Things to do in Málaga and places to go on your Málaga Christmas bike ride:
1. Christmas Eve- Dec. 24th. It will be hard to find anywhere open for dinner so if you are staying in a flat we suggest stocking up on supplies before the shops and markets close on Dec 24th and eating at home. Then head out to see the Christmas lights and music show in the main Street Calle Larios. The music show is at 18:30 and 21:30
Later, head over to Málaga’s spectacular cathedral to enjoy the traditional midnight mass – which starts at 11 p.m.
The mass is called ‘La Misa de Gallo’, the mass of the cockeral, probably because the cockeral was the first to see the newborn baby Jesus. Line up with the locals to kiss the forehead of ‘el niño Jesús’ held by the bishop.
For more information about Spanish Christmas traditions, check out our blog: https://www.malagabiketours.eu/christmas-malaga-2017/
2. A must of the things to do in Málaga is starting your Christmas Day with the typical Spanish breakfast of chocolate and churros at the best churro place in town: Casa Aranda. Founded in 1932, they obviously know a thing or two about making churros. They are open on the morning of Christmas Day until 1 p.m.
Calle Herrería del Rey, 3, near the central market Atarazanas.
3. Cycle to the Botanical Gardens (El Jardín Botánico Histórico de la Concepción) just 8 kms (approx.) from the city centre, with a bike path that takes you most of the way there. Ask the Malaga Bike Tours staff for a map and directions on how to get there.
Open Dec. 26th 9:30 a.m.- 16:30 (Dec 24th open until 15h. Closed Dec. 25th)
Admission- Adults: €5.20, Children up to 16 years: €3.10, Children under 6: Free
4. December 25th is a public holiday so the majority of the shops will be closed. Most bars and restaurants are open during the day. But don’t despair- If you need a shopping fix on Christmas Day! All the shops in the port of Málaga will be open. Check out the store Coolligan-one of our favourites- for really cool vintage football/soccer wear. Then continue cycling out to the end of the cruise ship terminal to get a spectacular overview of the port and the city’s skyline
5. La Mosca Belen (Nativity Scene) – El Palo
This Nativity Scene is so big, they start assembling it in September!
La Mosca is the name of a neighbourhood in the upper part of El Palo. It is an approx. 8 km cycle to get there from the city centre, quite steep in parts, so we recommend a trekking bike for this ride, although it is do-able with a City Bike if you don’t mind getting off and pushing the bike now and again. From Malaga Bike Tours, cycle east along the coast to Pedregalejo. Follow Calle Bolivia (one Street north of the promenade) and turn left on Calle Angel Guimera. Turn right Calle Gabriel y Galán then left on Calle Amador de los Rios. Turn right on Calle Eucalyptus. Keep on this road which will take you directly to the Belen.
Address: Peña El Belén, C/Escritor Manuel Solano, s/n
Opening hours: Monday to Friday 10:00 to 13:00 and 16:00 to 22:00. Christmas Day it is open all day
6. Cycle to Pedregalejo or El Palo and have your Christmas lunch at a chiringuito (typical beach bar). If you need warming up, try a cup of caldo de pintarroja- a spicy fish stock soup with a kick! And of course, you have to try one of the famous ‘espetos de sardinas’ cooked on the boat barbecues.
7. Visit the Corralones– communal housing- decorated for Christmas in el Barrio de la Trinidad. Cycle around the back streets and visit the adorable Plaza Bravo. Ask the neighbours if you can have a peek inside their patios.
8. If you are feeling energetic, one of the things to do in Málaga is cycling up to the montes of Malaga for Christmas lunch in one of the Ventas along the roadside. The most typical dish is ‘un plato de los montes’. No turkey here though! The best way to describe it is a full English breakfast- Malaga style! We recommend la Venta de Leon which is at the top of the mountain road. Only 20 kms from Malaga city centre and 900 metres altitude. Better to call ahead and book your table. 952 11 00 23 (Trekking bikes are needed to do this route).
9. December 28th is not a public holiday here in Malaga so all the shops and market will be open again. It is also El Día de los Inocentes (the Day of the Innocents) – the Spanish equivalent of April Fool’s Day. Head to the Christmas markets in El Parque and pick up some practical joke supplies!
10. Pack a picnic and have lunch with the flamingoes in the Nature Reserve of the River Guadalhorce. Ask the Malaga Bike Tours staff for a map and directions on how to get there. (Approx 22 kms round trip from the city centre).
So, our Christmas present to you is a 3 day city bike rental for 15€ (trekking bikes 20€)
Just pick up your bike on the morning of Dec. 24th (before 2 p.m.) and enjoy a ‘wheely’ great Christmas cycling around Malaga, then drop your bike off in the evening of Dec. 26th before we close at 7 p.m.
Malaga Bike Tours & Rentals will close at 2 p.m. on Dec. 24th and open again at 10 a.m. on Dec. 26th.