Malaga in the Rain: When the “Costa del Sol” Isn’t Sunny!

This blog post was originally posted on October 26th, 2015 and was updated on August 29th, 2017

They say that Malaga has one of the best climates in all of Spain, and you know what? It’s true!

With an average of 300 sunny days a year, it is more than likely that your outdoor activities will go on as planned. However, between the months of October and April you might wind up with a rainy day in Malaga. If you wake up to a wet day, don’t worry! Here are our some great ideas of things to do in Malaga in the rain.

Things to do in Malaga in the Rain
Photo by Jose Manuel mazintosh (modified size and text)

Enjoy the Art

The obvious choice for a rainy day, regardless of what city you live in, is to spend some time at the museum. If you find yourself looking for things to do in Malaga in the rain, we suggest you head to one of the more unique Malaga museums.

With so many museums in Malaga there is something for everyone including cars, wine, music, modern art, culture and customs, as well as Picasso and the classics at the Thyssen museum. You’re sure to find a museum to suit your tastes!

We love to see a movie on a rainy day in Malaga at Cines Albeniz
Take in a movie at Cines Albeniz. Photo by Fran Villena

See a film

A rainy day in Malaga is the perfect occasion to watch a movie. It just so happens that the cinema shows original version movies is a gorgeous theater right next to the Roman Theater on Calle Alcazabilla. The Cines Albéniz are the hub of Malaga’s film festival each spring, and there is almost always a film playing in English.

If you are looking for something to do in the rain in Malaga, why not pay a visit to Hamman Al-Andalus, for a relaxing experience!
Hammam Al-Andalus, Malaga

Relax and Recharge

Just because it’s a rainy day in Malaga doesn’t mean you have to leave your bathing suit at home. Head to the Hammam Al Andalus and enjoy the Arab baths, relaxed atmosphere and a fantastic massage. They also offer a delicious moroccan tea for you to enjoy and truly relax. A great plan to recharge on a gloomy day!

When it rains in Malaga and you need something to do, why not just eat tapas? These prawns are so delicious!
Shrimp skewer from the bar at Atarazanas market

Channel your inner foodie

Another one of our favorite things to do in the rain in Malaga is enjoy tapas in our favorite bars! Head over to the Mercado de la Merced and enjoy the tapas experience hopping from one stand to the next without having to go outside.

Of course, there are lots of little bars dotted around the city that are just as cozy with excellent food. They might be busy, but the more the merrier – a packed bar is always more fun! Check out La Tranca (Calle Carretería, 93) and you might even hear some impromptu flamenco singing from the bartender as you eat your tostas.

If you enjoy wine, make sure to head to the Wine Museum, another great thing to do in the rain in Malaga.
Lovely barrels of Malaga Sweet Wine

Drink Wine and say “Salud”!

Head to a wine bar and enjoy some delicious sweet wine as you watch the rain from amongst the wooden wine barrels. Our favorite spots are La Odisea (Subida Coracha, 1,) and the Casa Antigua de Guardia (Alameda Principal, 18). Both spots serve Malaga’s typical sweet wine along with some delicious bites. Perfect for warming up and drying off!

If you want to learn more about the world of Malaga wines, you should definitely join our Insider’s Ham, Wine and Tapas Tour!

One of our favorite places to drink craft beer in Malaga is the polished Central Beers in the center of Malaga
Enjoying a cold craft beer at Central Beers

Try some craft beer

If you aren’t much of a wine drinker, Malaga also offers some great spots to try local craft beers. Of course, there are craft beers from around Spain and other countries on tap, too. Most of the places offer light snacks or tapas, so it really is a great way to spend an hour or so if you happen to get caught in the storm during a rainy day in Malaga.

Epoca Segunda Mano is one of the vintage stores in Malaga, and exploring stores like this is a great to do on a rainy day.
Fabulous necklaces in Epoca Segunda Mano, Malaga

Search for treasure!

Malaga has some great little vintage stores in the historic center. If you are visiting Malaga in the rain, one of the best ways to spend an afternoon is looking for that perfect piece in a vintage store. You never know, you just might bring home a really unique Malaga souvenir!

The best places for churros in Malaga have great chocolate too, and keeping warm with churros with chocolate is a great thing to do in the rain in Malaga!
Churros are better with thick and creamy hot chocolate.

Indulge in a sweet treat

Malaga has lots of delicious little cafes where you can sit with a book or magazine and have a delicious pastry and coffee. Another option, of course, is having churros and chocolate. In fact, Casa Aranda (Herrería del Rey, 3) has a huge awning that will protect you if it isn’t raining too hard, along with some big heaters to keep you toasty warm.

While a rainy day in Malaga isn’t common (there are an average of 300 sunny days a year), our food tours run every Monday to Saturday, whether it’s rain or shine! 

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  1. […] If the weather isn’t great, head inside to the cozy back room because whether you are sitting on the terrace or not, the coffees, teas and smoothies are well worth your time, and it’s the perfect place to take a break in the center of Malaga. […]

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