Make the Most of Summer: Top 5 Things to Do in Malaga in June

Although Malaga is blessed with great weather year round, this is a city that really lives for the summer. By the time June rolls around, the temperatures have warmed up, the sea breeze is blowing and locals are ready to enjoy all that Malaga has to offer—and you will be, too. Here are some of the best things to do in Malaga in June to get you started.

Things to Do in Malaga in June

1. Go to the beach

This may sound obvious, but by late May and early June, the beaches of Malaga are dotted with colorful umbrellas and towels weekend after weekend. Hop in the car and head down the highway a bit to Torremolinos, or spend a lazy afternoon closer to the city at the Malagueta or the Caleta—the choice is yours. Whichever your beach of choice, pack a little picnic and enjoy the day!

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One of the best things to do in Malaga in June is visit the beach, of course!
Visiting Malaga’s beaches is the perfect summer activity! Photo credit: audi_insperation

2. Celebrate the Moraga de San Juan

On the night of June 23—the eve of the feast of St. John—Malaga, along with many other cities along the Mediterranean, celebrates the arrival of summer. People set up bonfires on the beach and bring along a wish written on a little piece of paper to burn in the hope it will come true. In Malaga, you’ll also find plenty of people snacking on espetos as they enjoy the festivities.

At midnight, it’s time to burn the “júas,” which are big rag dolls filled with sawdust or paper. These are generally made by groups of friends and represent a caricature of a famous person. Another superstition is that if you wash your face in the sea on this night, you’ll preserve your beauty or youth for the next year. Head down to the beach around sunset to take part in one of the best things to do in Malaga in June.

One of the most interesting things to do in Malaga in June is head to the beach during the Festival of San Juan
Participating in the festivities during the Festival of San Juan. Photo credit: Kevin O’Mara

3. Escape the heat at a museum

Even with the sun and sand at your feet, it’s still summer, and chances are at some point you’ll won’t mind sacrificing some beach time for a few hours spent in the AC. Head to one of the many fabulous museums in Malaga for the best of both worlds. You won’t miss out on any of the city’s fabulous cultural offerings, but will be able to enjoy a much-needed few hours out of the heat. 

Looking for things to do in Malaga in June? Head to the museums for workshops. Picasso, whose images like this are found all over the city, has a great museum dedicated to him that is worth seeing!
Images of Picasso’s work are found all over the city, and the Picasso Museum itself hosts an unrivaled collection of his masterpieces. Photo credit: Mark Mauno

4. Explore a cave or a new village

One of the best day trips from Malaga is to rent a car and head east along the coast. In the morning, visit the idyllic village of Frigiliana, a charming little town tucked away in the hills of Malaga full of the typical white homes decorated with flower pots and ceramics.

Come afternoon, head to the beach! A bit further down the road you’ll find the beautiful town of Nerja, where you can visit the famous cave and end your day with a dip in the sea.

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One of the best things to do in Malaga in June is take a road trip to visit the beautiful pueblo blancos like this!
Exploring the white villages near Malaga is the perfect summer day trip. Photo credit:

5. Watch a religious procession

In Roman times, Christianity was prohibited in Malaga. This meant that all citizens had to give up their religion—however, two brave Christians named Ciriaco and Paula did not. They stayed true to their faith and were eventually martyred, so the Pope thanked them for their bravery by declaring them the patron saints of Malaga. June 18—the day they died—was declared a religious festival day: the feast of Sts. Ciriaco and Paula.

Now every year on June 18, a solemn procession runs through the main streets of the historic city center to honor the patron saints. If you find yourself in Malaga on this day, this display of passion and tradition is not to be missed, even if you’re not religious.

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