larios, 6
Phone: 952 60 31 88
Opening time: Not specified

Victoria’s Secret:  International brand for lingerie, complements, beauty products, cosmetics and perfumes.
Calle Marqués de Larios, 2
Phone: Pending opening.
Opening time: Pending opening.

Victoria's Secret in Malaga

Other services

Pharmacy Mata
Calle Marqués de Larios, 8
Phone: 952 21 19 15
Opening time: De 9:30 am. to 9:00 pm.

Icecream and turron Casa Mira
Calle Marqués de Larios, 5
Phone: 952 22 30 69
Opening time: 10:30 am. to 1:00 am.
Fridays and Saturdays from 10:30 am. a 1:30 am.

Upcoming openings

Pandora Jewelry
Calle Marques de Larios, 6

Ice cream Desiderio Gelato
Calle Marques de Larios, 3
Timetable: From 9:00 to 22:00 hours

Massimo Dutti
Transfer to Calle Marques de Larios, 9

How to get to Calle Larios

Calle Larios is very well communicated and is at the city centre. If you want to get there using public transport you have several choices.

Getting to Calle Larios from the western Costa del Sol:

The train line links Malaga with Fuengirola, for nearby stations and prices you can check our commuter train guide.

If you go by bus I recommend visiting our guide of buses in Malaga. You must get off at the last stop in Muelle Heredia, check the schedules here.

If you are going by car you have to take the AP-7 motorway passing Torremolinos and taking the MA-20 road towards West Malaga and the airport. Continue until you reach a sign that shows the route to follow for getting to the city centre.

Getting to Calle Larios from the eastern Costa del Sol

There is no train link so if you have to take the bus, check the schedules here.

If you plan to use your own vehicle you must take the coastal road N-340.

Parking next to Calle Larios

The nearest parking is at Plaza de la Marina (Marina Square) although there are many options and prices.