Weather Averages for Malaga in December
Averages for Malaga in December
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 16°C at this time of the year, which is rather cool for swimming in.
Dates for the diary
On the 8th December, most Catholics celebrate the Immaculate Conception with special church services around Spain, including Malaga. During the festive Christmas period, the Verdiales take place on the 28th December, taking place outside Malaga City. There are groups that compete against each other, displaying flamenco, folk dances and singing, and stark costumes. The main events take place at Puerto de la Torre which is about a 15 minute drive away from Malaga city centre, and 25 “pandas” (Verdiales Groups) perform three routines and have practise and jamming sessions.
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.
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.
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, while self-catering options are numerous and include the Comfortable y Moderno Apartmento en Malaga Centro in the central part of Malaga.