Things to do in Malaga in January 2020

Those of you who are already regular followers of our blog know that we publish an entry every month with things to see and do for this month. Every month except January. Why? Because it seems that after so much partying, food and gifts during the Christmas season, there is a bit of a hangover from activities in January, in addition to the famous “January slope” where people in general are looking more closely at their pockets after so many recent expenses.

So we have collected for this month less specific events and more activities that you can do during your visit in Malaga during January, here we go!

Things to do in Malaga in January

In the city

Winter Sales in Malaga

Calle Larios, one of the most famous shopping streets in Spain

Especially if you are in Malaga city during the month of January, take the opportunity to stroll through the shops in the centre. After the busy Christmas season and the crowded streets, now is a good time to enjoy a wide range of shops and get some bargains.

As a small reminder, in Spain the original date for the start of the sales is January 7, although many stores even advance their offers. The closing date for the winter sales is February 29th. Plenty of time to enjoy the centre, its streets and squares and to have a coffee in one of its many outdoor terraces.

Go to a Musical in Malaga

Until January 26th you still have the chance to go and see the acclaimed Musical A Chorus Line, an original Broadway musical, staged by Malaga’s favourite son, Antonio Banderas. It is a great occasion to combine a night out with a dinner in the central district of Malaga, Soho.


You can buy your ticket here





Visit the Museums of Malaga

Night view of the Picasso Museum

Many museums in Malaga in addition to their permanent facilities often offer temporary exhibitions, as during this month of January take place in the Picasso Museum (Modern Masters of the 20th Century) and the Russian Museum (Nikoai Roerich, master of Russian symbolism and a monographic exhibition dedicated to one of the great female figures of Russian literature, Anna Akhmatova).

Picasso Museum
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Russian Museum
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All Malaga Museums at a Glance


Hiking in the province

While the rest of Europe and much of Spain are still in the grip of deep winter, this season does not exist in the province of Malaga with its mild Mediterranean climate. When you arrive by plane, you can already see from above the green fields that stretch along the coast.

Although in the mountain systems it is usually colder than on the coast, nevertheless, nature begins to wake up after the rains and there is usually plenty of water in the streams and waterfalls. And nothing better than after a day’s walking, visiting afterwards an Inn to enjoy a good traditional meal or have a few beers with tapas. What a good life!

Almond Day in Guaro


Every year takes place on a Sunday at the end of January or beginning of February in Guaro the Day of the Almond Tree, where you will be able to enjoy trekking routes, taste the typical gastronomy of the area or buy handmade products.

At this time, due to the mild climate on the coast, the almond trees begin to bloom with delicate flowers in shades of white and pink. To see fields and fields full of this fragile beauty is a true delicacy for the senses.

Guaro has been organizing for a few years now a special event where there are two hiking routes through the almond fields, followed by a tasting in the village square. We have been there and can recommend it!

Here you have the FB of the Guaro city council for the exact date
It is essential to register in advance to do the routes. You can register at


The Caminito del Rey (The Kings Walkway)

Open all year round, it is during these winter months when we can enjoy the place with less crowds. Being one of the most spectacular trails in Spain, after its renovation in 2015 it is now suitable for anyone with a minimum physical condition.

Not only the Gaitanes Gorge where this route runs in lofty heights, is spectacular, but also the nature around it, with the magnificent turquoise reservoirs of the Guadalhorce. And of course, there’s no shortage of inns where you can enjoy a good meal!

In these articles you will find everything you need to know about the Caminito del Rey and the Guadalhorce reservoirs.

With our car rental at Malaga airport you will easily reach all these places.

Did you know that…?

Did you know that on Sundays you can visit some monuments and museums in Malaga for free?

– The Picasso Museum in Malaga can be visited free of charge every Sunday between 6 pm and 8 pm – until half an hour before the closure – the entrance will be free until full capacity. The ticket office closes at 7.30 pm.

– The Muslim fortress Alcazaba can be visited free of charge every Sunday from 2 pm until it closes. From this fortification there are viewpoints that allow you to enjoy beautiful panoramic views of Malaga. How to get there:

– The Centre Pompidou Museum at the port has free entry for the public on Sundays from 4 pm until closing time.

– The Carmen Thyssen Museum has free access on Sundays from 5pm.

– The cave Cueva del Tesoro in Rincon de la Victoria can be visited free of charge from Monday to Friday during the first hour of opening, up to a capacity of 60 people. The schedule of free visits varies depending on the time of year: in winter you can see the Treasure Cave for free from Monday to Friday from 10 am to 11 am, while in summer you can do so from 10:30 am to 11:30 am. How to get there:

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