Meanwhile we were doing some research for this article we came across news about freezing temperatures and snow in South England (11th of March). So, by now you’re probably more than sick and tired of winter! You´re still on time to snatch a flight to the Costa del Sol capital Malaga, to enjoy Easter in a mild climate where spring has already arrived.
Once you are here, you have endless possibilities to enjoy your stay in the province (Tours and excursions), interior (hiking, climbing, horse-riding, White Villages etc.), the Costa del Sol, or with a city break in Malaga.
Here are some key data: While landing in Malaga, you can see from the air a coat of fresh green that covers everything. There is a soft scent of flowers in the air and the mild sea breeze is an immediate relief for your weary soul.
Easter is at an very early date this year and usually there are a few showers – we are not going to cheat – but not without reason this the Costa del Sol; and once the sun comes out behind the clouds – which it does quite often – it comes out with all its might and you can straight start taking off layers of clothes and enjoy the warm rays on your skin.
Where you want to do that, is entirely up to you. Malaga´s Easter week, the so-called Semana Santa (Holy Week), is one of the most popular in Spain, and the city receives thousands of visitors accompanying the processions of the great thrones with religious images.
If you’ve never lived the Holy Week in Malaga, perhaps once you might like to experience it. For it is this: You cannot observe it, without immersing yourself in it; it is profoundly experiential, being surrounded by hundreds of people; there is a special aura around these processions that take place each year on the first full moon of spring, with long white candles, the aroma of incense, the monotonous drums, the hooded robes of “penitents” and of course the thrones made of solid wood that can weigh up to 5.000 kilos and are carried unison on the shoulders of dozens of throne carriers meanwhile some devotees sing spontaneous religious chants in honour of the Virgin from their balconies. It is something deeply emotional; solemn yes but not serious as in other cities, due to the innate cheerful character of the “Malagueños”.
But maybe you feel more like strolling along the sea promenades and beaches of the Costa del Sol municipalities, enjoying a soft breeze and the sun; at this time of the year can be seen already the first sunbathers and even some daring people have their first swim in the sea.
Yet, this is the best time of the year for nature lovers; the Mediterranean nature shows itself in a new guise with fresh spouts and blossoms everywhere; as the temperatures are not too high, it’s the perfect moment for hiking tours and excursions in the province.
And if you like to combine extremes, you can combine your stay on the Costa del Sol with a day trip to Sierra Nevada, the southernmost skiing resort in Europe, just 140 km from Malaga. There the skiing season lasts this year until the beginning of May, when on the Costa del Sol you can already enjoy great pre-summer days with temperatures around 25º C (77º F).