Malaga City is truly magical at Christmas time. Please take the time to go and see it if you haven´t already.
The Malaga lights are in Calle Larios, a fantastic pedestrianised street full of shops and street entertainment. You´ll find all the big high street names here including, Zara, Mango Massimo Dutti, Other Stories, Cos and many more. At the bottom of this street you will find lots of fantastic little restaurants and all the beautiful cathedrals.
The Malaga lights are normally switched on the last Friday of November at around 7pm. There could be a possibility of this varying year to year so double check.
There are 3 spectacular light shows every evening at 6.30pm, 8.00pm and 9.30pm. If you´re there already, you should make sure you see one of these shows. You’ll see people hanging around, marking their spots quite early. Stand right in the centre of the lights (if you don´t mind crowds).
If you’re driving into the City around Christmas time, expect some traffic jams and diversions. We normally park in Muelle Uno have stroll along the port area and then head over to Larios and the Old Town. There are quite a few other car parks you could try, including Cervantes Parking, the main car park under the City Centre and there´s also the one by Gibralfaro.Advertisement
You can take the main train (Malaga Cercanias) from as far as Fuengirola/Álora to Maria Zambrano or the metro to El Perchel. From here it´s about a 20 minute walk. You could take a taxi or maybe a bus, although if there´s traffic, you’re better walking.
There are lots of buses in this area. The main bus station you would want to head to is Estación Muelle Heredia and then it´s a 6 minute walk to Calle Larios. Local Malaga Buses, EMT are number 1, 14, 37, A & C1.
Around the times of the show, Calle Larios does get very busy. We’ve been there and seen lots of people with pushchairs and wheelchairs and they just push their way through. If you don´t like crowds then avoid the show times or try and find some space in the side streets. Opening night and around the Bank Holidays (6th & 8th December) are generally the busiest nights.
The atmosphere in Malaga is amazing anyway, but at Christmas it´s truly magical. If you´re a regular follower of our Facebook Page you will know that we always encourage people to go and see the city. It´s so close to the airport, yet so many people still haven´t been. There´s so many things to do in Malaga City, museums, shows, fabulous places to eat and the food market is an absolute must. A stroll along Muelle Uno by the port is also well worth it. El Pimpi is one of the most popular tapas bars, we found a fabulous little pizzeria called Terra Mia and we also love just wandering and grabbing a little tapas here and there.
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