Averages for Malaga in February
February is generally about a degree warmer than January in Malaga but it is one of the coldest months of the year. In spite of this the temperatures are mild, with a mean daytime maximum temperature of 18°C and an average overnight minimum of 8°C. There has been one recorded instance of snow in February in Malaga, on the 2nd in 1954, but otherwise snow is practically unheard of, partly thanks to the sheltering effects of the Malaga Mountain...
Daily averages for February
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Averages for Malaga in February
February is generally about a degree warmer than January in Malaga but it is one of the coldest months of the year. In spite of this the temperatures are mild, with a mean daytime maximum temperature of 18°C and an average overnight minimum of 8°C. There has been one recorded instance of snow in February in Malaga, on the 2nd in 1954, but otherwise snow is practically unheard of, partly thanks to the sheltering effects of the Malaga Mountains to the north which protect Malaga from the coldest air masses coming down from the north.
February is not one of the drier months of the year, with an average precipitation total of 55mm, but it is not usually as wet as during the period November to January, and there are only six days during an average February with measurable precipitation, implying that most Februarys have significant dry spells. Depending on how far south the jet stream tracks, there is considerable variation in rainfall from one February to the next- some Februarys have frequent rainfall while others are dry for a large majority of the month.
Most of the rain tends to be heavier and over with more quickly than in central and northern parts of Europe, and correspondingly, sunshine totals are quite high with a mean of 178 hours per February, which is a mean of 6.3 hours per day. The average relative humidity falls to approximately 69% in February, thanks to the reduction in the frequency of wet weather. The average sea temperature is at its lowest at this time of year with a mean of just 16°C, which is rather cool for swimming.
Where to stay
There are many good hotels to choose from in Malaga, though there are also some dubious options, so choose carefully. The 4-star Hotel Molina Lario at Molina Lario 20-22, 29015 offers numerous amenities including a rooftop swimming pool, a business centre, a shuttle bus and wheelchair access. A good option for golf fans is the Parador de Malaga Golf at Autovia A7 Malaga - Algeciras, Salida Coin - Km 231, 29080, near Malaga Airport, which offers 4-star accommodation. The Suite Novotel Malaga Centro at Calle San Jacinto 7, 29007 contains a bar which serves buffet breakfast, a fitness centre and free high-speed internet, and offers 3-star accommodation.
A good B&B option is the Hotel Monte Victoria at Calle Conde de Urena 58, 29012, a family-run B&B with good-quality breakfasts and good views towards Malaga Cathedral. There are many good self-catering options too, including the Glamping Spain, Yurt & Chalet, a mid-priced holiday house located adjacent to the beach in Glamping, which is particularly suited to large groups.
Enjoy panoramic resort views from the rooftop pool at Hotel Molina Lario in Malaga
Things to do
Malaga and the surrounding area is particularly well-known for its traditional flamenco dances. Visitors who are interested cannot go far wrong with the Kelipo Centro de Arte Flamenco at Calle Alamos N0 7, Antique Palacio Cr0pani. Situated in an 18th century palace, this centre offers tapas and wine to begin with, followed by flamenco performances featuring guitars, introductions to each of the songs, and dances, among other performance attractions. It is particularly recommended for those who already have a strong appreciation of flamenco, but even those who have never given it a try are likely to find the experience rewarding.
Good jeep safaris are provided by Rally Rangers Jeep Safari at c/ Carril del Siroco s/n, 29630, Benalmadena, which is to the west of Torremolinos. There are a few options for specific jeep safari trips. The Discover Andalucia trip heads through numerous villages and Orange, Lemon and Olive groves and features plenty of opportunities to stop, have snacks and take photos of the spectacular scenery. The Costa de la Luz trip takes visitors from the Mediterranean coast to the Atlantic coast and provides a trip to the historic town of Tarifa. There are also the Ronda Mystery tours into the mountains and the Nerja Mystery tours into the caves of Nerja. There are also self-drive options available where visitors can hire jeeps.
Shopping in Malaga
Hit the beach
February is not generally a good time of year to hit the beach, and the seas are on the cool side for swimming in, though on a fine day it is possible to enjoy some relaxation and sightseeing. Guadalmar beach is largely unspoilt, and is close to a golf course, and is largely unaffected by urbanisation. There are various facilities including loungers and umbrella rentals. Another good beach is the La Malagueta Beach which has some seafood restaurants nearby and is good for a jog or stroll.
Where to eat & drink
There are many good places to eat out in Malaga. La Plaza at Plaza de la Merced No.18 lies in the touristy area of Malaga, handy for nearby attractions, and serves a wide array of Mediterranean-themed food. There is a good Mexican restaurant at El Guacamole, situated at Calle Carcer, 1, which serves a variety of Mexican food and is well-decorated inside.
Clubbers can try out the Velvet Club at Calle Juan de Padilla 22, which offers musical entertainment until 3am on most nights, and fans of electronic music can expect to be treated on Wednesday nights.
Fresh seafood, Malaga
February events in Malaga
Fiestas de Carnaval
18th February 2017 to 26th February 2017
One of the biggest carnival celebrations in Malaga is the Fiestas de Carnaval. Thousands come for the parades of fancy costumes, the musical extravaganzas featuring traditional flamenco dances, stalls of potteries, handmade artefacts, colourful traditional dresses, and authentic Malaga cuisine. Street bands play at the Plaza del Carbon, Plaza de los Martires, and Plaza de los Flores. A festival Queen gets crowned, and the fanciest dress get prizes. The last day is marked by the 'burial of the sardine' at La Malagueta beach. The entire carnival is arranged always before the start of the 40 days of Lent.
28th February 2017
The 28th of February is a public holiday all over the Andalucian region. Malaga remembers this day in 1980 when Andalucia voted to be an autonomous region in Spain. Hence, most businesses, commercial establishments, all schools and banks, and most tourist sites are closed. Andalucian flags are prominent all over Malaga.