Things to do in Malaga in January 2024

You will be surprised by the wide range of music, events and activities you can enjoy during your visit to Malaga in January!

Things to do in Malaga in January

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.

Chicago Life, The Musical

Chicago Life, El Musical
The Malaga congress centre will host this show full of magic, sensuality and music, with a very original script, thrilling choreographies, great live voices and an excellent staging.

Dramatised night-visits at the Automobile Museum

Museo Automovilístico
Museo Automovilístico

Historia Viva Málaga has set up dramatized visits at night to the Automobile and Fashion Museum in Málaga. Visitors can learn about the history of historic cars through relevant characters.

Among these characters are Agent 007, who is renewing his licence to kill, or Amelia Earhart, the first woman aviator to cross the Atlantic, Coco Chanel or Salvador Dalí.

During a tour lasting an hour and a half, these characters will bring the public closer to the art and fashion of several centuries.

  • Tickets at the Website or by contacting via telephone or WhatsApp at 607 285 570, indicating the activity and day chosen, a full name, number of tickets and a contact telephone number.
  • When: The first Friday of every month (as long as the museum’s calendar of events allows) and in two sessions: 7.30 pm and 9.30 pm.
  • Where: Automobile and Fashion Museum in Malaga
  • How to get there

41. Malaga Theatre Festival

41º Festival de Teatro Málaga

The Teatro Cervantes and the Teatro Echegaray located in the old part of the city host this year’s 41st edition of the Malaga Theatre Festival.

As in previous years, the event takes place in “two acts”, in January and in spring.

New Year’s Concert in Torremolinos by the Philharmonic Orchestra of Malaga

Concierto Año Nuevo en Torremolinos

On January 2nd the Municipal Auditorium of Torremolinos will host the New Year’s Concert of the Philharmonic Orchestra of Malaga.

The concert starts at 8 pm. Admission will be free until full capacity is reached.

Candelight Concerts Malaga

In the Maria Cristina Concert Hall, a 15th century Franciscan monastery in the heart of Malaga, with exceptional acoustics and unique beauty.

We can personally recommend this experience of classical concerts and tributes by the light of hunderts of candles.

Programme January

  • Tribute to Queen at the MAM (Museo del Automóvil y la Moda, Málaga) 12 January, two sessions at 8 pm and 10 pm.
  • The Best of Hans Zimmer at the Museo Carmen Thyssen, 13 January, two sessions at 8:30 pm and 10:15 pm.
  • Tribute to Ludovico Einaudi at the Gran Hotel Miramar, 14 January, two sessions at 5 pm and 7 pm.
  • Tribute to ABBA at the Museo Carmen Thyssen, 27 January, two sessions at 8:30 pm and 10:15 pm.
  • The Four Seasons by Vivaldi at the Museo Carmen Thyssen, on 28 January, two sessions at 8:30 pm and 10:15 pm.
  • Tickets on the official website of Feverup.
  • Where: Sala de Conciertos María Cristina, Museo Carmen Thyssen and Gran Hotel Miramar, Málaga

Festival Bach – Marbella 2023/24

Festival Bach Marbella

Cycles of Sol Mayor Organ Concerts in the Church of the Encarnación in Marbella, with monthly concerts until June 2024.

  • Donations are requested to cover expenses.
  • When: 14 January, 5 pm. Marina Omelchenko- Organist of the Moscow Catholic Cathedral (Russia)
  • How to get there

“Christmas season at Cervantes and Echegaray” Concerts, Málaga

Navidad en el Cervantes y el Echaragay
Philharmonic Orchestra of Malaga

The two great historic theatres in the old town of Malaga have prepared a wide range of concerts, musicals etc. until Epiphany.

  • 3 January: Extraordinary New Year’s Day Concert
  • 4 and 5 January: Snow White, The Musical
  • 7 January: Swan Lake
  • Information & Tickets

The Nutcracker Kiev Ballet Estepona

El Cascanueces Ballet de Kiev Estepona
The Teatro Auditorio Felipe VI in Estepona hosts this performance by the Kiev Ballet on its tour of Spain.

Concert Remember Queen Malaga

Concierto Remember Queen Málaga

Remember Queen is one of the most acclaimed tributes. In their show the band pays tribute to Freddy Mercury’s band and plays their greatest hits.

The unmissable date for Queen fans is the 12th of January at the Palacio de Ferias y Congresos de Málaga (FYCMA).

During the show there will be ten costume changes, videos of the band Queen and detailed staging.

Almond day in Guaro

Every year on a Sunday at the end of January or beginning of February, the village Guaro celebrates the Día el Almendro, where you can enjoy hiking routes, taste the typical gastronomy of the area or buy handmade products.

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

Guaro has been organising for a few years now a special event for these dates where there are two walking routes through the almond groves, followed by a tasting in the village square. We have been there and can highly recommend it!

  • Here is the FB of the Guaro townhall for the exact date.
  • It is essential to register in advance in order to do the routes.

Visit the Museums of Malaga

Picasso Museum

Hiking in the province

While the rest of Europe and much of Spain still has a 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 stretching along the coast.

Although it is usually colder in the mountains 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 there is nothing better than after a day’s walking to visit an Inn to enjoy a good traditional meal or have a few beers and tapas. What a good life!

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

El Caminito del Rey

Caminito del Rey
Nowadays, the path is no longer very dangerous. 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 Desfiladero de los Gaitanes where this aerial path runs is spectacular, but also the surrounding nature, with the magnificent turquoise Guadalhorce reservoirs. And of course, there is no shortage of inns where you can enjoy a good meal!

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

With our car hire 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 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: 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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