Weather Averages for Malaga in October
Averages for Malaga in October
October is typically a transitional month in Malaga, as the summer heat and drought gradually gives way to relatively changeable conditions. Temperatures typically fall as the month progresses but remain on the warm side, with an average daytime maximum temperature of 24°C and an average overnight minimum of 14°C. By the end of the month, average maxima of 21 or 22°C are typical.
Rainfall tends to be infrequent during October but when it does fall it is often heavy and associated with thunderstorms, which can trigger localised flooding. During an average October 56mm of precipitation falls and there are 6 days with measurable precipitation- this high ratio of precipitation total to precipitation days reflects the often-intense nature of the rainfall, although some Octobers stay mostly dry. For instance there is a documented example of serious flooding in the Malaga area on the 1st October 1907 which killed over 100 people and left approximately 12,000 people homeless.
Sunshine remains reasonably abundant during October, and with an average monthly total of 213 hours, holidaymakers can expect an average of 6.9 hours of bright sunshine per day. The average relative humidity rises at this time of year with a mean of 71%. The average sea temperature falls to 20°C at this time of the year, which is a bit on the cool side for swimming in, but some of the shallower areas of sea water along the coastline remain a little warmer than this, so swimming is often feasible in October, particularly early in the month.
Dates for the diary
Picasso Month takes place every October to celebrate Pablo Picasso, who was born in Malaga. There are conferences, art exhibitions, concerts, and competitions hosted across the city. The Pablo Ruiz Picasso Foundation and Malaga Town Hall arrange various activity, and at the end of the month an aspiring artist is given awards. There are also many food festivals at this time of year to celebrate the autumn harvest.
On the 4th October, the village of Alora in Malaga province has Alora Soup Day which features a local dish with fried bread crumbs and vegetables, and it takes place in the Plaza Baja. It is also an opportunity to visit the castle and enjoy some spectacular views from within.
Malaga local dish, Alora Soup Day.
Things to do
At the foot of the Alcazaba fortress lies the oldest monument in Malaga, the Teatro Romano (Roman Theatre). The theatre was built in the first century BC, under Emperor Augustus, and then after the third century AD it was left to ruin before it was re-occupied in 756-780 AD by Moorish settlers, and it was then buried underneath dirt and rocks. In recent years an extensive restoration project has been underway. Performances are sometimes held at the monument, most often in summer, and a Visitors’ Centre has been operational since 2010, which provides historical information about the site together with displays of archaeological findings and audio visual demonstrations of the excavation and restoration of the site. In the main square there is a glass pyramid with Roman remains underneath.
Segway Tours Malaga at Calle Trinidad Grund 8, offer a city tour via Segway, which take visitors around attractions including the Roman Theatre, Alcazaba Palace and the Cathedral. Tours can last between 15 minutes and 2 hours depending on preference, and the 2-hour tours include visits to the Gibralfaro Parador and the Promenade. They also have a special Segway full-day tour which features a visit to a winery at Bodega Cortijo MOROSANTO, which offers opportunities for wine tasting and food pairing. Lunch can be provided if preferred.
Hit the beach
October is a reasonable time of year to hit the beach during fine spells, since tourist numbers tend to be relatively low. Fans of fishing can try the Banos del Carmen beach at the Malaga sea front, which is a particularly well-known fishing hotspot. The El Palo Beach is a favourite of the locals and has good opportunities for fishing and scuba diving.
Where to eat & drink
There are many good restaurants in and around Malaga. One good choice for a special occasion is the Restaurante Yerbaguena at Carretera de la estacion s/n, Campillos, which serves a variety of European and local food. For those just after somewhere to stop off for a quick bite, a good Spanish-themed cafe is the Cafe Con Libros at Plaza de la Merced 19, which is well-placed for seeing nearby attractions including Alcazaba, and serves tasty snacks.
A good place to see a flamenco show and sample some wine and tapas is the Kelipo Centro de Arte Flamenco at Calle Alamos N0 7, Antique Palacio Cr0pani. The Cafe-Concerto Puerto Oscura at Molina Lario, 5 is a 19th-century style cafe which features live chamber music and has a quiet and relaxing environment.
Where to stay
Malaga has many reasonable accommodation options, but it is important to choose wisely, as some are significantly more reliable than others. One luxury option is the Vincci Malaga at C/ Pacifico, 44, 29004, at Malaga’s sea front promenade. 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. The 3-star Malaga Hotel Picasso at C/ Acacias de Guadalmar, 153, 29004, is well-placed for Picasso-related attractions in the area.
There are numerous good budget options at Malaga including the La Francesca Suites Hotel Boutique at Pintor Grarite, 4, 29017 which has just 1-star accommodation but is surrounded by attractive gardens and offers bed and breakfast. There are also many good self-catering options including Bougainvillea which is is particularly suitable for families with children.