Weather Averages for Malaga in March
Averages for Malaga in March
Temperatures usually begin to climb in March in Malaga but they are moderated by the Mediterranean Sea to the south, which is close to its coolest at this time of year. On average the temperature rises to a daytime maximum of 19°C and falls to an average overnight minimum of 9°C. Frosts are extremely rare and snow has not been recorded during March although it sometimes snows in the mountainous area to the north of Malaga.
March is typically quite a dry month, but it rains occasionally, with an average precipitation total of 49mm and six days per March with measurable precipitation. Occasionally, when the jet stream tracks further south than usual, such as in March 2013, an individual March can be frequently wet, but some Marches have very little rain at all. Frontal rainfall from the Atlantic is relatively uncommon during March but due to the increasing solar heating, it is quite common for heavy showers to break out during the afternoons following a dry sunny start to the day. Rainfall tends to be heavier and shorter-lived than is normal in central and northern parts of Europe.
Sunshine tends to be quite abundant during March with an average total of 218 hours per March, which equates to an average of just over 7.0 hours per day, which is in excess of half of the possible total. The average relative humidity falls to approximately 67% in March, while the average sea temperature lags the warming trend over the land and averages just 15°C, which is rather cool for swimming.
Dates for the diary
The Malaga Film Festival is held in late-March each year, arranged to promote Spanish films and it features repeated screenings of the most important Spanish film releases of the previous year. It has awards and honorary awards for the best films of the year.
The unusual El Entierro de la Sardina festival is held on the 9th March at various sites across Andalucia, including Malaga, and features parades of sardines through the streets, followed by a phase of eating and drinking and, in some cases, the festival is rounded off with a fireworks display.
Things to do
The Alcazaba, located at C Alcazabilla s/n, 29015, is arguably the most significant of Malaga’s historic landmarks and features well-restored and well-maintained castle ruins. Two of its original three walls remain, and visitors pass through an ancient defensive castle entrance on the way into the main grounds. The castle boasts some gardens, palaces and courtyards and some good views around the periphery of the fortress. There is also a small archaeological museum on-site, which features exhibits of Roman pottery and statues.
Those who fancy a massage can try the Arabic Baths at Calle Tomás de Cózar 13 in the centre of Malaga. These are well-decorated and have historic artefacts, providing pleasant historic hamann surroundings. There are dry heat and steam rooms, and cooler rooms with basins and fountains for cooling off after heating up in the steam rooms. There are many massages offered although it is strongly recommended to book in advance to ensure availability. Massages include the Turkish Massage with water, olive oil soap and a horsehair glove. The most high-end and expensive massage is a 50-minute chocolate massage. Yum!
Hit the beach
March is not one of the better times of the year to hit the beach, as the seas are at their coolest at this time of year, but on a fine day the weather is often warm and sunny enough to enable a relaxing trip. A good nearby blue flag beach is the family-friendly Los Melilleros Beach at Benalmadena, while outside Malaga, the El Candado beach offers a good view of the coast and is protected by two water barriers, and is ideal for windsurfing.
Where to eat & drink
There are many high-quality restaurants around in Malaga. A good family-run Spanish-themed restaurant is the El Cortijillo restaurant at Avda Cadiz, La Cala de Mijas. For a British-style option, the Horizon Bar at Avenida de Antonio Machada, Benalmadena Costa is generally regarded as one of the best, which serves Irish-style breakfasts and a range of traditional pub foods including steaks and burgers.
The Cafe-Concerto Puerto Oscura at Molina Lario, 5 is a relaxing 19th-century style cafe which features live chamber music in the background. Fans of flamenco dances are unlikely to be disappointed visiting Amargo at Calle Franquelo 3 on an evening between Thursday and Sunday, when the locals perform flamenco and salsa dances and live Spanish music.
Where to stay
There are many reliable accommodation options at Malaga. The Vincci Malaga at C/ Pacifico, 44, 29004 is set on Malaga’s sea front promenade and has a contemporary design and has a large continental breakfast selection, and offers 4-star accommodation. The AC Hotel Malaga Palacio by Marriott at Cortina Del Muelle 1, 29015 overlooks the old town and the cathedral, and has 4-star accommodation. A good romantic retreat is the three-star Hotel Villa Guadalupe at C/ Bandaneira 6, Urb. El Atabal, 29190.
There are many good budget options, including the 1-star Hotel Domus (reputed by some reviewers to be worthy of 2 or 3 stars) at Juan Valera 20, 29017, which serves a continental breakfast and has a terrace and bar. Malaga is also close to some good camping sites and the Campsite la Buganvilla at Marbella, 29600, offers good access to many nearby facilities and a range of amenities on-site.