It’s around this time of year that we really begin to feel lucky to live in a city like Malaga.
As we watch the temperature dip in Northern Spain and back home, the temperatures here are still pretty mild (20ºC/68ºF) and an early evening run on the beach is still a possibility. It’s a great month to visit Malaga since the holiday craziness hasn’t begun, but the summer tourists are long gone. Ready to explore? Here are our tips for things to do in Malaga in November!
All that Jazz!
This month Malaga plays host to the XXIX International Jazz Festival. With artists including Jerry González, Dr. Lonnie Smith, and Richard Galiano, it’s sure to be amazing. The majority of the festival’s concerts will be held at the Teatro Cervantes, however there will also be sessions in other areas of the city.
For example, at the Cines Albéniz you can watch films that have a “jazz theme” and there will be jam sessions at the Velvet Club. The festival runs from November 9-15th and you can check out the full program here.
Tapas for Adults Only!
For the 7th time, Fuengirola will be hosting a Tapas Route featuring “Erotic Tapas.” The restaurants of the area have used their imagination and from October 30th-November 15th you can vote for the best “erotic tapa.”
You can pick up a “passport” at the Casa de la Cultura and if you get 10 stamps (1 per tapa in 10 different bars), then you can drop it off at the Tourism office and be entered into the running for various prizes. We have our eyes on the cruise for two and the trip to Tenerife! This is definitely one of the more unique things to do in Malaga in November!
Now that the clocks have turned back and the sun sets earlier and earlier, it’s the perfect excuse to spend a bit of time in our favorite coffee shops reading a book or people watching.
We love our old favorites like Café con Libros (Plaza Merced, 19) that seems to have been in the Plaza de la Merced for forever, but we also love the new discoveries we’ve found recently, including Julia Bakery (Calle Carretería, 44) and Dulces Dreams (Plaza Mártires, 6). While you are there make sure to get a pastry…both places have sinfully delicious sweets!
Take a walk by the beach
Growing up far from the ocean always made us wonder what the waves looked like when the weather turned colder. One of our favorite things to do in Malaga in November is take a stroll by the beach on a sunny morning. Even if the sky is a bit grey, there is something about the pull of the sea and the waves crashing that just grounds us. You’ll come back re-energized and ready to tackle anything!
Check out a museum!
As to be expected, there are more rainy days in Malaga in November than during the warmer months. If you happen to visit on a rainy day, we suggest you head to one of our city’s museums.
The Pompidou Centre or the CAC are our favorites for modern art. Check out the Thyssen or the Russian Museum for more traditional art, and of course, there is a new exhibit on at the Picasso Museum this month called German Records that we’re dying to see!
Meet me at the market!
After much anticipation, the Mercado Merced has finally opened for business! With a similar idea to the Mercado San Miguel in Madrid, this gastro-market is a great place to meet friends or to try tapas from a bunch of different Malaga restaurants in one place. It’s a fantastic idea for a Saturday afternoon in Malaga in November!
Take a food tour!
Call us biased, but we think that the month of November is as good as any to take a food tour! Spent 3.5 hours wandering through the streets of the historic center, hearing the stories that reveal the cities past, and trying delicious local food and drink along the way. Care to join us?
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!