Update Malaga Covid Christmas 2020

Just a few days before Christmas have been released the new measures for Christmas in Andalusia. The good news is that there will be a progressive de-escalation and also a certain flexibility regarding PCR tests to enter Spain.

PCR and flights to Spain

International travellers arriving in Malaga with their negative test Photo Malaga Hoy

The obligation to present a negative PCR test no more than 72 hours old when entering Spain by air is relaxed, with the following changes:

• Children under the age of 6 are exempted from PCR or will be allowed to have this test replaced by a blood plasma test from that age onwards.

• From now on, entry into Spain is permitted with new tests to detect COVID, specifically with a negative TMA (Transcription Mediated Amplification). A cheaper type of test and with a faster process than PCR.

• The result of the test that passengers must present at Spanish airports is now also accepted in French and German, in addition to Spanish and English as accepted languages for this procedure.

New measures in two phases for Christmas in Andalusia

In Andalusia, a period of progressive de-escalation of the restrictions imposed has begun in two phases.

First phase: from Saturday 12 to Thursday 17 December (both included)

-Mobility between municipalities within the same province will be allowed

-Shop extend opening hours until 9 pm

-The hotel and catering industry maintains its current timetable, i.e., they can serve until 6 pm, deliver food to be collected locally until 9.30 pm and deliver it to the home until 11.30 pm.

-The curfew is maintained between 10 pm and 7 am.

Second phase: from Friday 18 December to 10 January

-Mobility is allowed between the different Andalusian provinces.

-Shops will return to their normal opening hours

-Two sections are fixed for the hotel industry. The first, as before, from the morning until 6 pm. The second, from 8 pm. to 10.30 pm.

-The curfew will be from 11 pm. to 6 am.

Special measures from 23 December to 6 January

Larios Street 2020 Photo Nanyfotografia

-It is allowed to enter and leave Andalusia for family groups.

-The meetings in the family home are extended to a maximum of 10 people for 24, 25 and 31 December and for 1 January. For the rest of the days the maximum of 6 is maintained.

-The curfew on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve is extended to 1.30 in the morning.

Christmas markets and activities in Malaga in December

In this link you can find all the Christmas markets and activities that take place in Malaga city and the province, with all the security measures.

Christmas market at paseo del parque in an earlier edition Photo Opinion de Malaga

And although there are not so many, here you can find out about the activities in Malaga in December. As many of you probably already know, the lights in Calle Larios this year continue to attract a large number of visitors, even if they are not accompanied by the popular sound and light show.

Inland tourism, outdoor activities and wine tourism

In times of Covid has dramatically increased inland tourism, both active tourism and cultural and gastronomic tourism. Discover in this article some of the best wineries in Malaga where you can taste the excellent wines with designation of origin and take a walk through vineyards in beautiful landscapes. Many of the wineries also offer tastings with lunches.

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

For those who like active tourism more, as well as enjoying some of the most spectacular scenery in our province, here are two excellent proposals.

Visiting the Caminito del Rey has become a very popular option for many tourists, which can be enjoyed all year round, and in fact, in winter and spring is the best time because it is not so hot to make the tour.

Although you have to walk several kilometres and pass a suspension bridge, it is a tour suitable for most people who enjoy nature. Everything you need to know in our article.

The second option, visiting El Saltillo, is a much more physically demanding option and therefore we recommend you read our article carefully before, to know if you have enough skills and strengh to do it.

The reward are spectacular views very similar to the Caminito del Rey, but with much less crowds. Also, for now, access is free.

Not only in times of Covid, being outdoors is one of the best ways to stay fit and healthy. You don’t necessarily have to go inland to do this, as the Costa del Sol has only recently been given a magnificent coastal path along almost 160 km (some sections are still under construction); the last section of which was inaugurated this autumn, the wooden bridge over the Guadalhorce River, which links the towns of Malaga and Torremolinos.

Enjoying the bike ride over the Guadalhorce Bridge

News from Malagacar.com

One of our main novelties this year has been to include in our offer camper and motorhome hire at Malaga airport. The pandemic has triggered the sale and rental of motorhomes in Malaga as an alternative to traditional accommodation for family holidays.

Campervan VW Grand California 600 in Malagacar.com

And not just families! Although the majority profile is Spanish families with children, imagine the possibilities that renting a camper in Malaga offers!

We started in the summer with the Volkswagen Grand California for up to 4 people. And now we have expanded our offer with the California Beach Tour, which is the perfect size to ensure a comfortable cabin without the inconvenience of parking motorhomes and other larger vehicles.