Weather Averages for Malaga in May
Averages for Malaga in May
Temperatures usually rise significantly in Malaga as May progresses. For the month as a whole, there is an average daytime maximum temperature of 24°C and an average overnight minimum of 13°C, but by the end of the month, average maximum temperatures of 25 or 26°C are typical. The sea normally has a cooling effect near the coast at this time of year and there can be issues with sea fog near the coast, especially when the hot, dry and dusty sirocco wind blows from northern Africa and the hot air has to pass over the relatively cool Mediterranean Sea. Due to the way sea breezes peak during the afternoon, it is not unusual for the highest temperature of the day to occur during mid-morning or the evening.
May is generally a dry month with an average of just 25mm of precipitation and 5 days with measurable precipitation, and some Mays have no rain at all. Much of the rain results from showers and thunderstorms which develop inland and, if the winds are not off the Mediterranean Sea, penetrate to the Costa del Sol during the evening and overnight.
May is a generally sunny month and there is a mean sunshine total of 282 hours, a mean of 9.1 hours per day. The average relative humidity continues to drop at this time of year, assisted by stronger sunshine and declining rainfall, with a mean of 61%. The average sea temperature lags the warming trend over the land and averages just 17°C. This is rather cool for swimming in, although some of the shallower stretches of sea near the coastline warm up more appreciably than the deep waters of the Mediterranean Sea and are consequently swimmable.
Dates for the diary
The Cruces de Mayo (May Festival of the Crosses) is held around Spain from the 29th April to the 2nd May, featuring competitions for the best-decorated crosses, and musical performances including flamenco performances and rock bands.
The Fiesta de San Isidro is held on the 15th May each year and celebrates the patron saint of farmers, and in the Malaga district, Alameda is a particularly good place to see the festival from. It features processions through the fields, agricultural trade shows and a fiesta.
Things to do
The Plaza de la Mecred in the central part of Malaga is a historic square which contains the house where famous artist Pablo Picasso was born (the Picasso Foundation- Native Home Museum). There is an impressive statue of Picasso, situated on a bench within the plaza, and it is well-placed for access to the Museo Picasso Malaga at Palacio de Buenavista San Agustin. This museum shows off some of Picasso’s works, and they are arranged into chronological order, though it is advisable to head into the museum early as it is popular and can get busy . The selection is quite large but is missing some of his most famous works. There is also a monument commemorating General Torrijos. There are many good restaurants and cafes around the square offering a range of food and drink including wines and tapas.
Those who are relatively fit can consider ascending La Maroma, which is the highest peak in the Sierra de Tejeda, in the Natural Park of Sierra Tejeda, at approximately 2,066m above sea level. There are multiple ways to access the summit, including a walk from Canillas de Aceituno. The summit boasts spectacular views, and if there is low cloud around the mountainsides, the summit often offers spectacular cloudscapes from above cloud level. There are many good displays of wildlife including pine woods, flowers and wild animals. At this time of year it is unlikely to be excessively hot near the foot of the mountain, nor excessively cold near the summit, but go prepared.
Hit the beach
May is a good time of year to relax on the beach due to the reliable weather and relatively low density of tourists, although the sea is still rather cool for swimming in at this time of year. The El Chanquete beach is situated in the El Palo area and is a city beach with a promenade and restaurants. A nearby Blue Flag beach is the Malapesquera Beach at Benalmádena which is good for fishing, sports and entertainment, and contains a cafeteria and restaurant.
Where to eat & drink
There are many good restaurants in Malaga that serve primarily local cuisine. The Restaurante Amador at Calle Bandaneira 6, Urb. El Atabal, serves Spanish cuisine with a mainly local theme, and many dishes are provided with a twist. The restaurant also boasts good views from the top of a hill. The Oleo Restaurante at Alemania S/N, off the Poligono Alameda, serves sushi and Mediterranean cuisine, and thus is particularly suitable for fans of sushi but will also cater for those who prefer more locally-sourced options.
Fans of jazz can consider visiting the El Cantor de Jazz bar at Calle Lazcano, 7. This pub is vibrant at all times and attracts jazz musicians and there are jazz performances on Thursday nights. The Weekend cocktail lounge at Plaza de la Merced 14 is close to Pablo Picasso’s birthplace, and features music and parties during evenings and overnight, making it especially popular with students.
Where to stay
There are many good hotels in and around Malaga. One good luxury option is the 4-star Room Mate Lola at Casas de Campos, 17, 29001 which is close to the old town and in a central location. The Salles Hotel Malaga Centro at Calle Marmoles 6, 29007 is another good centrally-located 4-star hotel. The Ibis Malaga Centro Ciudad at Pasillo Guimbarda, 5, 29007 is a reasonable 2-star budget option which is 15 minutes’ walk away from Malaga Centro railway station.
A good peaceful retreat that offers bed and breakfast is the Casa Pinares at Calle Las Palmeras 6, Pinares de San Anton, 29018. Malaga also has a lot of reasonable self-catering accommodation, including the Comfortable y Moderno Apartmento en Malaga Centro in the Central District of Malaga.