13 things to do on Valentine’s Day in Malaga

Honestly, spending Valentine’s Day in Malaga is a safe bet.

While the rest of Europe is still under the cold hand of winter, here in Malaga in February the almond trees are already in bloom.

Although February is usually the coldest month on the Costa del Sol, on a sunny day – which is usually the norm here – we can reach a temperature of 20ºC.

Blossoming almond trees
Blossoming almond trees

For this reason and much more that we will tell you below, Malaga is a top-quality destination to spend a few romantic days here with your partner.

If you like to celebrate this date with your partner, and whether you are a forward-thinking person who has already made plans, or if you are one of those who leave everything to the last minute, here are some attractive ideas for spending Valentine’s Day in Malaga.

What is Valentine’s Day and why do we celebrate it?

While we’re on the subject, we thought it would be quite interesting to do some research on the history of this popular custom. Would you like to join us on a little journey through history?

It was in Rome, in the 3rd century, when Christianity was not yet popular, that a pagan emperor ruled and forbade his soldiers to marry, since the only thing that should be important to them was the Roman Empire. But there was a Christian priest, Valentine, who married them in secret. He was discovered, imprisoned and executed on February 14th.

But it was not until 200 years later, when Rome was already in the hands of the Catholic Church, that Valentine’s idea was rescued, since at that time pagan rites were still celebrated, such as that pagan fertility rite that took place in February and which was given a new (Christian) name of St. Valentine.

13 things to do on Valentine’s Day in Malaga

Dine out – Romantic restaurants in Malaga

Malaga’s gastronomy combines the best of sea and land in a delicious Mediterranean diet. And the offer of excellent restaurants in the province is enormous, so we leave you only some suggestions. If you have any recommendations, please leave a comment!

Valentine's Day in Malaga

Restaurante Montana
Located in a 19th century palace with a beautiful garden where you can enjoy a gastronomic evening.

El Refectorium del Campanario
Enjoy classic dishes with an innovative touch.

Restaurante La Antxoeta
Charming and secluded place, minimalist design but with a touch of the sea.

Restaurante Parador de Málaga Gibralfaro
Parador de Malaga

Amador – Hotel Villa Guadalupe
Excellent food and unbeatable views.

Las Golondrinas
Charming restaurant.

Very nice place with minimalist food, located in the Hotel Molina Lario.

Spare no expense: Michelin Restaurants in Malaga

Michelin Restaurants in Malaga
Photo Restaurant Sollo

The province of Malaga currently has 7 restaurants with either one or two Michelin stars, specifically in Marbella, Fuengirola, Ronda and Malaga.

If you want to dine divinely, discover them all in our article Michelin Star Restaurants in Malaga 2024.

How about a balloon ride in Malaga?

balloon ride in Malaga
Balloon flight over Antequera

Would you like to see the world from above in a nice hot-air balloon ride? It is a perfect experience to give away, to live together an unforgettable moment.

Relax in a Spa

Going to a spa is always a great idea. However, many people don’t do it until there is a birthday or special occasion, so this could be the perfect occasion! In our Blog you will find the best Spas on the Costa de Sol.

You want more? Spa & Dinner

Many spas have special offers for Valentine’s Day where they not only offer the spa circuit but also include a romantic dinner. It is an excellent plan to spend an evening together.

Stay with me: Spa and hotel

If you want to disconnect more than just a few hours and want to surprise your partner with a special gift, book a night at a hotel with a spa!

Valentine´s Day Malaga
Some rooms have their own Jacuzzi

Dinner on a sailing boat

A great idea is a sailing trip, with an inclusive dinner to watch the sunset from the sea.

For the more adventurous

Tandem Paragliding Malaga
Malaga from the sky – Enjoy the eagle view with Tandem Paragliding

If adrenaline is your thing, there are a variety of outdoor activities available, just click on this link to find out more.

To this menu we can also add our own harvest, in the form of a Tandem Paragliding Flight, find out more in our article and the company we recommend.

In fact, there is a huge offer of activities for active tourism and adventure sports in Malaga due to the great variety of natural areas and the mild climate throughout the year.

If you like this way of enjoying your stay in our beautiful province, we recommend to have a look at our article where you will surely find many interesting ideas such as hanging bridges, via ferratas, impressive zip lines and much more.

Romantic sunset flight in a light aircraft

Or would you like to fly even higher? If you’ve always wanted to enjoy a flight in a light aircraft together, this might be a nice idea.

Romantic Route in Villanueva de la Concepción

Romantic Route in Villanueva de la Concepción
Kiss me in this corner – One of the many romantic inscriptions we can find in this village

You can walk around this village and discover different love phrases placed throughout the town. The Romantic Route runs to a rural path that leads to two recently restored 18th century bridges. Very close to the village you can visit the Peña de los Enamorados, one of the most attractive natural monuments in the region.

This rock is the scene of a very popular legend in Andalusia: During the Christian conquest of Al-Andalus, two lovers fled. He was a Christian and she was an Arab. A few hours after escaping, they found themselves cornered by the siege of the Christian troops and the battalion that the girl’s father sent in search of them. The two lovers climbed to the top of the rock and threw themselves into the void. They preferred death to separation.

Visit a winery

Tajo de Ronda
Picnic at the foot of the Tajo de Ronda Photo Opinion de Malaga

If you are more sybaritic, maybe you’ll opt for this gift.

Wine tourism in Malaga has been a well-established offer for years and we can choose from many offers, from just a guided tour, with tasting or some wineries even offer the possibility of accommodation. Guided tour plus wine tasting.

Something different: Glamping – Luxury campsites in Malaga

Luxury campsites malaga

This is an interesting proposal for nature lovers.

Far from being a shabby tent camping anywhere, glamping offers the possibility of staying in an idyllic and secluded natural place, but with all the comforts and attractions of the most sophisticated accommodation. Hence the term glamping, glamorous camping.

luxury camping in Malaga
Nomading Ronda

We have done our best to find the best luxury campsites in Malaga.

As you will discover there, there are also some interesting options with heating for a very comfortable and warm camping weekend even in the middle of February.

 luxury camping in Malaga
Cortijo Dos Santos

See the almond trees in bloom

almendro en flor
Almond Blossom in February

And we close our ideas as we began, with the almond trees in blossom. Hiking couples will love this idea. You can combine a day in nature with a walk among almond blossom trees and then enjoy a nice lunch in a country inn.

In our Events calendar in Malaga in February you will find an extensive section with some routes to see the Almond Blossom in Malaga, through the most beautiful places of our province.

For those Anti-Valentine’s Day

Don’t worry, it’s OK! Not everyone has to like Valentine’s Day.

I’m sure you’re already reading about it ad nauseam these days. Valentine’s Day and romantic getaways.

So let’s keep it short and to the point:

Malaga has it all. All year round.

We will not list “romantic places”, as that can be almost anywhere at sunset in Malaga

… at a terrace (Muelle Uno) in the Port or one of the best rooftop terraces, in a Parador (Parador de Malaga), from Gibralfaro or strolling on the beach

… the magnificent colours of the sunset of a wide Mediterranean sky accompany us always.

Pier One
Spectacular sunset at Pier One by Álex López

The offer of culture, sports, hotels, spas and beaches, along with inland towns and white villages is vast and beautiful and of course Malaga is a lovely place for a weekend getaway at any time of year.

Do you want more ideas? Discover them in our extensive Costa del Sol Guide.

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Did you like any of the plans we proposed? Do you have another one you want to share with us? Leave us a comment!

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