Weather Averages for Malaga in July
Averages for Malaga in July
July is usually a hot dry sunny month in Malaga and on average is only slightly cooler than August. The tempering effects of the Mediterranean Sea tend to restrict the intensity of the daytime heat and prevent the showers and thunderstorms that sometimes develop inland from reaching the Costa del Sol. Unlike during the spring months, the sea tends not to produce much sea fog near the coastline. The average daytime maximum temperature is 30°C and there is an average overnight minimum of 20°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.
Nights can be uncomfortably warm for sleeping in central Malaga due to the urban heat island effect. 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. Usually the coastal fringe misses the most intense heat, even when Malaga Airport is reporting very high temperatures.
An average July has just 2mm of precipitation and 1 day with measurable precipitation. Most Julys pass by without any rain at all and if it does rain, chances are that it will be heavy, thundery and short-lived. The very dry conditions combined with heat and sunshine occasionally trigger problems with fires along the Costa del Sol.
The lack of rain is also accompanied by reliably high amounts of sunshine with a mean total of 338 hours, a mean of 10.9 hours per day, making July the sunniest month of the year on average. The average relative humidity is low at this time of year with a mean of 60%, 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. The average sea temperature rises to 22°C at this time of the year, which is swimmable but on the cool side, but many of the shallower stretches of sea near the coastline are rather warmer than that.
Dates for the diary
July features the Virgin del Carmen festival on the 16th. An image of “Our Lady Carmen” is carried through the fishing districts and is then placed on a fishing boat filled with flowers, followed by small boats.
The Feria de Santiago Apostol is held at Casarabonela in the Malaga district in the last week of every July and features colourful decoration of the streets and serves reunions of friends and family.
Things to do
The Grupo Mundo Marino- Day Tours, which operate from Puerto de Malaga, Muelle 1, offer boat trips from the Port of Malaga. There are many sailing trips offered, which enable visitors to survey the scenery of Malaga from out at sea, and sample some good sunsets over the sea. There are also motor boat cruises, including a glass bottom speed boat cruise, which offers opportunities for swimming as part of the cruise. There are also cruises that specifically sample parts of the coastline, including the San Antonio - San Martín - La Nao cruise. There is also a Coasta Blanca cruise where the sights can be viewed from the glass bottom of the boat.
Those fancying something a bit different can try a dolphin safari with Dolphin Boat Trips at Yacht Dolphin, Puerto Deportivo Fuengirola, Pier 3 / 211, 29640 Fuengirola. Their primary boat, Yacht Dolphin, is based on the famous “SPRAY” boat that Captain Joshua Slocum sailed to become the first man to navigate around the world in single handed. The company offers trips out on this boat to see dolphins, to go diving and swimming, and also has facilities for anniversaries and hen parties. Yacht Dolphin sails from Pier 3 at Puerto Deportivo de Fuengirola, Malaga, Spain at 13:00-17:00 (day sailing) and 18:00-20:00 (evening sailing) and trips must be booked at least 24 hours in advance.
Hit the beach
July is a good time to go sunbathing and swimming and diving, but it is during the main tourist season, and thus some beaches can get crowded. The Pedregalejo Beach is a sandy beach parallel to the Malaga promenade and boasts numerous restaurants nearby, and during evenings and overnight, it becomes something of a partying hotspot.
The San Andres beach is located next to the outskirts of Malaga, and is good for a range of activities including windsurfing, kite surfing, sailing and fishing. It tends not to be as crowded as the beaches alongside the Malaga promenade but it can still draw quite a large crowd at this time of year.
Where to eat & drink
There are many good restaurants at Malaga and the choice is a matter of taste. The El Meson de Cervantes at Calle Alamos, 11, 29012 is particularly highly-regarded for its assortment of tapas. A good Japanese restaurant to try is Mikado at Local 65, Muelle 1, which serves sushi, suchimi and tepanyaki.
Visitors can enjoy frequent flamenco performances at Mooncity at Reding, 6 in the La Malagueta district, and sometimes the latest commercial Latin hits. There are reasonably priced drinks available too. The ZZ Pub at Tejón y Rodríguez, 6 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.
Where to stay
Malaga boasts a fair range of good options for accommodation, although some options are rather better than others. The 4-star Barcelo Malaga at Heroe de Sostoa 2, Estacion Vialia Maria Zambrano, 29002 Malaga offers many amenities including a fitness room, restaurant and business centre, and there is a slide in the reception area. A good centrally-located 4-star hotel is the Salles Hotel Malaga Centro at Calle Marmoles 6, 29007. The Monte Malaga Hotel at Paseo Maritimo Antonio Machado, 10,, 29002 has a good pool and spa area and offers 4-star accommodation.
There are some good budget options in Malaga also, including the Hotel Malaga Nostrum at Herman Hesse, No. 17, Guadalhorce industrial estate, 29004 which offers 3-star accommodation and is close to Malaga Airport. Self-catering options include The Secluded Cortijo with Private Pool.