Things to do in Malaga in January 2023

We have collected for this month events and 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.

40ºMalaga Theatre Festival

40º Festival de Teatro Málaga
The Cervantes Theatre and the Echegaray Theatre located in the old part of the city will host this year’s 40th edition of the Malaga Theatre Festival.

It will be in “two acts”, the first from 7 January to 5 February and the second from 24 April to 4 May.

In addition to the performances, there are many parallel activities that you can find here.
Complete programme

Exposition Saval Torremolinos

Exposición Saval Torremolinos

The Casa de los Navajas in Torremolinos hosts until 31 January 2023 the new exhibition “Saval. Litoral-Collages & Ensamblajes”, by the award-winning artist Lorenzo Saval.

The Casa de los Navajas is a small palace in neo-Mudejar style with Mozarabic touches, built in 1925 by the Navajas family. The completely renovated building hosts weddings, as well as various exhibitions, concerts and theatre, making it a must-see historical building in Torremolinos.

Casa de los Navajas Torremolinos
Casa de los Navajas is very close to the Bajondillo beach. Admission is free. Opening hours: Tuesday to Sunday from 10:30 am to 6:30 pm.
How to get there

Godspell. The Musical

Godspell Musical

Until 8 January you can still see at the Soho Theatre in Malaga the Musical Godspell, a classic of Broadway musical theatre, nominated for a Tony Award.
Performances: Wednesdays and Thursdays at 8 pm, Fridays and Saturdays at 5.30 pm and 9 pm and Sundays at 6 pm.
Buy Tickets
How to get there

New Year’s Concert of the Malaga Philharmonic Orchestra

Orquesta Filarmónica de Málaga
The Príncipe de Asturias Municipal Auditorium in Torremolinos will host this extraordinary New Year’s concert on 2 January at 8 pm.
Admission is free until full capacity is reached.
More information
How to get there

Epiphany Gala of the Malaga Philharmonic Orchestra

Orquesta Filarmónica de Málaga
On this occasion, Walt Disney lovers can enjoy this concert by the Philharmonic Orchestra of Malaga whose theme will be a tribute to Walt Disney and the most legendary soundtracks of the last decades.
It will take place at the Palacio de Ferias y Congresos de Málaga, on the 8th of January at 7 pm.
Buy tickets
How to get there

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.

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. 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!

Discover everything you can do in Active Tourism and adventure sports in Malaga all year round.

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 here.

The Caminito del Rey (The Kings Walkway)

Caminito del Rey
Nowadays, the path no longer presents much danger. Photo siandalucia

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.

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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 Pier One has free entry for the public on Sundays from 4 pm until closing time.

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

– 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.

The weather in Malaga in January

January in Malaga certainly has nothing to do with the weather in the rest of Europe. Not even with the weather 100 km further north.

Winter as such does not exist in Malaga. You could say that we go from autumn directly to spring.

It is true that January and February are usually the months with the lowest temperatures and – with a bit of luck – rain.

The minimum morning temperatures can be around 4ºC and the maximum temperatures are between 12ºC and 15ºC.

When there is rainfall, we can enjoy wonderful views of the highest peaks of Malaga covered in snow: La Sierra de las Nieves (National Park) and La Maroma.

Sierra de las Nieves
Sierra de las Nieves Photo Tineke

Meanwhile, at lower altitudes, the first almond trees begin to blossom and the fields become green and covered with little yellow flowers.

The most annoying thing in Malaga in “winter” is the wind. So it is a good idea to pack a mackintosh in your suitcase, along with a good jumper and thinner shirts, as the sun gets quite hot.

Estepona enero
A healthy winter walk along La Rada beach in Estepona in January. Photo T. Mielke

Both some brave locals and foreigners continue to bathe here all year round.

The temperature of the Alboran Sea in January and February is around 14/15 degrees.

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