Málaga, Spain: What to pack, what to wear, and when to go [2022]

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Traveling to Málaga, Spain? If you're planning to travel the Costa del Sol, you'll generally start in Málaga. This article contains some important information about when to go, what to wear, and what to pack.

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About your travel guide

Hi! I'm Dev. I've traveled all over the world and in my travels, I have made many packing lists. In this series, my team and I have compiled the most useful information, as well as things we couldn't live without, to help you plan your trip.

When to go to Málaga, Spain

Based on the climate and weather in Málaga, the best time to go is June. The peak summer months are great as well, but expect lots of crowds. See below for details.

Important essentials for Málaga, Spain

Here are some general tips on what to wear in Málaga, as well as several items to remember to pack when traveling there.

IMPORTANT COVID-19 ESSENTIALS

Other health necessities


  • Travel first aid kit

    This one is a excellent kit.


  • Emergency rapid COVID-19 test

    U.S. residents can get them free here. Otherwise, you can buy them here.


  • Emergency motion sickness relief

Don't forget these

 

Activities for Málaga, Spain

Here are some activity recommendations and activity-specific packing tips for Málaga.

If you are going to go to the heavenly Málaga Cathedral, it's suggested to wear modest clothing:

If you go to La Conception Botanical & Historical Garden, you'll probably do a lot of walking. These are a must:


  • Binoculars

    Like these


  • Small portable cooler

    Save money on drinks with this portable cooler.


  • Ultralight day pack

    Like this, so you don't have to lug around a heavy suitcase.


  • Good hiking shoes

    These are designed for this kind of walking, and can breathe and can get wet

Castle hopping? For Castillo de Gibralfaro, take:

We also recommend these top tours in and around Málaga.


  • Malaga old town biking/walking tour

    A great way to see the sights, like the Cathedral, is to do a bike or walking tour. A local guide will help you understand the significance of the sights.

    Check out the tour options


  • Museo Picasso Málaga

    Even if you don't need a guide, it's a good idea to pre-book tickets to this museum, especially in the high season.

    Check out the options


  • Kayak and snorkeling tour of Nerja

    If you love the water, consider a snorkeling and kayaking tour of the amazing cliffs of Nerja.

    Check out the tour options


  • The beautiful village of Ronda by 4x4

    If you're up for an exciting adventure and are willing to get dirty, you can't go wrong visiting the famous city of Ronda (with the bridge connecting its two mountaintop parts) off-road on a 4x4. If you haven't seen Ronda, this is not to be missed.

    Check out the details


  • Malaga wine and tapas tours

    Don't go to Malaga without sampling some of the locals' favorite tapas joints. You can find some of these in a guidebook, or join a tour with a local who will take you and help you choose the best tapas/wines.

    Check out the tour options

 

 

What to wear/what to pack for Málaga, Spain by month

Already know when you're traveling?

January

If you visit Málaga during January, you might find that it can be chilly. Temperatures tend to hover around the low 60s F (high 10s C) during the day, while at night they can dip into the 40s F (single digits C). Humidity is generally between 60 and 70% during the day. In terms of precipitation, you can expect it to rain a bit less than half of the time.

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February

If you visit Málaga during February, you are likely to find that it can be chilly. Temperatures tend to hover around the 60s F (high 10s C) during the day, while at night they can dip into the 40s F (single digits C). Humidity is generally between 50 and 60% during the day. In terms of precipitation, you can expect it to rain a bit less than half of the time.

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March

March here is mild. Temperatures average in the 60s F (high 10s C) during the day. It rains 5-10 days this month. Holy Week is held in late March or early April, with marches and events. Depending on the year, the Malaga Film Festival may also occur during this month.

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April

April for Málaga is mild. Temperatures average in the low 60s F (low 20s C) during the day. It rains about a third of the time. Several events and festivals take place during this time, although the exact month varies.

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May

If you visit Málaga during May, you are likely to see that it is a perfect temperature and dry with little rain. Temperatures tend to hover around the 70s F (mid 20s C) during the day, while at night they can dip into the 50s F (low 10s C). Humidity is generally between 50 and 60% during the day. In terms of precipitation, you can expect it to rain once in a while.

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June

If you vacation in Málaga during June, you will probably find that it is pretty consistently hot and dry with little rain. Temperatures tend to hover around the low 80s F (high 20s C) during the day, while at night they can dip into the low 60s F (high 10s C). Humidity is generally between 50 and 60% during the day. This is a great time to go to Malaga, before the peak summer crowd arrives.

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July

If you go to Málaga in July, you will notice that it is consistently hot and very dry with almost no rain. Daytime temperatures are in the 80s F (low 20s C). This is peak tourist time.

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August

If you are traveling to Málaga in August, you will notice that it is constantly hot and very dry with almost no rain. Daytime temperatures are in the high 80s F (low 30s C). This is peak tourist time, and the Feria de Agosto festival brings even more crowds and activity to the city.

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September

Traveling to Málaga in September, you will notice that it is pretty consistently hot and dry with little rain. Daytime temperatures are in the low 80s F (high 20s C).

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October

October in Málaga is a perfect temperature. The rain can amount to several inches/centimeters. During this time, temperatures average in the 70s F (mid 20s C).

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November

If you vacation in Málaga during November, you might notice that it is balmy. Temperatures tend to hover around the high 60s F (low 10s C) during the day, while at night they can dip into the low 50s F (low 10s C). Humidity is generally between 60 and 70% during the day. In terms of precipitation, you can expect it to rain 5-10 days this month.

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December

December here is cool. Temperatures average in the low 60s F (high 10s C) during the day. It rains a bit less than half of the time.

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