Malaga in January: Activities, events and other things to do in 2024

January in Malaga is the coldest month but not without interesting activities you can do if you decide to visit the province. Besides visiting Malaga in January you will find good bargains, and everybody likes to save some money.

senderismo en Torremolinos fácil con niño
Walking in nature with my wife and son in Torremolinos.

January use to start with cold in Malaga, but it will not last long. January is a month especially suitable for active tourism and to avoid the heat. Would you like to visit beautiful natural surroundings or get to know other towns and their gastronomy?


Climate in Malaga in January

In addition to the January holiday, we can expect good weather and free activities. I’ll talk about the latter a little further down. Let’s read about the weather in Malaga in January and what kind of clothes you need to bring if you plan to spend a few days here.

Weather and temperature in January

The weather is generally continuing with the month of December. However, there use to be a sharp drop in night-time temperatures in Malaga from 31 December onwards, or even in January.

The maximum temperatures are around 17ºC with peaks that can exceed 20ºC and the minimum is 6ºC with peaks that can go below 0ºC. Bearing in mind that these minimum temperatures can occur during the night.

The average rainfall is about 6 days. Little wind and sunny or cloudy days.

Average temperature in Malaga in January
Sample chart to see the evolution of temperatures over the month.

What clothes to bring in January

Before the arrival of this cold January wave, the coats lasted until noon. After the drop in temperature you may want to keep them close.

There will be days when the sun will prevail and you will end up staying in a T-shirt.

Clothing recommended in January:

  • Warm jacket.
  • Long-sleeved T-shirts.
  • Short-sleeved T-shirt.
  • Thermal t-shirts.
  • Long trousers.
  • Appropriate footwear.
  • Sunglasses.

In addition to the above, if you are planning to walk on sunny days you may want to wear shorts. Remember that at sunset temperatures drop sharply, especially the further inland we are.

While in Malaga is low season, in Sierra Nevada is the popular month. Don’t forget to come well prepared if you are going to visit Granada, it is very close to Malaga and you might want to hire a car to spend the day on the snow. Another option is to rent the needed equipment at the ski resort.

Bathing in January? Is the sea water cold?

No, bathing in January is not common and even less so among the locals. However, there are tourists who find it pleasant and end up taking a dip in the beach or pool any sunny day in January. I remember I did in cold season, but I was 16 then and my father just bought me a surf table, so I had to try it.

Playa de Benalmádena en enero
Although not everyone will dare to go for a swim in January, the weather is good for a visit to the beach.

What is the temperature of the sea water in January? In mid-January the temperature is between 14ºC and 15ºC.

Activities during January in Malaga

There are activities all year round and although January in Malaga is considered to be a low season, it offers the visitor interesting activities that they will undoubtedly enjoy.

Magic Christmas Market

Walking around Muelle Uno is always a pleasure, and if you like to go shopping you can take advantage of the last days of the Christmas market.

Pier 1 Malaga port

Torcal de Antequera in January

During January there are guided tours in the Torcal de Antequera, ideal for those who want to venture into nature and enjoy the breathtaking scenery.

If you are in the mood, you can also visit the Dolmens of Antequera.


You can find out about the routes scheduled for this month and book your visit on the official website:

Transfers from the airport

Almod blossom route in Guaro

Ruta del Almendro en Flor

The end of January is approaching and with the arrival of February there are opportunities that we will deal with in another blog entry; I leave you with a preview of what you can enjoy these last days of the month and the beginning of the next. This is the wonderful spectacle that nature offers us during the blossoming of the almond trees, a preview of what awaits us during the spring.

There are many places to enjoy this show. In other years Guaro celebrated the flowering of the almond trees on the 26th of January; you can also find routes to admire their beauty in the Montes de Málaga or from the Jardín Botánico de la Concepción. (Mapa)

A guide from the town hall will accompany us along the route. He will show us the best places to enjoy this beautiful event.

Do you want to know more about the Almond Blossom Route?

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Raúl G.T

Travel blogger, web developer and content editor. Author of many of the travel guides and tips available online about Andalucia, Malaga and Spain.

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