Spring (primavera in Spanish) is the best season of the year in Malaga; it is an opportunity to get to know the city with great weather as it is almost always sunny! Let’s discover how the capital of Costa del Sol is like during springtime. Forget about Coronavirus for a while and start planning your next spring break in Malaga!
If you are interested in coming in Malaga during this period, or in any other, don’t miss the chance to experience one of our tours; discover the historical center of this beautiful city, its food, its traditions, its culture and, of course, all about Holy Week in Malaga.
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☀️ Malaga Weather in Spring
The weather in Malaga in spring is just awesome! Warm days and temperatures around 25°C (77°F). Even though it’s mostly sunny you might get a bit of rain, especially in April. May and June are in Malaga one of the best months to enjoy this wonderful city in Spring.
Attractions and museums are open for longer during the day! It’s a good opportunity to explore the old town and spend some time at the beach since it’s not as hot as in the middle of the summer. And our favourite: Spring is the best time of the year for drinking cocktails in one of Malaga many rooftop bars!
EXTRA TIP: Don’t forget checking out our Malaga Ultimate Travel Guide: Everything you should know before visiting to start planning your trip to Costa del Sol the right way!
🌸 Gardens and Parks
to enjoy your Malaga Spring Break
The best places to experience the local fauna and flora in Malaga are:
La Concepción Botanical Gardens is situated in the nearby suburban quarter of La Concepcion and is about a 15-minute bus ride from the center. You need to wait till May or June for the flowers to be fully blooming, but it’s definitely worth the wait. Not to mention that the gardens, dating from the mid-19th century, have among the 3,000-plus species to be found here, trees from five continents. Throughout spring, the gardens with all of their exotic specimens will make you think that you are in some faraway, tropical island. That is also due to the palm collection at La Concepcion that consists of 100 species, some of which are over 100 years old!
Paseo del Parque de Malaga or Parque de la Alameda is a park located in the center of the Andalusian city of Malaga. Its design corresponds to a Mediterranean garden with numerous tropical and subtropical species, which make it one of the most important public parks in Europe in terms of exotic flora. In fact, it has botanical species from the five continents.
The Pedro Luis Alonso Gardens are on the opposite of the Paseo del Parque and to the east of the town hall. Architect Guerrero Strachan designed these Mediterranean gardens and they feature ponds. Consequently, they are home to a large number of birds.
🍒 Malaga Spring Gastronomy:
Try our Seasonal Local Cuisine
If you decide to spend your next spring break in Malaga, you have to try the seasonal local food. But where can you try the best of Malaga’s Spring Gastronomy? Here you go, some useful foodie advice for your Spring Holiday in Costa del Sol:
The Atarazanas Central Market was a originally a naval workshop during Arabic Nasrid times, from which only a marble door is preserved and where its name comes from – atarazana. Here you will find the best fresh local produce in town, a whole world of colours and fragances. Want to know some more? Then join our Atarazanas Food Market Tour + Appetizer!
What about bars and taverns? Spring in Malaga is also the best moment to start sitting on any bar terrace and share some tapas. If you like to mix up with locals and discover our favourite and most traditional tapas bars and wineries, book our Traditional Malaga Wine and Tapas tour! You won’t regret!
But if you prefer to do things on your own and love cooking, check our Spanish Spring Food and Tapas Recipes article out and let us know which is your favourite recipe!
🏝️ Best Malaga Urban Beaches
for your Spring Break
Playa del Peñón del Cuervo is an isolated dark sand beach located on the eastern coast of the city. My favourite! Very local, little and most beautiful in my opinion!
Playa de La Misericordia is one of the most popular beaches for locals, frequented mostly by young people. It stands out for the old industrial chimney (today isolated and restored) that presides over it.
Playa de La Malagueta is an urban beach of dark sand located on the eastern coast of the city. It is situated between the port of Malaga and the beach of La Caleta. Ιn 2015 it was awarded a blue flag and it’s the favourite beach for tourists, as it’s just a 10 mins walk from Malaga Old Town.
Playa de La Caleta is an urban beach located on the eastern coast of the city, between the beach of La Malagueta and Baños del Carmen. It is a popular beach due to its central location, in the neighborhood of the same name. It has all kinds of services and it’s a bit more peaceful than la Malagueta.
Playa del Guadalhorce is a semi-urban beach of dark sand located on the west coast of the city. It is situated at the mouth of the Guadalhorce River, next to the homonymous natural site. Therefore, it is a little frequented beach and has hardly any services.
Playa de Guadalmar is a semi-urban beach of dark sand located on the west coast of the city. It is situated between the beach of San Julián and the mouth of the Guadalhorce river. Furthermore, it has many services including litter bins, showers, waste collection, rental of umbrellas and hammocks…
Playa de San Andrés is an urban beach of dark sand located on the west coast of the city, between the port and the beach of Huelin. It has services of litter bins, showers, waste collection, rental of umbrellas and hammocks…
🎉 Spring Events in Malaga
There are many Spring Festivals in Malaga! Some of the most relevant ones are the Malaga Gastronomy Festival that is an annual gastronomy festival that promotes the local gastronomy or the Malaga Film Festival that is an annual film festival that promotes and awards cinema in Spanish.
Easter Week: find out more on ‘Holy Week in Malaga: THE Guide to Semana Santa or Easter in Southern Spain!‘
🎨 Arts & Culture in Malaga
also in Spring!
Picasso Museum is a centre for cultural and social projection and promotion. Therefore people will visit not only to enjoy the works of Picasso, but also to participate in educational activities and benefit from cultural services.
Center of Contemporary Art is aiming in the promotion and dissemination of 20th and 21st-century visual art on an international level.
Malaga Centre Pompidou houses 80 works from 1905 to the present day and has a section dedicated to the architecture of the first Pompidou Centre, in Paris. It is the only branch of the museum outside France.
The Russian Museum in Malaga is a subsidiary of the Russian State Museum in St. Petersburg. The container of the center is the building of the former Royal Tobacco Factory of 1929. Besides the 100 pieces exhibited, there are more than 50 pieces in the temporary exhibitions prepared by the Russian State Museum itself.
🔝 Top Malaga Monuments and Attractions
Gibralfaro Castle was built in the 14th century to house troops and protect the Alcazaba. Considered as one of the most popular monuments in Malaga. From it, you get spectacular views of the city.
The Alcazaba Fortress sits on a hill in the center of the city, overlooking the port. It comprises two walled enclosures and is one of the musts of Malaga. Besides, during springtime, the whole Alcazaba area smells of orange blossom! Also the Roman Theatre, just below the Alcazaba!
The Cathedral of the Incarnation of Malaga, also known as La Manquita, is the second-highest cathedral in Andalusia, after the Giralda of Seville. Visit its unique interior but don’t miss the chance to sit on the quiet Gardens of the Cathedral and enjoy the peaceful sound of water running and the fragance of nature in the middle of Malaga Old Town. This is, without any doubt, my favourite urban garden!
Off the beaten path tip: Visit the Museum and Basilica of Santa María la Victoria. It is one of the most important churches in Malaga for locals because it’s the house of La Victoria Virgin, the patron saint of the city. This church is unknown for tourists, even if it’s one of the summits of the Baroque style in Malaga.
But if you want to discover all the main attractions of Malaga’s secrets and watch the best sunset in town, you should definitely check out our Malaga Highlights and Sunset Tour here:
💃 Malaga ‘Plazas’ or Squares:
Meet the locals!
The major town square is Plaza de la Constitución where Malaga’s city hall was located here until 1869. It’s a the heart of the city and most of Malaga Spring events take place here!
One of the largest public squares in Malaga’s city center is Plaza de la Merced which contains Pablo Picasso’s childhood home!
Plaza del Carbón is a square in the historic center of the city of Malaga. It is located at the confluence of Granada, Sánchez Pastor, and Calderería streets. As a matter of fact, it forms the same urban space with the neighboring squares of Spínola and del Siglo.
Some of the busiest streets in the historic center intersect in Plaza de la Marina, such as Molina Lario Street, and is the main access to the Port from Malaga.
Plaza del Obispo acquired its appearance with the completion of the main facade of the Cathedral of the Incarnation of Malaga and the Episcopal Palace of Malaga in the 1800s. In the last decade of the 20th century, there were renovations on the square and on some of its buildings.
👌 Malaga Port:
the best place to enjoy spring weather
Malaga is the oldest port still in use in Spain. The urban port got renovated in 2011 and now it plays an important role in our city daily life. Its outstanding Palm Groove of Surprises, along the main port promenade, is beautiful space to go for a walk, take the children out to play, and watch the cruise ships.
At the far end of the Palm Garden is the Paseo del Muelle Uno with a lot of bars and restaurants that lead to the Malagueta beach. Additionally, it’s home to the Pompidou Centre, which features a giant colors cube on top of its structure that has become a landmark!
To sum up, spring in Malaga is a season you should definitely enjoy. But not only, Malaga has so much to offer in every season! So, come and see yourself: you won’t regret! Also, if you want to know much more about Andalusia, don’t forget to take a look at my Andalusian travel blog
Hope to see you around soon!!