Not many of us will require reasons to take a break, and some late summer or early autumn sunshine can be just the (aeroplane) ticket. September is a superb month to visit Andalusia in the south of Spain, in particular, the Málaga region. Why? Leave the raking and sweeping at home. Let’s consider some very good and valid reasons to visit Málaga and the area in September.

Cheaper deals

We all love to bag a bargain. Peak travel in the weeks during July and August may be the hottest, with the most things happening but they are also the most expensive. Booking flights is a pleasure, with more room on flights that are not necessarily fully booked – more luggage space aboard your flight too. No wailing babies or tantrummy toddlers are likely to be seated next to you. Prices are stripped of the high season hikes, and bargains are waiting to be bagged.

Beat the crowds

June, July, and August are the most crowded months as far as visitors to the region. City centre museums and galleries are quieter – though you may run into school groups – and the streets are free of holidaying toddlers and teens. Getting a table at your favourite Costa del Sol or city centre restaurant is easier, no need to queue. There are empty beaches for that early morning run, and the bars are quieter and minus the summer crowds. Go birdwatching in peace and catch the early autumn migratory birds, or set your sights on the local gulls.

Seen and not heard

The kids have gone back to school! Of course, Malaga and the Costa del Sol makes a fabulous family destination, but travelling during the school term is also attractive. perhaps you like the beach minus the bucket and spade brigade, or are looking to book a romantic break?   Shopping is far easier without the kids too, spend a little me time as well as splashing the cash on your kid-free time in the sun. Maybe you wish to do a spot of Marbella property hunting without the kids in tow?

Weather factor

Autumn may be drawing in hot on your heels in the UK and Ireland, but the sun has still got his sombrero on in Spain. The days should still see some seriously high temperatures, but not as intense as the peak summer months. Bring a shawl or a cotton jumper for chillier evenings, but still pack that swimwear and SPF for the long, sunny beach days.

Special events

There are, of course, still festivals and events happening in this area of Spain, in September. Let’s take a quick peek, and see what’s still to come.

  • The MTV Gibraltar Calling Music Festival kicks off this month, not Spain, but close enough to get to easily from the Costa del Sol.
  • September 2nd sees the start of the Grape Harvest Festival in Manilva.
  • Head east of Málaga, to Maro near Nerja, for the Festival of the Virgin of Wonders, held on September 7th to the 9th.
  • Join in with the Moors and Christians festival in Alfarnate on the 10th of September.
  • On the 16th of September, Benagalbón, part of the municipality of Rincón de la Victoria, Málaga, holds the traditional and popular Verdiales Music Festival.
  • El Borge holds the Day of the Raisin on the 17th.
  • From the 22nd to the 24th, Rincón de la Victoria pays homage to the anchovy! Fishy business indeed…and for something just a little bit cheesy to round up the month, head to Teba on the 30th of September, for the Annual Cheese Fair.
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