Malaga Weather December Averages, Spain
What's The Weather Like In Malaga in December?
December is one of the coolest months of the year in Malaga on Spain's Costa Del Sol. But temperatures are still mild, especially when compared with the chillier UK and northern Europe. There are usually significant fine spells in December, and sunshine is generally abundant.
Is The Sea Warm In December?
The average sea temperature falls to 17°C at this time of the year, which is a little too refreshing for a dip in the ocean.
What's The Weather Like in Malaga at Christmas?
Malaga has five hours of sunshine, which is almost three times the amount you'll see in the UK in December. The extra daylight and relatively mild climate make it a popular Christmas destination.
In 2019 Christmas Day was 14°C and the previous two years were 10°C and 12°C respectively - and all were sunny! Temperatures would have reached 17-18°C at the warmest part of the day.
How Hot Is Malaga In December?
With an average high temperature of 18°C and an average overnight minimum of 9°C, frosts are very rare.
Does It Rain In Malaga In December?
Rainfall averages 88mm per December spread over an average of eight days. Much of the rain is heavy but short-lived.
Hotels for Malaga in December
There are many good accommodation options in and around Malaga.
Hotel Molina Lario
The 4-star Hotel Molina Lario at Molina Lario 20-22, 29015 is a reliable and relatively luxurious option.
AC Hotel Malaga Palacio by Marriott
Another good 4-star option is the AC Hotel Malaga Palacio by Marriott at Cortina Del Muelle 1, 29015 which overlooks the old town and the cathedral.
Iberostar Malaga Playa
Those who would prefer to go all-inclusive can consider the Iberostar Malaga Playa at Ferrara s/n, 29793 Torrox.
Hotel Malaga Nostrum
Budget options include the 3-star Hotel Malaga Nostrum at Herman Hesse, No. 17, Guadalhorce industrial estate, 29004.
Beaches for December for Malaga
Beach trips are often not particularly attractive at this time of year due to the relatively cool seas and relatively unreliable weather, but it can still be worth a trip to the beach on a fine day.
La Misericordia Beach
La Misericordia Beach is particularly good for windsurfing, kite flying and sailing.
The Pedregalejo Beach is a sandy beach parallel to the Malaga promenade and there are numerous restaurants nearby, making it a good beach to have a stroll along following a meal out.
Restaurants and Bars for Malaga in December
There are many good restaurants in Malaga that sell local cuisine and tapas.
Tapeo de Cervantes
One of the best-received is the Tapeo de Cervantes at C/ Carcer, 8, 29012, which offers high-quality tapas and local cuisine at quite low prices.
La Taskita Alemana
La Taskita Alemana at Calle Beatas 6, 29008 features German bar food and tapas, including Frankfurter sausages and Goulash dinners, and the owner and cook Abraham is a former professional magician and provides entertainment.
Fans of nightlife can try the ZZ Pub at Tejón y Rodríguez, 6, which 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.
You can also catch up on live sporting events at Bar One at Calle Francisco Cano, 11, 29640, Fuengirola.
Things to Do in Malaga in December
Malaga has many impressive historic sites. Malaga Cathedral at Molina Lario Street was constructed between 1528 and 1783 at the site of an old mosque and, due to the length of time taken for construction, it boasts three architectural styles- a Gothic interior, Renaissance head and Baroque tower. The church has a large number of attractions including several chapels, two 18th century organs, a statue of the Virgin with Saints, and an altar with Baroque design, with intricate architectural designs intended to highlight historic events at the cathedral.
Beside the Cathedral there is also a smaller church called the Iglesia del Sagrario. There are also some cathedral gardens which are worth checking out.
Palmeral de las Sorpresas
On a fine day it is also worth considering a walk along Malaga's Palmeral de las Sorpresas, located at Muelle 2, Plaza de la Marina, which is a stretch of promenade close to the city centre. There are many gardens, and there is a Marina and waterfront promenade called the "Palm Garden of Surprises".
There are many benches, water features and children's playground, making the promenade particularly suitable for children. There are cruise ships along the harbour and opportunities to take boat trips.
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