Things to do in Malaga in July 2024

Things to do in Malaga in July. The billboards are full to the brim with lots and lots of music under the stars on warm summer nights, on the best stages in the province.

But there’s so much more, discover all the things you can do!

Things to do in Malaga in July 2024

Mijas “with Soul”

Mijas con alma

Enjoy the beautiful white village Mijas, only 7 km from Fuengirola, by the light of 15.000 candles.

From the 5th to the 7th of July Mijas village will be decorated with more than 15.000 candles, there will be concerts, a medieval market and many more activities.

Candlelighting will give a special atmosphere to some of the most emblematic spots in Mijas Pueblo, such as Plaza Virgen de la Peña, Plaza de la Constitución, Calle San Sebastián and the city wall area.

There will be plenty of entertainment with parades, jugglers, jesters and stilt walkers, Andalusian music and belly dancing.

There will also be a large children’s toy library, workshops for young and old and various children’s attractions such as a Ferris wheel, a merry-go-round and a pirate ship with popular prices.

In the auditorium there will be three concerts: Mecano tribute concert (Friday 5 July), El Selu (Saturday 6 July) and Pasión Vega (Sunday 7 July).

All the concerts take place at 9:30 pm and tickets can be purchased at

Our advice: Parking in the area is very limited.
A bus service will be available from the fairgrounds of Las Lagunas and La Cala, as well as from the car park located at the quarry in Mijas village from 6 pm to 2 am.

Nights at the Thyssen Museum

From 11 July to 8 August the Museum Carmen Thyssen Malaga opens at night free of charge.

During these five Thursday evenings, guided tours will be offered and visitors will have free access to the Museum’s exhibition rooms.

Visitors can also enjoy the Patio with music and special lighting, and there will be a cocktail service.

  • When: 11, 18 and 25 July, and 1 and 8 August from 8.30 pm to 11.30 pm.
  • Where: Museum Carmen Thyssen Malaga
  • How to get there

Reggaeton Beach Festival Nerja

Reggaeton Beach Festival Nerja

The festival for urban music lovers will be held on the 6th and 7th of July for the first time in Nerja. The line-up features international artists along with top DJs.

In addition, there is a wide variety of attractions, playgrounds and water areas, artificial grass and drinking fountains, bars and gastronomy with vegan and gluten-free options.
The Festival is daytime, from 4 pm to 12 pm.

Espeto Fest Estepona

Espeto fest Estepona

The beach of La Rada in Estepona will host the Espeto Fest festival from the 27th to the 29th of July. For three days visitors can enjoy free music and entertainment.

The festival will kick off on Thursday with a Tribute to ‘El último de la fila’ with ‘Los Hombres Rana’. On Friday there will be The New Project Band, Alternative Rock from Madrid and on Saturday it ends with REGGAE NIGHT.

  • When: 25, 26 and 27 July at 10 pm.
  • Where: Playa de la Rada (Plazoleta Ortiz)
  • How to get there

Jazz Festival Estepona

If you like Jazz, come to Plaza Manilva in Estepona to enjoy a free open-air concert, a great idea for summer nights!

  • When: Saturday, 27 July, 9:30 pm.
  • Where: Plaza Manilva, Estepona
  • How to get there

Colour Run Algarrobo

Carrera Algarrobo en Color

The small coastal town of Algarrobo hosts this event of sport, colour, music and fun for the benefit of AVOI (Children’s Oncology Volunteers Association).

The race, which will be 2.5 km long, will run along the promenade of Algarrobo Costa where coloured powder will be thrown at the participants along different points.

The start is scheduled for 10:30 am, from the Plaza in Calle Velero de Mezquitilla. There will also be a bar with food and drink to liven up the meeting.

Each participant will be given a race kit (T-shirt, sunglasses and more gifts) and there will be a prize for the best costume.

Moonlight, Antequera

Luz de Luna, Antequera

Antequera will once again host a new edition of ‘Luz de Luna’ this summer. This event usually takes place throughout the summer months, from mid-June to mid-September.

This year there will be around thirty activities. Among the most notable activities are:

  • Accessible route of palaces and convents
  • Guided tour of the Alcazaba by night
  • Dance and Music in the Alcazaba
  • Rituals in the Dolmens of Antequera
  • Route of stories and legends
  • Wines in the shadow of El Torcal
  • Night visits to the Villa Romana de la Estación, which can be visited with a special illumination.
  • Celebrations of the Moon. Guided nocturnal visits to the megalithic monuments of Menga and Viera.
  • Full moon cycle at Menga. Coinciding with the full moon in July, August and September, attendees will enjoy a night-time concert in the atrium of the Menga Dolmen.
  • Astronomical observation of the Perseids
  • El Torcal under the full moon. Guided hiking route through this natural site. The visit starts at sunset and ends at night under the full moon. Dates: 18, 19 & 20 JUL / 16, 17, 18 & 19 AUG / 15 & 16 SEP
  • Here you can find all the dates and full programme.

Antequera Light Fest

Antequera Light Fest

The Antequera Light Fest commemorates the anniversary of the declaration of the Dolmens of Antequera as a World Heritage Site in an event where light is the protagonist.

Enjoy light and sound shows that have been prepared in emblematic locations in the city centre.

Night excursion to Antequera Light Fest

Excursion nocturna a Antequera Light Fest

Fancy going to the Antequera Light Fest but don’t know how to get there or you don´t feel like driving?

No problem, sign up for this night tour organised by Cultopia (the same company that organises night tours to the Alhambra in Granada). This night tour also includes a guided visit to the Antequera Dolmens.

Reservations must be made at 692.717.612 or at indicating your name, the number of places you need and a contact telephone number. Price: 30€/person. Advance payment only

Summer Jazz Festival Torremolinos

Summer Jazz Festival Torremolinos

The Summer Jazz Festival Torremolinos 2024 will take place in the Parque de la Batería and will be held during July and August with musicians from Germany, England, Cuba and Spain.

The concerts are for all audiences and with free entrance. There will also be food trucks. The concerts take place at 9 pm.

  • When: 8 and 22 july, 5 and 19 august
  • Where: Parque de la Batería Torremolinos
  • How to get there

Marbella Fashion Show

In the heart of Puerto Banús a new edition of the Marbella Fashion Show with national and international designers will take place on the 7th and 8th of July.

The event will take place on Avenida Lola Flores, with a catwalk and an exhibitors’ area.

Marbella Fashion Show
Past edition of the Marbella Fashion Show. Photo Opinión de Málaga

Benalmadena Theatre and Musical Festival

Auditorio Benalmádena
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A new edition of this festival which takes place in the open air venue of the Benalmadena Municipal Auditorium, from the 19th of July to the 7th of August.

This summer you can enjoy various musicals, tributes and comedy shows.

Live Aid Festival – Malaga

Live Aid Festival

Enjoy two tribute concerts to the legendary bands Queen and Dire Straits.

The Municipal Auditorium ‘Cortijo de Torres’ is an open-air facility with a maximum capacity of around 6,000 people standing and 4,000 seated.

Open Water swimming Torremolinos

Travesía a nado Torremolinos 2024

A sporting appointment to take part in the open water swimming that takes place on 29 July along the Torremolinos coastline. There is a 3.5 kilometre swim and a 7 kilometre swim.

Although you might not sign up as a swimmer, you might want to go to the beaches to take part in the festive atmosphere.

The 7 kilometre course starts at La Carihuela beach and the 3.5 kilometre course starts at El Bajondillo, with the finishing line at Los Álamos, next to the Restaurant-Chiringuito ‘El Sardiná’.

Yoga at the Beach

It is becoming increasingly popular to move Yoga classes to the beach during the summer months. Here are a few ideas.

Beach Yoga Foto Valentina
Beach Yoga Photo Valentina
  • Beach Yoga in Mijas

Every Sunday morning. In English. Further information.

  • Beach Yoga in Marbella

Every Friday morning. In English. Further information.

  • Beach Yoga in Casares

Every Wednesday morning. In English. Further information.

Portón del Jazz

porton del jazz 2024

Every Friday in July this open-air musical event takes place at the cultural Finca El Portón in Alhaurín de la Torre.

The XXVII edition of the prestigious and renowned Portón del Jazz de Alhaurín de la Torre will take place on Fridays 5, 12, 18, and 26 July from 10 pm.

Concerts at Portón del Jazz 2024

05/07/2024: Gretchen Parlato & Lionel Loueke
12/07/2024: The Cuban Jazz Syndicate
19/07/2024: Javier Ojeda Danza Jazz
26/07/2024: Sedajazz Latín Ensamble & Sole Giménez

Full moon at Hydros Spa Benalmadena

Hydros Spa Benalmádena

We also include a different proposal from the Holiday World Hotel in Benalmádena: Enjoy the Spa during the night of the full moon.

Enjoy the magic of a 60-minute night spa session with spectacular views of the bay of Benalmadena and Fuengirola, coinciding with the full moon.

With welcome drink and fruit, special attentions. Perfect to enjoy as a couple or with friends.

Music in the Courtyard, Carmen Thyssen Museum

Música en el Patio, Museo Carmen Thyssen

A new musical proposal that takes place in the courtyard of the Museo Carmen Thyssen in the heart of Malaga. It features varied live performances of flamenco, fado and jazz.

Thurdays at Ocón, Málaga

Auditorio Ocón Málaga

This open-air auditorium in the heart of Malaga offers during July, August and September a new edition of the Festival of Performing Arts and Music by young artists and companies from Malaga.

In total there are 19 shows as varied as Spanish dance, contemporary, classical, flamenco or breakdance, concerts of jazz, soul, classical music or pop-rock, indie, fusion, hip hop, metal.
Admission is free until full capacity is reached.

Programme from July to September

  • 4th July 8:45 pm. Brass music
  • 11th July 8:45 pm. Jazz/Soul/Funk
  • 25th July 8:45 pm. Flamenco Dance
  • 1 August 8:45 pm. Jazz/Soul/Fusion
  • 8th August 8:45 pm. Flamenco Dance
  • 29th August 8:45 pm. Dance
  • 5 September 8 pm. MálagaCrea
  • 12 September 8 pm. MálagaCrea
  • 19 September 8 pm. MálagaCrea
  • 26 September 8 pm. MálagaCrea
  • How to get there

Night visit to the San Miguel Historical Cemetery

Visita nocturna al Cementerio Histórico De San Miguel

On this guided night tour we can discover the historic cemetery of Malaga, its architecture, its history and the illustrious personalities who rest there.

Don’t miss this opportunity to discover the San Miguel Cemetery at dusk, open only for this special visit.

  • It is essential to book at at 692.717.612 or at indicating your name, the number of tickets you need and a contact telephone number.
  • Upcoming dates summer 2024: 20 July and 17 August – 8 pm.
  • How to get there


If you like Necro-tourism, take a look at our article Curious cemeteries in Malaga!

Candelight Concerts Malaga

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

Recently more and more unique venues in Malaga are joining this experience, such as the Carmen Thyssen Museum and now also the Gran Hotel Miramar.

We can personally recommend this experience of classical concerts and tributes by candlelight.

Programme Juli

Tribute to Coldplay at the Gran Hotel Miramar, 6 July at 7 pm and 9 pm.
Tribute to Queen at the Gran Hotel Miramar, 20 July at 7 pm and 9 pm.
Homage to Ludovico Einaudi at La Concepción Botanical Garden, 26 July at 9.30 pm.

Concerts Candelight Marbella

Candlelight Conciertos Marbella
Photo MalagaSecreta

At the 5-star Anantara Villa Padierna Palace Hotel. The concerts will take place in the open-air amphitheatre.

Tribute to The Beatles, 13 July at 9.30 pm.
Tribute to Coldplay, 20 July at 9.30 pm.
The Best of Hans Zimmer, 26 July at 9.30 pm.
Tribute to Ludovico Einaudi, 27 July at 9.30 pm.

Night tour to the Alhambra

Excursión nocturna a la Alhambra

Join an excursion from Malaga for a night visit of the Alhambra in Granada!

  • Further information
  • Next dates: 6th and 27th July – 17 h- Approximate duration: Until approximately 00:00h when the return journey to Malaga begins.
  • It is essential to reserve on 692.717.612 or at indicating your name, the number of places you need and a contact telephone number.

Bulería Festival Torremolinos

Fiesta de la Bulería Torremolinos

Flamenco and Bulería lovers have an appointment in Torremolinos with artists such as: Dolores Agujetas, Pedro el Granaíno, Antonio Reyes, Manuel Moneo ‘Barullo’, Jesús Méndez, Ezequiel Benítez, Juanfran Carrasco, among others.

Dinner of Emotions Malaga

Cena de las Emociones Málaga

Enjoy this unique show to test your senses, combining theatre, music and the best gastronomy.

The Dinner of Emotions is a unique sensory experience in the context of a ‘Blind Dinner’, exclusively for 40 people, lasting about 3 hours.

Menus adapted to coeliacs, vegans, vegetarians or any kind of intolerance.

Musical Chicago Cervantes Theatre Malaga

Musical Chicago Teatro Cervantes Málaga

`Chicago´, the Broadway musical set in the 1920s, comes to Malaga’s Teatro Cervantes with more than 20 performances between 18 July and 4 August.

Craft Market La Merced, Malaga

Every first Sunday of the month takes place this colourful artisan market in the heart of the old town, the Plaza de la Merced.

An ideal idea if you are an urbanite and enjoy a pleasant Sunday stroll under blooming jacarandas and then have a drink in the many terraces and restaurants that surround the square.

Dramatised night-time tours at the Automobile Museum

Museo Automovilístico
Automobile Museum Malaga

Historia Viva Málaga has set up dramatised 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 places 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: Museo Automovilístico y de la Moda Málaga
  • How to get there

Guided tours at the Historical Botanical Garden La Concepción

Visitas guiadas en el Jardín Botánico Histórico La Concepción

Guided tours in La Concepción Garden are back. Enjoy a guided tour of the beautiful Historical Botanical Garden La Concepción on weekends, either during the day or at night.

“Charming walks” will be on Saturdays and Sundays at 12 noon. On Fridays at dusk there will be “Nights with history” (from October to March at 8 pm, from April to September at 9 pm.).
The guided tours last approximately 1 hour and a half.

Visit to the Victoria Brewery

Did you know that Cervezas Victoria offers guided tours where you can learn about its production process and history?

If you like beer, you might be interested in visiting this 100% Malagueña brewery.

It is a 90-minute tour in which you will learn first-hand the secrets of the ‘Malagueña y exquisita’ Victoria beer, and of course you will try it!

Estepona Fair

Estepona Fair in July

The Estepona fair takes place at the beginning of July in honour of its patron saint Virgen del Carmen, who is also the patron saint of fishermen as you will see in the following event.

Many locals take the day off to celebrate the fiestas to the full, with lots of colourful music, dancing, parades of floats and folklore shows.

  • When: 2 to 7 July
  • Where: Estepona old town (day) and fairgrounds (night)
  • How to get there

Maritime processions of the Virgen del Carmen

Traditional festival

The processions of the Virgen del Carmen are a seafaring tradition that is lived with fervour and great devotion in the province of Malaga: from Nerja to Manilva, in many coastal towns large maritime processions are held on the occasion of the Carmen festivities.

The processions in Pedregalejo (Malaga), Carihuela (Torremolinos) and Estepona are particularly beautiful and moving.

  • When: 16th July

Music Festivals & Concerts on the Costa del Sol

music festivals málaga in July

As we said at the beginning of this article, this summer on the coast is absolutely spectacular as far as concerts and festivals are concerned. We already broke a record last year, which this year is even better.

Below we mention the most important events and leave you the links to all the concerts and festivals.

Discover all the shows programmed in Marenostrum Fuengirola Concerts 2024, Starlite Marbella 2024 and Costa del Sol Festivals 2024.

If you don’t dance, it’s because you don’t want to!

Nerja Cave Music Festival

Festival de Música Cueva de Nerja 2024

The Nerja Cave is a huge complex of natural underground galleries with guided tours and where every summer the classical music and dance festival takes place. Everything you need to know to visit the Nerja Cave.

Nowadays, for conservation reasons, only a few privileged performances take place inside the cave and most are held in its gardens.

The confirmed artists for the 63rd edition of the Cueva de Nerja Music Festival are:

  • Antoñito Molina – Friday 21 June
  • Jhayco – Sunday 30 June
  • Raule – Friday 5 July
  • José Mercé – Saturday 6 July
  • Isabel Pantoja – Saturday 13 July
  • Farruko – Friday 19 July
  • Sergio Dalma – Saturday 20 July
  • Rocío Molina – Friday 26 July
  • Loquillo – Saturday 27 July
  • Galder Varas – Sunday 28 July
  • Ara Malikian – Friday 2 August
  • Chanel – Saturday 3 August
  • India Martínez – Friday 9 August
  • Luis Fonsi – Saturday 10 August

All concerts are at 10:30 pm, with the exception of Jhaico’s concert, which takes place on Sunday 30 June at 10.

Marenostrum Fuengirola

The Marenostrum Festival is one of the best festivals on the coast, both for its line-up of artists and its unrivalled location just a few metres from the seashore next to the Moorish fortress Sohail.

It was the venue chosen for the only EU stop on Jennifer Lopez’s tour and artists such as Ricky Martin, Bob Dylan, Sting, Alejandro Fernandez, Santana and Manuel Carrasco have performed there.

Marenostrum Fuengirola Concerts

  • When: From May until September 2024
  • Where: Hillside of the Sohail Castle, Fuengirola
  • In our special edition Marenostrum Fuengirola you can find the complete confirmed line-up for this year and everything you need to know.

Starlite Marbella

starlite Marbella

One of the best boutique festivals in Europe, held every year in the Cantera de Nagüeles, a natural amphitheatre surrounded by breath-taking scenery.

The unique feature of Starlite is the closeness between the audience and the artists, with more than 50 days of concerts.

The best Beach Clubs on the Costa del Sol

Yes, we were all looking forward to it! Enjoy the best that the Coast has to offer: the soft breeze by the sea, cocktails, cold beer, good music, DJs, hammocks in the sun, good food… oh yes!

Dolce far niente at the Ocean Club Marbella
  • Here you can discover the best Beach Clubs along the 160 km of the Costa del Sol.

For the regulars of the best in Marbella, you will be happy to know that Ocean Club and Nikki Beach are now open.

Both clubs are synonymous with the best DJs, bartenders, chefs and sommeliers, spa, VIP club & boutique. They are day clubs open from 11 am to 8 pm every day. Enjoy!

The best beaches on the Costa del Sol

beaches costa del sol

We have 160 km of coastline and beaches to suit all tastes! Here we present you different options, surely there is a beach on the Costa del Sol that will be your favourite.

The weather in Malaga in July

costa del sol summer
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July in Malaga is equivalent to summer in full swing: Endlessly blue skies, sun & beach.

Summer on the Costa del Sol also means heat. The daily temperatures are around 30ºC and the night-time temperatures do not go above 22ºC.

It is also typical of Malaga summer to have the occasional day with Terral wind which raises the temperature to well over 30ºC in the blink of an eye.

This is a local phenomenon and is a dry and very hot wind. We have prepared a refreshing article about Terral and tips to combat the heat, we recommend you take a look!

heat terral

What clothes should I bring for July in Malaga?

You can bring your favourite summer clothes, flip-flops, sandals and sunscreen, you will need it.

Everything that is light and breathable.

Remember that in Malaga we have very high humidity, which means you are basically sweating all day long.

You can leave some room in your suitcase, you might want to buy a new item of clothing in the shopping centres on the Costa del Sol, which will always remind you of your holiday in Malaga.

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