As we all know, this year Valentine’s Day will be a little different. For those of you who like to celebrate this date with your partner and plan a getaway, we suggest some outdoor plans.
This is the great advantage of the province of Malaga that even in February, when much of the rest of Europe is still covered in snow and freezing temperatures, here we can enjoy excellent temperatures. Spring has already arrived in Malaga.
In addition, this year Valentine’s Day falls on a Sunday, so we have the whole weekend to enjoy with our partner. And as a cherry on top, now the weather forecast for Malaga for the weekend of the 13th and 14th of February 2021: sunny and 18/19ºC.
So this is our suggestion for Valentine’s Day without leaving the municipality: Prepare a picnic basket and take your partner to one of the many lovely corners of the province, in your own municipality!
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Take the opportunity to see the almond trees in blossom
We are just in time to be able to enjoy this marvel. At the end of January and beginning of February the fields are tinged with the delicate pink and white tones of the almond blossom. They are the first trees to blossom after winter and the promise of the imminent arrival of spring. Picnicking in a field of almond trees is a pleasur for all the senses.
If you live in the municipality of Antequera, you have two magnificent options to spend Valentine’s Day. We can stroll through the old and monumental part of the city and discover new corners and the many monuments.
If we are more active and sporty, we can climb the Peña de los Enamorados, this limestone formation almost 900 metres above the sea that looks like the face of an Indian and whose name comes from an old story of two lovers who jumped into the depth there because they could not live their love for belonging to different religions. It is therefore an ideal place to take your picnic basket and enjoy the view with your partner.
The municipality of Antequera is also home to El Torcal, a fantastic limestone formation almost 1000 metres above sea level, which offers 2 easy hiking trails.
The easternmost and least known part of the province of Malaga is home to an enormous natural wealth and has managed to maintain its essence and special charm over time, with its many white villages hidden in the hillsides.
Perhaps we can visit a village that belongs to the same municipality and stroll through the narrow, winding streets of the old quarters of several towns in this region, such as Frigiliana, Torrox, Cómpeta or Canillas de Albaida.
Or leave the car and walk a few metres to enjoy the spectacular views, as many municipalities in the Axarquia are like natural balconies with fantastic views over the Mediterranean and the surrounding landscape.
Speaking of fantastic views, you can’t miss Ronda, a beautiful and historic monumental inland town, situated in the green landscape of the Serrania de Ronda, 700 metres above sea level. We can stroll through the old town, enjoy the spectacular views from El Tajo, visit a wine cellar, go to the cave hermitage Virgen de la Cabeza.
The municipality of Ronda is quite large and there are many hiking trails to take your picnic basket.
Picturesque villages on the Costa del Sol
Just a few kilometres from the coast we can discover some of the most beautiful white villages of the western Costa del Sol, such as Benalmádena Pueblo, Mijas Pueblo, Ojén, Casares or Gaucín.
Maybe you don’t know the Jardines del Muro in Benalmádena Pueblo yet. Or pop over to the Buddhist Stupa with your picnic basket. There are benches nearby to sit and enjoy the spectacular views over the coast.
Or visit the Sanctuary of the Virgen de la Peña in Mijas Pueblo, by the way, the largest municipality on the Costa del Sol which stretches from the coast to the mountains, so there are many places to visit without leaving the municipality.
Also the municipality of Casares on the westernmost Costa del Sol extends from the coast to the mountains and we can take the opportunity to visit the beautiful village of Casares and discover enchanted corners in its old town.
The more sporty ones can take their Valentine’s Day picnic basket to the Sierra Crestellina nature reserve or to the banks of the Guadiaro river.
In short, here in the province of Malaga we are fortunate to have a wealth of natural areas and a good climate. Two great incentives so that this Valentine’s Day you also get a good plan to enjoy with your partner.
We would love you to leave us a comment with your plans!