September is generally a hot dry sunny month in Malaga and the Mediterranean Sea is at or near its warmest at this time of year, so temperatures tend to hold up. With an average daytime maximum temperature of 28°C and an average overnight minimum of 18°C, an average September is slightly hotter than an average June. Heatwaves occasionally crop up, when there is an import of hot air from northern Africa and a slight offshore breeze helping to fend off the usual sea breezes.
Most Septembers are very dry although the incidence of heavy thundery downpours increases, on average, as the month progresses. During an average September 16mm of precipitation falls and there are 2 days with measurable precipitation. Some exceptional downpours in the area led to widespread flooding near the end of September 2012, which killed at least 10 people, though there are many Septembers that remain completely rain-free.
Sunshine is generally abundant during September with an average of 247 hours per September, which equates to a mean of 8.2 hours per day. The average relative humidity begins to climb at this time of year with a mean of 66%. The average sea temperature falls a little to 23°C at this time of the year, which is swimmable though fairly cool. However, many of the shallower stretches of sea near the coastline are rather warmer than that, so there are usually good places to swim off the coast of Malaga at this time of year.
Things to do
Pancho Tours Malaga based at Calle Casapalma 4 arrange tours of the city and pub crawls, which are good for walking and sightseeing. There is a Walking Tour which runs every day starting at 11:30 and also at 18:00 on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, which features a tour of many of the main attractions in Malaga including the Roman Theatre and Alcazaba. The Tapas Late Tour runs at 20:15 on Tuesdays and Thursdays and features a tour of 3 restaurants in 3 hours which includes 4 drinks and 15 different types of tapas. The Nightlife Tour features a pub crawl which starts at 23:45 hours every night and starts off at the Bar Robert Boyd in the Plaza de la Mecred, from which they leave at 0:45 hours. In addition to this, on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 14:30, they run a Lunch Tasting Tour which starts off at Plaza Constitución.
Fans of horse riding can try a holiday withHorse Riding Spain at Apto de Correos 31, Coin 29100, Malaga, by the Sierra de las Nieves National Park. They offer horse riding packages spanning 3 days, 4 days and a week depending on personal preference and, between April and early October, they provide an Andalusian horse show in the form of a presentation of Andalucian Horsemanship “Cartujano del Arte Ecuestre” on Thursday evenings, set under the mountains of Mijas in a former bullring, which features traditional Spanish costumes and music. Accommodation and breakfasts are provided.
For those interested in horse riding but who would rather not have an all-inclusive horse riding holiday, Xtraventura, at Calle Casas de Campos, offers horse riding trips through the Montes de Malaga National Park, and La Rejertilla at Camino Los Sauces km.4, El Burgo 29420 offer horse riding tours around the Sierra de las Nieves National Park.
Hit the beach
September is quite a good time of year to hit the beach as the weather is generally reliable but tourist numbers tend to be down on those during July and August. La Caleta beach is approximately 1400m long and runs alongside the Paseo Maritimo de Pablo Picasso, and it is good for sunbathing and some water sports including windsurfing. Penon Del Cuervo beach is quite well secluded and is divided into two swimming areas by a large rock, and with the seas being near their warmest at this time of year, swimming is quite attractive.
Where to eat & drink
Malaga has a wide range of good restaurants. Those who fancy trying an Italian restaurant can consider Giorigios at Avendida Bonanza, Benalmadena which features wines and a range of Italian food, and there are risotto nights on a Wednesday. For a pleasant snack, the Cafe Fresco at Las Rampas, Fuengirola serves a variety of fresh cafe food and light bites.
Fans of flamenco dancing can try Visita Andulucia at Avda de los Guindos, which is one of the most famous flamenco venues in Malaga and features all night flamenco from 22:30 to 06:00. Clubbers can try out Sala Wenge at Santa Lucia, in a historic corner of the city, which is open on Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 22:00 until 07:00, and this bar/club plays mainly house music through the night.