Averages for Malaga in August
What's the weather like in Malaga in August
August is generally the hottest month of the year in Malaga although the intensity of the heat is generally tempered by the proximity to the nearby Mediterranean Sea, which is cooler than the prevailing daytime temperatures over the land surface of southern Spain. Cooling sea breezes are thus normal, while sea fog is ...
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What's the weather like in Malaga in August
August is generally the hottest month of the year in Malaga although the intensity of the heat is generally tempered by the proximity to the nearby Mediterranean Sea, which is cooler than the prevailing daytime temperatures over the land surface of southern Spain. Cooling sea breezes are thus normal, while sea fog is quite rare, unlike in the spring months.
The average daytime maximum temperature is 30°C and there is an average overnight minimum of 20.5°C, so while the daytime temperatures may be on the high side for some, conditions are usually very good for outdoor activities during the evenings and overnight.
Note though that sleeping can be difficult in the central parts of Malaga where there is a pronounced urban heat island effect and pollution levels are relatively high. On rare occasions an import of hot air from northern Africa, combined with winds from the northern half of the compass, can result in significant heatwaves, with temperatures into the mid to high 30s Celsius and occasionally even into the low 40s, though not as hot as inland.
An average August has just 6mm of precipitation and 1 day with measurable precipitation. Most Augusts are rain-free although short-lived thundery downpours crop up on rare occasions, most often near the end of the month. The very dry conditions combined with heat and sunshine occasionally trigger problems with fires along the Costa del Sol. At the end of August 2012 the hot dry weather contributed to a spread of fires through the Costa del Sol which affected the Malaga area.
Average Sunshine Hours
The lack of rain is also accompanied by reliably high amounts of sunshine with a mean total of 309 hours, a mean of 10.0 hours per day. Thus August is not quite as sunny as July but this is mainly a consequence of the shortening hours of daylight, and the sun shines for a large majority of the time.
The average relative humidity is low at this time of year with a mean of 62%, and in addition, the humidity levels tend to be lowest when the weather is particularly hot, so hot weather combined with high humidity is very unusual at Malaga.
Average Sea Temperature
The average sea temperature rises to 24°C at this time of the year, which is swimmable though fairly cool. However, many of the shallower stretches of sea near the coastline are rather warmer than that, so there are usually good places to swim off the coast of Malaga at this time of year.
Malaga Hotels in August
Malaga has many accommodation options, some of which are very good, although others are less reliable. One luxurious option is the Room Mate Larios at Marques de Larios 2, 29005 which offers 4-star accommodation and is ideally situated for various attractions. The 4-star Tryp Guadalmar at Moby Dick, 2, Urbanizacion Guadalmar, 29004, has good views over Torremolinos. A reasonable bed and breakfast option is Casa de las Mercedes at HInestrosa 18, 29012.
There are some good budget options in Malaga, including the Hotel Zenit Malaga at Cuba 1-3, 29013, which is about 15 minutes' walk from the city centre. Alternatively, those who would prefer a camping holiday can try the Cloud House Farm at Finca Casa Nube, Genalguacil.
Malaga Beach for August
August is typically the busiest time of the year on the beaches, though there are usually spots where it is possible to settle down and relax. El Candado beach offers a good view of the coast and is protected by two water barriers, and is ideal for windsurfing, diving, snorkelling and sailing. La Misericordia Beach is particularly good for windsurfing, kite flying and sailing and is also quite family-friendly with a range of good facilities.
Bars and Restaurants
There are many good eateries to choose from in Malaga. One good option for a special occasions is the Restaurante Vino Mio at Plaza Jeronimo Cuervo 2, Al Lado del Teatro Cervantes, 29012 which serves international and Mediterranean cuisine, and also includes some Asian style dishes. For a good BBQ/steak dinner it is hard to go wrong with the Restaurante Venta El Charco at Los Ventorros, Los Romanes.
Those who fancy catching up on important sporting events can try the Lounge Bar at Avenida de Bonanza, Benalmadena Costa, 29631. This bar features coverage of major sporting events and a golf society. The Teatro Cervantes at Calle Ramos Marin provides frequent orchestral and flamenco performances.
Things to do in Malaga in August
There are no notable water parks in Malaga itself, but further out within the borough there are three main water parks to try out. Aqualand at at Calle Cuba, no. 10 in Torremolinos boasts numerous water attractions including the helter-skelter-style Multipistas and the Surf Beach (which features 1 metre high waves in a pool which is 1440 square metres), a Crazy Cones slide, and the Kamikaze slide, which is 22 metres high.
There is also a Kidzworld for younger visitors and there are two jacuzzis for chilling out. Fans of water slides and high helter-skelter type attractions can also consider the Torre del Mar waterpark at Urbanisation El Tomillar, Torre Del Mar. The Aquamijas Mijas water park, situated off the Fuengirola bypass, is more suited to families with younger children, and contains 5 water slides, and mini-golf and jacuzzis are among the other attractions.
August is a good time to try water sports, particularly with the seas typically at their warmest at this time of the year. Simply Diving at Carlota Alessandri 25, Aloha Bloque 5, 29620 Torremolinos are a British-run 5-star PADI centre offer a wide range of dive courses, and dive trips to various sites, including a 240km dive from Tarifa all the way to Almuñecar.
The dive trips are tailored to the visitors' level of experience and include a full diving kit rental, hotel collection and transportation via air-conditioned minibuses, and light refreshments. Another good dive centre to choose is One2One at Pueblo Santa Ana, Benaladena Costa, 29630 Fuengirola, which is another 5-star PADI dive centre offering many dive courses and dive trips to various sites including Torreblanca House Reef, Tarifa and Gibraltar.
August events in Malaga
Natividad de Nuestra Senora
8th August 2018
The feast of the Virgen de la Victoria is a local holiday in Malaga, commemorating the Catholic Monarchs grabbing of power from the Moors in the late 1400s. The image of the Virgin is taken from the Cathedral of Malaga in procession to the Virgen de la Victoria Shrine at the Plaza Del Santuario. On this site, Ferdinand the Catholic, encamped in preparations for the taking of Malaga. September 8th is not just rich in history but has religious significance for Malaguenos. Known as Victoria Day in English, it is celebrated every year on September 8th, where a local celebrity makes a speech followed by parade from Nuestra Senora de la Victoria Church to the city centre.
Asuncion de la Virgen
15th August 2018
This is a religious festivity where the Virgin Mary's assumption into heaven at the end of her life is commemorated. It is a bank holiday in Spain, so businesses, shops, restaurants and other eating places may be closed in Malaga. Known as the Feast of the Assumption, most Catholics will attend Holy Mass. Perhaps flower offerings and processions may take place in church localities.
Fiesta de Verano
11th August 2018 to 19th August 2018
Spectacular fireworks opens the Fiesta de Verano in Malaga. Usually held at Marques de Larios, the center of Malaga, the festival will feature traditional dresses and dances of the region. You will see folks dressed up in their costumes, young and old, men and women, in colourful Andalucian attire, dancing the sevillanas and malaguenas. Another attraction is the cuisine. There will be street dining experiences - traditional Spanish ham, cheese and fish that can go together with sweet red wine. The fair coincides with the bullfighting season, hence, some unforgettable sport at the Plaza de Torros in the afternoons.
Feria de Málaga
11th August 2018 to 18th August 2018
The city of Malaga commemorates the Catholic monarch's Isabella I and Ferdinand II taking of the city in 1487 with a celebration now known as the Feria de Malaga. It is held in the Cortijo de Torres district, site of the Palacio de Ferias y Congresos de Málaga. It runs from 8 to 10 nights. The main event happens in the grounds of the Palacio with a night fair (Feria de la noche), while a day fair (Feria de día) with fair rides are also held coinciding with the arrival of summer tourists to the Costa del Sol. Paper lanterns and floral displays are seen everywhere, booths are selling different Malaguena products, and plenty of flamenco music and dances. Horses and carriages walk the streets, while bullfighting is held at La Malagueta.