This blog post was originally posted on December 23, 2015, and was updated on December 13, 2017.
January tends to be a calmer month in Malaga as the Christmas holidays wind down, but nevertheless, it’s a great time to visit the city!
One of the things we love about living in Spain is that the holidays don’t end on New Year’s Day. We celebrate Three Kings Day on January the 6th, which brings with it all the festivities of gifts, good food and family. There are lots of things to do in Malaga in January, so here are our best picks.
Enjoy the celebration of Three Kings Day.
On the fifth of January across Spain you will find parades in anticipation of the arrival of the Three Kings. The parades are often huge affairs complete with floats, bands and lots of candy for the children. If you will be in Malaga for Three Kings Day, it is well worth a trip downtown to see the parade.
The festive atmosphere is lots of fun and you can top off your evening with a slice of the traditional Roscón de Reyes. The next morning on January sixth, most Spanish families exchange their gifts, so join the festivities in Malaga and hope that the Three Kings have brought you some nice gifts too!
Take advantage of the sales!
If you will be visiting Malaga soon after the Christmas celebrations end, you’re in luck! This is one of the biggest sale seasons of the year and many of the stores have great deals. We suggest shopping during the week when there are fewer people at the stores, or trying some of the smaller shops, like the vintage stores or independently run boutiques in the center.
Sample some local craft beer
There is something about January that invites you to spend a bit more time indoors (although the weather in Málaga is generally mild). There is a bit of a more humid chill in the air that gets us in the mood for a good craft beer with friends on a Friday after work. If you enjoy trying different craft beers, this is one of the best things to do in Malaga in January.
All that jazz
Maybe it’s just us, but we’ve always thought that winter was the perfect time to head out to a jazz club. There’s something about a darkened room, music that seems to vibrate down to your bones and a nice drink in hand that makes it an undeniably perfect plan for a weekend night. We suggest Clarence Jazz Club or The Wall at the Hotel Vincci for some of the best shows in Malaga in January!
Take a food tour!
We don’t close up shop in the wintertime, so make sure you let us know when you are going to be here and come along on one of our delicious food tours!
It’s a 3.5 hour experience which involves exploring the streets of Malaga’s historic center, trying some of our delicious local specialties, and sampling wines from Malaga’s two wine regions, all in the company of an expert local guide! It’s a must-have experience, especially if you’ll be visiting Malaga in January.
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!