Averages for Malaga in December

Weather lowdown

December is one of the three coolest months of the year in Malaga but not as cool as January. Temperatures are nonetheless generally mild, with a mean daytime maximum temperature of 17°C and an average overnight minimum of 8°C. Frosts are very rare although ground frosts are sometimes encountered in the more rural spots, particularly away from the Mediterranean coastal strip.

Rainfall averages 88mm per November, spread over an average of...

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  • Temperature Temperature 13°C 56°F
  • High Temperature Holiday Weather 18°C 64°F
  • Low Temperature Holiday Weather 9°C 48°F
  • Sunshine Hours Sunshine Hours 5 hrs
  • Rainfall Rainfall 100 mm
  • Rainfall days Rainfall days 7 days
  • Sea Temperature Sea Temperature 17°C 66°F

Daily averages for Malaga

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Day 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31
°C 14 12 12 13 14 14 13 13 13 14 14 13 14 14 15 14 15 14 13 13 15 15 14 12 14 14 13 13 13 12 13
°F 57 54 54 55 57 57 55 55 55 57 57 55 57 57 59 57 59 57 55 55 59 59 57 54 57 57 55 55 55 54 55

Weather lowdown

December is one of the three coolest months of the year in Malaga but not as cool as January. Temperatures are nonetheless generally mild, with a mean daytime maximum temperature of 17°C and an average overnight minimum of 8°C. Frosts are very rare although ground frosts are sometimes encountered in the more rural spots, particularly away from the Mediterranean coastal strip.

Rainfall averages 88mm per November, spread over an average of 8 days with measurable precipitation. Much of the rain is heavy and short-lived, though it tends not to be quite as intense as the rainfall that crops up at times during October and November. Some of the heavier rainstorms can create flooding problems.

There are usually significant fine spells during December, and sunshine is generally abundant, especially so in comparison to most of central and northern Europe. The monthly mean sunshine total of 158 hours, equating to approximately 5.1 hours per day, is roughly three times the amount that can be expected over much of north-western Europe. The average relative humidity rises to an average of 73%. The average sea temperature falls to 17°C at this time of the year, which is rather cool for swimming in.

Where to stay

There are many good accommodation options in and around Malaga. The 4-star Hotel Molina Lario at Molina Lario 20-22, 29015 is a reliable and relatively luxurious option. Another good 4-star option is the AC Hotel Malaga Palacio by Marriott at Cortina Del Muelle 1, 29015 which overlooks the old town and the cathedral. Those who would prefer to go all-inclusive can consider the Iberostar Malaga Playa at Ferrara s/n, 29793 Torrox.

Budget options include the 3-star Hotel Malaga Nostrum at Herman Hesse, No. 17, Guadalhorce industrial estate, 29004.

Hit the beach

Beach trips are often not particularly attractive at this time of year due to the relatively cool seas and relatively unreliable weather, but it can still be worth a trip to the beach on a fine day. La Misericordia Beach is particularly good for windsurfing, kite flying and sailing. The Pedregalejo Beach is a sandy beach parallel to the Malaga promenade and there are numerous restaurants nearby, making it a good beach to have a stroll along following a meal out.

Where to eat & drink

There are many good restaurants in Malaga that sell local cuisine and tapas. One of the best-received is the Tapeo de Cervantes at C/ Carcer, 8, 29012, which offers high-quality tapas and local cuisine at quite low prices. La Taskita Alemana at Calle Beatas 6, 29008 features German bar food and tapas, including Frankfurter sausages and Goulash dinners, and the owner and cook Abraham is a former professional magician and provides entertainment.

Fans of nightlife can try the ZZ Pub at Tejón y Rodríguez, 6, which is a hybrid pub/nightclub which has frequent live music performances and concerts throughout the year, and there are two regular bands that play on Mondays and Thursdays.  You can also catch up on live sporting events at Bar One at Calle Francisco Cano, 11, 29640, Fuengirola.

Things to do

Malaga has many impressive historic sites. Malaga Cathedral at Molina Lario Street was constructed between 1528 and 1783 at the site of an old mosque and, due to the length of time taken for construction, it boasts three architectural styles- a Gothic interior, Renaissance head and Baroque tower. The church has a large number of attractions including several chapels, two 18th century organs, a statue of the Virgin with Saints, and an altar with Baroque design, with intricate architectural designs intended to highlight historic events at the cathedral. Beside the Cathedral there is also a smaller church called the Iglesia del Sagrario. There are also some cathedral gardens which are worth checking out.

On a fine day it is also worth considering a walk along Malaga's Palmeral de las Sorpresas, located at Muelle 2, Plaza de la Marina, which is a stretch of promenade close to the city centre. There are many gardens, and there is a Marina and waterfront promenade called the "Palm Garden of Surprises". There are many benches, water features and children's playground, making the promenade particularly suitable for children. There are cruise ships along the harbour and opportunities to take boat trips.

December events in Malaga

Public Holidays

Constitution Day

6th December 2017

Constitution Day is relatively quiet in Malaga. Government offices, banks and most businesses are closed, though some eating places are operating. Main events for Constitution Day are carried out in Madrid, though in Malaga, the Castllan and Andalucian flags figure in prominently outside government buildings. As this may be a long holiday, locals and tourists are swarming the coast for some pre-Christmas relaxation.

Website:

http://festivaldemalaga.com/

Religious

Immaculate Conception Day 

8th December 2017

A public holiday as well as a day of obligation by the Church, Catholic Malaga observes the Feast of the Immaculate Conception with Holy Masses in the churches. A procession of her image is carried by city folks through the streets accompanied by the local clergy, children dressed in their white galas, and bands playing Marian songs.

Culture

Christmas Eve and Christmas Day

24th December 2017 to 25th December 2017

Christmas Eve in Malaga is characterised by huge dinner meals for equally huge families (of 30 or so people) gathered around sumptuous jamon Serrano (cured ham), seafood, paella, mutton, turkey, roscos, and mantecados and turrones. This little 'fiesta' is enjoyed after the customary midnight Holy Mass. Typical Spanish homes always have a decorated Nativity scene rather than a Christmas tree. Walking to downtown Malaga at night, especially up the marble-paved main street of Calle Larios, one gets mesmerised by over two and a half million lights that have made Malaga famous with Christmas holidaymakers everywhere. Come Christmas Day - it is relatively quiet; still more bonding time for families and relations. And since Malaga's weather is not chilly at this time - the beaches beckon. A Merry Christmas to all!

Los Santos Inocentes

28th December 2017

It’s the Los Santos Inocentes (Day of the Innocents) that commemorates the slaughter of innocent infants by King Herod in his pursuit of the Baby Jesus. People play practical jokes on one another and hope they fall for them, calling each other 'Inocente!" Even newspapers play jokes as well, reporting outrageous news. It is the counterpart of April Fool's Day in other countries. The highlight of this day is the Fiesta Mayor de Verdiales.

Fiesta Mayor de Verdiales 

28th December 2017

Coinciding with the playing of pranks on Los Sanots Inocentes Day, the famous Fiesta Mayor de Verdiales takes place. In Venta San Cayetano del Puerto de la Torre, outside Malaga City, a competition is held for the best song and dance troupes hailing from nearby Los Vediales, an olive-growing region. The happy songs are accompanied by clicking fingers, the costumes come with headgear decorated with bells, beads, and mirrors. Judges vote by raising their score cards. There's also jamming and practice sessions among the musicians as Malaga wine and aguardiente are passed around. Also, the sheer amount of free food and wine makes this festival so popular to thousands of locals and visitors.

New Year's Eve and New Year's Day

31st December 2017 to 1st January 2018

New Year's Eve is celebrated in Malaga like elsewhere - with parties, gala dinners, and fireworks. In Pamplona, Coín, party-goers dress up in costumes (fairies, hippies, etc.) to celebrate on the eve, as if it was a carnival. The customary eating of 12 grapes at the stroke of midnight is still observed by most, and then fireworks in the sky over the Plaza de la Constitucion or another great location is at the Malaga Port.

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