January: The perfect weekend in Málaga, Spain

At 7 in the morning it will be around 3 degrees, although throughout the day the temperature stabilizes around 15/17 degrees. Sounds like a perfect ´winter sun break´ right? Things to do and places to go during a weekend in Málaga, Spain, in January.

1. Snow & Mountains in Sierra Nevada

From mid-January until the beginning of February it I possible to see snow high up in the mountains of Granada (Sierra Nevada) just 100 km from Malaga City. Where do you get the chance to combine winter sports and a beach session in one holiday!?

January in Malaga Mountains

2. Ice skating in Malaga and Benalmadena ‘club de Hielo de Benalmadena’

If you like ice skating and you are planning to stay a weekend in Malaga, Spain, during January there is a skating rink at the city centre next to ´el corte ingles´ shopping mall. There is another ice rink in Benalmadena, a place 25 min by train from Malaga.

C/ Ciudad de Melilla s/n
29631 Arroyo de la Miel

3. Hammam Al Andalus Banos Arabes Malaga

The Hammam of Malaga is a must do when visitig Malaga. Discover the Hammam Experience at Andalusian Arab Baths, where you will be able to enjoy the Water Journey, massages, rituals, and experiences that will let your emotions flow.


Calle Tomás de Cózar, 13, 29008 Málaga

Openingshours every day from 11:00 till 22:00

4. The white villages are just waiting to be explored

Why not check out one of the beautiful white villages in Malaga? Pueblos blancos are amazing white villages near Malaga, during your winter sun break you can explore the twisting narrow streets of Mijas, Comares or Frigiliana. This is really an authentic expierence and not a lot of people know about those villages.

5. Plato de los montes

This is a typical dish of Malaga during winter, these are plates piled high with every kind of meat imaginable, fried potatoes, a fried green pepper and a fried egg. There is something about a cool winter day that invites you to drive u to the mountains of Malaga ad stop a ´Venta´ (one of the roadside restaurants) to have some Plato de los montes. Ofcourse this will be an amazing ride with a mountain bike, through the mountains it’s about 10 km. The perfect way to earn the calories that you will lose during your weekend in Malaga, Spain.

spanish food

6. Golf, hiking and other outdoor activities in winter

Ruta al pico Torrecilla en la Sierra de las Nieves.

Another popular reason many people choose to book a vacation in winter in Malaga are the world class golf courses available along the Costa del Sol. Enjoy a drive from Malaga city along the highway that borders the sea and try to beat your game.

7. Strolling through the city centre of Malaga in winter.

The historical centre of Malaga is full of beautiful places and museums. Biking around through the little streets is a must do

Since winter in Malaga is the low tourist season, you’ll be able to enjoy the museums with a little bit more breathing room.

  • Picasso Museum, Calle San Agustín, 8, 29015 Málaga, 10:00-18:00.
  • Centre Pompidou, Pasaje Doctor Carrillo Casaux, s/n, 29016 Málaga, 9:30-20:00
  • Castillo Gibralfaro, Camino Gibralfaro, 11, 29016 Málaga, 9:00-20:00
  • Alcazaba, Camino Gibralfaro, 11, 29016 Málaga, 9:00-18:00
  • Catedral de Málaga, Calle Molina Lario, 9, 29015 Málaga, 9:00-18:00
  • Iglesia de San Juan Bautista, Calle San Juan, 3, 29005 Málaga, 9:00-13:30 17:00-21:00
  • Casa Aranda, Churros, Herrería del Rey, 3, 29005 Málaga, 8:00-12:30 17:00-21:00
  • La Recova, Breakfast, Pje Ntra. Sra. de los Dolores de San Juan, 5, 29005 Málaga, 8:30-16:00, Saturday 8:30-12:30, Sunday closed.

8. Enjoy our beautiful fisher places Pedregalejo and El Palo

On a cycle route of 20 min from the city centre of Malaga we have 2 amazing fisher villages, Pedregalejo and El Palo, where you can enjoy the typical fish of Malaga, sardines. Besides the amazing fish the places are very beautiful to see, all the locals having lunch or dinner there together with the whole family. There are all small houses in all different colours and it seems like you are in a different part of Spain, but it is still Malaga. Cycling from Malaga city centre through El Palo is already a beautiful ride.

9. A chance to truly appreciate sweet wine

During summer is a glas of sweet wine not ideal, then we prefer a cold caña (beer) or a tinto de verano(wine mixed with lemon soda). So the perfect chance to drink a sweet wine during winter, we’ve got several old classic wine bars in Malaga. Antigua Casa Guardia is one of them, enjoy a sweet wine in one of the oldest bars in Malaga. They opened this bar at 1840, this means that the bar is already 182 years old.

The oldest bodega bar in Malaga: La Antigua Casa de Guardia


Monday – Thursday 10 until 22h

Friday – Saturday 10 until 22:45h

Sunday 11 until 15h

Alameda Principal, 18, 29005 Málaga