October is a fantastic month to visit Malaga. The intense summer heat is long gone, but you can still sit outside without a jacket during the day and enjoy a tapa on the terrace – they don’t call us the Costa del Sol for nothing!
The other fantastic thing about October is that it is the start of the low season, which means there are far fewer tourists and far more local events and fairs! If you’ll be in town, here are some fun things to do in Malaga in October!
Crack open a craft brew by the sea
From 12-9pm on October 4th you will be able to get a taste of different artisanal brews at one of the most picturesque and emblematic spots in Malaga: The Baños del Carmen. Take a walk down the boardwalk until you get to the event and then enjoy an afternoon spent trying some new craft brews, possibly munching on a snack or two and just looking out at the ocean. Without a doubt, this is where you’ll find us this weekend!
Channel your inner foodie at the new gastromarket!
After much hype and years of planning, the market in the corner of the Plaza de la Merced (right next to Pablo Picasso’s home) is the Mercado de la Merced. This gastro-market has just officially opened and all of Malaga is clamoring to get a peek inside. We can’t wait to try some of the delicious gourmet bites and sip a glass of Malaga sweet wine at the Taberna Antigua Casa de Guardia’s stand.
Go to the Fair (in Fuengirola)
Fuengirola holds their fair from October 6-12, 2015. This is a great chance to experience the atmosphere of an Andalusian fair, complete with horses and typical dress, as well as the gastronomic treats available.
It might not be our huge August fair, but this is much less touristy, so you will get a good feel for the flavor of Andalusia. The train takes about an hour and the fairgrounds can be reached by public transport, so if you’re in Malaga in October this is a fantastic option for something fun to do!
Head for the hills (quite literally)
Fall is a gorgeous time of year in Malaga! The temperatures are mild and most days are still sunny with deep blue skies. It’s a fantastic time of year to get out and enjoy the beautiful scenery in the mountains, and with so many mountains around there are just as many options!
One of our favorite hikes to do is El Chorro, or if you are more of a thrill seeker try the Caminito del Rey, which has been called one of the most dangerous footpaths in the world! Regardless of your skill level, hiking is one of the best things to do in Malaga in October as at this time of year the weather is neither too hot nor too cold.
Celebrate Pablo Picasso
October 25th marks the 133rd anniversary of Picasso’s birthday in Málaga. Every year there are a flurry of events and exhibits to celebrate the city’s most famous artist. Make sure to take a look at the program for this special weekend so you don’t miss a thing! If you are interested in the arts, mark this weekend for one of the things to do in Malaga in October!
Join a food tour!
Take a break from the beach for a few hours and come and discover Malaga’s historic center with us on our Tastes, Tapas & Traditions of Malaga Food Tour. It’s a wonderful way to visit local eateries, learn about the local dishes, hear the stories behind them, and just have a whole load of fun while doing so!
Places are limited and our tours tend to fill up quickly, so book soon to reserve your place!
Abby has lived in cities all over Spain including Madrid, Málaga, Fuengirola, Sevilla and Barcelona and she loves traveling and tasting all this diverse country has to offer. Along with her husband, who is originally from Málaga, she writes the bilingual travel blog El Boquerón Viajero. Abby is also currently partner & director of communications for a Spanish travel agency called Auténtico Nueva York. She has recently become a mum & is looking forward to sharing all Spain’s bites with the next generation of foodies! Favorite Devour Tour? Catalan calçotada!