Weather Averages for Malaga in February
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 15°C, which is rather cool for swimming.
Dates for the diary
The main event to see during February is the Carnival which dates back to the time when Lent was widely observed. There are fancy dress events, street musician parties, quartets, dancing and more, and the celebrations are held for 10 days around Ash Wednesday. There are Carnival contests such as Queen of the Carnival and the Carnival Singing Contes, and on the last day, fireworks are held at the seashore.
The Fiesta of Bonfires is held on the 1st/2nd February at various sites across Andalucia, including Algatocin and Alfariante. There are competitions to see which neighbourhood in a given town can build the biggest bonfire, and spicy sausages are grilled on the fires, accompanied by singing and drinking wine.
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.
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.
A good cafe bar to try is La Magia del Melon at Camas, 9, which is particularly highly-regarded for its gaspachos, and is close to the centre of Malaga. 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.
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.